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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, July 17; What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, July 17; What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 17. [Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.]


Director: Peyton Reed
Cast: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Michael Peña, Wood Harris, David Dastmalchian, T.I., Jordi Mollà, John Slattery, Hayley Atwell, Abby Ryder Fortson, Martin Donovan, Gregg Turkington, Steven Wiig, Etienne Vick, Vanessa Ross
Synopsis: “Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (13 reviews)

Director: Judd Apatow
Cast: Amy Schumer, Brie Larson, Tilda Swinton, Ezra Miller, Bill Hader, John Cena, LeBron James, Vanessa Bayer, Method Man, Daniel Radcliffe, Marisa Tomei, Jon Glaser
Synopsis: “Since she was a little girl, it’s been drilled into Amy’s head by her rascal of a dad that monogamy isn’t realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo—enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment—but in actuality, she’s kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article she’s writing, a charming and successful sports doctor named Aaron Conners, Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be on to something.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (18 reviews)


Director: Fabrice Du Welz
Cast: Laurent Lucas, Lola Dueñas, Héléna Noguerra, Edith le Merdy, Anne-Marie Loop, Stéphane Bissot, Pili Groyne, David Murgia
Synopsis: “Manipulated by an oppressive and jealous husband, Gloria runs away with her daughter and restarts her life far from men and the world. Encouraged by her friend Madeleine, Gloria agrees to meet Michel via a dating website. Something happens between them at first sight. Michel, a small time, bottom of the range crook is disturbed and Gloria falls hopelessly in love. Michel leaves out of fear but Gloria tracks him down and makes him promise never to leave her again. Desperate to save this love, she abandoned her daughter and decided to pose as Michel’s sister so he could continue his little scams. But jealousy gradually blighted Gloria’s life…” [Director’s Fortnight]
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (10 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to Chicago and Austin on July 24th and Delaware on July 31st)

Director: Pablo Fendrik
Cast: Gael García Bernal, Alice Braga, Jorge Sesán, Claudio Tolcachir, Iván Steinhardt, Chico Diaz, Lautaro Vilo, Julían Tello
Synopsis: “Gael García Bernal portrays a mysterious man who emerges from the Argentinean rainforest to rescue the kidnapped daughter (Alice Braga) of a poor farmer after mercenaries murder her father and take over his property.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle)

Director: Vishal Solanki & Hanh Nguyen
Synopsis: “Learn the story behind your morning Joe. From seed to mug, coffee, and the process by which it is created, has shaped the lives of thousands of individuals worldwide. Working with Geoff Watts, famous green-buyer, the filmmakers travel to America’s most populous coffee-drinking cities and to producing countries, interviewing connoisseurs and farmers alike. With a focus on the social and cultural landscape of coffee, Caffeinated gives the coffee consumer unprecedented access to the farmers responsible for growing that perfect bean, and the producers responsible for brewing that perfect cup.”
Theatrical Release: Chicago (screens in various cities throughout the end of August)

Director: Chaitanya Tamhane
Cast: Usha Bane, Vivek Gomber, Pradeep Joshi, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Shirish Pawar, Vira Sathidar
Synopsis: “A sewerage worker’s dead body is found inside a manhole in Mumbai. An ageing folk singer is tried in court on charges of abetment of suicide. He is accused of performing an inflammatory song which might have incited the worker to commit the act. As the trial unfolds, the personal lives of the lawyers and the judge involved in the case are observed outside the court.”
Theatrical Release: New York (expands to a dozen additional markets throughout October)

Director: Patrick Brice
Cast: Mark Duplass, Patrick Brice
Synopsis: “Looking for work, Aaron comes across a cryptic online ad: ‘$1,000 for the day. Filming service. Discretion is appreciated.’ Low on cash and full of naiveté, he decides to go for it. He drives to a cabin in a remote mountain town where he meets Josef, his cinematic subject for the day. Josef is sincere and the project seems heartfelt, so Aaron begins to film. But as the day goes on, it becomes clear that Josef is not who he says, and his intentions are not at all pure.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (7 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Streaming on Netflix

