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Still more summer flicks

by David Lamble

"Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot" director Gus Van Sant. Photo: Courtesy SFFILM
"Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot" director Gus Van Sant. Photo: Courtesy SFFILM  

Welcome to Part 3 of our rundown of 101 summer movies. Here are the films coming up in July.

"Ant-Man and The Wasp" The colony continues to grow with this sequel to "Ant-Man" (2015), which again shrinks Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly. Michael Douglas returns along with the director Peyton Reed.

"Bleeding Steel" Jackie Chan, now in his 60s and still hanging from high places, plays a cop in this futuristic thriller.

"Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda" Stephen Nomura Schible directs this portrait of the Japanese composer. Whether playing a piano partly destroyed in the 2011 tsunami or musing on the relationship between nature and music, Sakamoto is great company. This film is very accessible when it comes to showing his working process.

"Sorry To Bother You" Lakeith Stanfield is an Oakland telemarketer who rises through the ranks of a company and into the orbit of an unhinged entrepreneur (Armie Hammer). Your opinion will depend on whether rapper Boots Riley's feature writing-directing debut bites off more than it chews, satirically, but it has plenty going on.

"Whitney" This second Whitney Houston bio-doc, after "Whitney: Can I Be Me," is the estate-sanctioned version, so expect less muckraking and more music. Kevin Macdonald directs.

"Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot" In a return to form and the realization of a long-gestating project, openly gay director Gus Van Sant adapts the memoir of the cartoonist and Portland, Oregon fixture John Callahan (1951-2010), who became a quadriplegic after an alcohol-fueled car accident, but retains his sense of humor. Joaquin Phoenix stars, but Jonah Hill, as Callahan's sponsor, makes an impression in support. With Rooney Mara.

"Eighth Grade" The comedian Bo Burnham makes his feature-writing and directing debut with this Sundance hit about an eighth-grader (Elsie Fisher) whose advice in web videos belies her tentativeness in real life.

"Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" Since "Nosferatu," it's clear that vampires and boats are bad news. But in the second sequel to "Hotel Transylvania," Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) and the other hotel residents go for a summer cruise. Look for a credit for the now-90-something Mel Brooks.

"Shock and Awe" Rob Reiner returns to historical-dramatization mode for a movie about journalists (Woody Harrelson, James Marsden) who questioned the Bush administration's assertion that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

"Blindspotting" The second Oakland-set satire of the summer (after "Sorry to Bother You") addresses the racial and economic fault lines of the city from a more grounded perspective. Daveed Diggs (of "Hamilton," also one of the film's screenwriters) plays a mover who has only a few days left of probation when, while driving one night, he sees a white cop shoot a fleeing black civilian. With Rafael Casal.

"The Equalizer 2" The retired government assassin Denzel Washington played in "The Equalizer" (2014) wasn't so retired that he couldn't return for a sequel and another round of violent revenge. Antoine Fuqua directs.

"Far from the Tree" A documentary version of Andrew Solomon's bestseller about families and how they adapt to children who don't meet their expectations because of developmental disabilities, actions or special identities.

"Generation Wealth" In a recent exhibition and a book both called "Generation Wealth," the photographer and documentarian Lauren Greenfield ("The Queen of Versailles") cast a critical eye on conspicuous consumption. This nonfiction movie expands the project.

"Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" The songs of Abba skip Broadway this time for a sequel to the 2008 musical comedy. If you like the music, Greek island scenery and Meryl Streep, you surely already know what this movie is. If not, head for the mainland, pronto. Lily James and Cher are new to the cast.

"McQueen" Drawing on video footage and interviews with friends, family and collaborators, Ian Bonhôte's documentary aspires to be a definitive portrait of fashion designer Alexander McQueen (1969-2010), his sensibility and his working methods.

"The Third Murder" In a change of pace, the Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, best known for his domestic dramas, tries his hand at a courtroom mystery in which a man who has confessed to murder (Koji Yakusho) may not actually be guilty.

"Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood" Scotty Bowers explains how he acted as a procurer for stars of Hollywood's golden age. He chronicles his exploits in a memoir called "Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Live of the Stars."

"Teen Titans Go! to the Movies" The Cartoon Network series takes a trip to the big screen with the added vocal talent of Will Arnett and Kristen Bell.


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