IMDb Picks: July Editors' Picks

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Check out what IMDb Editors are watching this month.

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Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Spider-Man: Homecoming

After his scene-stealing appearance in Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man is finally getting his first fully-fledged entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom Holland brings a lighter approach to the web-slinger, which feels closer to the comics, and Michael Keaton appears to balance that with his dark take on the villainous Vulture. Recent attempts to bring Spidey to the big screen have delivered mixed results so hopes are high that this will be the Spider-Man movie we've been waiting for. Go web! — Michael

Opens Friday, July 7

The Defiant Ones (2017)

"The Defiant Ones"

Anyone who came of musical age in the 1990s or is interested in how many of today's top recording artists have achieved and sustained their success would do well to give this HBO four-part miniseries a look. "The Defiant Ones" takes a deep dive into the collaborative relationship of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, whose peculiar and productive partnership has launched many of the industry's most enduring and widely acclaimed artists. Get ready for the parade of testimonials from music's biggest heavyweights including Bono, Eminem, Bruce Springsteen, and more. — Bret

Premieres Sunday, July 9, on HBO

François Arnaud and Shannon Lorance in Midnight, Texas (2017)

"Midnight, Texas"

As a fan of "True Blood," I was excited to learn about "Midnight, Texas", the new drama from author Charlaine Harris. Similar to Bon Temps, Midnight is a safe haven for those who are "different," which is code vampires, witches, shape shifters, and a new resident psychic played by François Arnaud. Sure, it sounds very familiar, but because it will air on NBC, the show will likely have less skin and violence. Who knows, maybe there will be a crossover and we'll get to see Sookie again. Either way, count me in. — Michelle

Premieres Monday, July 9, on NBC

Salvation (2017)


Just in time for the summer TV lull, CBS is giving us the 13-part, end of the world via giant asteroid series "Salvation." The trailer hits all of the right beats including an MIT student discovering the impending doom, top-secret government bunkers, a shadowy cover up conspiracy and ends with a shot of everyone looking up as the asteroid streaks across the sky. I'm breaking out the popcorn for this one. — Vanessa

Premieres Sunday, July 12, on CBS

Karin Konoval, Andy Serkis, Terry Notary, and Michael Adamthwaite in War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

War for the Planet of the Apes

For a moment there I thought comic relief in the form of Steve Zahn's character, Bad Ape, might derail what's proved to be one of the strongest movie trilogies ever made, but advanced reviews from a few friends who have seen Matt Reeves' final Apes installment agree with the journalists who have said that the picture deserves a Special Achievement Oscar. — Arno

Opens Friday, July 14

Zoe Kazan and Kumail Nanjiani in The Big Sick (2017)

The Big Sick

Kumail Nanjiani's romantic comedy about how he met his wife, Emily V. Gordon, is more than your run-of-the-mill rom-com. The story moves deftly between typical "boy meets girl" to an exploration of how to bridge differences between families, cultures, religions, and nationalities. Nanjiani and Ray Romano have a great comedic chemistry that's a delight to watch, and Holly Hunter's nuanced performance is already creating Oscar buzz. "The Big Sick" is the romantic comedy for people who don't like romantic comedies. — Pam

In theaters Friday, July 14

Joey King in Wish Upon (2017)

Wish Upon

Quick tip to any woe-begotten teenagers looking to turn their fortunes around by means of a mysterious magic box: Turn your head and walk away. From the director of Annabelle comes this cautionary tale, which serves to remind teenagers that there's a precious price to pay if you want all your desires fulfilled. We're excited to see Joey King's performance as the teenaged protagonist and IMDb fan favorite Shannon Purser in yet another turn as the crucial yet totally undervalued best friend. — Bret

In theaters Friday, July 14

City of Ghosts (2017)

City of Ghosts

After taking us into the crossfire of the Mexican Drug War with his Oscar-nominated documentary Cartel Land, filmmaker Matthew Heineman brought his camera into Syria for his follow-up, City of Ghosts. The film tells the story of Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, a group of civilian journalists and activists who risked their lives to report on the atrocities of the Syrian Civil War. Having premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews, Heineman’s film is being considered a definitive account of the conflict and one of the most important films of the year. — Matt Opens Friday, July 14

Fred Savage, Nat Faxon, Annie Parisse, Jae Suh Park, Cobie Smulders, Keegan-Michael Key, and Billy Eichner in Friends from College (2017)

"Friends From College"

Didn't know I needed a TV show about wayward and self-centered fortysomethings until I watched 3 episodes in a row of Netflix's new summer comedy and then immediately entered the show's released into my phone (the type of action that's typically reserved for "Game of Thrones" or "Rick and Morty" — both of which return this month, curiously). Bonus points for casting Fred Savage and Billy Eichner as a couple. -Arno

Series Premiere: Friday, July 14 on Netflix

Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones (2011)

"Game of Thrones"

Winter is here. More than a year since our last glimpse of Westeros, the granddaddy of fantasy drama is back, and there are questions that need answering. Where will Daenerys descend with her formidable fighting force, complete with dragons? How long can Cersei hold the Iron Throne, and what will her brother Jaime make of her fierce reign? How will Sansa struggle with the power wielded by her half-brother Jon Snow? And what next for the White Walkers? Whatever happens, this penultimate season of "Game of Thrones" looks epic. — Michael

Premieres Sunday, July 16, on HBO

Dunkirk (2017)


When I first heard about Chris Nolan's latest film, I was a bit reluctant because I typically shy away from war movies. So I was happy to learn that Nolan has gone on record declaring that although the film is set during World War II, he considers it a suspense film. And of course, with Nolan this isn't a simple narrative, but three stories told from three points of view: one from land, one from sea, and one from the air. The footage from the trailer is breathtaking so I can't wait to see his take on this piece of history. — Michelle

In theaters Friday, July 21

Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish in Girls Trip (2017)

Girls Trip

A couple months ago it seemed like this summer would feature two hit comedies fronted by ensembles of funny women, then Rough Night bit it pretty hard at the box office, so perhaps Queen Latifah and company are feeling the pressure as they head to New Orleans for Essence Festival. Personally, Girls Trip always seemed like the better option; I'd rather hear Tiffany Haddish say "bootyhole" and down some cocktails 100 times more than a group of frantic friends trying to dispose of a dead stripper's body. — Arno

Opens Friday, July 21

Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde (2017)

Atomic Blonde

This is veteran stunt man and coordinator David Leitch's feature-length directorial debut and I can't wait to see how he brings that sensibility from his work on films like X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Bourne Legacy, and The Mechanic to the action and fight scenes, like stuntman turned director Chad Stahelski did before him in John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2. Now if we can get a John Wick/Atomic Blonde crossover, I could die happy. — Vanessa

In theaters Friday, July 28

Taraneh Alidoosti in Forushande (2016)

The Salesman

The Oscar-winning Iranian film The Salesman tells the story of a couple who, during the run of a performance Death of a Salesman, must deal with the repercussions after his wife is assaulted in their home. This story within a story unfolds as the characters pick up the pieces of their lives, each in their own way. — Pam

Available on Amazon Video on Thursday, July 6