Everyone ready for the movies to come back big-time after COVID cleared the cineplexes for years? Good, because screens big and small are lighting up with an exciting mix of comedies, dramas and blockbusters this summer. Make your movie nights worth it with our critics’ picks of the best of what’s coming up.
COMING IN JULY
The Out-Laws (on Netflix July 7)
You think the parents in Meet the Parents were hard to deal with? Try Pierce Brosnan, 70, and Ellen Barkin, 69, as an infamous crime duo called the Ghost Bandits. When their soon-to-be son-in-law, an uptight bank manager (Adam Devine), gets his bank robbed the week they arrive for his wedding, he suspects the in-laws are, you guessed it, the outlaws in question.
Check it out: The Out-Laws
Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning, Part One (in theaters July 12)
Check it out: Mission Impossible — Dead Reckoning, Part One
The Miracle Club (in theaters July 14)
In hardscrabble Ballygar, Ireland, in 1967, two ladies (Maggie Smith, 88, and Kathy Bates, 75) win a miraculous trip to the sacred French town of Lourdes. But when they meet Chrissie (Laura Linney, 59), who’s been exiled in America, old wounds are opened and bitter secrets exposed. Hearts can’t be healed until they’re first broken.
Check it out: The Miracle Club
The Deepest Breath (on Netflix July 19)
Laura McGann’s harrowing documentary follows Italy’s Alessia Zecchini, a champion of diving without oxygen tanks, as she trains to swim the length of a 70-story skyscraper and reach a cave deep in the Red Sea.
Check it out: The Deepest Breath
Barbie (in theaters July 21)
Think pink! Helen Mirren, 77, narrates the madly colorful tale of that doll Barbie (Margo Robbie), racing her convertible from Barbie Land to the real world. Will Ferrell, 55, plays Mattel’s weird and insensitive CEO.
Check it out: Barbie