And so we come to the end of July. Which turns out to be a mixed bag, movie-wise — with one pleasant surprise.
Bad Moms: Mila Kunis, Kristen Ball, Kathryn Hahn and Christina Applegate have a great deal of fun being ridiculous — and owning it — in this unexpectedly rich comedy about women acting out.
Cafe Society: Woody Allen’s latest is awfully feeble, even for him. Not that it’ll make one damn bit of difference. Anyway, I’ve said my piece.
Jason Bourne: It’s been nine years since Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass got down and dirty, and they would very much like you not to notice. My review will be online later today.
Nerve: From the creators of Catfish (and a couple of Paranormal Activity movies) comes this thriller about teenagers who discover the latest social media fad isn’t just a game, man. Rad liked the first half, anyway.
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You: Susan had some issues with the perspective of Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s celebration of the sitcom icon, but you should check it out just the same.
Phantom Boy: Can a sickly lad use astral projection to help an injured cop save New York City from a lunatic? (Yeah, probably.) The story’s not the greatest, but the new film from the creators of A Cat in Paris is awfully easy to watch.
Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe: Yanked from Tribeca, Andrew Wakefield’s self-serving documentary opens in Toronto this weekend. Glenn has some questions, as you might imagine.
And that’s the lineup. Enjoy the holiday weekend, everyone, and make an extra effort not to burst into flames when you go outside.