Friday, June 30, 2023

Top 20 Movies to Look Out For In July (2023)

According to: Selina

20 – Go West (7/19)

Production/Distribution: Brothers’ Ink Productions, JK Studios, Purdie Distribution
Director: Stephen Meek, Jeremy Warner
Writer: Adam Berg, Whitney Call, Mallory Everton, Jason Gray, Stacey Harkey, Natalie Madsen, Stephen Meek, Matthew Meese, James Perry, Jeremy Warner
Actors: Sean Astin, Mallory Everton, Whitney Call, Matthew Meese, Jason Gray, Natalie Madsen, Stephen Meek, Jeremy Warner, Stacey Harkey, Adam Berg, James Perry
Genre: Comedy, Western
Rated: Unrated
Length: Unknown
IMDb Blurb: A crazy group of pioneers brave the harsh elements and numerous mishaps to travel thousands of miles out west to find a place to call home.
I usually don’t go for westerns, but this film looks a whole lot more like Blazing Saddles (1974) than anything else from the genre. I’m not saying it’s going to be the same level as that film, but it does seem to have a similar, if updated, sense of humor.
It’s parody at its best. Not perfect, but funny and worth giving a chance.
The July 19th release is limited, a wider release will happen on August 11.
19 – Biosphere (7/7)

Production/Distribution: Duplass Brothers Productions, IFC Films, AMC+
Director: Mel Eslyn
Writer: Mark Duplass, Mel Eslyn
Actors: Sterling K. Brown, Mark Duplass
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Rated: Unrated
Length: 1h 46min
IMDb Blurb: In the not-too-distant future, the last two men on earth must adapt and evolve to save humanity.
Biosphere is tricky. The plot looks interesting – I do love a good apocalypse story, after all – but there are only two actors involved. Now, that isn’t a deal breaker of course, it just means that the entire thing is riding on their backs. If they throw themselves into it and have the talent to back it up, then it will be an incredible watch. But if they falter, at all, it could wind up feeling like watching paint dry.
Sterling K. Brown (Black Panther, This is Us, The Rhythm Section) is a great actor. I have no doubt that he can hold my interest for the run-time of Biosphere. That said, I’m much more ambivalent toward Mark Duplass (Language Lessons, Big Mouth, Duck Butter). I don’t have a problem with him, but his name rarely stands out to me when I’m looking through the cast of films.
I’m cautiously optimistic, but I couldn’t justify putting Biosphere any higher on my list.
18 – Call Her King (7/6)

Production/Distribution: Blacklight Entertainment, BET+
Director: Wes Miller
Writer: Wes Miller
Actors: Naturi Naughton, Jason Mitchell, Lance Gross, Nicholas Turturro, Johnny Messner, Tobias Truvillion, Han Soto, Barry Ratcliffe
Genre: Action, Thriller
Rated: Unrated
Length: Unknown Length
IMDb Blurb: After the courthouse is hijacked by Black Caesar, brother of Sean Samuels, who has just been sentenced, Judge Jaeda King must rely on her strength and skills to find a way to end the standoff, save the hostages, and make her escape.
Call Her King doesn’t look overly original, but it does look like a wonderful, turn-your-brain-off, action. I believe there’s a place for that kind of movie, there are days when that’s what I prefer. Especially since the world always seems to be ending around us these days. Something about watching a bad-ass take down antagonists, while making things better, just does it for me.
I’m very much looking forward to seeing what Call Her King does.
17 – Quicksand (7/14)

Production/Distribution: Dawn’s Light, Elemental Stories, Sangre Films, Two Twenty Two Pictures, AMC+, Shudder
Director: Andres Beltran
Writer: Matt Pitts
Actors: Allan Hawco, Carolina Gaitan, Sebastian Eslava, Andrés Castañeda
Genre: Thriller
Rated: Unrated
Length: Unknown Length
IMDb Blurb: Follows a married couple almost divorcing who become trapped in quicksand while hiking through a rainforest in Colombia. They will battle the elements of the jungle and must work together in order to survive.
(This movie was supposed to come out last month but was delayed til July. This was my blurb from last month.)
Did anyone else who grew up in the 80s expect quicksand to be more of a threat than it actually is? All our movies and shows utilized it. The Neverending Story (1984) down-right traumatized us with it. Finally, we have a horror movie that is based completely on it.
Quicksand looks interesting and claustrophobic – despite the fact that it takes place outside. I find that to be an intriguing effect. I’m looking forward to seeing what they do with it.
16 – The Miracle Club (7/14)

