WEEK-BY-WEEK MOVIE PICKS FOR JULY 2016
The BFG (July 1)
Director Steven Spielberg brings us an adaptation of the Roald Dahl book about the Big Friendly Giant.
The Secret Life of Pets (July 8)
In this animated comedy, lost pets seek revenge. Listen for the voices of Jenny Slate, Albert Brooks, Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Hannibal Buress, Louis C.K., and others.
Ghostbusters (July 15)
The first two Ghostbusters movies from the 1980s were classics. This relaunch of the franchise features the comedic talents of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. The supporting cast includes Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Elizabeth Perkins, Andy Garcia, Annie Potts, and Cecily Strong, with cameos from those original Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson.
Star Trek Beyond (July 22)
Justin Lin takes the director's reins from J.J. Abrams, who has moved on to Star Wars. The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise encounter a new enemy, played by Idris Elba.
Jason Bourne (July 29)
Robert Ludlum's trained assassin character lives on as Matt Damon returns to the role for another action-packed adventure.
OTHER KEY MOVIES IN JULY 2016
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Based on the cult classic 1990s TV series, Edina and Patsy are back, fleeing paparazzi after an incident at a fashionable launch party, and trying to find a way to live the high life in the French Riviera.
It seems like a fun scenario for a comedy -- three over-worked and under-appreciated young mothers try to take a break from their responsibilities. The stars include Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate, and Jada Pinkett Smith (with a cameo by Ke$ha).
Ice Age: Collision Course
Here's another chapter in the successful animated franchise, featuring the voice talents of Jennifer Lopez, Simon Pegg, John Leguizamo, Seann William Scott, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Ray Romano, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and others.
The Legend of Tarzan
So many actors have portrayed the Edgar Rice Burroughs hero. Alexander Skarsgard takes a stab at it.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Zac Efron and Adam DeVine are two brothers whose online ad to find dates for a wedding goes viral.
The Purge: Election Year
The first two Purge films were sleeper hits. The trilogy concludes as a senator runs for president, vowing to eliminate the ritual of legalizing all crime for a 12-hour period.
THE REST OF THE MOVIES IN JULY 2016
In Woody Allen's latest film, a young Bronx native in the 1930s falls in love with the secretary of his uncle, a powerful Hollywood agent to the stars.
Viggo Mortensen is a father raising his six kids in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, until he is forced to leave his idea of paradise and enter modern society.
Don't Think Twice
Keegan-Michael Key stars in a comedy/drama about a member of a New York City improv group who gets a huge career break and has to deal with the repercussions that has on his friends left behind.
Anna Gunn is a senior investment banker threatened by a Wall Street financial scandal.
This documentary follows the former New Orleans NFL defensive back who makes it his mission to live his life to the fullest after being diagnosed with ALS.
Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Just in time for the political party conventions and right before the general Presidential election, here's a slanted documentary about former Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and First Lady Hillary Clinton.
Based on the novel by Philip Roth, a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey struggles at a small Ohio college in 1951.
A U.S. Customs official uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. The movie stars Bryan Cranston and John Leguizamo.
In this French film set in 1945 Poland, a Red Cross doctor sent to assist survivors of the German camps discovers several pregnant nuns during a visit to a nearby convent.
Here's an interesting documentary -- a boy and his family communicate via Disney cartoons.
Looking for a summertime horror movie? Here's one with a familiar concept -- a woman is haunted by a creature that only appears in the dark.
Our Kind of Traitor
Ewan McGregor and Stellan Skarsgard star in a thriller about a Russian defector, with the Russian mafia and the British Secret Service after him.
Our Little Sister
In this Japanese motion picture, three sisters living in their grandmother's home are joined by their thirteen-year-old half sister.
Here's a low-budget animated fantasy -- a boy with superpowers helps a wheelchair-bound police officer bring down a mob kingpin.
No good can come of this. Four friends tour true-crimes occult sites and encounter a mysterious young runaway.
A Beverly Hills housewife hires a stranger to babysit her toddler. The movie features Ellen Page, Allison Janney, and Zachary Quinto.
The Tenth Man
This is an Argentinian comedy/drama. That's all I know about it.
In this documentary, American and Israeli forces develop malware to destroy Iranian enrichment centrifuges, but also threaten Iranian civilian infrastructure and might be used by Iran against the U.S. in retaliation.
Pass the tub of popcorn and enjoy the movies!