WHAT WERE THE BEST AND THE WORST FILMS OF THE LAST MONTH?
Welcome to a new exclusive from THS, where I cover every new movie I saw in the previous month. All of these films were released in theaters, on a streaming platform, or on PVOD in July 2022. The films will be ranked from WORST to BEST. We had a ton of exciting new content come out in July, some much better than others. I missed a big release in the last month (Thor: Love and Thunder… I’ll be waiting until it’s on Disney+ due to the mixed reactions), but I got to see THIRTEEN new releases to rank for you all!
NEW RELEASE #13. THE PRINCESS
Directed by: Le-Van Kiet
Starring: Joey King, Dominic Cooper and Olga Kurylenko
Graphic: When a strong-willed princess refuses to marry the cruel sociopath, she is kidnapped and locked in a remote tower of her father’s castle. With her vengeful suitor determined to take her father’s throne from her, the princess must save the kingdom.
My thoughts: The creators of the new medieval action movie The Princess have stated that their inspiration was Rapunzel meeting Gareth Evans’ masterpiece The Raid. And, of course, by watching the movie you can fully understand what these writers were trying to come up with with their movie… but their vision stops there. Without creativity or finesse, Vietnamese director Le-Van Kiet has created a soulless, half-made imitation of a film that left me completely numb by the end.
NEW RELEASE #12. THE DEER KING
Directed by: Masashi Ando and Masayuki Miyagi
Graphic: The Deer King follows the last survivor of a band of warriors who is enslaved in a salt mine. One night, wild dogs attack and a mysterious illness kills everyone in the mine. The warrior escapes with a girl, while a talented doctor searches for a cure.
My thoughts: It’s a beautiful movie, but it lacks in all other departments, especially character development and story. I never felt connected to anything that happened on screen and therefore this is my most disappointing movie of the year so far.
NEW RELEASE #11. GONE IN THE NIGHT
Directed and co-written by: Eli Horowitz
Starring: Winona Ryder, John Gallagher Jr., Dermot Mulroney, Owen Teague, and Brianne Tju.
Graphic: Gone in the Night follows Kath and her boyfriend who arrive at a remote cabin in the redwoods and find a mysterious young couple already there. Her boyfriend disappears with the young woman, and Kath becomes obsessed with finding an explanation.
My thoughts: This is one of those movies that revolves entirely around its big, ride-or-die twist at that climactic “swing for the fences” moment and because Horowitz can’t pull it off, the rest of the movie feels like a waste of time. weather. weather. I have to give credit where credit is due, though, and I’m thankful that Gone In the Night wasn’t afraid to go completely insane in its final act.
NEW RELEASE #10. NOT WELL
Written and Directed by: Quinn Shephard
Starring: Zoey Deutch, Dylan O’Brien and Mia Isaac
Graphic: Not Okay is about an ambitious young woman (Zoey Deutch) who finds a following and fame when she poses as a survivor of a deadly attack, but soon discovers that online notoriety comes at a terrible price.
My thoughts: A part of me couldn’t stand the embarrassing moments, the drastic tonal shifts, and my general distaste for our lead character, but the other part of me was fascinated by her story arc and the very thought provoking messages and themes that the movie was carrying. trying to transmit. approach.
NEW RELEASE #9. WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING
Directed by: Olivia Newman
Starring: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, Harris Dickinson and David Straihairn
Plot: Based on the best-selling novel by Delia Owens, Where The Crawdads Sing follows a woman who grew up in the swamps of the Deep South and becomes a suspect in the murder of a man she was once involved with.
My thoughts: I think Daisy Edgar Jones is captivating in the lead role and I found her story intriguing enough to recommend it, although its mystery is lacking and it can be a bit difficult.
NEW RELEASE #8. THE FORGIVEN
Directed and co-written by: John Michael McDonagh
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Jessica Chastain, Matt Smith, Christopher Abbott, Caleb Landry Jones, Abbey Lee, and Said Taghmaoui
Graphic: The Forgiven takes place over a weekend in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco and explores the repercussions of a random accident on the lives of both local Muslims and Western visitors at a party in a grand villa.
My thoughts: The Forgiven feels like it’s two completely different movies running perpendicular to each other and never ending up meeting in the middle to come together. One part is a socially conscious meditation on white privilege, class, and bad behavior…while the other is a morality tale and a redemptive study of character. Both are great stories, but the fact that they never feel cohesive is a big problem.
NEW RELEASE #7. GIRL IN THE PHOTO
Directed by: Skye Borgman
Graphic: The documentary is about the mysterious death of a young mother and the subsequent kidnapping of her son that opens up a decades-long mystery about the true identity of the woman and the murderous federal fugitive at the center of it all.