Production/Distribution: Zephyr Films, City Films Entertainment, City Films I, Ingenious Media, ShinAwil Productions, Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Thaddeus O’Sullivan
Writer: Joshua D. Maurer, Timothy Prager, Jimmy Smallhorne
Actors: Laura Linney, Kathy Bates, Maggie Smith, Agnes O’Casey, Mark O’ Halloran, Mark McKenna, Niall Buggy, Hazel Doupe
Genre: Comedy
Rated: PG-13
Length: 1h 31min
IMDb Blurb: There's just one dream for the women of Ballygar to taste freedom: to win a pilgrimage to the sacred French town of Lourdes.
The Miracle Club takes place in Ireland and if I didn’t include it, Cat would have kicked my butt. This is technically her month, but she had an emergency. That said, I do want to take her opinion into account as least some. (Though her list can be found at the bottom of this.)
Laura Linney (Ozark, Falling, The Roads Not Taken), Kathy Bates (Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret, American Horror Story, Moose), and Maggie Smith (A Boy Called Christmas, The Lady in the Van, My Old Lady) are all GOATS. Not of the ‘old’ variety, either. When you put these legends in one place it’s impossible not to notice. Putting them all in the same comedy drama is a recipe for success.
It feels like the drama aspect is going to lead to something tissue-worthy, but up until then the comedy will be second to none.
15 – Sympathy For the Devil (7/28)

Production/Distribution: Hammerstone Studios, Capstone Global, Signature Films, RLJE Films
Director: Yuval Adler
Writer: Luke Paradise
Actors: Nicolas Cage, Joel Kinnaman
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Rated: Unrated
Length: 1h 30min
IMDb Blurb: After being forced to drive a mysterious passenger at gunpoint, a man finds himself in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse where it becomes clear that not everything is as it seems.
Much as I loved The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, a return to good-old crazy Nic Cage (Renfield, Willy’s Wonderland, Pig) territory works for me. When he plays his most insane characters is when I think he shines the best. There’s something about those characters that other actors just can’t recreate.
I’m excited to see what direction the story takes. If Cage’s character really chose Joel Kinnaman’s (The The Suicide Squad, Altered Carbon, The Killing) for a reason, or if it was more on the random side. Depending on what they do with it, both options could work.
At the very least, Sympathy for the Devil is bound to be insane.
14 – The Out-Laws (7/7)

Production/Distribution: Happy Madison Productions, Netflix
Director: Tyler Spindel
Writer: Evan Turner, Ben Zazove
Actors: Poorna Jagannathan, Ellen Barkin, Nina Dobrev, Adam Devine, Pierce Brosnan, Michael Rooker, Lauren Lapkus, Richard Kind, Julie Howery, Blake Anderson, Derek Russo, Laci Mosley
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Rated: R
Length: 1h 35min
IMDb Blurb: A straight-laced bank manager about to marry the love of his life. When his bank is held up by infamous Ghost Bandits during his wedding week, he believes his future in-laws who just arrived in town, are the infamous Out-Laws.
Adam Devine (Workaholics, Pitch Perfect, Magic Camp) is hit-or-miss for me. Sometimes he can be a touch too cringey. I believe he’ll be balanced out by his co-stars in The Out-Laws.
Even when she’s in a comedy, Nina Dobrev (Redeeming Love, Love Hard, The Vampire Diaries) tends to be more on the grounded side, so do Pierce Brosnan (Mamma Mia, The November Man, The World’s End) and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Walking Dead, The Suicide Squad). I think because that cringe is outweighed, The Out-Laws will wind up feeling humorous without dipping too far into that parody-esk feel.
It’s a funny concept, I just can’t put it higher than this on the list because I don’t have quite so much faith in the writers/director.
13 – The Beanie Bubble (7/28)

