It’s amazing that a movie theatre can survive today, as they are challenged with premium networks and other production companies offering their own line of competing movies (for example, HBO, Netflix, and even Amazon). As well, many premium networks can offer in-theatre movies shortly after they are released and at a fraction of the in-theatre price.
However, there is something nostalgic about going to the movie theatre. While my snacks and drink offerings are better at home, I don’t have a super-sized tv screen, nor a sound system that I can feel in my bones. Although you may have noticed recently, many theatres are now upgrading by offering oversized comfy seats, better food offerings, and adult drink options. (Willow Glen has the Cinelux Almaden Theaters for adult drink options!)
Top 10 in-theatre movies to see this summer
After going through many, many trailers and reviews from Rotten Tomatoes for July in-theatre movie releases, here are ten movies on my personal “2017 summer list”, in no particular order. Please note, I realize there are many other movies that have high reviews, however due to my lack of interest in horror films and not being able to stomach bloody gruesome flicks, these will not be on my list.
The Beguiled: With a star-studded cast, this thriller has suspense, sensual drama and apparently an unexpected ending. Director Sofia Coppola has been getting rave reviews for both her writing and directing. Currently in theatres. Rating 77%. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_beguiled
Landline: For a good laugh with friends, this film looks witty and warm, with a handful of family dramatic situations running in parallel. In theaters July 21. Rating 77% https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/landline
The Big Sick: A really funny and heartwarming movie (hopefully with a happy ending). Includes a fantastic cast (nice to see Ray Romano in a movie!) Currently in theatres. Rating 96%. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_big_sick
Spider-man: Homecoming: As a major Marvel fan, these films are always on my list and I’m rarely disappointed as they are packed with high action, humor and a predictably happy ending. Looking forward to viewing young Tom Holland is this role with a great supporting cast. In theatres July 7. Rating 92%. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/spider_man_homecoming
A Ghost Story: A touching story of love and loss that will definitely continue deep thought long after you leave the theatre. In theatres July 7. Rating 86%. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/a_ghost_story
Lady MacBeth: The trailer itself is immensely suspenseful with young English actress Florence Pugh as Lady MacBeth. Passionate, dark and intense. Can’t wait! In theatres July 14. Rating 93%. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lady_macbeth
Dunkirk: Holy Moly! This World War II trailer alone will make you want to watch this movie thriller! Definitely recommending in an IMAX theatre. Directed by Christopher Nolan and amazing score from Hans Zimmer. In theatres July 21. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dunkirk_2017
Chasing Coral: Amazing documentary by Netflix. Hoping it will be available in IMAX theatre for the best viewing experience, with its brilliant cinematography of life below the ocean. In theatres July 14. Rating 100%. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chasing_coral
Blind: The trailer caught my attention. I haven’t seen Demi Moore in a film in a long time and hoping she surprises me like Jane Fonda did in 2005. Alec Baldwin is always a great actor to watch no matter what the role is. The storyline is unique although predictable, with much suspense. In theatres July 14. Not yet rated. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/blind_2017
The House: While the movie doesn’t have high marks and probably won’t receive any awards, the slap stick humor of Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler and Jason Mantzoukas is always entertaining. Being in the throes of paying for college tuitions makes this extremely bizarre solution even more funny. Currently in theatres. Rating 20% https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_house_2017
Happy summer viewing!!