My thoughts: An astonishing and riveting true crime documentary that is elevated by its poignant final minutes, which pays tribute to its victim. Any true crime fan is going to love this one.
NEW RELEASE #6. THE GRAY MAN
Directed by: Joe and Anthony Russo
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Rege Jean-Page, Billy Bob Thornton, Jessica Henwick, Dhanush and Chris Evans.
Graphic: The Gray Man movie follows the CIA’s most skilled agent, whose true identity no one knows. When he accidentally uncovers the agency’s dark secrets, a psychopathic former colleague places a bounty on his head, sparking a global manhunt by international assassins.
My thoughts: Though gratuitously over-the-top and generic in its storytelling, The Gray Man is an utterly exhilarating thrill ride…and one of the best blockbusters of 2022, so far (although that’s not saying much).
NEW RELEASE #5. NO
Written and Directed by: Jordan Peele
Starring: Keke Palmer, Daniel Kaluuya, Brandon Perea, Michael Wincott, and Steven Yeun
Graphic: After random objects falling from the sky result in the death of their father, ranch owners brothers OJ and Emerald Haywood attempt to capture video evidence of an unidentified flying object with the help of tech salesman Angel Torres and documentary filmmaker Antlers Holst.
My thoughts: Nope was one of my most anticipated movies of the year and unfortunately I was a bit disappointed. Although I still enjoyed it considerably. My biggest problem here is that while Peele’s directing is his best work to date in that department, Nope easily contains his weakest script. However, the cast and cinematography are top notch.
NEW RELEASE #4. THE BEAST OF THE SEA
Directed and co-written by: Chris Williams
Graphic: the sea beast It’s about a young woman who takes refuge on the ship of a legendary sea monster hunter and embarks on an epic journey into uncharted waters to make history.
My thoughts: This is the perfect movie for families because it has just the right amount of goofy humor for the kids, epic action scenes for the adults, and a genuine amount of heart for everyone. Dazzling animation, thoughtful underlying messages, and a cast of charming characters make this one of the best animated films of the year.
NEW RELEASE #3. MRS. HARRIS GOES TO PARIS
Directed and co-written by: Anthony Fabian
Starring: Lesley Manville, Isabelle Huppert, Anna Chancellor, Alba Baptiste, Ellen Thomas, and Jason Isaacs.
Graphic: The film tells the story of a widowed cleaning lady in 1950s London who falls madly in love with a Dior couture dress and decides she must have one of her own. After working, starving and gambling to raise funds to pursue her dream, she embarks on an adventure in Paris that will change not only her own perspective, but also the future of the House of Dior.
My thoughts: Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris is set to become the definitive crowd-pleaser movie in 2022. I fell in love with Mrs. Harris…her exuberance, her conviction, and her willingness to keep dreaming when all seems lost. This one will be playing in my house for the next few years.
NEW RELEASE #2. REVENGE
Written and Directed by: BJ Novak
Starring: BJ Novak, Dove Cameron, Boyd Hollbrook, J. Smith Cameron, Issa Rae and Ashton Kutcher
Graphic: The film follows a New York City writer, trying to solve the murder of a girl he’s hooked up with, and travels to Texas to investigate the circumstances of her death, hoping he can make it the next big podcast. TrueCrime. .
My thoughts: Vengeance is a gritty mystery, an all-black comedy, a disturbing cautionary tale, an introspective drama, and a good slice of America all rolled into one. And I absolutely loved it! My only quibble is that I just wanted to spend EVEN MORE time with these wonderfully developed characters. This is a great sign for BJ Novak’s career moving forward.
NEW RELEASE #1. MARCEL LA CONCHA WEARING SHOES
Co-written and directed by: Dean Fleischer-Camp
Graphic: The movie is about Marcel, a lovable 1-inch-tall shell… edging out a colorful existence with his grandmother, Connie, and their pet, Alan. Once part of a sprawling community of shells, they now live alone as the sole survivors of a mysterious tragedy. However, when a documentary maker discovers them, the short film he posts online brings Marcel millions of passionate fans, as well as unprecedented dangers and new hope of finding his long-lost family.
My thoughts: Who knew that a movie about a shell with a pair of shoes would be the life-affirming masterpiece we all need in our lives right now? Marcel will put a smile on your face, a tear on your cheek and fill your belly with laughter… it’s one of the best movies of 2022 and one I won’t soon forget.
I hope you guys enjoyed my ranking of all the premiere movies I watched in July 2022. Please let us know what your ranking would be! For more movie news, be sure to keep an eye on that hashtag show!