Hot enough for ya? As the summer reaches its dog days, there's no better place to beat the heat then inside a movie theater. And July's slate sees a colorful cast of beloved characters return to the screen to keep you company: Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, Steve Carell as Felonius Gru, and Mia Goth as Maxine f**king Minx. As with the best Summer Movie Seasons, there is something for everyone: Horror flicks and romantic comedies, disaster movies and superhero sagas, plus the rerelease of an Oscar-nominated classic. With options like these, you might not see the sun all month!

Below, A.frame has your guide to all the films landing on the big screen and streaming platforms this July.

Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F

Thirty years after he last donned the iconic Detroit Lions jacket, Eddie Murphy is back in action as street-wise Detective Axel Foley. The fourth installment in the Beverly Hills Cop franchise, Axel F finds the titular hero up to old tricks when he returns to SoCal to solve a new crime involving his estranged daughter (played by Taylour Paige). The movie reunites Murphy with OG stars John Ashton, Judge Reinhold and Bronson Pinchot, alongside new additions Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Kevin Bacon.

Watch it: On Netflix July 3

Despicable Me 4

Minions have apparently existed since the beginning of life on Earth, which might be why it is hard to remember a time before the Despicable Me franchise existed. (In reality, that was any time before 2010.) The sixth overall film in the series, Despicable Me 4 sends supervillain-turned-family man Gru (Steve Carell) on the run to avoid the wrath of the recently-escaped convict Maxime Le Mal (voiced by Will Ferrell). The all-star voice cast also includes Kristen Wiig, Sofía Vergara, Joey King, Steve Coogan, and Stephen Colbert.

Watch it: In theaters July 3


The surprise horror trilogy that began with 2022's X comes to its bloody end in MaXXXine. Writer-director Ti West leaves the massacres of Texas behind for 1980s Hollywood, where the newly-reinvented Maxine Minx (Mia Goth) is about to get her big break. That is, if she survives the Night Stalker, a serial killer targeting young starlets. The throwback slasher also stars Elizabeth Debicki, Moses Sumney, Michelle Monaghan, Bobby Cannavale, Halsey, Lily Collins, Giancarlo Esposito and Kevin Bacon.

Watch it: In theaters July 5

Seven Samurai

To mark its 70th anniversary, the Oscar-nominated epic is returning to theaters with a new 4k restoration. Hailing from legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, Seven Samurai is set in a 16th-century Japanese village, where the desperate townspeople have enlisted the help of samurai warriors (played by stars Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura) to protect them from invading bandits. At the 29th Oscars, the black-and-white Seven Samurai was nominated for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration.

Watch it: In select theaters beginning July 5

Fly Me to the Moon

Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum star in the Space Race rom-com you never knew you needed. He is a straight-laced NASA director in charge of the Apollo 11 launch, she's the marketing specialist hired to stage a fake moon landing — just in case the United States doesn't make it into orbit first. Fly Me to the Moon is Greg Berlanti's first directorial effort since 2018's Love, Simon and promises to raise the romantic stakes from a ferris wheel ride into the stratosphere.

Watch it: In theaters July 12


Rising horror auteur Oz Perkins' follows up such nightmares as The Blackcoat's Daughter and I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House with his take on a serial killer movie: In Longlegs, FBI agent Lee Harker (Maika Monroe) is assigned the case of a Satanic serial killer who goes by the name Longlegs (Oscar winner Nicolas Cage), only to discover her own personal connection to his killing spree. After this one, you'll never look at Nic Cage the same way again.

Watch it: In theaters July 12

Sing Sing

Earlier this year, Colman Domingo became a first-time Oscar nominee for his towering turn as Civil Rights activist Bayard Rustin. His next starring role will prove just as stirring: In the A24 drama Sing Sing, he plays Divine G, a man imprisoned at the titular maximum security prison for a crime he did not commit. He finds purpose acting in a theater troupe alongside his fellow prisoners, played by Oscar nominee Paul Raci and a cast of formerly incarcerated men who participated in the very program that inspired Sing Sing.

Watch it: In theaters July 12


Nearly three decades after Twister followed Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton into the eye of the storm — earning Oscar nominations for Best Sound and Best Visual Effects in the process — it is time to return to Oklahoma for tornado season. Helmed by Minari director Lee Isaac Chung, Twisters introduces a new generation of storm chasers (played by Glen Powell, Daisy Edgar-Jones and Anthony Ramos) who set out to tame Mother Nature. Brace for cows.

Watch it: In theaters July 19

Dìdi (弟弟)

Fresh off an Oscar nomination for his documentary short film Nai Nai & Wài Pó, filmmaker Sean Wang makes his semi-autobiographical feature debut: Dìdi (弟弟) is a coming-of-age dramedy about a 13-year-old Taiwanese-American boy in the last month of summer before high school. Izaac Wang stars as the director's onscreen alter ego, Chris Wang, while Joan Chen steals the movie as his doting mother. Dìdi (弟弟) debuted at this year's Sundance Film Festival, where it won the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award and Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble Cast.

Watch it: In theaters July 26

Deadpool & Wolverine

Ryan Reynolds' Merc with a Mouth is (finally) joining the MCU, and he's bringing everybody's favorite adamantium-clawed mutant along for the ride. Directed by Reynolds' Free Guy and The Adam Project director Shawn Levy, Deadpool & Wolverine sees Wade Wilson (aka Deadpool) and Logan (aka Hugh Jackman's Wolverine) reluctantly team up to save the world. Matthew Macfadyen and Emma Corrin co-star as TVA agent Mr. Paradox and Cassandra Nova, respectively, which is to say nothing of all of the movie's — ahem — marvel-ous cameos.

Watch it: In theaters July 26

Also out in July:

Kill (in theaters July 4), Space Cadet (on Prime Video July 4), Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot (in theaters July 4), The Imaginary (on Netflix July 5), Mother Couch (in select theaters July 5), Skywalkers: A Love Story (on Netflix July 10), Tyler Perry's Divorce in the Black (on Prime Video July 11), The Convert (in theaters July 12), Dandelion (in theaters July 12), Descendants: The Rise of Red (on Disney+ July 12), National Anthem (in select theaters July 12, everywhere July 19), Touch (in theaters July 12), My Spy: The Eternal City (on Prime Video July 18), Crossing (in select theaters July 19, on Mubi Aug. 30), Find Me Falling (on Netflix July 19), Widow Clicquot (in theaters July 19), The Good Half (in theaters July 23), The Fabulous Four (in theaters July 26), Starve Acre (in theaters July 26)