Famous Nathan
Director: Lloyd Handwerker
Synopsis: “Nathan’s Famous Frankfurters, a New York City icon, has left a lasting imprint on the collective memory and palate of Coney Island. Director and grandson of ‘Famous’ Nathan himself, Lloyd Handwerker, takes a look back at the immigrant experience and almost 100 years of family and New York history in this personal documentary gem. Featuring a strong score, colorful and endearing characters, rare archival material, and a nuanced editing style, Famous Nathan will not disappoint New York history enthusiasts.” [Tribeca Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on July 31st)

Director: Christian Keller
Cast: Sofía Espinosa, Marco Pérez, Tatiana Del Real, Ximena Romo
Synopsis: “Gloria Trevi, the ‘Mexican Madonna,’ rose from poverty to international stardom, only to be brought crashing down by a sex scandal that mesmerized the Spanish-speaking world. The true story of her astonishing life, from her meteoric rise to the top of the pop charts to the humiliating fall that followed, all set to a soundtrack of the diva’s infectious hits.” [SXSW Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: South Texas (opens in Los Angeles on August 7th)

A Hard Day
Director: Seong-Hun Kim
Cast: SunGyun Lee, Jin-woong Choi, Jeong Man-sik, Shin Jung-keun, Jang In-sub
Synopsis: “Homicide detective Geon-soo Go is having a hard day: in less than 24 hours, he receives a divorce notice from his wife, his mother passes away, and along with his coworkers, he becomes the focus of a police investigation over alleged embezzlement. Making things worse, on his way to his mother’s funeral, Geon-soo commits a fatal hit and run and then, desperately tries to hide the accident by hiding the man’s corpse in his deceased mother’s coffin. But when Geon-soo gets a mysterious call from a person claiming to be the sole witness of the crime, he realizes that someone has been watching him all along.”
Theatrical Release: New York (expands to six additional markets through early November)

Irrational Man
Director: Woody Allen
Cast: Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix, Jamie Blackley, Parker Posey
Synopsis: “Philosophy professor Abe Lucas is at rock bottom emotionally, unable to find any meaning or joy in life. Soon after arriving to teach at a small town college, Abe gets involved with two women: Rita Richards, a lonely professor who wants him to rescue her from her unhappy marriage; and Jill Pollard, his best student, who becomes his closest friend. Pure chance changes everything when Abe and Jill overhear a stranger’s conversation and become drawn in. Once Abe makes a profound choice, he is able to embrace life to the fullest again. But his decision sets off a chain of events that will affect him, Jill and Rita forever.” [Cannes Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (15 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Lila & Eve
Director: Charles Stone III
Cast: Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez, Shea Whigham, Aml Ameen, Julius Tennon, Ron Caldwell
Synopsis: “When teenage Stephon is killed in a drive-by shooting, his mother, Lila, slips into a paralyzing grief. She joins a support group for women who have lost children to crime and meets Eve, a woman whose little girl was killed the same night as Stephon. Lila and Eve form a friendship, and Lila begins to crawl out of her depression. She develops a burning desire to find justice for her son, and she presses the authorities for answers, but they are slow-moving and ineffective. It’s Eve who has the idea first—join together, find the drug dealers who shot Stephon dead, and bring them to justice themselves.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle and Washington, DC)

The Look of Silence
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Synopsis: “The film follows an optometrist who discovers how his brother was slain during the ‘65-’66 Indonesian tragedy and the identity of the killers. In search of answers, he decides to confront each of his brother’s murderers.” [SXSW Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (28 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on July 24th and expands to various cities nationwide through the end of September)