Production/Distribution: Apple Original Films, Apple Studios, Imagine Entertainment, Apple TV+
Director: Kristin Gore, Damian Kulash
Writer: Kristin Gore
Actors: Sarah Snook, Elizabeth Banks, Geraldine Viswanathan, Zach Galifianakis, Kurt YaegerSweta Keswani, Jason Burkey
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rated: R
Length: 1h 50min
IMDb Blurb: Ty Warner was a frustrated toy salesman until his collaboration with three women grew his idea into the biggest toy craze in history.
I was the perfect age to be absolutely obsessed with beanie babies when they came out. My first job was at a collectible store that sold them, so I got a discount on each one I bought. And, as an irresponsible teenager with money for the first time in my life, I spent way too much on them. They’ve since all been sold or given away, but it’s a nostalgic part of my past none-the-less.
When I heard there was a movie coming out about the creators, I was all-in. Even before I learned who would be a part of it.
In any other month, it would have probably made my top 10, but this month is just packed with some of the best movie offerings we’ve seen in a long time.
The Beanie Bubble looks funny, but that thread of drama running through it is also apparent. I don’t know the story of the actual creators, or how close this film will stick to it, but I’m guessing there will be some tissues needed at some point.
I’m really looking forward to it.
12 – Resident Evil: Death Island (7/25)

Production/Distribution: Capcom Company, TMS Entertainment, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Director: Eiichirô Hasumi
Writer: Makoto Fukami
Actors: Erin Cahill, Kevin Dorman, Matthew Mercer, Stephanie Panisello, Nicole Tompkins
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure
Rated: R
Length: 1h 27min
IMDb Blurb: D.S.O. agent Leon S. Kennedy is on a mission to rescue Dr. Antonio Taylor from kidnappers, when a mysterious woman thwarts his pursuit. Meanwhile, B.S.A.A. agent Chris Redfield is investigating a zombie outbreak in San Francisco, where the cause of the infection cannot be identified. The only thing the victims have in common is that they all visited Alcatraz Island recently. Following that clue, Chris and his team head to the island, where a new horror awaits them.
I’m still, and always, a fan of Resident Evil. Moreso the games than the movies, but I have enjoyed some of the flicks too. Some of them may be a little brain-dead, but there’s a place for those on hard days when you just want to vegetate.
In the case of Resident Evil: Death Island, the story looks as if it’s going to be something fans can be proud of, while the animation looks super clean.
Death Island is bound to be over-the-top zombie fun. I am, however, a little concerned about the sound quality. Even though the trailer is directly from the Sony YouTube page, it still seems a little sus. That could mean that it wasn’t given the attention it deserves – but it could have also just been on my side. (I would doubt that, though, since all the other trailers are coming through just fine.)
I guess we’ll see.
11 – Paradise (7/27)

Production/Distribution: NEUESUPER, Netflix
Director: Boris Kunz
Writer: Simon Amberger, Peter  Kocyla, Boris Kunz
Actors: Numan Acar, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen, Iris Berben, Kostja Ullmann, Diana Krueger, Lukas von Horbatschewsky, Matthias Ziesing, Egle Lekstutyte
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Rated: Unrated
Length: 1h 56min
IMDb Blurb: After his wife is forced to give up 40 years of her life as payment for an insurance debt, a man desperately searches for a way to get them back.
Paradise seems about as chilling as a thriller can get. At the same time, it gives a kind of metaphor into what people mean when they talk about billionaires ‘hoarding’ money. It’s a lot easier to see exactly what it means when they show it as years of someone’s life instead of a dollar bill that’s hard to put into context.
I have a feeling it’s not going to be the easiest watch, but absolutely worth it in the end.

