New movies in July include a brand new Tarzan, a Roald Dahl adaptation, a new installment in the “Ice Age” franchise, and some really “Bad Moms.” Here’s a sneak peek at all the new movies in theaters in July. Note that release dates are subject to change.
THE LEGEND OF TARZAN
Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence, some sensuality and brief rude dialogue | In Theaters 7/1 (2D, 3D, IMAX 3D) | Ok for Kids 13+ | Warner Bros. | Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels
It’s been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Margot Robbie) at his side. Now, he’s been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he’s a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash. Directed by David Yates, this reboot also stars Samuel L. Jackson and Djimon Hounsou.
Rated PG for action/peril, some scary moments and brief rude humor | In Theaters 7/1 | Ok for Kids 7+ | Disney | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic “The BFG” to life. Directed by Spielberg, this movie tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The BFG, aka Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance), is nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24 feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, meets The BFG, who takes her to Dream Country, where he teaches her all about the magic and mystery of dreams. But Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, so she and the BFG depart for London to see Queen Victoria (Penelope Wilton) and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary (Rebecca Hall), that giants do indeed exist.
THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR
Rated R for disturbing bloody violence and strong language | In Theaters 7/1 | Ok for Kids 17+ | Universal/Blumhouse | Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels
It’s been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn, or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state. Franchise creator James DeMonaco directs.
Rated R for language and brief graphic nudity | In Theaters 7/8 | Ok for Kids 17+ | Bleecker Street | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
A father (Viggo Mortensen), devoted to teaching his six children how to live and survive in the deep forests of the Pacific Northwest, is forced to leave his self-created paradise. When confronted with the real world, he begins a journey that challenges his ideas of freedom and what it means to raise a family. Directed by Matt Ross, this movie also stars Frank Langella, Missi Pyle, Steve Zahn and Kathryn Hahn.
MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES
Rated R for crude sexual content, language throughout, drug use and some graphic nudity | In Theaters 7/8 | Ok for Kids 17+ | 20th Century Fox | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels
Hard-partying brothers Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) place an online ad to find the perfect dates for their sister’s Hawaiian wedding. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves outsmarted and out-partied by the uncontrollable female duo, played by Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza. Directed by Jake Szymanski, this comedy also stars Stephen Root.
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS
Rated PG for action and some rude humor | In Theaters 7/8 | Ok for Kids 6+ | Universal | Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels
For one bustling Manhattan apartment building, the real day starts after the humans leave for work and school. That’s when the pets of every stripe, fur and feather begin their own nine-to-five routine: hanging out with each other, trading humiliating stories about their owners, and trying out adorable looks to get better snacks. The building’s top dog, Max (voiced by Louis C.K.), a quick-witted terrier rescue who’s convinced he sits at the center of his owner’s universe, finds his pampered life rocked when she brings home Duke (Eric Stonestreet), a sloppy, massive mess of a mongrel with zero interpersonal skills. When this reluctant canine duo finds themselves out on the mean streets of New York, they have to set aside their differences and unite against a fluffy-yet-cunning bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart), who’s building an army of Ex-Pets abandoned by their owners and out to turn the tables on humanity … all before dinnertime. Directed by Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney, this cute family flick also stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Albert Brooks and Bobby Moynihan.
Not yet rated; likely R | In Theaters 7/13 | Broad Green Pictures | Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels
Based on a true story, Federal agent Robert “Bob” Mazur (Bryan Cranston) goes deep undercover to infiltrate Pablo Escobar’s drug trafficking scene plaguing the nation in 1986 by posing as slick, money-laundering businessman Bob Musella. Teamed with impulsive and streetwise fellow agent Emir Abreu (John Leguizamo) and rookie agent posing as his fiancé Kathy Ertz (Diane Krueger), Mazur befriends Escobar’s top lieutenant Roberto Alcaino (Benjamin Bratt). Navigating a vicious criminal network in which the slightest slip-up could cost him his life, Mazur risks it all building a case that leads to indictments of 85 drug lords and the corrupt bankers who cleaned their dirty money, along with the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, one of the largest money-laundering banks in the world. Directed by Brad Furman, this movie also stars Amy Ryan and Olympia Dukakis. cap[dfadfasdf
Not yet rated; likely PG-13 | In Theaters 7/15 | Columbia/Sony | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
Thirty years after the original film took the world by storm, Ghostbusters is back and fully rebooted for a new generation. Director Paul Feig combines all the paranormal fighting elements that made the original franchise so beloved with a cast of new characters, played by the funniest actors working today, including Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Michael Kenneth Williams and Chris Hemsworth.
