2018 July Movies
- Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure
From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: “Ant-Man and The Wasp.” In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang (Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.
This will be the 20th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and sequel to 2015's Ant-Man. That original film was another critical and commercial success for the studio, grossing $519.3 million at the worldwide box office. Scott Lang also appeared in 2016's Captain America: Civil War as a member of Cap's team. Ant-Man and the Wasp marks the first time a woman superhero serves as the co-lead in an MCU production, with Evangeline Lilly's Hope van Dyne taking the mantle of The Wasp to form a formidable team with Scott. The film was officially announced as part of the MCU slate in October 2015, just a few months after the success of the first movie. It began production in August 2017 and ran through November of that year.
Ant-Man first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1962, in Tales to Astonish #27. Wasp debuted a year later in Tales to Astonish #44.
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The best intentions often come back to haunt you. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong. Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby also join the dynamic cast with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie returning to the helm.
This is the sixth installment in the long-running Mission: Impossible film series, which is based on the 1960s television show of the same name. The original movie was released in 1996 and was one of the biggest box office hits of the year, grossing $180.9 million domestically. Over the years, the franchise became noteworthy for bringing in new helmsmen for each entry. Brian De Palma made the first one, followed by John Woo, J.J. Abrams, Brad Bird, and Christopher McQuarrie on the next four. McQuarrie is the first person to direct two M:I films, previously calling the shots on 2015's Rogue Nation.
Fallout entered development in 2015, with McQuarrie being confirmed as director later that year. Pre-production stalled due to a salary dispute between Tom Cruise and Paramount, which was resolved in September 2016. Production officially began in April 2017, but was forced to stop in August after Cruise injured his leg while performing a stunt. Despite the setback, the studio kept Fallout on track for its summer 2018 premiere.
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- Action, Crime, Drama
Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Legendary’s SKYSCRAPER as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Ford, who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building…above the fire line.
The film was first announced in May 2016 after Legendary Pictures won a bidding war for the project. Johnson was confirmed as the main lead around that same time, and shortly after, the supporting cast rounded into shape. Production began in August 2017. This marks the second time Johnson has worked with Rawson Marshall Thurber, after previously collaborating with him on Central Intelligence. The two are set to re-team for 2020's Red Notice.
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- Action, Crime, Thriller
Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed – but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?
Washington and Antoine Fuqua began making plans for The Equalizer 2 while filming the first installment in the 1980s TV show-turned movie franchise. Sony officially green-lit the project in 2015 and scheduled it for release in 2017, before pushing it back a year due to Washington and Fuqua's busy schedules. Pedro Pascal and Ashton Sanders join the cast here, along with the returning actors from the first movie.
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When the Teen Titans go to the big screen, they go big! “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” finds our egocentric, wildly satirical Super Heroes in their first feature film extravaganza - a fresh, gleefully clever, kid-appropriately crass and tongue-in-cheek play on the superhero genre, complete with musical numbers.
It seems to the Teens that all the major superheroes out there are starring in their own movies - everyone but the Teen Titans, that is! But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation, and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream. But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously Super-Villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry. The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line!
Will Arnett (“The LEGO® Batman Movie”) and Kristen Bell (“Frozen”) lend their voices to the first-ever big-screen version of DC Entertainment and Cartoon Network’s animated TV show, which also stars Greg Cipes (TV’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) as Beast Boy, Scott Menville (TV’s “Spider-Man”) as Robin, Khary Payton (“The Walking Dead”) as Cyborg, Tara Strong (the “My Little Pony” franchise) as Raven, and Hynden Walch (TV’s “Adventure Time with Finn & Jake”) as Starfire, reprising their roles from the series.
The film is being directed by Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail, from a screenplay by Michael Jelenic and Horvath, based on characters from DC. Michail, Will Arnett and Peggy Regan are producing, with Sam Register, Jelenic and Horvath serving as executive producers. Apart from Arnett, all are “Teen Titans GO!” series contributors.
- Thriller, Horror
Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge.
To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.
Coming off the most successful film in the series, The Purge: Election Year, creator James DeMonaco (writer/director of The Purge, The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year) returns alongside the producers of this worldwide phenomenon: Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Insidious series, Get Out, Split), Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ouija series, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and DeMonaco’s longtime production partner, Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers).
The First Purge is directed by Gerard McMurray (Burning Sands), working from a screenplay once again written by DeMonaco.
- Comedy, Musical
In this sequel to Mamma Mia!, Sophie learns about her mother's past while pregnant herself.
The film was announced in May 2017, with the intention of it reaching theaters in July 2018. Several returning members of the cast were confirmed shortly after. Principal photography began in August 2017 and ran through until December of that year.
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- Comedy, Animation, Family
Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury Monster Cruise Ship so he can take a vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. The rest of Drac’s Pack cannot resist going along and once they leave port, romance zings Drac when he meets the mysterious ship captain Ericka. Now it’s Mavis’ turn to play the overprotective parent, keeping her dad and Ericka apart. Little do they know that his “too good to be true” love interest is actually a descendant of Van Helsing, arch nemesis to Dracula and all monsters!
Development on a third installment in this series began as far back as 2015, prior to the second film's release. Sony officially announced it in September 2015. Originally, director Genndy Tartakovsky wasn't going to come back for this movie, but changed his mind after other projects fell through. He was inspired by a terrible family vacation, as well as the Vacation movies. This film received its official title in November 2017. The earlier entries were mildly successful at the box office, earning $148.3 million and $169.7 million domestically.
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- Comedy, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a universe of greed.
Writer/director Boots Riley was inspired by his stint as a telemarketer and penned the screenplay. He originally had no intention of actually making it into a film, but the movie was officially announced in June 2017. Riley signed on to helm the project, with the principal cast signing on shortly after. Sorry to Bother You hit the Sundance Film Festival and South by Southwest prior to debuting in theaters. At Sundance, it was a nominee for the Grand Jury prize.
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An introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school.
This film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it received widespread acclaim for the script and performances. It won the Audience Favorite award and was nominated for the Grand Jury prize.
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- Sci-Fi, Romance
Two colleagues at a revolutionary research lab design technology to improve and perfect romantic relationships. As their work progresses, their discoveries become more profound.
The film was in development as early as 2016, when Charlie Hunnam was in the lead male role. Ewan McGregor replaced Hunnam in 2017, joining the project with the rest of the supporting cast. Production started in May 2017. Zoe premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2018, where Amazon Studios acquired distribution rights.
After Portland slacker John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix) nearly loses his life in a car accident, the last thing he intends to do is give up drinking. But when he reluctantly enters treatment – with encouragement from his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and a charismatic sponsor (Jonah Hill) – Callahan discovers a gift for drawing edgy, irreverent newspaper cartoons that develop a national following and grant him a new lease on life.
Based on a true story, this poignant, insightful and often funny drama about the healing power of art is adapted from Callahan’s autobiography and directed by two-time Oscar® nominee Gus Van Sant. Jack Black, Carrie Brownstein, Beth Ditto and Kim Gordon also star.