July is here, which means we’re in the thick of the summer movie release season and the release calendar finally reflects that after the weirdest year ever. A Marvel movie is back in theaters for the first time in two years, three wildly different and equally fascinating horror movies come our way along with an epic Arthurian legend, a sequel-reboot 25 years in the making, the origin story of an iconic fictional character, one rollicking jungle adventure, and more. In other words, it’s a great month to be a movie lover and a moviegoer.
Here are all the wide-release movies coming to theaters in July 2021.
The Forever Purge – Release Date: Friday, July 2
Cast: Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Huerta, Josh Lucas, Cassidy Freeman, Leven Rambin, Alejandro Edda, Will Patton, Verónica Falcón, Susie Abromeit, Anthony Molinari
Director: Everardo Gout
The fifth and final installment of the Purge franchise, The Forever Purge is set after the abolition of the Purge. After the last presidential election, the Purge is no more and things seem – relatively – peaceful. But in some pockets of the United States, people still carry it out in secret. When a young Mexican couple trying to escape a drug cartel is stranded in Texas, they soon run afoul of some of those people. The outsiders, who are determined to carry on the traditions of the Purge, turn on the young couple, who suddenly find themselves in a completely different fight for survival.
The Boss Baby: Family Business – Release Date: Friday, July 2
Cast: Alec Baldwin, Jeff Goldblum, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Ariana Greenblatt, Eva Longoria, James Marsden, Amy Sedaris
Director: Tom McGrath
In the sequel to the hit family film, The Boss Baby: Family Business returns to the adventure of the Templeton brothers. Now grown adults, they’ve drifted apart and live separate lives. But a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach is about to bring them together again and along the way inspire a new family business.
Black Widow – Release Date: Friday, July 9
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, Ray Winstone, O-T Fagbenle, Ever Anderson, Violet McGraw, William Hurt
Director: Cate Shortland
Long the most mysterious Avengers, Natasha Romanoff will finally have her story told in Marvel’s Black Widow. Set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Natasha is on the run. When she receives a mysterious package from an unexpected source, she heads to Budapest to track them down. Soon, she’s reunited with her “sister,” fellow Black Widow program graduate Yelena Belova, along with the two Russian spies who posed as their parents. It’s up to their dysfunctional found family to bring down Russia’s Red Room program and put an end to the horrors there once and for all.
Space Jam: A New Legacy – Release Date: Friday, July 16
Cast: LeBron James, Zendaya, Don Cheadle, Khris Davis, Sonequa Martin-Green, Cedric Joe, Jeff Bergman, Eric Bauza, Gabriel Iglesias, J. Michael Tatum
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
When LeBron and his young son Dom are trapped in a digital space by a rogue A.I., LeBron must get them home safe in Space Jam: A New Legacy. Leading Bugs, Lola Bunny, and the whole gang of notoriously undisciplined Looney Tunes to victory over the A.I.’s digitized champions on the court, LeBron and his team must go up against a powered-up roster of professional basketball stars as you’ve never seen them before. It’s Tunes versus Goons in the highest-stakes challenge of his life, one that will redefine LeBron’s bond with his son and shine a light on the power of being yourself. The ready-for-action Tunes destroy convention, supercharge their unique talents and surprise even “King” James by playing the game their own way.
Die In A Gunfight – Release Date: Friday, July 16
Cast: Alexandra Daddario, Diego Boneta, Billy Crudup, Travis Fimmel, Justin Chatwin, Wade Allain-Marcus, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Nicola Correia Damude, John Ralston
Director: Collin Schiffli
A modern-day version of Romeo & Juliet, Die in a Gunfight tells the story of two star-crossed lovers from different crime families, the Rathcarts and the Gibbons. The rebellious Ben meets and falls in love with Mary, the daughter of his father’s lifelong nemesis, and their love kicks off a war full of love, lust, betrayal and consequences.
