10 Films For July

There are people, we're told, who just rock up to the theater on Friday night and see whatever is coming on next. We have never been those people. We scan the release calendar weeks, even months in advance, in order to check out what's coming to theaters, so we know what we're queueing up for, and when we'll be seeing it.

But it can be a little overwhelming, when every week sees a half-dozen movies or more released, whether wide or more limited. So to help you along your way, we've picked ten films that are unspooling in the next 30 days or so. So with no further ado...

Hans Zimmer
1. "The Dark Knight Rises"
Look, you've probably got your IMAX midnight tickets booked, so this is almost unnecessary to say. But it's certainly the most anticipated film of the month for 90% of the population, and there's no way this wasn't going to be atop this list. After all, while he's had dodgy patches (most notably the third act of "Batman Begins"), Christopher Nolan rarely puts a foot wrong, and trailers so far have been highly promising, suggesting an epic and expansive conclusion to his superhero trilogy. We do have our reservations in advance: will the film suffer from too many characters? Will Bane feel like a disappointment as a villain after the Joker in "The Dark Knight?" Will that two-hour-forty-five running time be indulgent? It remains to be seen. But In Nolan We Trust.
When? July 20th

2. "Alps"
Yorgos Lanthimos' "Dogtooth" was something of a slow-burn; it took over a year from its Cannes premiere to reach U.S. audiences, and even then wasn't exactly a wide release. But it gained the Greek director plenty of fans, made many year-end top 10 lists, and was even an unlikely nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. His follow-up has had a similarly lengthy path to the U.S, but ten months after its Venice premiere, it will land, and it rocks. About four strangers who operate a service where they stand in for the deceased for those grieving them, it's stranger, richer and more original than even "Dogtooth," and it's beautifully framed construction confirms the director as one of the most exciting talents in world cinema. In a summer that's been a little thin on decent foreign-language fare, this is one of the real treats. Read our original review from Venice here.
When? July 13th