Summer is now in full swing, and while the gaming world is slowing down and taking a breather, the film and TV world is doing anything but that. This July is full of movies worth going to the theater for, and whether it’s animation, action, horror, drama or comedy, there’s something worth catching on the big screen. As for TV fans out there, a lot of beloved shows are returning for follow-up seasons on the many different streaming services this month.
But before we start exploring all the new movies and films debuting in July, once again a brief clarification. We’ve based our picks on a UK release calendar, so be sure to check your local cinema and streaming services for accurate listings and dates. With that out of the way, let’s move on to the most recent installment of Screen Time.
Treacherous: The Red Door – July 7
Yep, the Insidious franchise is still alive and well. Ten years after Insidious 4, Insidious: The Red Door sees the Lamberts face a new set of horrors to overcome, horrors that creep out of the woodwork shortly after their eldest son, Dalton, begins his time in college. With Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson back in their respective roles, this terrifying horror film is even directed by the latest star.
Elemental – July 7
Pixar’s latest works may already be in theaters, depending on where you’re located, but if you’re from the UK or much of Europe, the animated film marks its arrival in July. Revolving around Ember and Wade, two creatures made of fire and water respectively, Elemental is a journey about acceptance and exploring how much different creatures have in common.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One – July 10
One of July’s biggest blockbusters, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, sees Tom Cruise return as the Ethan Hunt of the Impossible Mission Force as he is tasked with tracking down an incredibly dangerous weapon that has fallen into the wrong hands. With plenty of action and plenty of breathtaking and awe-inspiring stunts, this film will see fan-favorite characters return to save the world once again.
Foundation – Season 2 [Apple TV+] – July 14
When it came to adapting Isaac Asimov’s massive Foundation series, Apple knew that neither cost nor effort could be spared, so it splashed out millions to begin realizing the sprawling sci-fi story. Now, two years after the first season debuted, Foundation is back to pick up where it left off, with Lou Llobell, Jared Harris, Lee Pace and a collection of other stars back and reprising their respective roles.
Barbie – July 21
For some, July 21 is the biggest day in the movie calendar. Why? Because not one, but two major films are making their debuts. One is the massively anticipated adaptation of Mattel’s famous doll brand, Barbie, with this film coming from Greta Gerwig and tapping Margot Robbie and Ryan Reynolds to star as the titular Barbie … and Ken. This film sees the twosome leave Barbie Land behind in favor of the real world, and in this film the two encounter all sorts of crazy hijinks and situations.
Oppenheimer – July 21
After Barbie, the other major film arriving on July 21 is Christopher Nolan’s next epic, Oppenheimer. This dramatized biopic explores the life of legendary physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the man who headed the Manhattan Project and worked on the world’s first nuclear bomb. With Cillian Murphy as Oppenheimer and a cast featuring a whole collection of A-list talent, including Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Gary Oldman and more, this film will be one to watch come awards season.
The Witcher – Season 3 Part 2 [Netflix] – July 27
Following the release of the first part of season 3 in late June, The Witcher will wrap up its third outing at the end of this month, with the fantasy adaptation continuing to adapt the Time of Contempt book and Henry Cavill concluding his time as the iconic White Wolf, Geralt of Rivia. Expect clashes with wizards and plenty of monster kills when this series of episodes debuts on Netflix.
Good Omens – Season 2 [Prime Video] – July 28
It seemed a rather strange decision when Amazon gave the green light for a second season of Good Omens, especially considering that the former had finished adapting the novel written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. But regardless, after four years of waiting, David Tennant’s Crowley and Michael Sheen’s Aziraphale, both now exiled from hell and heaven respectively, are back and working together again after a familiar face lands on the latter’s doorstep.
There we have it, another month in the books. With many TV and movies coming in July, be sure to keep an eye on your local Gamereactor region to see what else streamers like Netflix bring for fans. Otherwise, be sure to check back in a month to see what August 2023 has in store for moviegoers and TV fans alike.