Prepare for a web-slinging, skin-crawling, tension filled, devastating yet hopeful month of cinema. In this time of blockbusters don’t forget to catch some of the other gems hitting the big screen this month, so here’s my top 5 films for July.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (05/07)
Directed by: Jon Watts
Starring: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Robert Downey Jr., Maria Tomei, Michael Keaton, Tony Revolori, Donald Glover, Laura Harrier
Synopsis: Set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens, New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man as a new threat, the Vulture, emerges.
Why You Should See It: It was easy to be sceptical of this one at first, it’s choice of appearance, very much feels like a version of Spidey for the current generation but on the other hand, it’s taking the character back to something fun. Holland has been utterly praised for his performance and Watts was an unusual choice that shows, alongside the choice of Taika Waititi for Thor: Ragnarok, that Marvel is headed in the right direction.
It Comes at Night (07/07)
Directed by: Trey Edward Shults
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Riley Keough, Christopher Abbot, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Synopsis: Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son, but this will soon be put to test when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.
Why You Should See It: It’s hard work for a horror to get good buzz going, it can often struggle with the line of too ridiculous or too tame, too shallow or too complicated but when you find a film that gets it right, it’s utterly enjoyable. The reactions have been greatly positive for this one and with its minimal reveal posters and curious plot, it’s a mystery you definitely want to unwrap. (Not to mention it’s from your new favourite company, A24)
The Beguiled (14/07)
Directed by: Sofia Coppola
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Colin Farrell, Angourie Rice, Oona Laurence, Addison Riecke
Synopsis: At a girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events.
Why You Should See It: Now, yes there have been some conflicting opinions about this one and what it potentially represents but you have to put that aside for the phenomenal female talent that you’re being handed. Seeing that many women, in lead roles, in a major motion picture is still something we don’t see enough of, and it’s getting tiresome to have to say that but nonetheless true. When all is said and done, it should be a well acted, intriguing and satisfying cruel film.
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, Jack Lowden, James D’Arcy, Harry Styles
Synopsis: Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
Why You Should See It: Going in the completely opposite direction of the last film, the men are taking the charge in this one and again there are a few things you have to put aside (it’s hard not to imagine that a young, talented, unknown actor got a once in a lifetime chance taken away by instead casting Styles). This is Nolan’s tenth feature film, he has proved himself as a dependable, consistent director but it’s been a few years since he’s wowed whole audiences with his cinematic prowess but this looks primed to be the film to turn that around.
The Big Sick (28/07)
Directed by: Michael Showalter
Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, Bo Burnham, Vella Lovell, Aidy Bryant, Adeel Akhtar
Synopsis: A couple deals with their cultural differences as their relationship grows.
Why You Should See It: The fact that this is a true story of Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon, is reason enough to make the trip but adding the fact that for anyone who’s seen Silicon Valley, Portlandia or his small but unforgettable cameo as a creative masseuse in the underwhelming Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates will know just how hilarious he is. On top of which you have the genuinely heart-melting story of commitment, diversity and hope and it should be one to really cherish this summer.
And that’s July wrapped up in a neat little package, did your favourite make this list this month?