Summer Movies 2015: 20 Movies to See This July
Summer 2015 is shaping up to be the biggest and best time for the box office, and several of these hot 20 movies released in July are sure to be no exception.
The most anticipated films coming this month are for sure Magic Mike XXL (July 1, 2015), Minions (July 10, 2015), Trainwreck (July 17, 2015), Paper Towns (July 24, 2015), Irrational Man (July 24, 2015), and Southpaw (July 31, 2015).
There are also several blockbuster action flicks being released this July, notably Terminator: Genisys (July 1, 2015), Ant-Man (July 17, 2015), Mission: Impossible–Rogue Nation, and Pixels (July 24, 2015).
And of course, Jurassic World’s Chris Pratt and his dinosaurs will continue to lead the pack and smash box office records well into July as well–if there are any more records to break, that is. The film has the biggest opening weekend in history, earning $208.8 million and surpassing The Avengers’ previously set record of $207.4 million. Three weekends in, and Jurassic World has already raked in over $500 million (and counting) in North America making it the biggest blockbuster of the year. Not to mention reaching the $500 million mark is a feat accomplished by only four other films in history, EW reports. Lastly, the film reached the $1 billion mark around the globe in only 13 days (four days faster than Furious 7, which set the record earlier this year).
The other box office hit and fan favorite that will push on into July is Inside Out, Pixar’s original ingenious and beautiful animation that explores all the feelings (Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, Anger) in one little girl’s head. It grossed a stunning $90.4 million at the domestic box office in its first weekend, making it the biggest box office debut for an original title in history (i.e. a film not based on a franchise or other previously existing property), surpassing 2009’s Avatar’s previously set $77 million record. Rotten Tomatoes gives Inside Out a 98% critics rating on account of its moving and inventive story, and the film is sure to be a modern animated classic.
And now, for the hottest movies to see in July:
Everyone’s favorite strippers (or rather, your middle-aged mom’s favorite strippers) are back today (July 1, 2015) in Magic Mike XXL. Channing Tatum’s abs, Joe Manganiello’s abs, Matt Bomer’s abs, Adam Rodriguez’s abs, Donald Glover’s abs, Stephen Boss’s abs, Kevin Nash’s abs – need we say more?
As Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator iconically promised “I’ll be back,” indeed Patrick Schwarzenegger’s dad has returned (with a full head of grey hair) in Terminator: Genisys (in theaters today, July 1), co-starring the stunning and badass Emilia Clarke and some other manly dudes like Jai Courtney.
The Despicable Me prequel/spinoff, appropriately entitled Minions, details the story of where the cute little minions came from. Sandra Bullock voices super villain Scarlet Overkill, and the minions ultimately become her henchman.
Get the tissues ready, because the Amy Winehouse documentary Amy comes out on Friday (July 3, 2015).
Cara Delevingne makes her leading role debut in John Green’s Paper Towns, based off the book of the same name and co-starring Nat Wolff. The effortlessly beautiful model plays the enigmatic Margot, with whom Quentin “Q” (Wolff) is in love, in this coming-to-age story.
No one likes Woody Allen given his alleged past sexual abuses (as claimed by his own daughter with ex Mia Farrow, Dylan Farrow), but if you can separate the man from his art then you might be interested in seeing his latest movie Irrational Man, which comes out on July 24th. Irrational Man stars Joaquin Phoenix as a philosophy professor having an existential crisis (because of course), who starts an affair with one of his students, played by Emma Stone. Stone’s character isn’t part-Asian in this role, in case you were worried.
Trainwreck, written by and starring Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, will surely leave you in stitches. The comedic genius stars as a commitment-phobe whose mantra is “monogamy isn’t realistic,” opposite love interest and sports doctor Bill Hader. Appearances by Lebron James, Brie Larson, Tilda Swinton, Marisa Tomei, John Cena, Ezra Miller, Vanessa Bayer and many more.
10,000 km is a love story about a long distance relationship between Los Angeles and Barcelona, starring Natalia Tena (remember Tonks from Harry Potter?) and David Verdaguer. We’ve all been there–Skype dates, working around time zones, staying up late (or waking early), to talk to a lover who’s far, far away…all in the pursuit of intimacy via a webcam and screen…Technology or not, the film begs the question: “Can love survive 10,000 km?”
Sure to be a fascinating look at one of the most influential contemporary writers, the late David Foster Wallace (played by Jason Segel), The End of the Tour details Rolling Stones reporter David Lipsky’s (Jesse Eisenberg) encounter with Wallace in 1996, just around the time his epic novel Infinite Jest was published and he was on his book tour. Lipsky never published his interview with Wallace, but had 5 days worth of audio tape kept away in his closet. After Wallace’s suicide in 2008, Lipsky published his memoir Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself about his five day road trip with Wallace.
Jake Gyllenhaal has had us all amped up for Southpaw ever since we saw his total body transformation back in December. The actor notably was doing two-a-day workouts and training like a fighter–and ended up having the beastly body to show for it. As for the film itself, well, it seems pretty tragic. Rachel McAdams co-stars as his wife, while Antoine Fuqua directed.
Check out the gallery above to see the best 20 movies being released in July, and also see what you may have missed back in June here.