1. House of Gucci (July 2 on Prime Video)
It’s a knowing high-trash Godfather Lite, and one can feel free to giggle at Jared Leto’s comically miserable Paolo, the Fredo of the family, even as Leto makes him a bizarrely complex idiot. Variety film critic Owen Gleiberman called Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci” the second greatest picture of 2021. But Lady Gaga, who plays Patrizia, a woman who marries the Gucci family and attempts to take control, is simultaneously lusciously cunning and passionately exacting in her portrayal of a con artist who is both sympathetic and antagonistic. Additionally, Adam Driver and Al Pacino deliver razor-sharp performances as the Gucci businessmen who had their empire destroyed. “House of Gucci” can be seen on Prime Video.
2. The Bob’s Burgers Movie (July 12 on HBO Max and Hulu)
Fans of the popular Fox cartoon series “Bob’s Burgers” who missed “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” when it first debuted in theaters may now stream the film sequel this month.
According to Variety’s review, “the picture goes for a plot older than the hamburger itself… the beloved sitcom’s cinematic debut doesn’t dole out any shocks — and no one will mind a bit.”
The Belchers have seven days to acquire the funds necessary to pay the bank; otherwise, they would stop serving sandwiches.
The surprising thing about “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” is what it forgoes.
Let other motion pictures strive for photorealistic animation.
It resolutely refuses to go 3D, as if to demonstrate that jokes are more important than aesthetics—they are quick and amiable like a procession of puppies.
3. Uncharted (July 15 on Netflix)
With the video game adaption “Uncharted,” which starred the A-list acting duo of Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, Sony scored movie office gold. Following Holland’s record-breaking “Spider-Man: No Way Home” run, the film made $401 million at the global box office. Holland plays Nate Drake, a brave but naive adventurer hero, and Wahlberg plays Victor Sullivan, who appoints Nate as his protege and sends him on a quest to locate the fabled cache of gold. It’s enjoyable in a shallow ‘Raiders of the Lost National Treasure of the Fast & Furious Caribbean’ sort, according to Variety’s review. The actors in “Uncharted” are engaging, but the film’s shallow storyline and excessive length make you wish they had more intriguing things to say and do after a while.
4. The Gray Man (July 22 on Netflix)
Joe and Anthony Russo’s original Netflix spy thriller is intended to usher in a new mega-franchise for the streaming behemoth after their record-breaking MCU stint (including their blockbuster swan song “Avengers: Endgame”) One of the CIA’s best mercenaries, played by Ryan Gosling, discovers a secret within the organization and receives a reward set on his head by one of his psychotic former coworkers, played by Chris Evans. Ana de Armas, Regé-Jean Page, Jessica Henwick, Billy Bob Thornton, and Alfre Woodard make up the supporting cast. The largest Netflix original movie release of the summer movie season is likely to be “The Grey Man.”
5. Boogie Nights (July 1 on Netflix)
This month, Netflix is reissuing the iconic film “Boogie Nights,” which is set in the pornographic industry. The following is an excerpt from Variety’s original review of Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Boogie Nights,” which was described as “darkly humorous, enormously amusing, and absolutely innovative.” The movie, which takes place between 1977 and 1984 during the height of the disco period, is a visually spectacular examination of the adult entertainment market and centers on a hard-core cinema group whose members form a close-knit extended family. The young Scorsese of “Mean Streets” is reminiscent of Anderson’s impressive technical mastery, bravura filmmaking, and enthusiastic investigation of the potential of a new sort of storytelling.
6. Catch Me If You Can (July 1 on Netflix)
The cat-and-mouse connection between Tom Hanks, who plays the FBI agent hot on Frank Abagnale’s trail, and Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays the teen conman, makes Steven Spielberg’s “Catch Me If You Can” comfort food for moviegoers. According to Variety’s review of the movie, “There may also lurk a personal link for the director with the topic of the picture, even though the movie represents a lightweight break between the darker and more ambitious projects Spielberg is putting on these days. After all, while Abagnale was performing his stunts, the youthful Spielberg was donning a coat and tie and attempting to pass as an executive on the Universal set; this ruse paid off when he was offered a job as a TV director by the age of 21.
7. Goodfellas (July 1 on Netflix)
There is no better moment for Martin Scorsese’s mafia masterpiece “Goodfellas” to come to Netflix following Ray Liotta’s unexpected death last month. From the Variety review: “Martin Scorsese’s vivid inside look at Mafia life in 1955–1980 New York City is ‘Goodfellas,’ which is simultaneously fascinating and repulsive… The unsettling, enigmatic portrayal of Ray Liotta encapsulates Scorsese’s goal in this film, which is to demonstrate how a life of merciless crime could seem alluring to a young Irish-Italian man whose shady childhood hasn’t equipped him for anything better. Empathy is the problem here, not sympathy.
8. The Dark Knight Rises (July 1 on Netflix)
Variety’s review of “The Dark Knight Rises” quotes Christopher Nolan as saying, “Few movies have worn such heavy a burden of audience expectation as “The Dark Knight Rises,” and Christopher Nolan steps up to the occasion with an apocalyptic picture of Gotham City under siege.” Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) and Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) join forces in the last chapter of Nolan’s Batman trilogy to defeat the villainous Bane (Tom Hardy). According to the review, the 164-minute epic that concludes Nolan’s trilogy sends Batman to a real pit of despair while simultaneously challenging and reaffirming the necessity of courage in a shattered world. This enormously ambitious action-drama retains the moral urgency and serious-minded pulp sensibilities that have made the franchise a beacon of integrity in an increasingly comic book-driven Hollywood universe, even if it never quite reaches the brilliance of 2008’s “The Dark Knight,”
9. Seven (July 1 on Netflix)
According to Variety’s review of David Fincher’s “Seven,” it is “an intensely claustrophobic, gut-wrenching thriller about two policemen’s desperate attempts to stop an ingenious serial killer whose work is inspired by the seven deadly sins; this weirdly off-kilter suspense drama goes well beyond the usual police procedural or killer-on-a-rampage yarn.” “Freeman’s portrayal of the seasoned, battered, and lonesome Somerset is a brilliantly nuanced, poignant performance. This is top-tier on-screen acting. As the enthusiastic young detective, Brad Pitt does a committed, active, and commendable job. As Pitt’s sensitive, uneasy wife, Gwyneth Paltrow gives her limited scenes as much human depth as she can.
10. Leave No Trace (July 4 on Netflix)
In Debra Granik’s “Leave No Trace,” Thomasin McKenzie makes her acting debut as a teenage loner who lives in the woods with her father (Ben Foster). According to the review in Variety, “For fans of the director’s ‘Winter’s Bone,’ which effectively launched Jennifer Lawrence’s career, this unconventional family portrait shares many qualities with the 2010 film, including profound empathy for backwoods characters and the discovery of yet another young talent in Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie… By reuniting with Scottish cinematographer Michael McDonough, Granik offers a richer visual world in which to dwell. Her method is evocative of the delicate, understated aesthetic of Kelly Reichardt’s work.