Worry not, fellow movie lovers, there’s plenty to see during this blockbuster month. 

To start us off, we have Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One. Starring Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, the role he began in 1996, the film is the first of the planned two-part send-off for the main character. Rounding out the cast is Hayley Atwell, Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg, among others. Also returning is Henry Czerny, who was last seen in the franchise in the first Mission Impossible 27 years ago. The set pieces are huge and the stunts look to be genre-defining. This film will self-destruct on July 12. 

For a strong dose of nostalgia and some wackiness too, make sure to see Barbie. Based on the popular line of Mattel fashion dolls, the film finds the titular character expelled from her home of Barbieland, so she and Ken set off to the real world to find happiness. Starring two of the most attractive people in Hollywood (Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling), along with a long list of supporting actors, the movie boasts beautiful art direction that alone is worth the price of admission. Directed by Greta Gerwing (Lady Bird), the film has a good chance of capturing something truly special when it hits theaters on July 21.

For the complete opposite in almost every way, walk down a few theater screens to catch Oppenheimer. Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, the film stars Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, the “father of the atomic bomb,” and follows his journey to its creation during World War II. The film looks visually stunning and carries a large list of stars including Matt Damon, Emily Blunt and Robert Downey Jr. The movie also boasts minimal CGI and extensive use of practical effects. The explosive will drop on July 21, creating an epic box office battle between bombs and Barbies. 

For a science fiction comedy, check out They Cloned Tyrone. Starring John Boyega and Jamie Foxx, the film concerns conspiracy theories, experiments and cloning, mixed with a good sense of humor and an excellent wardrobe. Helmed by Juel Taylor in his directorial debut, this looks to be a fun ride when it hits Netflix on July 21.

Lastly, if you’ve missed out on Ted Lasso, the sports comedy-drama on Apple TV+, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Jason Sudeikis plays the titular character, a newly minted soccer coach for England’s AFC Richmond – despite having only college (American) football coaching experience. The show is one of the purest things you’ll ever see, with a large and wonderful cast and memorable scenes, both on and off the pitch. The show finished airing its third and presumed final season in May and all episodes are streaming on Apple TV+. 

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