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15 Films to See in July

Written by on July 5, 2017 

10. Endless Poetry (Alejandro Jodorowsky; July 14)

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Synopsis: Jodorowsky recounts his young adulthood in a bohemian Santiago de Chile and his breakthrough as a poet.

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Why You Should Watch It: Best-known for his surrealist masterpieces El Topo and The Holy Mountain in the early 1970s, Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky finally returned to directing a few years ago and now he’s back with another feature this year. Endless Poetry is the second part of a planned five-part series, which we said “heralds the madcap hippie director as a master of a deeply personal magic-realist genre, effortlessly moving as it is psychologically and artistically rich.”

9. Lady Macbeth (William Oldroyd; July 13)

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Synopsis: Set in 19th century rural England, young bride who has been sold into marriage to a middle-aged man discovers an unstoppable desire within herself as she enters into an affair with a worker on her estate.

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Why You Should Watch It: One of the highlights of last fall’s Toronto International Film Festival will be arriving this month. Lady Macbeth marks the directorial debut of experienced theater director William Oldroyd, and it’s a wonderfully acted, Haneke-esque period drama that has some life to it. We said in our review,” If Pugh is a revelation, so is Oldroyd. This is an auspicious and striking debut film that spells the start of a genuinely talented filmmaker as he handles his camera in breathtakingly spacey and formidable fashion. He creates an indelible character in Lady Katherine, a woman that is not easily understood, but dares to break the conventions of the times by doing unspeakable things. Oldroyd captures our gaze with every frame and doesn’t balk at the story’s more shocking sections. He means to shake us and does.”

8. Escapes (Michael Almereyda; July 26)

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Synopsis: Escapes blazes a wild path through mid-20th-century Hollywood via the experiences of Hampton Fancher – flamenco dancer, actor, and the unlikely producer and screenwriter of the landmark sci-fi classic Blade Runner.

Why You Should Watch It: Well-timed before the release of his next project Blade Runner 2049 this fall — not to mention Michael Almereyda’s sci-fi feature Marjorie Prime this August — Escapes, executive produced by Wes Anderson, takes a look at the life of screenwriter and actor Hampton Fancher. “Fancher seduces the ear and imagination by relentlessly spitting names and dates, giving us no time to breathe and question his remarks. But if you look past his occasionally unpleasant way of telling stories, he proves to be an anachronistic figure, a man trapped in the amber of Hollywood dreams,” we said in our review.

7. Landline (Gillian Robespierre; July 21)

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Synopsis: Two sisters come of age in ’90s New York when they discover their dad’s affair. Eventually, they learn he’s not the only cheater in the family.

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Why You Should Watch It: Although it was marketed as an “abortion romantic comedy,” Obvious Child went beyond that basic moniker, using the set-up to mine humor from the fears and anxieties tied with such a personal decision. Writer-director Gillian Robespierre and star Jenny Slate have now reteamed in Landline, a 1995-set drama about the dysfunctional lives of one family in Manhattan. “Refreshingly scraggly in its structure and plotting, with an enormous heart and affecting honesty permeating every scene, it marks an impressive step up for the duo,” I said in my review.

6. Atomic Blonde (David Leitch; July 28)

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Synopsis: An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

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Why You Should Watch It: With reactions coming out of SXSW that this plays like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy meets John Wick (thanks to the involvement of that film’s co-director David Leitch and cinematographer Jonathan Sela), plus Charlize Theron taking the lead role, there’s not much else we need to hear to secure our ticket purchase, so we’ll leave it at that.

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