July movie releases that you need to know about

Some superheroes, a few villains, and a couple of former superheroes.

words by: Alee Kwong
Jul 1, 2022

How’s your summer so far? As expected, June started off the season strong with movie releases like Jurassic World: Dominion, Elvis, Lightyear, and The Black Phone. If you thought things were slowing down this month, you couldn’t be more wrong. July is when summer is at its highest peak and the movies releases this month are just as fun as the season promises.


It’s been interesting to see horror films sprinkled throughout the year (especially in the summer) but it serves as a nice little break in between action and comedy flicks.


Minions: The Rise of Gru


Release date: July 1

Where to watch it: In theaters

I don’t want to hear it. This looks so funny, cute, and an overall good time. It details the life of a young Gru (Steve Carell), set in the 1970s, as he tries to join a group of supervillains called the Vicious 6 after they oust their leader — the legendary fighter Wild Knuckles (Alan Arkin).


When the interview turns disastrous, Gru and his Minions go on the run with the Vicious 6 hot on their tails. Luckily, he finds an unlikely source for guidance — Wild Knuckles himself — and soon discovers that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.


Thor: Love and Thunder


Release date: July 8

Where to watch it: In theaters

It’s been 5 long years since the last Taika Waititi-directed Thor film and the time has finally come. We see a different Thor (Chris Hemsworth) than we’ve seen before — one more introspective and wanting different things in his life. Despite his alternative outlook on life, he is stopped in his tracks by Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale).


Joining Thor on yet another intergalactic journey is Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), the Guardians of the Galaxy, and the formerly-MIA Jane Foster (Natalie Portman).


Where the Crawdads Sing


Release date: July 15

Where to watch it: In theaters

Based on the novel of the same name by Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing is about an abandoned girl, Kya (Daisy Edgar-Jones), who raises herself in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumors of the marsh girl haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to 2 young men from town, she opens herself to a new and startling world.


Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank


Release date: July 15

Where to watch it: In theaters

A down-on-his-luck hound Hank (Michael Cera) finds himself in a town full of cats who need a hero to defend them from a ruthless villain’s evil plot to wipe their village off the map. With help from a reluctant trainer, Jimbo (Samuel L. Jackson), the underdog must assume the role of fearsome samurai and team up with the felines to save the day. The only problem is — they all hate dogs.


The Gray Man


Release date: July 15 (theaters), July 22 (Netflix)

Where to watch it: In theaters and Netflix

The Gray Man is an action-thriller by Avengers: Endgame director-duo Anthony and Joe Russo. Based on a 2009 Mark Greaney novel by the same name, this highly anticipated espionage thriller centering around an ex-CIA agent includes actors such as Chris Evans, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Regé-Jean Page, Jessica Henwick, and Billy-Bob Thornton.




Release date: July 22

Where to watch it: In theaters

There’s really no telling what this Jordan Peele horror film could be about. It’s not unusual for Peele to serve us the craziest twist at any given moment. From what we can see in the trailers, the film seems to focus on an ominous force in the sky that affects the behavior of humans and animals.


Starring Keke Palmer, Daniel Kaluuya, and Steven Yuen, the newest Jordan Peele film might just be the first alien encounter in Peele’s horror repertoire.




Release date: July 29

Where to watch it: In theaters


In his directorial debut, B.J. Novak (The Office) plays a journalist/podcaster, Ben Manalowitz, who travels from New York City to West Texas to investigate the mysterious death of a girl he was hooking up with. However, the deceased girl’s brother Ty (Boyd Holbrook) is convinced that she was murdered and brings Manalowitz along as they piece the puzzle together and record their findings for a true crime podcast.


DC League of Super-Pets


Release date: July 29

Where to watch it: In theaters


Superheroes get all the credit, but what about their companions? Krypto the Super-Dog (Dwayne Johnson) and his ragtag group of friends must band together to save not only his best friend, the Man of Steel (John Krasinski), but the whole lot of the Justice League after they’ve been kidnapped.


This unlikely hero film from the perspective of our heroes’ furry friends includes the voices of Keanu Reeves, Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, Marc Maron, and Natasha Lyonne.


In other movie news, check out the first Black Adam trailer.


Photo via Marvel