5 Awesome Movies To Watch This July
Watching movies is a great way to spend your day. Whether you watch in cinemas, or if you have your own (legal) collection of films at home, it’s an excellent way to spend time with friends, family, or yourself. With half of the year in the books, July has a handful of films that’ll definitely pique your interest. Here are some of the July movies to watch this month.
1The Purge: Election Year
Starring: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Myketi Mitchell
Director: James DeMonaco
Release: July 6
I don’t think many people thought anything of The Purge when it first came out in 2013. The cast looked great, with Ethan Hawke and Cersei Lannister leading the meagerly budgeted film. Despite critics having problems with the execution, The Purge managed to gross more than $89 million at the box office. The concept of the film was novel; an America where crime is permitted for 12 hours.
Here we are 3 years later, and The Purge: Election Year is the third in a series. Money talks. But what you can expect from The Purge: Election Year is an even more thematic elements (considering US elections are this year as well) on top of that novel concept previously established. The Purge: Election Year is poised to be the ultimate bro movie, the one where you and all your buds come to watch together. Honestly, that sounds fun, and truly one of the movies to watch out for.
Starring: Jaclyn Jose, Julio Diaz, Baron Geisler, Andi Eigenmann
Director: Brillante Mendoza
Release: July 6
While he has only been a director for a decade or so, Brillante Mendoza is well-traveled. His films have graced some of the most prestigious film festivals around the world such as Venice, Berlin, and Cannes. Ma’Rosa is one of his films that have been screened at these film festivals, and deservedly so.
Ma’Rosa tells the story of Rosa, a small sari-sari store owner who, along with her husband, uses the store as a front for selling methamphetamine. When one of their neighbors set up a drug raid, both are jailed, and it is up to their children to buy back their freedom. Brillante Mendoza attempts to capture the gritty reality of the small scale drug trade, and Philippine corruption as a whole. Judging by the trailer, the aesthetic of the film certainly reflects the grit. Jaclyn Jose took home the Best Actress award at Cannes for her role here, and it’s interesting to say how powerful her performance is in Ma’Rosa. Philippine cinema isn’t dead, people!
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones
Director: Paul Feig
Release: July 13
Even if I was born in the 90s, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen the original Ghostbusters numerous times. It was a cultural phenomenon, to say the least. It delivered so many quotable lines to modern pop culture. It’s definitely one of the most fun movies to watch that have ever been released. More than 30 years later, and the Ghostbusters franchise is being given a massive overhaul.
While fans of the series are extra iffy about a reboot, there’s no way these same fans are missing out on watching this. The reboot gives us a fresh take on what we already know, with an all-female cast leading a new generation of Ghostbusters (also Chris Hemsworth lol). I guess all you can expect from this is pure fun. Who ya gonna call?
4Star Trek Beyond
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg
Director: Justin Lin
Release: July 20
Interstellar travel is such a handful. The Star Trek reboot continues on with the third in the series. After the success of both Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek Beyond is set to wow audiences once again with a stellar cast (RIP Anton Yelchin :’( ), grand special effects, and a thrilling story. The USS Enterprise are attacked by aliens and are forced to abandon ship, who then find themselves stranded on an unknown planet and ready to face off against a newer and even more ruthless enemy.
While the reboot doesn’t have the massive marketing that Star Wars has, Star Trek’s reboot series is still a crucial piece of space property everybody needs to get into. Star Trek Beyond is poised to continue the excellence of the two earlier films. If you’re a Trekkie, watch it. If you aren’t, watch it anyway! When looking for movies to watch, it’s always safe to bet on adventures in space.
Starring: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel
Director: Paul Greengrass
Release: July 27
I’m a sucker for spy flicks. While the first film in the Bourne series I really watched (mainly because of age) was The Bourne Ultimatum, I made it a point to watch the first two films. I was wowed. Matt Damon finally comes back to the role that made him a mainstream star (he wasn’t in the last Bourne movie), and I’m super excited. Despite finding out about how the Jason Bourne identity came to be in the The Bourne Ultimatum, he suddenly resurfaces again as he tries to uncover even more about his past and family.
Matt Damon is synonymous to Jason Bourne, and the prospect to seeing Bourne’s next chapter interests us greatly. What we love about the Bourne films is the mixture of brutal action and intelligent themes and dialogue, as is what a spy flick should be. We guess that’s what we’re pumped for the most about this sequel.