Editors' Picks: 17 Things We Have to See This July

by IMDb-Editors | created - 16 Jun 2016 | updated - 27 Jul 2016 | Public

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1. The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

44 Metascore

Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Rory J. Saper, Christian Stevens, Christoph Waltz

Votes: 148,771 | Gross: $126.64M

When I first heard about this reboot, I wasn't too excited. But after seeing the gorgeous trailer and learning David Yates was at the helm, I couldn't help but be intrigued. If anyone other than Alexander Skarsgård was in the leading role, I seriously doubt I’d be interested. There aren't many actors who could pull off both Victorian garb and a loin cloth. — Michelle

Opens Friday, July 1, in wide release.

2. The BFG (2016)

PG | 117 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

66 Metascore

An orphan little girl befriends a benevolent giant who takes her to Giant Country, where they attempt to stop the man-eating giants that are invading the human world.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement

Votes: 68,693 | Gross: $55.48M

My fourth grade teacher read this book aloud to our class. As she moved through the chapters, I fell in love with the story. It kicked off a voracious reading habit that has continued until today. I can't wait to see this classic (to me) tale brought to life. — Lance

Opens Friday, July 1, in wide release.

3. Dark Matter (2015–2017)

TV-14 | 42 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

In the dystopian 27th century, six people wake up on a deserted spaceship with no memory of who they are or what they're doing there. They reluctantly team up and set off to find answers with the help of a female android.

Stars: Melissa O'Neil, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr., Zoie Palmer

Votes: 35,183

I’m especially thrilled that “Dark Matter” is coming back for a second season, as the fate of this show was up in the air for quite some time, and Season 1 ended with an OMG cliffhanger that I didn’t see coming. (Really? It was you??) Season 1 played out as a fast-moving “whodunit” as a crew of six on a derelict spaceship awake from stasis with no memory of who they are and how they got there, and the only thing that was certain was that one of their ranks wiped their memories. That question has seemingly been answered. So, I’m excited to see the how the show will keep the mysteries coming. (Really? It was you??) Things certainly can’t be as they seem! — Vanessa

Season 2 premieres on Friday, July 1, on Syfy.

4. The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

PG | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

61 Metascore

The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.

Directors: Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney | Stars: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Lake Bell

Votes: 159,467 | Gross: $368.38M

It's been a long time since a trailer made me laugh as hard as i I did when I watched the first teaser for The Secret Life of Pets. I watched over and over and shared it with all my pet-loving friends. I have a feeling this movie will join the ranks of Finding Nemo and Toy Story as a timeless family favorite. — Michelle

Opens Friday, July 8, in wide release.

5. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)

R | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

51 Metascore

Two hard-partying brothers place an online ad to find the perfect dates for their sister's Hawaiian wedding. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves out-hustled by an uncontrollable duo.

Director: Jake Szymanski | Stars: Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza

Votes: 74,143 | Gross: $46.01M

It's wedding season, y'all! Welcome to Wedding Crashers: The Next Generation. Mike and Dave Stangle (played by Adam DeVine and Zac Efron) are looking for dates to their sister’s wedding. So, naturally, they put out an ad on Craigslist. I'm looking forward to the debauchery that unfolds, watching Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza try to out-bro the bros, Adam DeVine and Zac Efron. — Akimi

Opens Friday, July 8, in wide release.

6. Captain Fantastic (2016)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

72 Metascore

In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.

Director: Matt Ross | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso

Votes: 157,147 | Gross: $5.88M

For my 10th birthday my father gave me a bunch of grown-up books about philosophy and math. So, I'm excited to see a movie about a similarly weird dad. Viggo Mortensen stars as Ben, a man who home-schooled his six kids in the country. When his wife commits suicide, the family is forced to leave their cocoon. His children soon discover that they are ill-prepared for the outside world. The film won the Un Certain Regard directing prize at the Cannes Film Festival and seems poised to become this summer's indie hit. — Sara

Opens Friday, July 8, in limited release.

