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Your Comprehensive July 2016 Film Guide!

Summer comes with an abundance of fun. Between the sun, the beach, and the BBQ, it’s pretty difficult to find time to cool down. If you’re anything like us—-as MoviePass members, you most likely are—you spend the bulk of your time cooling off in the theater. After all, summer not only comes with warm weather, but with an intense film slate. Whether you like adventure, action, comedy, or horror, July promises to deliver. Here is a list of every major release this coming month and why we’re excited to see it!

Tarzan (In Theaters July 1st)

Adapted from the classic tales of Edgar Rice Burroughs, director David Yates brings us a new version of the Tarzan story. The majority of the film takes place long after Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard) has left the jungle. He now lives in England, happily married to Jane (Margot Robbie); however, he is ripped away from his new life and forced to return to the Congo, to work as a trade representative of England. While back in the jungle, he encounters the conflicting Belgian Captain (Christoph Waltz) with a mischievous agenda.

Why we’re excited to see it: This film looks action packed, intense, and unpredictable. Though we know the basic outline, we’re not sure what, exactly, is going to happen in this new depiction of Tarzan. The trailers raise many questions: upon Tarzan’s return to the jungle, will he be welcomed? Will the same animals who raised him be living there, or will he meet new faces? We’re not quite sure how this all will play out. The trailers are also visually compelling, and there will likely be many intense fight scenes. We can’t wait to see how this incredible cast comes together to tell us this new Tarzan story. Overall, The Legend of Tarzan feels like a fresh, original spin on the story we all know and love, and we certainly are enticed to see it. 

The BFG (In Theaters July 1st)

When 10 year old Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) befriends the Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance)—an outcast because, unlike other giants, he refuses to eat children—the two embark on an adventure unlike any before. As Sophie’s presence draws the attention of other Giants like Bloodbottler and Fleshlumpeater, Sophie and the BFG must travel to London to convince Queen Victoria that the bad giants must be ridded once and for all.

Why we’re excited to see it: We don’t know what’s better: that this amazing Roald Dahl story is being brought to life or that Steven Spielberg is directing another children’s movie. With Academy Award winner Mark Rylance teaming up with Spielberg for the second year in a row, Disney’s The BFG already looks like a classic in the making. 

The Purge: Election Year (In Theaters July 1st)

Having experienced a horrific loss during a previous Purge, Senator Charlene Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) is both, haunted and driven by the traumas of her past. As a presidential candidate, she is committed to ending this annual night of legalized violence; however, her opponents are not fond of her plans. During this year’s Purge, Roan becomes the victim of a deadly agenda. In the streets of Washington D.C., she must try to survive for the next 12 hours, with the help of Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo), her head of security.

Why we’re excited to see it: What began with a small $3 million budget, has now become a successful trilogy that gets better with every film. The stakes are always higher and the series never holds back. Interestingly enough, every film also digs deeper into the ideology surrounding the event and human reactions to it. Though the concept is incredibly horrifying, the trilogy presents an effective tension. So, we’re intrigued to see how the story develops.

Marauders (In Theaters July 1st)

An action crime thriller directed by Steven C. Miller and starring Bruce Willis, Christopher Meloni and Dave Bautista. Marauders tells the story of an FBI investigation involving a bank heist that points to the owner (Willis) and his clients, thus uncovering what appears to be a larger conspiracy followed by more deadly heists and dirty secrets.

Why we’re excited to see it: Marauders looks like a solid summer heist film that could prove to be a pleasant surprise during this uneventful summer box office. It’s always fun to see Bruce Willis play a villain and from his days on Law and Order, we already know that Christopher Meloni will be a great FBI agent. 

Equals (In Theaters July 1st)

The latest film by Drake Doremus (Like Crazy), this upcoming sci-fi movie stays within the director’s love story interests. In a futuristic society emotions have been genetically suppressed, but anyone who suffers from “SOS” (Switched On Syndrome) has regained their emotions and is treated as if they have a terminal disease. Silas (Nicholas Hoult) is diagnosed with the disease of emotions and learns his coworker Nia (Kristen Stewart) suffers from it as well.