10 – Talk to Me (7/28)

Production/Distribution: Bankside Films, Causeway Films, Head Gear Films, Metrol Technology, Screen Australia, Talk to Me Holdings, The South Australian Film Corporation, A24
Director: Danny Philippou, Michael Philippou
Writer: Bill Hinzman, Danny Philippou, Daley Pearson
Actors: Sophie Wilde, Joe Bird, Alexandra Jensen, Otis Dhanji, Miranda Otto, Marcus Johnson, Alexandria Steffensen, Zoe Terakes, Chris Alosio, Ari McCarthy
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Rated: R
Length: 1h 34min
IMDb Blurb: When a group of friends discover how to conjure spirits using an embalmed hand, they become hooked on the new thrill, until one of them goes too far and unleashes terrifying supernatural forces.
I find myself completely hypnotized by the trailer for Talk to Me. The visuals are terrifying. Even parts that would otherwise come across as basic jump scares feel like there’s more to them. The part where one of the characters is repeating ‘run’ is tense as hell.
The only reason I don’t have this higher on my list is because there’s a small red flag in the beginning. The voices don’t entirely sync up to the lips at one point. It could be nothing, just an editing mishap, but it could also be a sign of those in charge trying to hide a sub-par script. I’m hoping that’s not it, because it seems like a solid horror flick otherwise.
9 – Insidious: The Red Door (7/7)

Production/Distribution: Alliance, Blumhouse Productions, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), Stage 6 Films, Columbia Pictures
Director: Patrick Wilson
Writer: Scott Teems, Leigh Whannell
Actors: Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson, Ty Simpkins, Hiam Abbass, Lin Shaye, Andrew Astor, Juliana Davies, Sinclair Daniel
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Rated: PG-13
Length: 1h 47min
IMDb Blurb: The Lamberts 10 years after the last installment, as Dalton begins college.
I’ve never really gotten into the Insidious films. Every time one comes out, the trailer looks amazing, but then when it’s time to sit down and watch something there’s always a different movie that draws my attention more.
I think what’s kept me away from Insidious is the belief that it’s connected to the Conjuring universe, which I’ve just been corrected on. So, I think it’s time for me to sit down and really watch the rest of the series in anticipation of The Red Door.
The mystery aspect of Insidious: The Red Door is more inviting to me than I thought it would be. The trailer engages me enough to make me want to know what’s going on. It’s impressive, considering my ambivalence up until now.
This is, allegedly, the last installment of Insidious. You know how Hollywood goes, though, if it’s successful enough that could be up for debate. From what the trailer is showing, it may go down that route.
8 – They Cloned Tyrone (7/14)

Production/Distribution: Federal Films, MACRO, Made With Love Media, Netflix
Director: Juel Taylor
Writer: Tony Rettenmaier, Juel Taylor
Actors: Jamie Foxx, John Boyega, Teyonah Parris, David Alan Grier, Kiefer Sutherland, J. Alphonse Nicholson, James Moses Black
Genre: Action, Comedy, Mystery
Rated: R
Length: 2h 2min
IMDb Blurb: A series of eerie events thrusts an unlikely trio onto the trail of a nefarious government conspiracy in this pulpy mystery caper.
They Cloned Tyrone is going to be one of the funniest movies out there. It has a stunning cast and a fun plot.
The idea of people being cloned due to some government conspiracy, while someone with the comedic timing of Jamie Foxx (Strays, Day Shift, Just Mercy) is running around is hilarious. It’s still also topical, especially with the history of non-consensual experimentation on people of color and other minorities.
To be fair, I’d have added They Cloned Tyrone to the list just with the excitement of seeing Foxx, Teyonah Parris (Candyman, Charm City Kings, Chi-Raq), and David Alan Grier (Joe Pickett, The Cool Kids, Sprinter) work off each other.
It’s going to be a killer film.
7 – Bird Box Barcelona (7/14)

