Most corn in fields will be knee-high by the fourth of July as farmers and any others can find some rest and relaxation at home, drive-in theaters and local cinemas with several promising offerings this month.
On July 1, the video streaming service Amazon Prime video will release the first six Star Trek films plus the quality fan documentary Trekkies while Netflix will have a world premiere of their original documentary Making the American Man that addresses U.S. clothing manufacturing in the men’s department.
Netflix will also expand every season of the Gilmore Girls television series to a worldwide release (already available in the U.S.) plus all Lethal Weapon films and the Back to the Future film trilogy.
Director/filmmaker Steven Spielberg will also be well represented in movie theaters with family fantasy film The BFG (Big Friendly Giant), which also represents his first production with Disney. Adapted from the classic book by Roald Dahl, this promising picture show features recent Oscar® winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton and comedian Bill Hader with a screenplay written by Melissa Mathison (E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial).
Theaters will also house the thriller The Purge: Election Year and the action adventure film The Legend of Tarzan, based on the Tarzan stories created by Edgar Rice Burroughs starring Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz (Spectre), and Samuel L. Jackson. Also showing in 3D and IMAX theaters.
Amazon Prime viewers can enjoy the new Amazon Original series All or Nothing: A Season With the Arizona Cardinals on Friday, which is presented by NFL Films.
Last summer’s sci-fi sequel Terminator Genisys starring Emilia Clarke and Arnold Schwarzenegger arrives on Amazon Prime Video
On Tuesday July 5, home video releases include the worldwide hit fantasy The Mermaid, directed by Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle), The Hank Williams music-filled biopic I Saw the Light starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen, the drama The Family Fang starring Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken, the drama/romance By the Sea starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and the family drama Mothers & Daughters starring Sharon Stone, Christina Ricci, Susan Sarandon and Courtney Cox.
On Wednesday, July 6, Netflix will offer the recent financial film The Big Short, directed and co-written by Adam McKay (Anchorman) and starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo, and Marisa Tomei.
Theaters will release raunchy comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and reveal The Secret Life of Pets on Friday, July 8. This animated comedy is set in Manhattan and follows several pets featuring the voice talents of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Jenny Slate, and Albert Brooks (Finding Dory) who will has his entire film library on Netflix for this month.
Other limited theater offerings include the adventurous family drama Captain Fantastic (limited release) starring Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings film series) and Life, Animated, a documentary about a child who learned to communicate after watching several Disney films.
Home video releases on Tuesday July 12 include Miracles From Heaven, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, violent crime thriller The Green Room and The Dresser starring Ian McKellan and Anthony Hopkins who respectively star as an assistant and theater actor during a King Lear production in London as World War II is in full force.
The A Word television series tackles autism on the Sundance Channel on Wednesday July 13 while Bryan Cranston headlines the period drama The Infiltrator in theaters, based on a true story, as a federal undercover agent set to thwart the drug trafficking operations of Pablo Escobar. Benjamin Bratt, John Leguizamo, and Diane Kruger also star.
On Friday July 15, wide releases in theaters will include Ghostbusters featuring female stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones along with Chris Hemsworth (Thor) as the team’s assistant.
Several promising films that will be in limited release include the political documentary Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (expanding in the upcoming weeks).
Set in the 1930s, the romantic comedy/drama Café Society (also expanding in later weeks), directed by Woody Allen, stars Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carell, Jeannie Berlin, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Corey Stoll, Kristen Stewart, and Sheryl Lee.
The drama romance Tulip Fever takes place in 17th century Amsterdam and stars Alicia Vikander (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), Cara Delevingne, Christoph Waltz, and Judi Dench.
Also on Friday the 15th, Netflix will debut the first season (eight, hour-long episodes) of their original drama/mystery Stranger Things starring Winona Ryder.
On Tuesday, July 19, home video releases will include the biopic on musician Miles Davis titled Miles Ahead starring Don Cheadle who also directed; Amazon’s biopic comedy Elvis & Nixon starring Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey.
The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice home video release (available now digitally) will also be available in an ultimate edition with about 30 minutes of extended footage not shown during the original theatrical release of the film plus numerous bonus features.
On Friday, July 22, the Star Trek film series will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the franchise with Star Trek Beyond, the third installment of the modern film series (buy advance tickets now to get a free digital copy of Star Trek (2009)). Stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, John Cho and the recently deceased Anton Yelchin all return in their famous roles as Capt. James T. Kirk, Spock, Uhura, Scotty, Bones, Sulu, and Chekov with Pegg also co-writing the screenplay. Idris Elba (Zootopia), Sofia Boutella (The Kingsmen: Secret Service) and Shohreh Aghdashloo also co-star.
Other wide releases include the British television comedy adaptation of Absolutely Fabulous, the thriller Lights Out and Ice Age: Collision Course, which will be the fifth installment in the animated film series.
Home video releases on Tuesday July 26 will include the musical Sing Street, community comedy/drama Barbershop: The Next Cut, action thriller Criminal, unique POV actioner Hardcore Henry and Melissa McCarthy’s comedy showcase The Boss, which also stars Kristen Bell (Frozen).
The urban thriller Nerve, starring Emma Roberts, Dave Franco and Juliette Lewis, centers on a worldwide truth or dare-type game and will release wide on Wednesday, July 27.
This month should end in theaters very well with Jason Bourne, the fifth installment in one of the most successful worldwide film series ever and are based on the Robert Ludlum novels. Matt Damon returns in the title role along with Julia Stiles as Nicky while rising star Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel (Ocean’s 12) and Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive) co-star. Written and directed by the returning Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips).
Other wide releases include the comedy Bad Moms starring Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate and Kristen Bell while limited releases will include the real-life documentary Gleason about the New Orleans Saints player who chronicles his battle with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.
Have a great July!
Copyright © Michael Siebenaler