Why we’re excited to see it: Doremus’ previous works have done a fantastic job of depicting love against hardship with both Breathe In and Like Crazy. So, the sci-fi setting should do a fantastic job of being an obstacle for the two young lovers. Pairing them with Nathan Parker (of Moon fame), both Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart are fantastic performers who have circled this type of role before (in Warm Bodies and Twilight respectively). Add in John Guleserian, the cinematographer behind Doremus’ previous works, as well as About Time and The Overnight, and this romantic drama stands out among the crowd.

Carnage Park (In Theaters July 1st)

Opening in limited release, Carnage Park is the latest film by Mickey Keating (Darling, Pod). Having explored psychological horror, sci-fi, and cult movies, Keating now takes eyes at a sun bleached thriller. After a botched heist in a small 1970’s California town, two robbers and a hostage find themselves running for their lives in Carnage Park, which is protected by an ex-military sniper.

Why we’re excited to see it: Mickey Keating knows how to draw tension out of any situation, especially with his go-to cinematographer Mac Fisken at his side. The cast is mostly comprised of hard-working smaller name actors, with Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism) and Pat Healy (Magnolia, The Innkeepers) having the most high profile roles. The story crackles, and the tension is so tight, it could snap at any moment. 

Our Kind of Traitor (In Theaters July 1st)

While vacationing in Marrakech, a couple finds itself entangled in the affairs between the British Secret Service and the Russian Mafia. After the couple befriends a money launderer for the Russian Mafia, they become immersed in a world of international espionage.

Why we’re excited to see it: A John Le Carré film adaptation can never really go wrong. Just think about Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, SpyThe Constant Gardener,  A Most Wanted Man, and The Tailor of Panama. Combine this with a strong cast—Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Stellan Skarsgard—and you’ve got a winning combination.

The Secret Life of Pets (In Theaters July 8th)

Illumination entertainment and Universal Pictures have teamed up again, to create an exciting animated film for the summer: The Secret Life of Pets. This movie is reflective of its title- revealing to us what, exactly, our pets do when we are not around. The story follows a beloved pet dog named Max (Louis C.K.) whose life is flipped upside down when his owner brings home a scruffy mutt named Duke (Eric Stonestreet). When the two venture out into the streets of New York City, they discover that a cute, yet conniving bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart) has formed an army of abandoned pets seeking revenge on their human counterparts. The dogs must put aside their differences in order to defeat the motley crew and save humanity.

Why we’re excited to see it: With a cast of comedians like Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, and Eric Stonestreet, this movie is guaranteed to be hilarious. Hearing their voices within the bodies of these fun and adorable animals will make the movie all the more enjoyable for both children and adults. We’re also excited to see how the film will answer the question we have all contemplated many times: what do our pets do when we aren’t around? Between the wiener-dog’s mixer massage and the poodle’s punk rock jam-out, this movie will certainly explore our inquiries in a creative and original way. We can’t wait to see how this adventure unfolds! 

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (In Theaters July 8th)

Mike and Dave (Adam Devine and Zac Efron) are two young and adventurous brothers who tend to get out of control at family gatherings. With the upcoming Hawaiian wedding of their sister, Jeanie, the brothers’ family insists that they bring respectable dates. After their craigslist ad goes viral, the two meet Alice (Anna Kendrick) and Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza), two seemingly respectable girls perfect for the wedding. Bringing the girls to the island, Mike and Dave quickly realize their dates aren’t the charming women that they were expecting, but rather, girls who are ready to get wild and party.

Why we’re excited to see it: Two of the funniest young male actors in Hollywood, going head to head with two of the funniest young female actresses is a recipe for success! Throw in two hilarious writers, Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien (Neighbors), plus one Funny or Die director, Jake Szymanski, and you’re sure to have one of the most enjoyable comedies of summer 2016. 

Captain Fantastic (In Theaters July 8th)

To attend his wife’s funeral,  a father of six (played by Viggo Mortensen) is forced to leave the forests of the Pacific Northwest, where he has raised his family on a rigorous physical and educational regimen. Now back in the real world, his parental skills will be put into question and his family will be faced with the challenges of everyday life.

Why we’re excited to see it: This film is a complete revelation. It’s actor-turned director Matt Ross’ second feature film and it’s a beautiful and delicate family drama that everyone will be able to relate to, in one way or another. As usual, Viggo Mortensen is absolutely fantastic in the role of a father who has basically lost faith in the western lifestyle and learns to listen and understand his children in what turns out to be a poignant, intimate and at times delightfully funny road trip movie. The actors who play the kids give compelling performances. This film is bound to have you in tears by the end of it. 