Production/Distribution: Chris Morgan Productions, Dylan Clark Productions, Netflix Studios, Nostromo Pictures, Netflix
Director: David Pastor, Àlex Pastor
Writer: David Pastor, Àlex Pastor
Actors: Georgina Campbell, Mario Casas, Diego Calva, Michelle Jenner, Patrick Criado, Leonardo Sbaraglia
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Rated: Unrated
Length: 1h 50min
IMDb Blurb: After an entity of mysterious origin annihilates the world's population causing those who observe it to take their lives, Sebastián and his daughter begin their own great adventure of survival in Barcelona.
The first Bird Box (2028) was a lot of fun. Much like A Quiet Place (2018), it robbed the characters of one of their senses and put them in a dangerous world. And, despite the similarities, they did wind up being two very different movies.
Not showing the big bad at all was one of the best things Bird Box did. It allowed audiences to use their imagination to create something terrifying for them. It’s a strategy that is too often not taken in horror films, and it’s one that works.
I hope that Bird Box Barcelona continues down the same road, allowing the antagonist creatures to remain a mystery. The biggest mistake I believe they can make is to show us some kind of creature. No matter how well done, it would remove some of the tension. Luckily, the trailer makes it seem as though they will be taking that same route.
I’m glad they’ve opted to go into a different story in a different part of the world. As much as I’d enjoy checking in with the original story and seeing how that’s going, there wasn’t a whole lot to do with that that wouldn’t mess up what we’ve already gotten. Seeing a whole new perspective from new characters was absolutely the way to go about it.
There’s a bit of concern that the change in writer/director could mean a change in tone, but Àlex and David Pastor (The Head, Self/less, Carriers) are brilliant with apocalyptic stories. If there is a change in tone, it just might be for the better.
6 – Cobweb (7/21)

Production/Distribution: Lionsgate, Media Capital Technologies, Point Grey Pictures, Vertigo Entertainment
Director: Samuel Bodin
Writer: Chris Thomas Devlin
Actors: Lizzy Caplan, Antony Starr, Cleopatra Coleman, Luke Busey, Woody Norman
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Rated: Unrated
Length: 1h 28min
IMDb Blurb: Horror strikes when an eight-year-old boy named Peter tries to investigate the mysterious knocking noises that are coming from inside the walls of his house and a dark secret that his sinister parents kept hidden from him.
The trailer for Cobweb does a good job of showing that it was inspired by The Telltale Heart. Obviously, it’s not the same story, but the inspiration is apparent.
What I love about the direction the film takes is that I can’t predict it from the start. There are a lot of different ways it can go. All the supernatural stuff could be real, or just part of the kid’s nightmares. The parents could have a body hidden from someone they killed, or from someone the kid killed. There are a ton of possible outcomes. That means it will be more interesting to watch than the basic jump-scare fare that we’ve become used to.
It seems like Cobweb will be a solid horror flick.
5 – Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (7/12)

Production/Distribution: Paramount Pictures, Skydance Media, New Republic Pictures, TC Productions, Bad Robot
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Writer: Erik Jendresen, Christopher McQuarrie
Actors: Rebecca Ferguson, Tom Cruise, Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Shea Whigham, Vanessa Kirby, Rob Delaney, Simon Pegg, Cary Elwes, Ving Rhames
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Rated: PG-13
Length: 2h 43min
IMDb Blurb: Ethan Hunt and his IMF team must track down a dangerous weapon before it falls into the wrong hands.
I’m not much of a Mission Impossible (1996-) girl, but you can’t write a Top 20 for movies coming out in July of 2023 without acknowledging this one.
Tom Cruise (Top Gun: Maverick, Edge of Tomorrow, Jack Reacher) does all his own stunts and pours his heart and soul into each of these films. He’s a talented guy, regardless of anything else. He never does anything without doing it 100%, often to a fault. That does tend to make his movies worth dropping the theater money on.
If you’re a fan of the Mission Impossible films, this is a must-see. Especially since it’s part one of what is supposed to be the finale to the flicks.
4 – Joy Ride (7/7)

