Leftovers of July 2017

 

July is over and while many are sad to see the peak of summer go. It left us with a wild assortment of movies.

Here are the best and worst films of July. Complete with incredible reviews by incredible people. Thank you all who lent a review for this segment. May there be many more to come!

 

Leftovers of July

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Dunkirk

Genre: Action, Drama, History

Director: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

IMDb: 8.6 of 114,000+

Budget: 100 Million

Box Office: Domestic- 109 Million/ Worldwide 240.6 Million

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France are surrounded by the German army. They are forced to retreat, but when they couldn’t get back home. Home came for them.

The word is out on this film and they say it is stunning. Sadly, I didn’t get a chance to see it yet, thanks to some misfortunes, but I will. A visual masterpiece, swift, and beautiful. You may not love Nolan like his hardcore fans, but at least respect his craft.  I sure do.

The trailer is quite awesome alone.

 

I always like to support Jumpcut Online (Jumpcutonline.com)and their reviews. Here is their take on this masterpiece. Twitter is @jumpcut_tweets   If you want to follow the specific reviewer of this film, check out @sarahbuddery

https://jumpcutonline.com/2017/07/17/dunkirk-review/

I always like to give a shout out to @reeldudereviews when he writes something.  Check out his review here.  https://reeldudereviews.com/2017/07/20/dunkirk-review/

For more from him, look up his fine website  https://reeldudereviews.com/

One of my best friends who is someone that half the time I absolutely disagree with about film. He is the one, the only, the@5minutemovieguy

Check his website as it fills with reviews.  https://5minutemovieguy.com/

As for his thoughts on Dunkirk.

https://5minutemovieguy.com/2017/07/24/dunkirk-review/

Finally, @moviehottake who is among the most avid film reviewers I know of. He is quick and informative. Of course you can see all his reviews at Moviehottake.com

http://moviehottake.com/2017/07/hot-take-dunkirk/

 

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Spider-Man: Homecoming

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy/Sci-fi, Superhero

Starring: Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, Michael Keaton

Budget: 175 Million

Box-Office: Domestic: 282.4 million Worldwide: 638.6 Million

IMDb: 7.9 of 127,000+

Spider-Man is back and in a big way. Tom Holland delivers alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Michael Keaton.  Spider-Man: Homecoming had the humor, the heart, and an above average villain played by a great actor.  It was for me my favorite film of the summer.

Here is my detailed review- https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2017/07/07/movie-review-spider-man-homecoming/

My main man Aristotle brings it true in this review.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzUuBhawxH0&t=1s

Reel Dude Reviews is one of my favorites always.

https://reeldudereviews.com/2017/07/07/spider-man-homecoming-review/

Whenever 5 Minute Movie Guy and I agree, I have to add him. Check out his review.

https://5minutemovieguy.com/2017/07/14/spider-man-homecoming-review/

 

 

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The Big Sick

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Budget: NA

Box-Office: 30.9 Million

IMDb: 8.1 of 8,000+

An awkward comedy/romance involving a budding relationship and a coma. Two things that often don’t coincide. This situational comedy is based on true events and has been given rave reviews.  If you can find it, many recommend seeing it.

Jumpcut Online enjoyed the film. Here is their review.

https://jumpcutonline.com/2017/07/07/the-big-sick/

Another take here from Movie Hot Take

http://moviehottake.com/2017/07/hot-take-the-big-sick/

I’m always looking for fresh and friendly faces to talk movies with. This month has plenty  of them. You can follow them on Twitter at @lololovesfilms or hit up their site for a view http://www.lololovesfilms.com/

http://www.lololovesfilms.com/2017/07/movie-review-big-sick-2017.html

 

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A Ghost Story

Genre:  Horror, Fantasy, Drama, Romance

 

IMDb- 7.8 of 2,000+

It’s a ghost story which reminds me of What Dreams May Come (1998) except focusing on a ghost trying to connect with his grieving widow.

