10 Top Movie and TV Picks for July

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10 Top Movie and TV Picks for July

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Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly in Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Ant-Man and the Wasp | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, July 6

Those of you still reeling in the aftermath of Avengers: Infinity War's third act will find Marvel's latest offering the perfect palate cleanser. Star and writer Paul Rudd and director Peyton Reed keep things light and at a brisk pace, mixing persistently smart banter with cleverly constructed action sequences. Wasp fans will be pleased to see Evangeline Lilly step into the action spotlight, proving every bit Ant-Man's equal in superhero stature. But the real scene-stealer here is Michael Peña, who plays Scott Lang's former prison buddy Luis and is central to one of the most hilarious interrogation scenes you've seen in recent memory. As for the credits scenes, no spoilers offered here. Just trust that it will give you plenty to think about. — Bret

Tessa Thompson and LaKeith Stanfield in Sorry to Bother You (2018)

Sorry to Bother You | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, July 6

Director Boots Riley's uncategorizable potential sleeper hit is one of the season's brightest alternatives to sequels, superheroes, etcetera. Lakeith Stanfield inhabits a role that's as right-brain as his real-life persona, and the entire cast takes Riley's vision into a stoney, sci-fi fantasyland where eccentrics could potentially take over the world. — Arno

Theo James in How It Ends (2018)

How It Ends | Premieres Friday, July 13 on Netflix

The premise of How It Ends is simple, yet super interesting: a mysterious apocalypse forces a man (Theo James) and his estranged father-in-law (Forest Whitaker) to race across a chaotic and fractured country to save his pregnant wife (Kat Graham). Admittedly, the main draw for me is sorting out if the seismic events, power outages, government silence, and creepy bird formations in the trailer are caused by supernatural or alien forces. At the moment I'm leaning towards alien. Looking forward to the middle of the month to find out if I'm right and to see what happens. — Vanessa

Neve Campbell and Dwayne Johnson in Skyscraper (2018)

Skyscraper | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, July 13

Time after time, Dwayne Johnson takes an over-the-top concept and makes it a successful movie. So, after Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Rampage proved much better than anticipated, I'm on board for this tall tale. After all, it appears to be a mash-up of two of my favorites: The Towering Inferno and Die Hard. And I want to find out how 'The Rock' manages to make that seemingly impossible jump from a crane into a building. — Michael

Robin Williams in Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind | Available on HBO Go/HBO Now Monday, July 16

The world lost a comic genius when Robin Williams died in 2014. But how many people really knew the man? This documentary helps get audiences closer by tracing his life from childhood to his career as a stand-up comedian and dramatic actor, never shying away from the demons he faced. The film highlights some of his finest material as well as extraordinary outtakes from sitcom "Mork & Mindy" and Mrs. Doubtfire, among others. But it is also tinged with sadness as it tracks Williams’ tragic decline. — Michael

1/1 (2018)

1/1 | Available on VOD Tuesday, July 17

Breathless, daring, and undone in a million pieces, 1/1 is a unique cinematic debut from director Jeremy Phillips. Lindsay Shaw ("Pretty Little Liars") stars as Lissa, a 20-year-old girl trapped in rural Pennsylvania who is forced to take a hard look at her life when a possible pregnancy sends her into a spiral. Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club) co-stars as Lissa's father, Robert. 1/1 features an original soundtrack from the band Liars, which is the last recording with both founding members, Angus Andrew and Aaron Hemphill. — Matt

Reign Edwards and Damson Idris in Snowfall (2017)

"Snowfall" | Season 2 premieres Thursday, July 19 on FX

I've always felt that the subject of the crack epidemic in the 1980s didn't necessarily need to be told from another angle within the entertainment industry, and then John Singleton co-created "Snowfall," his first original work since the under-rated Baby Boy. I missed the show during its initial run on TV, but it became an obsession this past winter. For the uninitiated, if you're at all interested in watching the show, don't take your eyes off of Lucia Villanueva (Emily Rios). — Arno

Maika Monroe and Timothée Chalamet in Hot Summer Nights (2017)

Hot Summer Nights | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, July 27

Few actors shone as brightly as Timothée Chalamet did in 2017, where he starred in two films that were nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, earning a Best Actor nomination himself. Needless to say, we're eager to see more of the talented actor, who is expected to return to the forefront of awards-season chatter with Amazon's Beautiful Boy, set to debut this fall. His first 2018 release, in the meantime, is Elijah Bynum's Hot Summer Nights, a moody, atmospheric coming-of-age story set in the early 1990s. Chalamet plays Daniel, a kid who's sent off to Cape Cod for the summer to blow off some steam after his dad's death but who promptly finds himself ensnared in the seductive web of mayhem spun by a drug-dealing neighbor. Indie fave Maika Monroe co-stars. — Bret

Tom Cruise and Rebecca Ferguson in Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)

Mission: Impossible - Fallout | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, July 27

It's hard to believe the Mission: Impossible franchise kicked off 22 years ago, but here we are, back again for the sixth installment, and this time there's going to be a healthy dose of "fallout." I return to these movies each time because I'm guaranteed a few essential things: insane car/plane/motorcycle scenes, twisty plots, people breaking into impossible places via improbable means, incredible set pieces set in stunning locations, and Tom Cruise risking life and limb as he outdoes the stunts of the previous film. This time round he jumps off a building, falls from a helicopter, tumbles off a cliff, and flies a helicopter into a truck. Surprisingly only one of those stunts ended up with a production-halting injury. New additions to Mission: Impossible - Fallout include Henry Cavill, Vanessa Kirby and Angela Bassett. — Vanessa

Nick Offerman and Amy Poehler in Making It (2018)

"Making It" | Series premiere Tuesday, July 31 on NBC

If you've devoted any time to thinking about Nick Offerman working away in his wood shop, the fact that he's co-created a competition series with Amy Poehler that celebrates the art of crafting should make you spend at least one night inside this summer. — Arno

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