July has arrived and it’s VERY hot, so let’s head to the movies and cool down with plenty of action, comedy and horror! 

First up, a sequel that may or may not need to exist: Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F. Coming a whopping 30 years after Beverly Hills Cop III, this film again focuses on Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy), a detective with the Detroit Police Department who always seems to wind up in California. His daughter (Taylour Paige, Zola) and her ex-boyfriend (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 500 Days of Summer) team up with Foley to uncover a new conspiracy. The main cast are joined by other veterans Judge Reinhold (Ruthless People), John Ashton (Midnight Run) and Paul Reiser (Mad About You). An attempted fourth film has started and stopped several times, so hopefully this version sings when it hits Netflix on July 3.

For some romance and comedy, don’t miss Fly Me to the Moon. Set during the Space Race of the 1960s, the story follows Cole Davis (Channing Tatum) as he attempts to get Apollo 11 off the ground while nuturing a relationship with Kelly Jones (Scarlett Johansson), a marketing specialist brought in to help NASA. The trailer’s got jokes, charm and a whole subplot about faking the moon landing, so it should check all your boxes when it launches in theaters on July 12.

Fly Me to the Moon; photo courtesy Sony Pictures

If you’re looking for a horror thriller, make sure to see Longlegs. The plot sees newly minted FBI agent Lee Harker (Maika Monroe, It Follows) taking on a serial killer case involving the occult. The trailer is full of bizarre shots, creepy vibes, and absolutely no sight of Nicolas Cage, who is billed as the film’s sought-after killer. It definitely has all the right ingredients to make a fully engrossing film when it comes to theaters on July 12.

If you didn’t get enough tornados in real life this year, then see Twisters. A standalone sequel to the 1996 film Twister, this new entry follows Kate Cooper (Daisy Edgar-Jones, Normal People), a former storm chaser who is brought back into the fold by her friend Javi (Anthony Ramos, Hamilton) to test a new tracking system. She also meets the hotshot storm chaser Tyler Owens (Glen Powell, Top Gun: Maverick) who joins them on their quest. Filmed in Oklahoma and directed by Lee Isaac Chung (who directed Minari, also filmed in Oklahoma), the trailer has tons of action, yelling and huge tornados to get your blood pumping. It spins into theaters on July 19. 

Lastly, for your superhero fix, you can’t go wrong with Deadpool & Wolverine. A long-awaited crossover featuring Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and also acting as the sequel to Deadpool 2, the story features The Time Variance Authority, a group that monitors timelines, and the mission they assign to the unwilling heroes that will change how the Marvel Cinematic Universe operates. The trailer is trying extra hard to remind you its rated R with some excellent violence and plenty of F bombs. The overabundance of fourth wall breaking might threaten to claw the film apart, but we’ll all find out together when it blasts into theaters on July 26.

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