Always nice when you are looking for a review of a film you’ve not been able to watch yourself and someone offers theirs.  Thank you to @filmsunstuck

https://filmsunstuck.tumblr.com/post/163646199772/a-ghost-story-finds-success-in-its-failures

If you like the review. Maybe follow on Tumblr- https://filmsunstuck.tumblr.com/

 

 

War for the Planet of the Apes

Genre: War, Drama, Science Fiction

Director: Matt Reeves

Starring: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson,

Budget: 150 Million

Box Office:Domestic: 121.8 Million Worldwide: 228.2 Million

IMDb: 8.0 of 51, 000+

The final film in the Planet of the Apes trilogy. (Let’s at least hope it is.) While others marveled at the spectacular cinematography and the general talent involved with the movie. I really didn’t like this film. It currently stands as by far my biggest disappointment of the year.

https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2017/07/21/movie-review-war-for-the-planet-of-the-apes-2017/

I note that I vehemently disagree with this Jumpcut Online film. However, I think all opinions expressed clearly and openly should be allowed.

https://jumpcutonline.com/2017/07/17/war-for-the-planet-of-the-apes/

5 Minute Movie Guy Certainly liked the movie more than I did, but by how much?

https://5minutemovieguy.com/2017/07/16/war-for-the-planet-of-the-apes-review/

 

Matter of Taste

Valarian and the City of A Thousand Planets

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure

Starring: Dane DeHaan, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, Clive Owen, Cara Delevingne IMDb: 6.8 of 17,000+

A visually spectacular film, but average at best in most things beyond that.  It may have the visuals to make comparisons to The Fifth Element (1997), but it lacks the substance to be among its equals.

Another review came in out of the blue on Valerian. Special thanks to @FilmSnobReviews for this review.  Feel free to check out their site at Filmsnobreviews.com

http://filmsnobreviews.com/2017/07/review-valerian-and-the-city-of-a-thousand-planets/

Need a second opinion? Let’s go to Jumpcut Online. This one brought to by the talented @FionaUnderhill

https://jumpcutonline.com/2017/08/01/valerian-and-the-city-of-a-thousand-planets/

 

Girls Trip

Genre:Comedy

Starring: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith

IMDb: 7.1 of 2,000+ ratings

I blasted this film for being a wannabe Bridesmaids (2011).  However, it seems a lot people had fun watching this film and the general vibe about it is positive. I may have not been wrong about calling it out, but it seems clear now that talented group of people worked on this film and made a rare comedy that pleased a lot of people.

While I believe I’ve showcased the amazing Peggy at the Movies before, it is worth saying again that she is friendly and writes a fine review. See her take on this film.

You may follow her on Twitter @pegsatthemovies

Or her website https://peggyatthemovies.com/

https://peggyatthemovies.com/2017/07/20/review-girls-trip-2017-universal-pictures/

Lolo Loves Films also watched this movie and seemed to enjoy it. Check out the review in the link below.

http://www.lololovesfilms.com/2017/07/movie-review-girls-trip-2017.html

Here is Movie Hot Take’s review of the film to get a different perspective.

http://moviehottake.com/2017/08/hot-take-girls-trip/

 

 

Atomic Blonde

Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller

Starring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman

IMDb: 7.2 of 9,000+ ratings

Another hardcore action film taking place in the 1980’s. This time involving the very badass Lorraine Broughton (Essentially the female version of John Wick.) High-octane action completed with a talented threesome of actors (Theron, McAvoy, Goodman) What more do you need for a fun summer flick?

If you’ve been reading these this year, then you know I’m an avid support of Aristotle Full Throttle.  He had an interesting take on this one. Please check his Youtube review out.  You may also follow him on Twitter @AristotleDreher

His Review

 

Lolo Loves Films also wrote about this one. Perhaps this review will guide you in the right direction.

 

http://www.lololovesfilms.com/2017/07/movie-review-atomic-blonde-2017.html

 

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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power– Hard to really analyze a documentary like any other film.  However, climate change is an important discussion and I feel it is best continue the pursuit of a cleaner world. Some may see this film differently, but I encourage you to check it out at some point.

 

Rotten 

Wish Upon-  I wish for a better movie.  It’s like Death Note except not interesting or of quality.

Emoji Movie– I blame The Lego Movie for this monstrosity. Emoji’s aren’t a scourge, but they shouldn’t have a movie. Nothing much to it. Some say it is the worst movie of the decade. Ouch!

it.

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One thought on “Leftovers of July 2017

  1. Thanks for the love, Andrew! Yeah, we really agreed on Spider-Man, and while we agree about a lot of War for the Planet of the Apes, I was much more forgiving than you, haha. In hindsight, I almost feel I went too easy on it, but I still think it’s a quality movie and I can appreciate what the director was going for, even if the middle is excruciatingly long and boring.

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