IMDb Picks: July Art-House Picks

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IMDb Picks: July Art-House Picks

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A Ghost Story (2017)

A Ghost Story

Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara star in this story of a recently deceased man who returns to his home as a white-sheeted ghost in an attempt to reconnect with his bereft wife. First seen at Sundance Film Festival in January, the drama has been praised for its graceful approach to loss. Affleck has also been applauded for his performance, which is doubly impressive as he remains under a sheet for most of the film. — Mike

Opens in limited release on Friday, July 7

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Florence Pugh in Lady Macbeth (2016)

Lady Macbeth

Do not mistake this for a stuffy, British period drama. Lady Macbeth has been branded by critics as a "seductive mix of sex and murder," and invited audiences to "imagine Alfred Hitchcock directing Wuthering Heights." It also features a star-making performance from Florence Pugh. — Mike

Opens in limited release on Friday, July 14

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Catherine Frot in Sage femme (2017)

The Midwife

Really all we need is the sight of Catherine Deneuve smoking a cigarette, offering whisky, and saying lines such as, "You're getting prettier every day. But that raincoat has to go" and we're going to see the movie no matter what. But in the new movie from Martin Provost, Deneuve's on-screen majesty has a proper counterpart in Catherine Frot, as the two women reconnect after a 30-year separation. — Arno

Opens in limited release on Friday, July 14

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Edie Falco, Jenny Slate, and Abby Quinn in Landline (2017)

Landline

To be clear, there has been no shortage of '90s-tinged nostalgia trips on both the big and small screens. But this charmer of a movie, directed by Gillian Robespierre, connected with viewers at Sundance as much for its evocative soundtrack as for its assured ensemble acting work. The cast, led by performances by Jenny Slate, Abby Quinn, and Edie Falco, help to compose a portrait of a family with very contemporary problems, even if set some 20 years ago. — Bret

Opens in limited release on Friday, July 21

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Escapes (2017)

Escapes

Even the most straightforward Hollywood profile tends to capture our interest, but when you have an experimental filmmaker piecing together the many lives of Blade Runner writer Hampton Fancher, one of the potentially best stories of the season will arrive in documentary form. Fancher famously butted heads with Ridley Scott on the Blade Runner set, romanced his way through Hollywood, changed his name at least once in his life, and is also a renown flamenco dancer. Most of today's leading men pale in comparison. — Arno

Opens in limited release on Tuesday, July 25

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Al Gore in An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017)

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

As if we weren't already interested in catching up with Al Gore and his current stance on global climate change and the cleaner energy revolution, we love that co-directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk are treating their documentary like a living document as they update the project with information in the wake of President Donald Trump pulling the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord. — Arno

Opens in limited release on Friday, July 28

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Mark Hamill and Kyle Mooney in Brigsby Bear (2017)

Brigsby Bear

Movie fans who have grown up accustomed to seeing Mark Hamill play either the consummate hero or voice a classic comic-book villain will find new things to appreciate about the actor in this quirky comedy from writers Kevin Costello and Kyle Mooney, who also stars as the film's central character. Mooney is joined by a robust cast of familiar faces including Claire Danes, Andy Samberg, Greg Kinnear, and more. — Bret

Opens in limited release on Friday, July 28

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Adan Jodorowsky in Poesía Sin Fin (2016)

Endless Poetry

Chilean artist and filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky tells the story of his early years as an aspiring poet in 1940s Chile. Visually stunning, Endless Poetry is as much about the pursuit of art, love, poetry, and truth as it is about Jodorowsky himself. Oh, and Jodorowsky's son, Adan, portrays his father! — Mike

Opens in the U.S. on Monday, July 24