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9 Hottest Movies of July 2021

Check out the biggest movies releasing in July 2021!

Jeremy Proome



The movie release schedule is heating up this July, with a Marvel Cinematic Universe entry, some long-awaited sequels, and some under-the-radar releases which deserve some attention. Check out the 9 most-anticipated movies we can’t wait to see in July 2021:

Black Widow

Release date: 12 July 2021

With the Infinity Saga phase of Marvel’s ever-expanding universe all wrapped up, the studio is now looking to flex its muscles with some of the lesser-appreciated characters – with Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow finally getting her solo movie. Directed by Cate Shortland, Black Widow will explore the life of assassin-turned-Avenger Natasha Romanoff after the events of Captain America: Civil War, and everything leading up to Infinity War.

The Ice Road

Release date: 16 July 2021

Liam Neeson is in yet another disgruntled-man-in-a-dire-situation film, and we couldn’t be more excited. The Ice Road follows Mike McCann, a truck driver who has to assemble a team to drive eighteen-wheeler trucks across a frozen ocean. Why? Well, in order to deliver lifesaving drilling wellheads to a mine before the oxygen runs out on trapped miners. Unbeknownst to the team, the operators of the mine plant a rogue assassin amongst them in order to sabotage the mission and keep the miners from revealing the truth – that the company had long conspired to let the mine run unsafely.

Space Jam: A New Legacy

Release date: 16 July 2021

Prepare for some serious nostalgia, as the long-awaited Space Jam sequel, Space Jam: A New Legacy, arrives this July. Featuring LeBron James in the role of the lead, the follow-up follows a somewhat similar plot as the 1996 original which starred Michael Jordan. James needs to help the Tune Squad win an intergalactic basketball game in order to get his son back. It’s all pretty ridiculous, but anyone who’s familiar with the original will know that it undoubtedly results in some fun live-action-CGI hybrid moments and a ground soundtrack to boot. The film obviously also features numerous Looney Tunes characters such as Bugs Bunny, Sylvester, and Foghorn Leghorn (all of whom are voiced by Jeff Bergman), as well as Daffy Duck and Marvin the Martian (both voiced by Eric Bauza), Lola Bunny (voiced by Zendaya), and others.

Escape Room: Tournament of Champions

Release date: 23 July 2021

Escape Room, the unsung horror-thriller from 2019, is getting a sequel this July. Taylor Russell and Logan Miller return from the first film, along with a host of other previous Escape Room winners, who thrust together unwillingly in a new game of escape-or-die via a series of deadly rooms and scenarios.


Release date: 23 July 2021

The latest movie from M. Night Shyamalan (Signs, Unbreakable, Split) follows a family on a tropical vacation who discover that the secluded beach they are relaxing on for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly, reducing their entire lives into a single day. The film’s ensemble cast includes Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Eliza Scanlen, Thomasin McKenzie, Alex Wolff, and Abbey Lee.

Gunpowder Milkshake

Release date: 23 July 2021

Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Karen Gillan heads up this action flick about female assassins, who have to team up in order to take on a gang who aren’t too fond of the past actions of the hitwomen. Gillian (Sam) has to partner with her estranged mother (played by Carla Gugino) in order to survive the onslaught of cold-blooded killers trying to eliminate them. It looks like a fun spin on the genre and the action set-pieces look cleverly put together.

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

Release date: 23 July 2021

Whether you loved them or hated them, the two G.I. Joe movies were action-packed popcorn extravaganzas, despite some cheesy goodness thrown in too (what did you expect, it was based on an action-figure line). There were some interesting characters in there, and Paramount Pictures always had a desire to explore them a bit more… and, they have. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins is the first in the proposed line-up, focusing primarily on the fan-beloved sword-wielding ninja, who popped up in both G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) and G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2011). However, this is said to be a reboot for the franchise, rather than a prequel. The movie stars Henry Golding as Snake Eyes, a tenacious loner who is welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan called the Arashikage after saving the life of their heir. The film also stars Andrew Koji as Storm Shadow, Úrsula Corberó as The Baroness, Samara Weaving as Scarlett, Haruka Abe as Akiko, Tahehiro Hira as Kenta and Iko Uwais as Hard Master.

The Green Knight

Release date: 30 July 2021

A fantasy adventure based on the Arthurian legend, The Green Knight tells the story of Sir Gawain (played by Slumdog Millionaire‘s Dev Patel), King Arthur’s headstrong nephew, who embarks on a quest to confront the eponymous Knight, a gigantic tree-like creature.

Jungle Cruise

Release date: 30 July 2021

Like Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney’s iconic Jungle Cruise theme park ride is getting a movie adaptation. How is that going to work? Well, get Dwayne Johnson involved to give it some serious star power. Jungle Cruise follows a charismatic riverboat captain (Johnson) and an explorer (Emily Blunt) who have to team-up in order to find the fabled Tree of Life.

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