July 2022 will see the arrival of some of the most anticipated movies of the year from different genres, such as the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Russo Brothers’ newest project, Jordan Peele’s latest horror movie, and a different superhero movie from the DC Universe. Although the coronavirus pandemic is far from over, the world is adapting to a new kind of normal, and for that, theaters all over the world are open and working as normal again, while studios are finally releasing all those movies that had to be delayed as well as their latest projects – however, many are still opting for a direct release on streaming platforms, a simultaneous one, or shortening the window between theatrical and streaming release.
June saw the release of some big titles, of which many premiered at the 2022 Cannes Festival, such as the thriller Watcher, David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future, and Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, along with Jurassic World Dominion, Pixar’s Lightyear, and Scott Derrickson’s The Black Phone. However, unlike previous months, none of these got a simultaneous release on streaming, and so the audience will have to wait 45 days to watch some of them on different platforms, such as Elvis (HBO Max) and The Black Phone (Peacock).
July will see some of 2022’s most anticipated movies hitting theaters, and there will be something for viewers of all ages and with different tastes, with the release of the Minions’ latest animated adventure, the return of Thor and company, the Russo Brothers’ latest movie that is not a superhero story, Jordan Peele’s newest horror movie, and a special take on DC’s superheroes. Here’s every movie coming to theaters in July 2022.
The Minions are back with a new adventure titled Minions: The Rise of Gru. Set in the 1970s, after the events of the first movie, Minions: The Rise of Gru explores the backstory of Gru (Steve Carell) when he was 12 years old. A fanboy of a team of supervillains known as the Vicious 6, Gru comes up with a plan to become evil enough to join them, and when the Vicious 6 fire their leader, legendary fighter Wild Knuckles, Gru seizes the chance and interviews to become their new member. Sadly, this doesn’t go well, and it gets worse after Gru steals a precious stone from them with the help of Kevin, Stuart, Bob, Otto, and the other Minions and suddenly finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. On the run, Gru will learn that even bad guys need a little help from their friends sometimes. Minions: The Rise of Gru will stream on Peacock four months after its theatrical release.
The Forgiven is a drama mystery movie written and directed by John Michael McDonagh and based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Lawrence Osborne. Set in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, The Forgiven follows a wealthy couple – David (Ralph Fiennes) and Jo Henninger (Jessica Chastain) – on the verge of divorce who, while driving to a party at a grand villa, accidentally hit and kill a young Moroccan man who was selling fossils on the roadside. David and Jo attempt to cover up the incident with the collusion of the local police and the help of other attendees at the party, but when the boy’s father arrives seeking justice, a tension-filled culture clash emerges, and David and Jo must come to terms with their fateful act and its shattering consequences. Also starring are Matt Smith, Ismael Kanater, Abbey Lee, and Caleb Landry Jones.
The MCU continues its expansion with the return of Thor and company in Thor: Love and Thunder. Set after the events of Avengers: Endgame, Thor: Love and Thunder will see the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) attempting to find inner peace, but he will be thrown back into action to stop Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale) from killing all the gods. Thor will have to join forces with some old friends in order to bring down Gorr, and so he will reteam with Korg (voiced by director Taika Waititi), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who has now become Mighty Thor. Also starring in Thor: Love and Thunder are Russell Crowe as Zeus, Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Dave Bautista as Drax, Karen Gillan as Nebula, and Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel as the voices of Rocket Raccoon and Groot, respectively.
Where the Crawdads Sing is a mystery drama movie directed by Olivia Newman and based on the novel of the same name by Delia Owens. Where the Crawdads Sing follows Catherine “Kya” Clarke (Daisy Edgar-Jones), a resourceful girl who grows up in a North Carolina marsh after being abandoned by her parents and older siblings in the 1950s. Kya learns to survive on her own, but abandonment continues to be an issue in her life as she’s later left by her friend Tate Walker (Taylor John Smith) and Chase Andrews (Harris Dickinson), a quarterback who draws Kya into a tryst with promises of marriage that never materialize. Kya ends the relationship and he attacks her, but she escapes, and while she’s away, Chase is found dead… and Kya is the prime suspect.
Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank is an animated martial arts comedy movie loosely inspired by Mel Brooks’ 1975 movie Blazing Saddles. Hank (voiced by Michael Cera), a down-on-his-luck beagle who aspires to be a samurai finds himself in a town full of cats who need a hero to defend them from a ruthless villain’s evil plot to wipe their village off the map. With help from a reluctant trainer, tuxedo cat Jimbo (Samuel L. Jackson), Hank must assume the role of fearsome samurai and team up with the felines to save the day – the only problem is that they all hate dogs. Also part of the voice cast of Paws of Fury are Ricky Gervais, Mel Brooks, George Takei, Michelle Yeoh, and Djimon Hounsou.
The Gray Man is an action thriller direct by Anthony and Joe Russo and based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Mark Greaney. Plucked from a federal penitentiary and recruited by his handler, Donald Fitzroy (Billy Bob Thornton), CIA operative Court Gentry (Ryan Gosling), a.k.a. Sierra Six and also The Gray Man, was once a highly-skilled, Agency-sanctioned merchant of death, but now the tables have turned. Six is now the target and is being hunted across the globe by Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans), a former cohort at the CIA who will stop at nothing to take him out. Luckily for Gentry, Agent Dani Miranda (Ana de Armas) has his back, and he will need all the help he can get. The Gray Man will have a limited theatrical release on July 15 before being released on Netflix on July 22.
Nope is a sci-fi horror movie written and directed by Jordan Peele. Nope tells the story of Emerald (Keke Palmer) and OJ Haywood (Daniel Kaluuya), the owners of Haywood Ranch in California, who along with the residents of their isolated town, witness a mysterious and abnormal supernatural event when random objects start falling from the sky. The Haywoods try to capture video evidence of a UFO and use this to their advantage in order to save the ranch, but they have no idea of how big of a threat they’re about to deal with. Also starring in Nope are Steven Yeun, Brandon Perea, Michael Wincott, Wrenn Schmidt, Keith Davis, and Barbie Ferreira.
Vengeance is a black comedy movie written and directed by B.J. Novak in his directorial debut. Journalist and podcaster Ben Manalowitz (Novak) travels from New York City to West Texas to investigate the death of a girl he was hooking up with, but her brother, Ty (Boyd Holbrook), is convinced his sister was murdered. Ty drags Ben into a wild investigation on what happened to his sister, while Ty records everything for a podcast. Also starring are Dove Cameron, Issa Rae, Ashton Kutcher, J. Smith-Cameron, Lio Tipton, and John Mayer.
DC League of Super-Pets is an animated superhero movie directed by Jared Stern. When the Justice League is captured by Lex Luthor (voiced by Marc Maron), Superman’s dog, Krypto (Dwayne Johnson), forms a team of shelter pets who were given superpowers to save his owner and Superman’s friends. The team is formed by a hound named Ace (Kevin Hart), who becomes super strong and indestructible; a pig named PB (Vanessa Bayer), who can grow to giant-size; a turtle named Merton (Natasha Lyonne), who becomes super fast; and a squirrel named Chip (Diego Luna), who gains electric powers. DC League of Super-Pets will be available to stream on HBO Max 45 days after its theatrical release.
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Author: Adrienne Tyler