Pick of the Litter – July 2017


BLOCKBUSTER OF THE MONTH

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

(EuropaCorp/STX) Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke. Based on the landmark graphic novel and brought to life by French director Luc Besson, this movie follows the exploits of Valerian and his partner in crime Laureline who are tasked with the assignment of protecting Alpha, an amazing city where thousands of sentient beings gather to share technologies, cultures and knowledge with one another. It is truly a city of peace but it has become threatened by an unknown force and it is up to the two agents to not only discover who the threat is coming from but head it off before the galaxy is plunged into an all-encompassing war. July 21

INDEPENDENT PICKS

City of Ghosts

(IFC/Amazon) Matthew Heineman. From the director of Cartel Land comes this extraordinary documentary which chronicles the attempts of citizen journalists in the occupied city of Raqqa who attempt to call attention of the world to the horrors being inflicted upon them by ISIS. Even when they leave their home, these courageous chroniclers are not safe. It’s a truly sobering look at the human toll of religious fanaticism. July 7

Bronx Gothic

(Grasshopper) Okwui Okpokwasili. This is a documentary account of performance artist Okpokwasili and her preparation and execution of the riveting and controversial piece Bronx Gothic. Attempting to bring the plight of black women to audiences who don’t understand it, Okpokwasili put her own body on the line night after night to make the pain of the black woman real. July 12

500 Years

(Paladin) Pamela Yates. The Mayans built an amazing civilization on the Yucatan Peninsula. Their descendants however faced extraordinary deprivation under Guatemalan President Jose Luis Rios Montt. Against all odds, the Mayan people stood up against his tyranny and against the violence being inflicted upon him and brought the dictator to trial. This is the amazing story about how an ancient people found their voice again. July 12

Birthright: A War Story

(Abramorama) Civia Tamarkin. It is no secret that abortion is an explosive topic of conversation in our country. Many women thought their rights to choose were protected thanks to Roe v. Wade but it has become clear in this era of conservative activism that is no longer true. Draconian laws have been enacted at the state and local level that have become so intrusive into the lives and reproduction of women that even some conservatives are uncomfortable. This documentary exposes the human cost of the Right to Life and the hypocrisy behind it. July 14

Chasing Coral

(Netflix) Andrew Ackerman, Mark Eakin, Luiz A. Rocha, Joanie Kleypas. From the team that brought us the sobering melting ice cap documentary Chasing Ice comes this new film that looks at the coral reefs, a vital part of the ocean’s ecosystem. The world’s coral reefs have been dying at a terrifying rate, including the Great Barrier Reef, the oldest living thing on the planet. All hope is not lost but time is running out and action is required. July 14

Amnesia

(Film Movement) Marthe Keller, Max Riemett, Bruno Ganz, Corinna Kirchhoff. Master Director Barbet Schroeder brings us this tale of memory and loss. A DJ in a club called Amnesia in Ibiza is mesmerized by a lonely woman who comes to the club every night. He befriends her and as she slowly lets him in, she begins to reveal the past she has been trying to forget – only now she is trying to make peace with it. July 21

 Brigsby Bear

(Sony Classics) Kyle Mooney, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear. A strange and magical children’s television show, The Adventures of Brigsby Bear, has an audience of one – James. When the show ends abruptly, he finds that he cannot accept that his beloved show is gone. Therefore he decides to finish the show himself and maybe define himself in the process. It looks to have a bit of a Michel Gondry influence judging on the trailer. July 28

July 2017


Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

JULY 1, 2017

Altar – Hulu

JULY 6, 2017

Granny of the Dead – Limited

JULY 7, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming
A Ghost Story – Limited
Austin Found – Limited
City of Ghosts – Limited
Do You Take This Man – Limited
Dealer – Limited
Hickok – Limited
Our Time Will Come – Limited
Santoalla – Limited
Step – Limited
Swim Team – Limited
Wrecker – Limited

JULY 11, 2017

She Makes Comics – VOD

JULY 12, 2017

500 Years – New York City
Bronx Gothic – Limited
Genocidal Organ – Limited

JULY 14, 2017

War of the Planet of the Apes
Wish Upon

The Big Sick – Expands Wide
Battle Scars – Limited
Birthright: A War Story – New York City
Blind – Limited
Chasing Coral – Limited/Netflix
Endless Poetry – Limited
Footnotes – Limited
It’s Gawd! – Amazon Prime
Lady Macbeth – Limited
The Midwife – Limited
Nessie and Me – Limited
Swallows and Amazons – Limited
To the Bone – Netflix
Undercover Grandpa – Limited
The Wrong Light – New York City

JULY 18, 2017

Residue – VOD

JULY 19, 2017

Dunkirk – Limited

JULY 20, 2017

Paralyzed With Fear – Limited

JULY 21, 2017

Girl Trip
Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets

Dunkirk – Expands Wide
Amnesia – New York City
Awaken the Shadowman – Limited
The Black Prince – Limited
Family Life – Miami
First Kill – Limited
The Girl Without Hands – Limited
Kékszakállú – Limited
Killing Ground – Limited/VOD
Kuso – Shudder
Landline – Limited
The Pulitzer at 100 – Limited
Scales: Mermaids are Real – Limited
The Untamed – Limited
Who the F*ck is That Guy? The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago – Limited

JULY 24, 2017

Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy – HBO

JULY 26, 2017

Escapes – Limited
I Dream in Another Language – Limited
Peelers – Limited
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World – New York City
Women Who Kill – Limited

JULY 28, 2017

Atomic Blonde
Emojimovie: Express Yourself

Birthright: A War Story – Expands to Los Angeles
A Family Man – Limited
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power – Limited
Blood Feast – Limited
Brigsby Bear – Limited
From the Land of the Moon – Limited
Imperfections – Limited
The Incredible Jessica James – Netflix
It Stains the Sands Red – Limited/VOD
The Last Face – Limited
Menashe – Limited
Person to Person – Limited
Romeo is Bleeding – Limited
Strange Weather – Netflix/Limited
Wolf Warrior 2 – Limited