Last time out, we looked at some of the notable features debuting this June. Looking a bit further into the season, here is what you have to look forward to on your local screens in July…
July 7: SPIDER-MAN: THE HOMECOMING
After bungling the last three Spider-man movies, Sony has started collaborating directly with Marvel and this one seems more promising. Tom Holland made a well-received debut as the character in last year’s AVENGERS film and it seems like he can absolutely handle his own feature. Just to make sure, however, Robert Downey, Jr. is also on hand as Iron Man.
July 14: WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
The Apes series was a success for Fox in the late ’60s and into the ’70s; the new incarnation has also been selling tickets, while earning better critical notices. The latest installment continues the story of ape leader Caesar (a motion capture performance by Andy Serkis), this time pitting him and his simian army against a new human threat, played by Woody Harrelson.
July 21: DUNKIRK
Visionary director Christopher Nolan is back with his latest, a WWII epic depicting one of the conflict’s greatest battles. An all-star cast is on board, including Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, and Mark Rylance. As usual for Nolan, this was shot on good old-fashioned celluloid: no digital allowed.
VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS
Opening on the same day is this European science fiction epic from veteran French producer Luc Besson. Reportedly the most expensive movie ever made in that part of the world, VALERIAN has no big stars and may get lost amidst the big Hollywood fare, but time will tell. In any event, look for it to do more business overseas than here.
July 28: ATOMIC BLONDE
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD sealed Charlize Theron’s action movie credentials and she gets her own vehicle here, which sounds a bit like a gender flip on JOHN WICK. An action-packed trailer has created much buzz for the picture and it will be interesting to watch how it does against the more traditional PG-13 fare of this season.