Production/Distribution: Lionsgate, Point Grey Pictures
Director: Adele Lim
Writer: Cherry Chevapravatdumrong, Teresa Hsiao
Actors: Stephanie Hsu, Ashley Park, Sherry Cola, Sabrina Wu, David Denman, Meredith Hagner, Annie Mumolo
Genre: Comedy
Rated: Unrated
Length: 1h 35min
IMDb Blurb: Follows four Asian-American friends as they bond and discover the truth of what it means to know and love who you are, while they travel through Asia in search of one of their birth mothers.
What I thought would be a basic buddy comedy in the vein of Girls Trip (2017) took a hell of a left turn in the trailer. Suddenly there are cocaine mules and fake K-pop stars singing Cardi B.
No doubt there’s going to be a bunch of cringe in Joy Ride, which is not my favorite, but there’s also a lot of heartfelt story as well. Aside from the story of friendship, there’s also the plot addition of one of the main characters looking for answers in a homeland they never knew. That has the potential to get extremely deep. Done right, it might even lead to some ugly crying.
Now, this is Adele Lim’s (Dynasty, Reign, Life Unexpected) directorial debut, but she’s credited as a writer for some beloved flicks such as Crazy Rich Asians (2018) and Raya and the Last Dragon (2021). Being a good writer doesn’t necessarily make someone a good director, but I have a lot of faith in her. She’s been gathering writing credits for just over 20 years, and I think she has the know-how to make her directorial debut shine.
Both writers, Cherry Chevapravatdumrong (Awkwafina is Nora from Queens, The Orville, Resident Alien) and Teresa Hsiao (Awkwafina is Nora from Queens, American Dad!, We Bare Bears) have credits writing for Family Guy (1999-). I know that’s not everybody’s humor, but I happen to love the show. I feel like that gives me a clue as to what the majority of the jokes will be like – and I’m here for it.
I believe Joy Ride is going to strike a balance between heartfelt and funny that will delight audiences.
3 – Haunted Mansion (7/28)

Production/Distribution: Walt Disney Productions, Rideback, Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Director: Justin Simien
Writer: Katie Dippold
Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, Winona Ryder, Rosario Dawson, Jared Leto, Danny DeVito, Owen Wilson, Dan Levy, LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Hasan Minaj
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Rated: PG-13
Length: Unknown
IMDb Blurb: A single mom named Gabbie hires a tour guide, a psychic, a priest, and a historian to help exorcise her newly bought mansion after discovering it is inhabited by ghosts.
If you put LaKeith Stanfield (Sorry to Bother You, Uncut Gems, Judas and the Black Messiah) in a movie, I’m going to see it. I don’t know if I’ll enjoy the film, but I know from the jump that I’ll enjoy his part in it. The man is brilliant. I’ve seen him take on films that are absolute stinkers and still shine like the god-damn sun in them. After all, I fell in love with his acting after watching Death Note (2017) which was otherwise objectively bad.
I must not have been the only one, because, since 2017, Stanfield has been cast in some seriously amazing projects. To put it in perspective: he’s been in 14 full-length feature films/TV shows since then and only 1 of them has been deemed rotten on Rotten Tomatoes (by either audience or critics). That means he has roughly a 93% success rate for his films. Clearly, either only the best creators are interested in him – or, more likely, he chooses his projects carefully. Either way, I will follow him to all the films he does. Blindly.
Aside from Stanfield, they got Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween, Everything Everywhere All at Once, Knives Out), Winona Ryder (Stranger Things, Destination Wedding, Beetlejuice), Rosario Dawson (Clerks III, The Lego Batman Movie, Luke Cage), Danny DeVito (Matilda, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Jumanji: The Next Level), Owen Wilson (Loki, Paint, Marry Me), Dan Levy (Schitt’s Creek, Happiest Season, Degrassi: The Next Generation), Tiffany Haddish (Like a Boss, Keanu, Night School), Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show, No Hard Feelings, Goatface), and more. It’s an absolutely stacked cast.
It just so happens that Haunted Mansion looks good. I’m a little surprised there’s a PG-13 rating. The original Haunted Mansion (2003) starred Eddie Murphy (Dreamgirls, Dolemite is my Name, Shrek) and was undoubtedly made for kids. Then there was Muppets Haunted Mansion (2021) which was also a kid’s film. Both previous films were rated PG.
The trailer for this Haunted Mansion looks like it’s geared more toward older teens and adults. There’s some actual ghost-based horror in it.
I think this is going to be a new look at an old favorite. I’m looking forward to it.
2 – Oppenheimer (7/21)

