As July gets underway, I wish we could be talking about major theatrical releases. Mulan and Tenet were meant to open this month, only to get pushed back til August (for now). Still, there’s a lot of fun stuff is coming out in July, including a theatrical offering that might actually provide some guilty fun. If it gets released, that is.
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Hamilton | Disney+
Release: July 3
Director: Thomas Kail
Starring: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom, Jr., Anthony Ramos
The smash Broadway hit finally comes home. But no, this is not a film adaptation of the play. Rather, it’s essentially a taping of the live show. It features the original cast, including creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, and bows on Disney+ this Friday. The special wasn’t supposed to drop til late next year. But due to the pandemic (most likely), Hamilton now comes home while we’re all stuck there anyway. Knowing almost nothing about the show, I can only say that as a fan of musicals, I hope this one lives up to the hype.
Unhinged | theatrical
Release: July 10
Director: Derrick Borte
Starring: Russell Crowe, Jimmi Simpson, Caren Pistorius
Unhinged is hoping to be the first movie of the post-COVID Shutdown Era. We’ll see how that goes. As of this writing, the movie is hanging onto its July 10 release date. Too bad most theaters won’t be open to show it. Those that are, however, seem to be getting a glorified DTV/cable movie that somehow stars… Russell Crowe? I like Crowe a lot, so maybe my optimism is skewed because of that. Does Unhinged look like a new classic? Not at all. Could it be a guilty pleasure? Sure.