Movies to Watch In Theaters This Fourth of July Weekend

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Stephanie McCabe

Looking for something fun to do this Fourth of July weekend? Head to the movie theater to see one of the many new releases out now! We’ve rounded up all of the movies in theaters on July 4 along with audience reactions so you can choose the perfect film to see!

Movies in theaters July 4: The Boss Baby: Family Business

 

The Boss Baby: Family Business stars Alec Baldwin, James Marsden, Amy Sedaris, Eva Longoria, and Ariana Greenblatt. The DreamWorks computer-animated film is a sequel to the 2017 film The Boss Baby. In the film, the adult Templeton brothers Ted (Boss Baby) and Tim are reunited when Tim’s daughter Tina enlists their help.   

See what reviewers are saying about The Boss Baby: Family Business:

Impressionist Media described the film as silly and sweet.

Read our review of The Boss Baby: Family Business here!

Movies in theaters July 4: The Forever Purge 

The Forever Purge stars Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Huerta, Josh Lucas, and Cassidy Freeman. The horror movie is the fifth film in The Purge franchise. On the morning after the purge, masked members of an underground movement begin inciting violence, declaring that they are not satisfied with the one night to commit crimes. The film then follows the effects that this group’s actions have on the country. 

See what reviewers are saying about The Forever Purge:

IGN said the film turned the concept of The Purge “on its head.”

Stay tuned for our review of The Forever Purge.

Movies in theaters July 4: F9: The Fast Saga 

F9: The Fast Saga stars Vin Diesel, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, and Ludacris. The action film is the ninth main installment in the Fast & Furious franchise. In this movie, the main character Dom Toretto is forced to confront his past in order to keep those he loves safe. 

In her review of F9: The Fast Saga, Hollywood.com writer Elizabeth says:

Seeing the way that family played so heavily into this movie puts into perspective what really matters in life. If you have siblings I’m sure you know those petty fights and bickering that take place from time to time, but do you let those get in the way of being there for one another? No, through thick and thin your siblings are always there for and that is what this movie really focuses on, the meaning of family.

Read the full, spoiler-free review here

Movies in theaters July 4: Zola

Zola stars Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Nicholas Braun, and Colman Domingo. In this comedy-drama, Detroit waitress Zola embarks on a spontaneous trip to Florida with her newfound friend. The film chronicles their hectic experiences throughout the 48 hours that they are traveling.

See what movie-goers are saying about Zola:

Scott called the film “remarkable.”

Movies in theaters July 4: Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chris Rock, and Stevie Wonder. This documentary tells the story of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, which took place the same summer as Woodstock but has not been as widely examined. The doc was directed by Ahmir Khalib Thompson (better know as Questlove of The Roots).

See what movie-goers are saying about Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised):

One Twitter user praised the film and recommended it to his followers.

Movies in theaters July 4: The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Salma Hayek. The action-comedy serves as the sequel to the 2017 film The Hitman’s Bodyguard. Hitman Darius, his wife Sonia, and bodyguard Michael are enlisted to help take down the power-hungry antagonist that is causing a threat to Europe. 

In her review of The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, Hollywood.com writer Cassandra said:

“‘The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ gave me all of the action I could want from a big blockbuster film while keeping me laughing the entire time, making it a great watch to kick off my summer.”

Read the full, spoiler-free review here.  

Movies in theaters July 4: Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway stars Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, James Corden, and Margot Robbie. The live-action/computer-animated film is the sequel to the 2018 film Peter Rabbit. The film follows Peter on a journey of self-discovery as he strays away from his family, leaving the garden. 

In her review of Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, Hollywood.com writer Alexis said:

The film can be enjoyed by all ages. The children behind me in the theater were laughing practically non-stop, and the commentary aspect was definitely directed toward adults. The commentary tackles the book and film industries, but there are several jokes about what it’s like to be an adult. I found myself smiling throughout the experience, not only because of the kids’ commentary as they enjoyed the movie but also because it was an enjoyable film.

Read the full, spoiler-free review here.  

Movies in theaters July 4: In the Heights

In the Heights stars Anthony Ramos, Olga Merediz, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, and Melissa Barrera. It is the film adaptation of the 2005 stage musical of the same name written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes. The story follows the Washington Heights community in New York City and explores how gentrification as well as the idea of chasing one’s dreams change the neighborhood. 

In her review of In the Heights, Hollywood.com writer Cassandra said:

While I didn’t recognize many of the actors in ‘In The Heights’ I was beyond impressed with the cast of this film. Every number was full of life and kept me smiling (almost) throughout the whole movie.

Read the full, spoiler-free review here.  

Movies in theaters July 4: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ruairi O’Connor, and John Noble. The horror film is the eighth installment in The Conjuring Universe and is the sequel to The Conjuring 2 (2016). The movie tells the story of the first US trial where demonic possession was used as a defense. 

In her review of The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, Hollywood.com writer Shannon said:

“…The Devil Made Me Do It had more of a true-crime detective feel with a satanic twist, unlike its predecessors that fit in the haunted house, demonic possession, paranormal subgenres of horror like a glove.”

Read the full, spoiler-free review here.

Movies in theaters July 4: A Quiet Place Part II

A Quiet Place Part II stars Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Noah Jupe, and Millicent Simmonds. The thriller is the sequel to the 2018 film A Quiet Place. The movie follows the Abbott family after the events of the first film as they silently journey outdoors in order to survive. 

In her review of A Quiet Place Part II, Hollywood.com writer Natalie said:

Whether you scare easily or get excited over horror, this is the film to see. With its heartbreaking performances, brilliant sound effects and soundtrack, and eye-catching visuals, A Quiet Place Part II is the most enthralling horror movie to see in movie theaters this year.

Read the full, spoiler-free review here.

Movies in theaters July 4: Cruella

Cruella stars Emma Stone, Mark Strong, and Emma Thompson. The live-action film takes place in London and tells the origin story of Disney villain Cruella de Vil. Audiences will finally see what made Cruella the wicked antagonist we know today. 

In her review of Cruella, Hollywood.com writer April said:

…there was never a dull moment nor were there any lags in the movie. And the plot twists will have you consistently on the edge of your seat. It was an overall riveting film!

Read the full, spoiler-free review here.

Movies in theaters July 4: Werewolves Within

Werewolves Within stars Sam Richardson, Milana Vayntrub, and Michael Chernus. This comedy-horror centers on a forest ranger and a postal worker who are investigating a mysterious creature wreaking havoc in their town. The film is based on the 2016 video game of the same name.

See what movie-goers are saying about Werewolves Within:

Ben said that it is one of his favorite movies of the year.

No matter which movie you choose to see, we hope you enjoy your 4th of July weekend!

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