Rated PG-13 for some violence, a drug reference, suggestive material and smoking | In Theaters 7/15 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Lionsgate | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
Set in the 1930s, this bittersweet romance from director Woody Allen follows Bronx-born Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg) to Hollywood, where he falls in love, and back to New York, where he is swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life. Bobby’s family includes his relentlessly bickering parents Rose (Jeannie Berlin) and Marty (Ken Stott), his casually amoral gangster brother Ben (Corey Stoll); his good-hearted teacher sister Evelyn (Sari Lennick), and her egghead husband Leonard (Stephen Kunken). Seeking more out of life, Bobby flees his father’s jewelry store for Hollywood, where he works for his high-powered agent uncle Phil (Steve Carell). He soon falls for Phil’s charming assistant Vonnie (Kristen Stewart), but as she’s involved with another man, he settles for friendship. Bobby also befriends Rad (Parker Posey), a model agency owner, and her husband Steve (Paul Schneider), a wealthy producer.
Rated PG-13 for terror throughout, violence, including disturbing images, some thematic material and brief drug content | In Theaters 7/22 | Ok for Kids 14+ | New Line/Warner Bros. | Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels
From producer James Wan (“The Conjuring”) comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark. When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out. Now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger … once the lights go out. Directed by David F. Sandberg, this thriller stars Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Billy Burke and Maria Bello.
STAR TREK BEYOND
Not yet rated; likely PG-13 | In Theaters 7/22 (2D, IMAX) | Ok for Kids 13+ | Paramount | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
“Star Trek Beyond” hits theaters as the franchise celebrates 50 years this year. Yes, 50 years! It doesn’t seem that long ago since William Shatner first donned the Starfleet uniform as commander of the Starship Enterprise. Now Chris Pine is carrying the role into the future, along with Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Karl Urban (Bones), Simon Pegg (Scotty), John Cho (Sulu) and Anton Yelchin (Chekov). Little is known about the plot at this writing, but we do know it revolves around the Enterprise being attacked by a powerful, unstoppable wave of unknown aliens, leaving the crew stranded on a new planet where they find themselves in conflict with a new ruthless enemy. Which is basically the plot of every Star Trek movie and TV episode, but somehow they manage to make it fresh and new every time. Directed by Justin Lin, this movie also stars Bruce Greenwood, Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella.
ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE
Not yet rated; likely PG | In Theaters 7/22 | Ok for Kids 6+ | 20th Century Fox | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels
This installment of the popular franchise finds Scrat STILL on that epic pursuit of the elusive acorn. This time it catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a journey to exotic new lands, encountering a host of colorful new characters along the way. Directed by Mike Thurmeier, this movie features the voices of returning cast members Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Keke Palmer, Wanda Sykes, and Jennifer Lopez. Joining the herd are Stephanie Beatriz, Adam DeVine, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Max Greenfield, Jessie J, Nick Offerman, Melissa Rauch, Michael Strahan and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and brief strong language | In Theaters 7/29 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Universal | Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels
Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in “Jason Bourne.” Paul Greengrass, the director of “The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Bourne Ultimatum,” once again joins Damon for the next chapter of Universal’s Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows. Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Tommy Lee Jones and Julia Stiles also star.
Not yet rated; likely R | In Theaters 7/29 | STX Entertainment | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
In this new comedy from the writers of “The Hangover,” Amy has a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However she’s over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she’s about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities – going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence – putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms. Directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, this comedy stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jada Pinkett Smith and Christina Applegate.
JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM
One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender.
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.
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