5. The First Purge (Release Date: July 4)
The premise behind the Purge series may be intriguing, but who knew the franchise would still be coming up with ways to tie its core concept in with social and political commentary four films in? The First Purge covers exactly what it sounds like, revealing the circumstances that led to the creation of one annual night of lawlessness to begin with.
From a business standpoint, these films continue to be profitable, and the fanbase is just as interested as ever. The previous entry, The Purge: Election Year, earned $119 million worldwide on a budget of only $10 million. The First Purge will likely be able to keep the franchise's momentum going strong, even without the direction of series creator James DeMonaco.
4. Sorry to Bother You (Release Date: July 6)
Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson star in Sorry to Bother You, the directorial debut for writer/director Boots Riley. Borrowing its name from the 2012 album released by Riley's hip hop group The Coup, the film is a fantasy/sci-fi comedy set in an alternate timeline that finds a telemarketer (Stanfield) stumbling on a secret key to success.
If that sounds like an off-the-wall concept, then you're starting to get why so many critics (including our own) have lavished such praise on Riley's film. Since its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, Sorry to Bother You has earned rapturous reviews for its imagination, heralding Riley as an exciting new voice in the movie business. The film will only be playing in select theaters; so be sure to hunt it down.
3. Skyscraper (Release Date: July 13)
Director Rawson Marshall Thurber and Dwayne Johnson must have hit it off while working on Central Intelligence because the duo is collaborating once again on this month's big original action spectacle, Skyscraper, which looks to draw inspiration from films like Die Hard and 1974 disaster film The Towering Inferno.
Johnson stars as a former FBI hostage negotiator who now works security for a Hong Kong skyscraper. But when terrorists attack, it's up to him to defend his home and his family. Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Møller and Pablo Schreiber also star in the film. Will Skyscraper be another epic hit for Johnson? If Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is any indication, it very well might be.
2. Ant-Man and the Wasp (Release Date: July 6)
Audiences are still reeling from the hard-hitting conclusion of Avengers: Infinity War, but the time for grieving our fallen heroes is over (for now). For fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this moment belongs firmly to Ant-Man and the Wasp, director Peyton Reed's sequel to his own 2015 release Ant-Man.
Taking place more or less concurrently with Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp sees Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) still grappling with the consequences of his actions in Captain America: Civil War. But when Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) realize they need Scott's help to execute their latest plan, it's up to Ant-Man and the Wasp to save the day.
1. Mission: Impossible — Fallout (Release Date: July 27)
When Tom Cruise signed on to a film adaptation of 1960s TV series Mission: Impossible back in 1996, we're willing to bet no one involved (Cruise included) thought the franchise would still be going strong more than 20 years later. Yet, here we are, and Mission: Impossible — Fallout lands at the top of our list for July.
After all, not only has the series been on a creative hot streak since Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, but Christopher McQuarrie — director of 2015 hit Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation — returns for this entry. In addition to most of that film's supporting cast (including standout Rebecca Ferguson), we'll finally get a chance to see Henry Cavill's infamous mustache in action.