Mr. Holmes
Director: Bill Condon
Cast: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Zak Shukor, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan
Synopsis: “England in 1947. The famous detective Sherlock Holmes, now 93 years old, lives in his Sussex country house. When he goes to the cinema and sees a film about himself, he mostly shakes his head. For much of what he is purported to have done in the heroic stories has simply been made up. He never wore the legendary hat and, rather than the pipe, he always preferred a cigarette. Long since retired, he steers clear of people and dedicates himself chiefly to bee-keeping. The only people he suffers to be around him are housekeeper Mrs Munro and her small son Roger, whom Holmes is initiating into the secrets of apiculture. But sometimes his thoughts are beset by old cases. What really went on with the mysterious Ann Kelmot, whom he shadowed at her husband’s behest? And what connects him to the Umezaki family, who have invited him to Japan? Holmes undertakes one final big journey, experiences a botanical miracle and resolves to tell a compassionate lie.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia)

Northern Limit Line
Director: Kim Hak-Soon
Cast: Jin Goo, Kim Mu-yeol, Chung-ah Lee, Lee Wan, Lee Hyun-woo
Synopsis: “June 29th, 2002. As the citizens of South Korea celebrate the FIFA World Cup, the North Korean navy sends two patrol boats to a disputed border in the Yellow Sea. The surprise attack on Battleship 357, now remembered as the Battle of Yeonpyeong, honors the men who bravely fought for freedom – on the Northern Limit Line.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington, DC)

Director: Tony Aloupis
Cast: Evan Peters, Juno Temple, Kevin Alejandro, Christine Lahti, Jason Beghe, Ariel Winter, Meaghan Jette Martin, William Peltz, Don Stark
Synopsis: “The paths of three desperate individuals perilously cross in a dusty desert town. Charles is a high school senior with physical challenges, Vickie is a troubled runaway turning tricks at a truck stop, and Skid is her dangerously psychotic pimp, who has a huge chip on his shoulder. He continuously harasses Charles and Vickie but things take a menacing turn when the two embark on a road trip up the California coast to photograph lighthouses. Skid can’t stand the imagined betrayal and comes looking to punish Vickie, armed with a hunting knife. The three of them face each other in a violent showdown that will change their lives forever.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle)

The Stanford Prison Experiment
Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Cast: Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Thirlby, Johnny Simmons
Synopsis: “It is the summer of 1971. Dr. Philip Zimbardo launches a study on the psychology of imprisonment. Twenty-four male undergraduates are randomly assigned to be either a guard or a prisoner. Set in a simulated jail, the project unfolds. The participants rapidly embody their roles—the guards become power hungry and sadistic while the prisoners, subject to degradation, strategize as underdogs. It soon becomes clear that, as Zimbardo and team monitor the escalation of action through surveillance cameras, they are not fully aware of how they too have become part of the experiment.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (19 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (inlcuding New York and Los Angeles)

Steak (R)evolution
Director: Franck Ribière
Synopsis: “Grass fed, grain finished, intricately marbled, and dry aged—the concept of what elements combine to make the best steak varies greatly depending on locale and personal tastes. As we move toward more sustainable farming practices, some of the most prized elements of production are rapidly changing, and the effects are far-reaching. The move toward smaller-scale operation is impacting the beef industry and many see this as a positive change.” [Tribeca Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in nine additional markets through October)

Director: Samantha Futerman & Ryan Miyamoto
Cast: Samantha Futerman & Anaïs Bordier
Synopsis: “In February 2013, Anaïs Bordier, a French fashion student living in London, stumbled upon a YouTube video featuring Samantha Futerman, an actress in Los Angeles, and was struck by their uncanny resemblance. After discovering they were born on the same day in Busan, Korea and both put up for adoption, Anaïs reached out to Samantha via Facebook. In Twinsters, we follow Samantha and Anaïs’ journey into sisterhood, witnessing everything from their first meeting, to their first trip back to Korea where their separation took place.” [SXSW Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on July 24th and expands to various cities nationwide on July 31st)

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