July Movie Preview - Spider-Man! Planet of the Apes! Emojis!

July Movie Preview: Spider-Man! Planet of the Apes! The Emoji Movie!

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Jun 30, 2017

July's movies brings us the return of a couple more big movie franchises with Spider-Man: Homecoming and War for the Planet of the Apes, as well as a LEGO-esque adventure, The Emoji Movie.

And we'll also have aliens (Man Underground, The Gracefield Incident), a ghost (A Ghost Story), a former superhero (Superpowerless), demons (Wish Upon) and a visually stunning graphic novel adaptation (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets).

Here you go.

Man Underground
Opens in limited release on Wednesday, July 5
Written and directed by Michael Borowiec, Sam Marine
Starring: George Basil, Gregory Borowiec, Pamela Fila
Storyline: When a conspiracy theorist/geologist decides to make a low-budget documentary about his experiences with aliens, he brings in people from his small town to help.

Spider-Man: Homecoming
Opens in theaters on Friday, July 7
Directed by Jon Watts
Written by bunches of people
Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr.
Storyline: It's hard to imagine a third incarnation of Spider-Man would look like this much fun, but after making his debut in Captain America: Civil War, this could be the big movie of the summer (move over, Wonder Woman). In the new film, Peter Parker begins to explore his Spider-Man abilities with a little guidance from his new mentor Tony Stark. But finding balance between life as a high school student and being your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man ... well, that can be a challenge, especially when a new evil villain emerges in the form of Michael Keaton's Vulture. And on another note, who ever imagined Marisa Tomei would play Aunt May?

A Ghost Story
Opens in limited release on Friday, July 7
Written and directed by David Lowery
Starring: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, McColm Cephas Jr.
Storyline: Looking more like Ghost than one of today's edgy horror films, A Ghost Story follows a recently deceased young man whose spirit returns to his home in an attempt to reconnect with his wife and others who later enter the home. As time passes, he gains a deeper understanding of love and loss.

Superpowerless
Opens in limited release on Friday, July 7
Written and directed by Duane Anderson
Starring: Josiah Polhemus, Amy Prosser, Natalie Lander
Storyline: "Why should teenagers have all the angst?" asks the trailer. In Superpowerless, a superhero begins to lose his superpowers after turning 40 and must adjust to life accordingly.

Project Itoh's Genocidal Organ
Opens in theaters on Wednesday, July 12
Written and directed by Shûkô Murase
Voices: Yuki Kaji, Yûichi Nakamura, Takahiro Sakura
Storyline: This Japanese animated sci-fi film is based on the novel by Project Itoh. The film follows what happens after Sarajevo is destroyed by a homemade nuclear weapon, which leads the democracies of the world to become surveillance states. Meanwhile, developing countries suffer a multitude of genocides. It's up to intelligence agent Clavis Shepherd to track down John Paul, an American who seems to be responsible, along with the eponymous "genocidal organ."

War for the Planet of the Apes
Opens in theaters on Friday, July 14
Directed by Matt Reeves
Written by Matt Reeves, Mark Bombak
Starring: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Judy Greer
Storyline: Here's another franchise that still seems to have a lot of life in it. The trailers look great and feel timely. In the third chapter, Caesar and his apes suffer terrible losses in the deadly conflict with the humans, led by Woody Harrelson's ruthless Colonel. It leads Caesar to a dark realization that will determine the fate of the planet.

Wish Upon
Opens in limited release on Friday, July 14
Directed by John R. Leonetti
Written by Barbara Marshall
Starring: Sherilyn Fenn, Joey King, Elisabeth Röhm
Storyline: Be careful what you wish for! Teenage Clare is being bullied in high school and dealing with being unpopular. When her hoarder father brings home an old music box that promises seven wishes, Clare is delighted when her wishes begin to come true. There's only one problem: While Clare's getting the life she always wanted, the box has a price, and people are dying.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Opens in theaters on Friday, July 21
Written and directed by Luc Besson
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen
Storyline: Based on the graphic novel, special operatives Valerian and Laureline are tasked with saving Alpha, a metropolis that is home to the species from a thousand planets, from a dark force. 

The Girl Without Hands
Opens in New York on Friday, July 21
Written and directed by Sébastien Laudenbach
Starring: Anaïs Demoustier, Jérémie Elkaïm, Philippe Laudenbach
Storyline: This French animated film is based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale about a girl who is sold to the Devil by her father. While she manages to escape, the Devil takes her hands and she faces a long journey toward the light.

The Gracefield Incident
Opens in limited release on Friday, July 21
Written and directed by Mathieu Ratthe
Starring: Laurence Dauphinais, Juliette Gosselin, Lori Graham
Storyline: In this found-footage film, a video game developer embeds a camera in his prosthetic eye to secretly record a weekend with friends in the mountains. However, when a meteorite crashes near their cabin, something begins hunting them.

The Emoji Movie
Opens in theaters on Friday, July 28
Directed by Tony Leondis
Written by Eric Siegel, Tony Leondis, Mike White
Voices: T.J. Miller, Anna Faris, James Corden, Patrick Stewart, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, Rob Riggle, Jennifer Coolidge, Jake T. Austin, Sofia Vergara and Christina Aguilera
Storyline: Yes, there is a secret world inside your smartphone, at least according to this animated film. In Textopolis, a bustling city where emojis live, every emoji has one expression, except Gene, an exhuberant emoji who was born without a filter. Gene goes on an epic "app-venture" with his friends Hi-5 and Jailbreaker to find the Code that will fix him. However, the three friends discover that a great danger lurks in the phone that might just delete the emoji world forever.