I've already discussed the films that should be on your radar for the summer-season months of May and June, but July offers a long list of intriguing titles as well. With some bold new ideas as well as franchise spin-offs and continuations, July should offer a stellar crop of selections to choose from as well.
Honorable Mention: Arnold always said he'd be back, and he wasn't kidding! Terminator Genisys (July 1st) welcomes the former governor back to the franchise that helped launch his career. This time around Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) and John Connor (Jason Clarke) team up with a terminator to try and stop judgment day from happening. Channing Tatum gave his best performance to date in 2014's Foxcatcher, but his loyal fans would label 2012's Magic Mike as the turning point of his career. Tatum returns as the star and co-writer of Magic Mike XXL (July 1st). Although I'm not a huge fan of animated films, I have enjoyed the Despicable Me franchise. The lovable little yellow guys get their own spin-off with Minions (July 10th). The Fault in Our Stars author, John Green, finds another adaptation of his reaching theatres this summer with Paper Towns (July 24th). In this story a shy teenager seeks out his longtime crush and neighbor after she mysteriously disappears. Hanna director Joe Wright creates his unique vision of "Neverland" with the film Pan (July 24th). Hugh Jackman stars as Captain Hook and Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily. And finally, I felt like the only person who wasn't overly impressed with the latest Mission: Impossible installment in 2011. The re-energized franchise unleashes Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation on July 31st. Tom Cruise reprises his role at Ethan Hunt on the quest to dismantle a highly-skilled rogue organization determined to destroy the IMF.
Trainwreck (July 17th)
Judd Apatow has cemented a firm legacy with comedy classics such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up. Apatow's upcoming comedy, Trainwreck, stars comedian Amy Schumer as a non-commital magazine writer who reluctantly falls for a sports doctor (Bill Hader) and contemplates the pros and cons of settling down. As a fan of Bill Hader, I was impressed with Trainwreck's debut trailer and I have lofty expectations for Judd Apatow's newest comedic endeavor.
Ant-Man (July 17th)
The Marvel universe continues to expand with Peyton Reed's Ant-Man. Paul Rudd stars as con-man Scott Lang who's recruited by him mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), to help him pull off a heist that will ultimately save the world. With last year's successful new entry into the Marvel universe, Guardians of the Galaxy, we should all be excited for anything they release. Therefore, you can sign me up for Ant-Man this July.
Southpaw (July 31st)
After his phenomenal work in last year's Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaal has really begun to establish himself as a premiere actor in Hollywood. This year he goes through an enormous physical transformation in Antoine Fuqua's Southpaw. Gyllenhaal headlines as a boxer whose life unravels just as he reaches the pinnacle of success. Despite my lack of affection for Fuqua's 2014 action-thriller, The Equalizer, if Gyllenhaal is on board, I'll definitely be checking it out. Southpaw arrives in theatres just before July expires.
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