Production/Distribution: Universal Pictures, Atlas Entertainment, Syncopy
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan, Kai Bird, Martin Sherwin
Actors: Josh Hartnett, Florence Pugh, Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Olivia Thirlby, Jack Quaid, Gary Oldman, Gustaf Skarsgård, Kenneth Branagh, David Dastmalchian, Rami Malek
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Rated: R
Length: 3h
IMDb Blurb: The story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the development of the atomic bomb.
Although Oppenheimer is not a horror, there’s no doubt in my mind that the story of the title character’s life and ‘accomplishment’ is going to be harrowing. To say the least. It’s a story that’s more than worth watching play out.
The choice of Cillian Murphy (Inception, 28 Days Later, Sunshine) for the title role was the right one. He’s capable of bringing weight to the performance that might have been missed by many others. He’s joined by a staggering amount of talent that would take me weeks to write about in any way that does the cast honor.
Oppenheimer is just about a guaranteed success.
1 – Barbie (7/21)

Production/Distribution: Heyday Films, LuckyChap Entertainment, Mattel Films, Mattel, Warner Bros.
Director: Greta Gerwig
Writer: Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach
Actors: Margot Robbie, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Ryan Gosling, Hari Nef, Ariana Greenblatt, Helen Mirren, Michael Cera, John Cena, Simu Liu, Will Ferrell, Kate McKinnon, Rhea Perlman, America Ferrera, Dua Lipa, Issa Rae, Alexandra Shipp, Ncuti Gatwa
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Rated: PG-13
Length: 1h 54min
IMDb Blurb: To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Or you're a Ken.
I don’t know what I was expecting the Barbie movie to be about, but I can tell you that it wasn’t what the trailer showed. In fact, this is another film I was surprised to find a PG-13 rating for. I 100% thought it would be for little kids.
I’d say the only thing I got that I knew I would get was oversaturated pinks and pastels. They hurt my eyes, but anything other than that would have felt unbelievably wrong.
The trailer looks incredible. Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad, The Wolf of Wall Street, Babylon) embodies the presence of the Barbie we all know. Seeing Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine, Drive, The Gray Man) as a peppy Ken doll makes me laugh just by the thought of it. I always associate him with sarcastic banter. I have no idea how that’s going to translate to the rose-colored glasses of his character but I’m dying to find out.
I love that every single Barbie or Ken doll featured in the film represents a doll that actively exists somewhere in our world. That means there should be a touch of nostalgia for just about anyone who goes to see it.
What I find most interesting is that it’s written and directed by Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird, Little Women, Nights and Weekends). Most of the film is from the viewpoint of characters that are significant naïve and viewing the world through an unmarred perspective of innocence. Gerwig is not a happy-go-lucky story creator. Her stories have a sense of realism and understanding of the world around her. That makes me certain that this bright and peppy flick is going to have a few more realistic twists that people won’t be able to peg from the jump.
As tempting as it may be to bring young children to see it, I doubt this Barbie film will be for them. I, however, will be seeing it ASAP.

Movies to Look out For
According to: Cat
See You on Venus .20
The Miracle Club .19
Natty Knocks .18
Biosphere .17
They Cloned Tyrone .16
Ladybug & Cat Noir, The Movie .15
Paradise .14
 Talk to Me .13
The Out-Laws .12
Go West .11
 Resident Evil: Death Island .10
Cobweb .9
Sympathy for the Devil .8
Insidious: The Red Door .7
Oppenheimer .6
Bird Box Barcelona .5
Haunted Mansion .4
Barbie .3
Joy Ride .2
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One .1
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