Fathers and Daughters (In Theaters July 8th )

Fathers and Daughters follows the struggles of a widowed Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, Jake Davis (Russell Crowe) raising his daughter in New York City. The story shifts from past to present, taking us back to the 1980’s when Jake was writing his most famous book, Fathers and Daughters, while suffering from mental illness and attempting to care for his own 5 year old daughter in the midst of it all. It then delves into the present, revealing his daughter, Katie’s (Amanda Seyfried) current life and love issues which stem from difficult childhood experiences.

Why we’re excited to see it: When a trailer makes you tear up, you know the film is going to be completely heart wrenching. Fathers and Daughters seems to work on multiple levels, revealing both the hardships of raising a child as a widower, and the effects of having an unstable childhood. This father-daughter story is sure to be relatable, a bit heartbreaking, and incredibly sentimental. Between Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Jane Fonda, and Diane Kruger, this movie is a summer must-see!  

Zero Days (In Theaters July 8th)

Have you been scared of technology since Untraceable? Did Summer Wars strike fear into your heart about viruses and the way that a lot of the most powerful systems in the world are computer-run? Opening in limited release, Zero Days might be the documentary for you. Zero Days details the American/Israeli joint developed malware Stuxnet, a virus that became a cyber weapon used against Iran.

Why we’re excited to see it: Alex. Gibney. You might not recognize the name right away, but the man can do a fantastically in-depth documentary like nobody’s business. He’s the same filmmaker behind Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, and Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. The story of the Stuxnet virus wasn’t extremely publicized, but the examination of the implications of government-made cyber weapons and the ease in which they can be turned against their creators, is something that will sit with you for a long time. 

Life, Animated (In Theaters July 8th)

Disney movies have been a memorable part of many childhoods; however, for some children, these films can leave lasting impressions. Life, Animated tells the story of Owen Suskind, a young autistic man, who uses Disney films to help develop his communication skills.

Why we’re excited to see it: We love heartfelt films which are even better when they’re true stories. In the sunniest season, an uplifting doc seems to be an appropriate fit. Besides, any child who has grown up watching Disney films is likely to find some connection to Owen and his story.

The Infiltrator (In Theaters July 13th)

In the 1980s, U.S. Customs agent Robert Mazur (Bryan Cranston) must go undercover to infiltrate the Colombian drug trafficking network led by Pablo Escobar. Posing as slick businessman Bob Musella, Mazur is forced to navigate a vicious criminal underworld, where one wrong move could cost him everything.

Why we’re excited to see it: America’s favorite drug dealer is back, except this time, he’s on the other side of the law. We can’t wait to watch Walter White (Bryan Cranston) versus Pablo Escobar in the biggest drug sting in history!

Ghostbusters (In Theaters July 15th)

Over 30 years after Ghostbusters first lit up the silver screen, the beloved franchise is back. When ghosts that can possess humans overrun New York, a paranormal researcher (Melissa McCarthy), a physicist (Kristen Wiig), a nuclear engineer (Kate McKinnon) and a subway worker (Leslie Jones) come together to help win their city back.

Why we’re excited to see it: The wait is finally over! With an outstanding cast and a proven comedy director, Paul Feig (Bridesmaids and Spy), there is no question that this reboot of one of the funniest movie franchises of all time is going to be hilarious. In fact, the only question surrounding this movie is, “Who you gonna call?” 

Cafe Society (Theaters July 15th)

Woody Allen’s 46th feature film, Café Society, is a who’s who of famous names and talented stars. Set in the 1930s, a young Bronx native (Jesse Eisenberg) moves to Hollywood where he falls in love with the secretary of his powerful uncle, an agent to the stars. After returning to New York he is swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life.

Why we’re excited to see it: We love period pieces, and 1930’s Hollywood fashion looks to be perfectly captured by longtime Woody Allen collaborator Suzy Benzinger. There’s also the fact that the cinematography is done by Vittorio Storaro, who won the academy award for Apocalypse Now. Even if you’re not a fan of Woody Allen, Café Society looks to be a fantastic blend of the director’s favorite topics; jazz, fast talking anxious young men, and the intricate relationships that enrich our lives. In 

Tulip Fever (In Theaters July 15th)

Set in Amsterdam during the 17th century at the height of tulipmania, Tulip Fever is a romantic drama that tells the story of a young painter who falls in love with a young married woman whose portrait he’s been commissioned to paint.

