Watch the Trailers for 11 of July's Most Anticipated Movies
'Ant-Man,' 'Minions' and 'Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation' are just some of the eagerly awaited films hitting theaters this month.
July is jam-packed with highly anticipated sequels (Magic Mike XXL, Terminator: Genisys, Minions and Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation) and big-screen takes on beloved stories ranging from hit YA novel Paper Towns to insect-sized superhero Ant-Man.
Two eagerly awaited comedies will also hit theaters this month in the form of Amy Schumer's Trainwreck and the Vacation reboot, starring Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Leslie Mann and Chris Hemsworth.
And at the end of the month Oscar watchers can see if Jake Gyllenhaal's performance in Southpaw merits the awards buzz he's been receiving for the role.
Read on to watch the trailers for and learn more about these highly anticipated films, presented in chronological order by release date, to better plan your July moviegoing.
Magic Mike XXL (July 1): Channing Tatum and his Magic Mike co-stars Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello and Alex Pettyfer head to a stripper convention in the sequel to the 2012 surprise hit. Magic Mike XXL also adds a number of high-profile new castmembers, including Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Strahan, Amber Heard, Elizabeth Banks and Andie MacDowell. Original director Steven Soderbergh passed the torch to director Gregory Jacobs but the Oscar-winning helmer worked behind the camera as editor and cinematographer.
Terminator: Genisys (July 1): Arnold Schwarzenegger returns for the fifth Terminator film, with Emilia Clarke stepping into the role of Sarah Connor in a movie that plays with versions of the past and future, including turning John Connor (played this time by Jason Clarke) into some sort of cyborg. The Alan Taylor-directed film, which received original Terminator director James Cameron's seal of approval, co-stars Jai Courtney and J.K. Simmons.
Amy (July 3): The eponymous Amy Winehouse documentary has already caused controversy, with the late singer's parents, who initially endorsed and were interviewed for the film, publicly distancing themselves from Amy, saying the documentary's "both misleading and contains some basic untruths." Director Asif Kapadia (award-winning Formula One documentary Senna) compiles archival footage of Winehouse both offstage and performing, reminding viewers of her sheer talent.
Minions (July 10): The lovable yellow creatures from the Despicable Me films are back, this time in a prequel set years before they met Steve Carell's Gru. Instead, the minions find themselves looking for an evil boss after they've accidentally killed many of their dastardly superiors. Their journey leads them to trailblazing female supervillain Scarlet Overkill, voiced by Sandra Bullock.
Ant-Man (July 17): Paul Rudd steps into the role of the superhero who can shrink down to the size of a picnic crawler in the final film in Marvel's Phase Two. Starting out as con man Scott Lang, Rudd's character meets Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), who designed a suit that gives the wearer the power to shrink in size, grow in strength and communicate with ants. With Pym as his mentor, master thief Lang has to pull off a heist that will save the world. Peyton Reed directed the film, after original helmer Edgar Wright left the project last year, from a screenplay written in part by Rudd and his Anchorman writer-director Adam McKay. Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll and Bobby Cannavale co-star in a film that's really about fathers and daughters.
Trainwreck (July 17): Amy Schumer wrote and stars in the Judd Apatow-directed film, in which she plays a promiscuous men's magazine writer who meets a sports doctor (Bill Hader) who could become more than just a one-night stand. Trainwreck co-stars Tilda Swinton, SNL's Vanessa Bayer, SNL alum Colin Quinn, Brie Larson and LeBron James, playing himself, one of Hader's character's friends.
Paper Towns (July 24): The latest big-screen adaptation of a hit YA novel by John Green, Paper Towns centers around high-school senior Quentin, whose childhood friend from whom he's since grown apart, Margo, suddenly takes him on a night of prankish revenge before disappearing. After following clues she's left behind, Q convinces his two pals to join him on a road trip to New York to find her.
Pixels (July 24): Adam Sandler, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage play former arcade champs called upon to save the day when aliens use large pixelated versions of '80s video games to attack Earth. Kevin James and Michelle Monaghan co-star in the Chris Columbus-directed action-comedy based on a 2010 short film by Patrick Jean.
Southpaw (July 24): Jake Gyllenhaal is already getting awards buzz for his role as welterweight boxing champ Billy Hope who loses it all and has to fight his way back to regain custody of his daughter. Directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, Southpaw co-stars Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Rita Ora and 50 Cent. The movie also features one of late composer James Horner's final film scores.
Vacation (July 29): Rusty Griswold is all grown up and out to redo the memorable trip to Walley World he went on with his parents in the 1983 original, starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, both of whom make cameo appearances in the reboot. Rusty (Ed Helms) piles his family (including wife Debbie played by Christina Applegate) into their crazy new car and they hit the road, where risque high jinks ensue. Leslie Mann and Chris Hemsworth round out the cast.
Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation (July 31): Tom Cruise and returning stars Ving Rhames, Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg look to take down "The Syndicate," the titular "rogue nation," in the fifth Mission: Impossible film. Alec Baldwin joins the action as an IMF adversary in the Christopher McQuarrie-directed film.