7. The Real Housewives of New Jersey (2009– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Reality-TV

Another installment of Bravo's "The Real Housewives" reality show. In this series, they focus on housewives living in New Jersey.

Stars: Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Jacqueline Laurita, Joe Giudice

Votes: 2,850

In the words of Melissa Gorga, things are changing in Jersey. My excitement level for the return of this show (and Teresa Giudice) is off the charts! With what is sure to be an emotional reunion for Teresa Giudice and her family after her being in prison for a year, the storylines are going to be more real and raw than we've ever seen before. — Shara

Season 7 Premieres Sunday, July 10, on Bravo

8. Mr. Robot (2015– )

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Elliot, a brilliant but highly unstable young cyber-security engineer and vigilante hacker, becomes a key figure in a complex game of global dominance when he and his shadowy allies try to take down the corrupt corporation he works for.

Stars: Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin

Votes: 274,410

“Mr. Robot” was hands-down my favorite show of 2015, and I’ve been waiting less than patiently since the post credit finale scene for Season 2. (Didn’t see that one coming did you??) Season 1 gave us the kind of massive revelations usually held back for a third or fourth season, and left us with more questions than answers. And you know, I’m fine with that. I’m so far down the rabbit hole with this series and looking forward to plummeting deeper. The slate has been wiped clean for Season 2; anything could happen as we head back into Elliot’s (Rami Malek) head and follow his unreliable journey through the fallout of the Five/Nine hack. Series creator, writer, producer, and genius Sam Esmail is also taking on directing duties for all of Season 2, which will be truly a singular, self-contained vision. I could go on and on and on about this show. — Vanessa

Season 2 premieres on Wednesday, July 13, on USA.

9. Ghostbusters (2016)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

60 Metascore

Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones

Votes: 185,377 | Gross: $128.34M

Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! My excitement level is through the roof for this one. Directed by Paul Feig and starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon with a side of Chris Hemsworth, this fresh take on the supernatural comedy is sure to bring the LOLs. — Shara

Opens Friday, July 15, in wide release.

10. Stranger Things (2016– )

TV-14 | 51 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back.

Stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder, David Harbour

Votes: 577,218

After I watched the trailer for this Netflix TV show from "Wayward Pines" writer duo Ross and Matt Duffer, I stopped wishing for a Beetlejuice sequel and began hoping that the show is worthy of Winona Ryder's talent (and vice versa) and that it leads to more genre work for her. — Arno

Debuts Friday, July 15, on Netflix

11. Vice Principals (2016–2018)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

An over protective father is obsessed with becoming a principal and competes against the popular vice principal. However something happens that makes them work together to save the day.

Stars: Danny McBride, Walton Goggins, Sheaun McKinney, Georgia King

Votes: 16,769

I'm so excited to see Danny McBride and Walton Goggins go head-to-head on the small screen this month. The two play immature high school vice principals (and frenemies) vying to become top dog. Both actors have already proven they can play supreme jerks with the best of 'em — who didn't love Goggins in "Justified" and McBride in "East Bound and Down"? The onscreen sparks and vitriolic humor are sure to fly in their first ever project together. — Chako

Premieres on HBO on Sunday, July 17.

12. Don't Think Twice (2016)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

83 Metascore

When a member of a popular New York City improv troupe gets a huge break, the rest of the group - all best friends - start to realize that not everyone is going to make it after all.

Director: Mike Birbiglia | Stars: Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Chris Gethard

Votes: 15,172 | Gross: $4.42M

Who hasn't at one point or another mused about hitting it big as a comedian on "Saturday Night Live"? This film explores what happens to an improv group when comedy success comes to a member of the troupe in the form of a big break on a weekend TV show. Written and directed by the very funny Mike Birbiglia, this movie seeks to do more than just serve up additional hackneyed improv-as-real-life metaphors. It exposes the perils of transitioning into your 30s, the challenge of being funny both on stage and off, and the need to (re)define success as a very personal matter. — Bret

Opens Friday, July 22, in limited release.