Why we’re excited to see it: Tulip Fever looks like a solid drama filled with steamy and dangerous affairs and deception. The strong cast includes Alicia Vikander, Dane Dehaan, Christoph Waltz, Judi Dench, Jack O’Connell, Cara Delevingne and Zach Galifianakis, just to name a few. With an adapted screenplay by Tom Stoppard, whose writing credits include critical and commercial successes such as Shakespeare in Love, Anna Karenina and Brazil, coupled with director Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl), Tulip Fever is bound to be an exciting summer hit and possible awards contender.  

Lights Out (In Theaters July 22nd)

Based on a short film of the same name, Lights Out is the first feature of director David F. Sandberg. The premise is simple, Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) and her little brother Martin (Gabriel Bateman) are stalked by a dangerous entity that only appears when the lights go out.

Why we’re excited to see it: James Wan may only be a producer of this film, but the man does have a fantastic eye for horror. The original short is absolutely terrifying and with James Wan in his corner, Sandberg has a real shot at producing a quality horror film. Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies, The Choice) gets to flex her horror muscle, and did we mention she’ll be up against a practical effects driven monster? Sign us up! 

Star Trek Beyond (In Theaters July 22nd)

Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and The USS Enterprise are back. As Kirk, Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the crew explore the furthest reaches of uncharted space, they find themselves stranded on a hostile planet where they will be put to the test against a new mysterious enemy.

Why we’re excited to see it: The third movie of the epic rebooted Star Trek series, it only feels right that a director as talented as Justin Lin (Fast Five) can replace J.J. Abrams. With Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana all back, this movie is sure to take us where no man has gone before. 

Ice Age: Collision Course (In Theaters July 22nd)

Scrat is back! And when his obsession with a particular acorn leads to a series of cosmic events, our favorite animal friends—Manny, Diego, and Sid—race against the clock to save themselves and their family.

Why we’re excited to see it: The fifth installment of the series will undoubtedly deliver as many laughs as its predecessors. Over the course of 14 years, we’ve journeyed through the Ice Age, the Meltdown, the Age of Dinosaurs, and the Continental Drift with our favorite furry friends! Of course we’re excited to endure an impending apocalypse with them.

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (In Theaters July 22nd)

Edina and Patsy are forced to flee their beloved London after they become entangled in a major celebrity scandal. Fleeing to the glamorous French Riviera, they are determined to develop a permanent escape plan and live the high life forever.

Why we’re excited to see it: Any AbFab fan, ourselves included, has been waiting for this moment ever since this treasure of a show stopped running, four years ago. This is bound to be a star studded, witty guilty pleasure penned by comedienne-actress-writer and overall great human being, Jennifer Saunders (Edina) herself. 

Into the Forest (In Theaters July 22nd)

Based on Jean Hegland’s best-selling novel, Into the Forest is a haunting take on an apocalyptic experience. When a global power outage sends the world into a state of chaos, sisters Nell (Ellen Page) and Eva (Evan Rachel Wood) must learn to fend for themselves in order to stay alive. This is made especially difficult as they live in an isolated home in a Canadian forest, and so are living on limited supplies. Director Patricia Romeza takes us through their terrifying adventure as they fight sickness, intruders, hunger and of course, paralyzing loneliness.

Why we’re excited to see it: This film feels eerie and a bit disturbed–the perfect formula for a summer thriller. Its forest setting and the fact that much of the film will likely be shot in pitch black (as there is no electricity), is enough to keep us anxiously on edge. Also, the trailers are keeping the storyline a bit vague, so we can’t help but wonder if there is going to be some type of unexpected twist. The girls have essentially no contact with the outside world, as there is no phone service and they are stuck, secluded in their forest home. We can’t wait to see what twists and turns this film will take, and whether this truly will be the end for them all. 

Don’t Think Twice (In Theaters July 22nd)

Don’t Think Twice, from writer/director/star Mike Birbiglia deals with a very polarizing subject: improv comedians. When one member of  The Commune (an improv group), gets their shot at auditioning for the televised improv show, Weekend Live, the rest have to come to the terms with the fact that they won’t all make it.

