July! Summer is in full swing, with lots of blockbusters clogging up the theatre! It’s been a pretty rough summer overall, with lots of franchises sputtering and dying, but cheer up, quality films are here in spades! Let’s break it down.
- SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING – July 7, RealD3D, IMAX3D. The hype is real: this is the best Spider-Man film yet, and maybe the best comic book film to boot. Peter Parker is a nerdy teen, as he should be! No more 30 year olds trying to look young, Tom Holland is the real deal. This is more comedy than action, with young Spidey throwing lots of zingers but the rest of the cast has their moments too. An absolute must see.
- VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS – July 21, RealD3D. Luc Besson is back with what’s basically a thematic followup to THE FIFTH ELEMENT, an insane sci-fi adventure through the crazy lens of French Bande Desinee. In a summer full of cries for something original, this is the real deal, jammed with stuff you’ve never seen before. It’s a shame there’s not an IMAX release for something on this scale, but be sure to see it on the big screen or you’ll be kicking yourself later when you catch it on Netflix.
- DUNKIRK – July 21, IMAX 70mm! Christopher Nolan is easily IMAX’s biggest champion, and he shot the bulk of this WWII thriller in native 70mm IMAX film. The only locations in the GTA that will show it intact are the Colossus in Vaughn and Square One in Mississauga, but both screens are smaller than the Scotiabank downtown, which will show it in nearly-as-good IMAX Laser. Varsity with have a traditional 70mm print. I’ll be checking it out at the Colossus as well as the Scotiabank for a proper comparison. Oh, right, the film itself. It looks intense, a real “war is hell” story where you’re right in the thick of it.
- WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES – July 14, RealD3D. The trilogy wraps up in a gritty battle between the apes and the last of humanity, but they’re dicks, so it looks like we’re rooting for the apes. Advance word is extremely positive, and the first two were phenomenal, so it’s good to know they’re sticking the landing.
- THE BIG SICK – July 15. Kumail Nanjiani (SILICON VALLEY) stars in what is basically the true story of how he and his wife got together. It’s a fantastic romantic comedy with deeper levels, specifically about race and how mixed relationships work in our modern world. Funny and sweet, a great date film that deserves all the praise it’s getting.
- ATOMIC BLONDE – July 28. Charlize Theron gets all JOHN WICK on your ass. Unfortunately the reviews from festival screenings say it’s more style than substance, but it should still be entertaining as hell.
- WISH UPON – July 14. If you need a horror fix, this one from the director of ANNABELLE looks pretty good. A bullied teenager finds a box that grants seven wishes, but uh-oh, things are not what they seem.
- GIRLS TRIP – July 21. Four best friends travel to N’Awlins for some debauchery. R-rated comedies have had a rough go recently at the box office, but urban films are doing gangbusters. I wouldn’t expect it to change the game, but it’s nice to see Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett-Smith on the big screen.
- THE EMOJI MOVIE – July 28. Jesus wept.
That’s July! I’m not gonna lie, August looks like shit with one glowing exception, but we’ll leave that for next month. Get to the movies!