What to Watch Over the July Fourth Weekend

8:51 AM 6/30/2017

by Ashley Lee and Jackie Strause

'Baby Driver' and Gru and his Minions hit theaters. Plus, a TV catch-up guide for the holiday break.

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  • Baby Driver

    Edgar Wright’s action-music movie stars Ansel Elgort as the go-to getaway driver of a crime boss (Kevin Spacey). Though he wants to run away with his girlfriend (Lily James), he gets roped into a job with Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Eiza Gonzalez. Elgort’s character Baby drowns out his chronic tinnitus with constant music, so the Sony film’s action and driving sequences are often timed to the tunes. THR’s review described the feel as "Gone in 60 Seconds for the La La Land crowd.”

  • Despicable Me 3

    Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig reprise their voice roles in Universal's animated, minion-filled threequel, directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, and co-directed by Eric Guillon. Trey Parker — the co-creator of South Park and the Broadway hit The Book of Mormon — voices Gru's newest nemesis: a former child star who has grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s. "A familiar package scores a hat-trick," reads THR's review.

  • The House

    Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell star in the Village Roadshow and New Line comedy as a married couple who lose their daughter's college fund. They then team up with their neighbors to start an illegal casino in the basement of their suburban house to earn back the cash. Jason Mantzoukas, Ryan Simpkins, Nick Kroll, Steve Zissis and Allison Tolman are also featured in Andrew J. Cohen's directorial debut, released by Warner Bros. Most problematic, according to THR's review, is that "the film arguably gets to its midpoint before eliciting a single laugh."

  • The Little Hours

    Jeff Baena’s irreverent, improvised adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio's 14th-century work The Decameron follows a young servant who hides from his master at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns in the Middle Ages. Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci, Molly Shannon, Jemima Kirke, John C. Reilly and Fred Armisen make up the ensemble cast of the Gunpowder & Sky comedy, which has upset the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

  • Okja

    Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Steven Yeun, Giancarlo Esposito and Lily Collins are among the cast of Bong Joon-ho’s dramedy, which centers on a young girl (An Seo Hyun) who aims to save her six-ton pet pig from becoming a corporate food product. The film became of the first-ever Netflix titles to screen at the Cannes Film Festival (which caused some controversy), and though it isn’t intended to convert its viewers into vegetarians, it does channel the current distrust of corporations. The bottom line from THR's review reads: "Fantastic beasts and how to kidnap them."

  • TV Catch-Up Guide

    After a jam-packed spring of prestige TV, there is a limited window where viewers can catch up — before the next onslaught begins with Game of Thrones. THR's TV critic Daniel Fienberg details his strategies on which shows should be demanding your free time, since less new shows will be launching in the slower summer weeks. On his list are the series that dominated the recent critic conversation (Better Call Saul, The Handmaid's Tale, Fargo, The Americans, The Leftovers); the shows that shouldn't have been canceled (WGN's Underground, MTV's Sweet/Vicious, ABC's Downward Dog and Netflix's Sense8 — which is now returning for a two-hour finale); the great stuff on network TV (NBC's The Carmichael Show, ABC's Speechless, NBC's The Good Place and Superstore, and The CW's Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend); and the recent onslaught of Netflix offerings (Orange Is The New Black, Dear White People, Master of None, F is for Family, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, GLOW, The Keepers and The Ranch); in addition to what Hulu and Amazon has available, like Casual and Sneaky Pete. Read his cases for the shows here.

  • Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter

    Six funny stars dish about being asked to audition in a two-piece swimsuit in The Hollywood Reporter's Comedy Actress Roundtable. Emmy Rossum (Shameless), America Ferrera (Superstore), Pamela Adlon (Better Things), Minnie Driver (Speechless), Kathryn Hahn (I Love Dick) and Issa Rae (Insecure) open up a very candid conversation about why salary parity demands aren't more common. But before they got serious about their financial clout, these comedy stars also talked about sex scenes, male nudity and auditioning (or not) in a bikini. Roundtable discussions air Sundays and the full, uncensored discussion lives on THR.com.