Why we’re excited to see it: Mike Birbiglia knows how to write comedy, especially in moments where he tears through the trenches of his own experiences for material. He captures a poignant tragic element to his comedies, like in Sleepwalk With Me and his comedy routines. Everything about this film seems to capture something that seems like a superficial good time. Exposing the lifestyle of those who entertain isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The cast is stacked with great comic actors who can pull off that balance of tragedy and hope. 

Nerve (In Theaters July 27th)

A fun, interactive online game, takes a dangerous turn, for one high school student (Emma Roberts) and her partner (Dave Franco). As the night progresses, the two are taken on a high stakes rollercoaster ride.

Why we’re excited to see it: Glamour, danger, parties, and intrigue? Count us in! Adapted from the 2012 novel of the same name, Nerve, is sure to be an adrenaline infused experience. And it doesn’t hurt that two of the hottest young stars (Emma Roberts and Dave Franco) headline the film.

Bad Moms (In Theaters July 29th)

Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis) has a seemingly perfect life; a great husband, beautiful home, overachieving child, and successful career. In reality, she is overworked and underappreciated. Teaming up with two other stressed-out mothers Kiki (Kristen Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn), the trio ditch their conventional responsibilities in favor of freedom and fun, setting themselves up for a showdown with Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) and her clique of “perfect mothers.”

Why we’re excited to see it: With an all star cast, Bad Moms promises to take down the myth of “perfect” motherhood. With the writers from The Hangover (Jon Lucas and Scott Moore), Bad Moms is sure to be a crazy ride with lots of partying, alcohol, and parenthood at its finest. 

Jason Bourne (In Theaters July 29th)

At a time when the world is faced with unprecedented instability, Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) returns. As he begins to remember who he truly is, Bourne tries to uncover all of the hidden truths about his past and family.

Why we’re excited to see it: 9 years! It has been 9 years since we saw Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, and words can’t even begin to explain how much we missed him. With director Paul Greengrass back at the helm, it sounds like the reunion we’ve all been waiting for. 

Yoga Hosers (In Theaters July 29th)

Writer and director Kevin Smith comes back to the big screen with this ridiculously funny, horror comedy about two 15-year old Canadian yoga enthusiasts who are faced with an army of, wait for it, Bratzis, aka little Nazis made out of bratwursts that attack the convenience store where the two girls work.

Why we’re excited to see it: Yoga Hosers is bound to be a ridiculously classic Kevin Smith movie, as Smith seems to have a knack for ridiculing millennials with their deadpan lingo and smartphone addiction. Lily-Rose Depp will make her American leading debut (she appeared in La Danseuse as a minor character earlier this year) alongside Smith’s daughter, Harley Quinn, as they both reprise their roles from 2014’s Tusk.  

Indignation (In Theaters July 29th)

Set in 1951 during the Korean War, an incredibly bright Jewish boy named Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman) moves away from his home in Newark, New Jersey to attend a conservative college in Ohio. While there, he meets a beautiful yet troubled classmate, Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon), with whom he begins to spend more time and eventually falls for. He simultaneously begins having issues with the school’s Dean, Hawes Caudwell (Tracy Letts). Both of these issues put Marcus’s future, and his family’s plans for him, at great risk.

Why we’re excited to see it: For one, it’s extremely exciting to see Logan Lerman take on more serious roles as he gets older. He seems to be the perfect fit for this character- a bit shy and reserved, but a total heartthrob. This story also seems to deal a bit with mental illness (which Logan played fascinatingly well in The Perks of Being a Wallflower), so we’re anxious to see what he will bring to this film. The trailers feel intense, passionate, but also a bit dark, making the film extremely intriguing. It leaves a bit of mystery yet captures our interest. We will see it the second it comes out! 

Equity (In Theaters July 29th)

In a world dominated by men, investment banker Naomi Bishop (Anna Gunn), is unapologetically great at her job; however, with a prosecutor (Alysia Reiner) on the hunt, Naomi finds herself in the midst of scandal and corruption.

Why we’re excited to see it: After making the festival rounds, Equity is finally coming to theaters. With a strong female lead, as well as a female screenwriter (Amy Fox) and director (Meera Menon), the film is a welcomed female voice in the male dominated film industry.

We hope you’re ready for July!  Who needs vacation homes in exotic lands, when you’ve got your MoviePass card? Whether you’re going to the Congo (Tarzan), Marrakech (Our Kind of Traitor), or Canada (Yoga Hosers), your MoviePass card is the only passport you’ll need this summer.

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