13. BoJack Horseman (2014– )

TV-MA | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

BoJack Horseman was the star of the hit TV show "Horsin' Around" in the '90s, now he's washed up, living in Hollywood, complaining about everything, and wearing colorful sweaters.

Stars: Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Aaron Paul

Votes: 68,255

I love this show. Finally I get to see animals the way I like them: walking around like human beings. The show keeps getting better. So, I am excited to see if they can top themselves again. — Lance

Season 3 premieres on Friday, July 22, on Netflix.

14. Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime

59 Metascore

After attracting both media and police attention for accidentally knocking Kate Moss into the River Thames, Edina and Patsy hide out in the south of France.

Director: Mandie Fletcher | Stars: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Jane Horrocks, Julia Sawalha

Votes: 10,850 | Gross: $4.75M

Sweetie, baby, darling ... Patsy and Edina are back! The British TV comedy about two perpetually drunk fashionistas was the toast of the 1990s in England and had a major cult following in the U.S. Now the duo are getting their own movie. Based on the trailer, the characters' trademark dark humor has survived the passage of time, though Patsy and Edina still seemed determined to party like its 1999. — Sara

Opens Friday, July 22, in limited release.

15. Equity (I) (2016)

R | 100 min | Drama

68 Metascore

Senior investment banker Naomi Bishop is threatened by a financial scandal and must untangle a web of corruption.

Director: Meera Menon | Stars: Anna Gunn, James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner

Votes: 3,109 | Gross: $1.60M

In her first major role since "Breaking Bad" wrapped, Anna Gunn consumes and savors every line of dialogue in the promising trailer for this Wall Street thriller. Looks like Gunn will be psychosexually involved with James Purefoy (jealous) and cat-and-moused by the generally underutilized Alysia Reiner, who plays a state attorney and old friend of Gunn's character.

Reiner along with supporting actress Sarah Megan Thomas are two of the principals in the recently formed production/distribution company Broad Street Pictures, adding some realness to these proceedings. — Arno

Opens Friday, July 29, in limited release

16. Jason Bourne (2016)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Thriller

58 Metascore

The CIA's most dangerous former operative is drawn out of hiding to uncover more explosive truths about his past.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 188,991 | Gross: $162.43M

Jason Bourne is reborn, and this time he remembers everything. If he was having an identity crisis in the first installment, imagine what the former CIA assassin has to contend with now.

If you’re looking for a break from superheroes (and you likely will be come late July), Bourne is your guy. No special powers or high-tech gadgets: He gets by on wits and muscle, oh, and some fire, guns, and motorcycles; this is a summer blockbuster. Best of all, Bourne is a spy with a conscience, and he could kick Bond’s boozed-up butt. — Melissa

Opens Friday, July 29, in wide release.

17. Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens (2016 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Fin, his family and the cosmos have been blissfully sharknado-free in the five years since the most recent attack, but now sharks and tornadoes are being whipped up in unexpected ways and places.

Director: Anthony C. Ferrante | Stars: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Masiela Lusha, Cody Linley

Votes: 6,423

Need a diversion from political coverage of the Democratic and Republican Conventions? A freak cyclone of man-eating sharks may be just the ticket. Yes, Syfy returns with an even more cleverly titled fourth edition of its cult favorite. In this latest film, Fin (Ian Ziering) and April Shepard (Tara Reid) are back five years after the events of "Sharknado 3." And the action, set in Las Vegas, is just as preposterous and campy. Joining returning faces David Hasselhoff and Ryan Newman are Tommy Davidson, Gary Busey, Cody Linley, Stacey Dash, and Cheryl Tiegs, plus a slew of cameos too numerous and too blissfully random to mention here. Does April live or die? Who cares! It's Vegas! — Bret

Premieres on HBO on Sunday, July 31, on Syfy.

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