Escape Room: Tournament Of Champions – Release Date: Friday, July 16
Cast: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Indya Moore, Holland Roden, Isabelle Fuhrman, Carlito Olivero, Thomas Cocquerel, James Frain
Director: Adam Robitel
The sequel to 2019’s Escape Room, Escape Room: Tournament of Champions has been flying quietly under the radar so far. Virtually nothing is known about the movie at this time save for what director Adam Robitel has indicated might spin out of the first movie. In that film, it was revealed the sinister Minos organization was behind the deadly escape rooms. The sequel is expected to dig into Minos being more powerful and doing far more disturbing surveillance of people than previously thought. Outside of that, nothing is known. However, we can expect the escape room to be bigger and more complex than ever.
Snake Eyes – Release Date: Friday, July 23
Cast: Henry Golding, Andrew Koji, Úrsula Corberó, Samara Weaving, Haruka Abe, Takehiro Hira, Peter Mensah, Iko Uwais
Director: Robert Schwentke
Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins stars Henry Golding as Snake Eyes, a tenacious loner who is welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan called the Arashikage after saving the life of their heir apparent. Upon arrival in Japan, the Arashikage teach Snake Eyes the ways of the ninja warrior while also providing something he’s been longing for: a home. But, when secrets from his past are revealed, Snake Eyes’ honor and allegiance will be tested – even if that means losing the trust of those closest to him.
Old – Release Date: Friday, July 23
Cast: Gael García Bernal, Eliza Scanlen, Thomasin McKenzie, Aaron Pierre, Alex Wolff, Vicky Krieps, Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ken Leung, Rufus Sewell
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
One thing you know you can count on with an M. Night Shyamalan movie is that it will have a mystery at the heart of it and a weird twist. Old might be one of the weirdest films he’s done yet. A family heads on what they think will be an idyllic tropical holiday. However, they quickly find something is very, very wrong with the secluded beach and they begin to age rapidly, with their lives threatening to be snuffed out within a day if they can’t find their way out of the nightmare.
The Comeback Trail – Release Date: Friday, July 23
Cast: Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Morgan Freeman, Zach Braff, Emile Hirsch, Eddie Griffin, Kate Katzman, Blerim Destani
Director: George Gallo
This dark, screwball comedy has a stacked cast. In The Comeback Trail, Robert De Niro and Zach Braff are two shady movie producers who owe money to Morgan Freeman’s mob boss. Out of time and out of options, the two scheme to set up aging movie star Duke Montana (Tommy Lee Jones) in a life insurance scam. However, they soon wind up getting more than they ever bargained for when Duke proves impossible to kill.
The Green Knight – Release Date: Friday, July 30
Cast: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Sarita Choudhury, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Barry Keoghan, Ralph Ineson
Director: David Lowery
An epic fantasy adventure based on the timeless Arthurian legend, The Green Knight tells the story of Sir Gawain (Dev Patel), King Arthur’s reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to confront the Green Knight, a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger and tester of men. Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves, and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and kingdom by facing the ultimate challenger. From visionary filmmaker David Lowery comes a fresh and bold spin on a classic tale about the Knights of the Round Table.
Jungle Cruise – Release Date: Friday, July 30
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Edgar Ramírez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti, Verónica Falcón, Andy Nyman
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
The next live-action Disney movie based on one of its theme park rides, Jungle Cruise is a throwback adventure movie with Dwayne Johnson’s skipper Frank Wolff and Emily Blunt’s intrepid researcher Dr. Lily Houghton. Lily travels from London, England to the Amazon jungle and enlists Frank’s services to guide her downriver on his ramshackle-but-charming boat. Lily is determined to find the source of the myth of an ancient tree with unparalleled healing abilities possessing the power to change the future of medicine. Bound together on the epic quest, the odd couple encounters all sorts of danger lurking in the rainforest, both human and supernatural. But as the secrets of the mythical, mystical tree unfold, the stakes get bigger as mankind’s future hangs in the balance.
Stillwater – Release Date: Friday, July 30
Cast: Matt Damon, Abigail Breslin, Camille Cottin, Deanna Dunagan, Robert Peters
Director: Tom McCarthy
The dramatic thriller directed by Academy Award winner Tom McCarthy stars Matt Damon. Stillwater follows an American oil-rig roughneck from Oklahoma who travels to Marseille to visit his estranged daughter, in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit. Confronted with language barriers, cultural differences, and a complicated legal system, Bill builds a new life for himself in France as he makes it his personal mission to exonerate his daughter.