#BlackInTheaters: Seven Movies You Need To See In July

The AMC Empire 25 off Times Square is open as New York City's cinemas reopen for the first time in a year following the coronavirus shutdown, on March 5, 2021.Photo: ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images

The summer is in full swing and movie theaters are opening back up. Just this week, Kevin Hart starred in Netflix's Fatherhood and next week, Taylour Paige will star in Zola. As the month comes to an end, movie theaters across the country will prepare for yet another slate of high-profile releases. LeBron James and Warner Bros. are rolling out Space Jam: A New Legacy, Questlove is coming out strong with Summer of Soul and Netflix has Resort To Love with Jay Pharoah. Not to mention, Winston Duke's Nine Days looks amazing! If you're wondering what movies are coming to Hulu, Netflix, HBO Max and theaters this July, we've got you covered.


Available: Netflix

Release Date: July 1

Starring: Amaree McKenstry-Hall

Description: Football player Amaree McKenstry-Hall and his Maryland School for the Deaf teammates attempt to defend their winning streak while coming to terms with the tragic loss of a close friend. The graduating students face mounting pressures of entering the hearing world while tackling adversity and demanding to be heard in this moving coming-of-age story.

Summer Of Soul

Available: Hulu

Release Date: July 2

Starring: Questlove, Chris Rock

Description: In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, AhmirQuestloveThompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten–until now. SUMMER OF SOUL shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present. The feature includes never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Ray Baretto, Abbey Lincoln & Max Roach and more.


Available: Theaters

Release Date: July 9

Starring: Tyris Winter, Marquesha Babers, Maia Mayor

Description: Over the course of a hot summer day in Los Angeles, the lives of 25 young Angelenos intersect. A skating guitarist, a tagger, two wannabe rappers, an exasperated fast-food worker, a limo driver—they all weave in and out of each other’s stories. Through poetry they express life, love, heartache, family, home, and fear. One of them just wants to find someplace that still serves good cheeseburgers.

Space Jam: A New Legacy

Available: HBO Max

Release Date: July 16

Starring: LeBron James, Zendaya, Don Cheadle

Description: Basketball champion and global icon LeBron James goes on an epic adventure alongside timeless Tune Bugs Bunny with the animated/live-action event Space Jam: A New Legacy, from director Malcolm D. Lee and an innovative filmmaking team including Ryan Coogler and Maverick Carter. This transformational journey is a manic mashup of two worlds that reveals just how far some parents will go to connect with their kids. When LeBron and his young son Dom are trapped in a digital space by a rogue A.I., LeBron must get them home safe by leading Bugs, Lola Bunny and the whole gang of notoriously undisciplined Looney Tunes to victory over the A.I.’s digitized champions on the court: a powered-up roster of professional basketball stars as you’ve never seen them before. It’s Tunes versus Goons in the high-est-stakes challenge of his life, that will redefine LeBron’s bond with his son and shine a light on the power of being yourself. The ready-for-action Tunes destroy convention, supercharge their unique talents and surprise even “King” James by playing the game their own way.


Available: Theaters

Release Date: July 23

Starring: Alvin Ailey, Jamila Wignot

Description: Alvin Ailey was a visionary artist who found salvation through dance. An immersive portrait told in his own words and through the creation of a new commission inspired by his life, Ailey fully profiles this brilliant and enigmatic man who--when confronted by a world that refused to embrace him--was determined to build one that would.

Rest To Love

Available: Netflix

Release Date: July 29

Starring: Christina Milan, Jay Pharoah

Description: Reeling from a broken engagement and career meltdown, a singer takes a gig at a swanky island resort - where her ex-fiancé happens to be getting married.

Nine Days

Available: Theaters

Release Date: July 30

Starring: Winston Duke, Zazie Beatz

Description: Will spends his days in a remote outpost watching the live Point of View on TV's of people going about their lives, until one subject perishes, leaving a vacancy for a new life on earth. Soon, several candidates — unborn souls — arrive at Will's to undergo tests determining their fitness, facing oblivion when they are deemed unsuitable. But Will soon faces his own existential challenge in the form of free-spirited Emma, a candidate who is not like the others, forcing him to turn within and reckon with his own tumultuous past. Fueled by unexpected power, he discovers a bold new path forward in his own life. Making his feature-film debut after a series of highly acclaimed and award-winning short films and music videos, Japanese Brazilian director Edson Oda delivers a heartfelt and meditative vision of human souls in limbo, aching to be born against unimaginable odds, yet hindered by forces beyond their will.

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