11 New Movies This Week: ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ and More!

Where the Crawdads Sing

Curious what’s releasing in theaters this week? There are 11 new movies this week, including the Reese Witherspoon-produced drama Where the Crawdads Sing, the animated Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank, the action film The Gray Man starring Ryan Gosling, and more!

Here’s the rundown of new movies this week that are coming out in theaters, as well as those releasing on the major streaming platforms.

New Movies Coming Out This Week July 11 – July 17, 2022

Where the Crawdads Sing
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Where the Crawdads Sing   (2022)

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: In theaters nationwide, Friday, July 15, 2022.

Summary: In Where the Crawdads Sing,  Kya (Daisy Edgar-Jones) is an outsider in her community. She is called the ‘Marsh Girl’ by the locals. She was abandoned in the marshlands of North Carolina and raised herself to adulthood.

Kya begins exploring outside her marsh’s world when a young man she befriended is found dead. And she is immediately cast by the community as the main suspect. Kya’s life will be under the microscope, and many secrets of the marsh are about to be revealed.

What to Watch For: The film is produced by Reese Witherspoon. And it is based on the best-selling novel by Delia Owens.

Word on the Street: Taylor Swift has written an original song named Carolina for the film.

My Take: Having read the book, I can’t wait to see this film.

The Paws of Fury The Legend of Hank
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Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank     (2022)

Rating: PG

Release Date: In theaters nationwide, Friday, July 15, 2022.

Summary: Ever since Hank (voiced by Micael Cera), as a young pup, was saved from bullies by a mysterious samurai, he has wanted to become a samurai himself. In Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank, Hank is hired to become the samurai of a small town being threatened by an evil overload. The only problem, Hank is a dog, and the townspeople are cats.

What to Watch For: The stellar voice cast is comprised of Samuel L. Jackson, George Takei, Ricky Gervais, Gabriel Iglesias, Djimon Hounsou, Michell Yeoh, and the legendary Mel Brooks.

Word on the Street: Mel Brooks wrote his lines for the film, taking inspiration from his film Blazing Saddles (1974).

My Take: Samuel L. Jackson as a washed-up samurai, is more than enough to see this film.

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris
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Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris   (2022)

Rating: PG

Release Date: In theaters nationwide, Friday, July 15, 2022.

Summary: Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris is a film about a widowed cleaning lady (Lesley Manville) in 1950s London who inherits a big of money, falls madly in love with the dresses of Dior, and decides to fly to Paris and buy one for herself. It’s a tale of adventure that will change her life and possibly the very future of the House of Dior itself.

What to Watch For: Lesley Manville is best known for her Oscar-nominated performance of Cyril in the 2017 Paul Thomas Anderson film The Phantom Thread and as Princess Margaret in the TV series The Crown.

Word on the Street: The film is from filmmaker Antony Fabian, the director of the award-winning 2008 film Skin.

My Take: One of the film’s stars is French actress Isabelle Huppert, who I fell in love with back in the 1977 film The Lacemaker. More recently, Huppert was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the thriller Elle (2016).

Don't Make Me Go
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Don’t Make Me Go    (2022)

Rating: R

Release Date: Premieres on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, July 15, 2022.

Summary: Don’t Make Me Go is about Max (John Cho), a single father who discovers he has a fatal brain tumor. Straightaway, Max decides to take his daughter, Wally (Mia Isaac), on a road trip. This is Max’s last chance to try and teach his daughter everything she might need to live her life on her own.

What To Watch For: The movie is coming off a win at the 2022 Heartland Film Festival. And it made its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The film is written by Vera Herbert, who was on the writing staff of the popular TV show This is Us.

My Take: John Cho is best known for playing Sulu in the Star Trek film series. And, of course, Harold in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004).

The Gray Man
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The Gray Man   (2022)

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: In select theaters on Friday, July 15, 2022. And premiering on Netflix on July 22, 2022.

Summary: The Gray Man is about Court Gentry (Ryan Gosling), whose true identity is known to none (but in the film we know him as Six). He is the CIA’s man when someone needs to die, the Agency-sanctioned merchant of death. After accidentally uncovering dark Agency secrets, Six is being hunted by Lloyd Hasen (Chris Evans). Lloyd is a former fellow assassin, who has been given the task to hunt Six down and take him out. Now the only person he can count on is Agent Dani Miranda (Ana de Armas). But the odds are against him… just the way that Six likes it.

What to Watch For: The film is directed by the Russo brothers, known for their movies Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: End Game (2019).

Word on the Street: The film is one of the biggest budget films that Netflix has ever produced, with a price tag of over 200 million.

My Take: Ana de Armas is on a hot streak with her film’s Knives Out (2019) and No Time to Die (2021).

Gone in the Night
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Gone in the Night    (2022)

Rating: R

Release Date: In theaters nationwide, Friday, July 15, 2022.

Summary: Gone in the Night begins when Kath (Winona Ryder) and her boyfriend Max (John Gallagher Jr.) go on a weekend trip to a remote cabin in the wilderness. However, when they arrive, they find that the cabin has been double-booked. And a young couple (Brianne Tju, Owen Teague) has already moved in.

The two couples decide to share the cabin, and after a night of partying, Kath wakes up to discover that both her boyfriend and the other woman have disappeared. When Max doesn’t show up, Kath goes on the hunt to find him with the help of the owner of the cabin (Dermot Mulroney). And she discovers that the truth is stranger than she could have ever imagined.

What to Watch For: The film is from Eli Horowitz, who created the Emmy-nominated TV anthology series Homecoming.

Word on the Street: Brianne Tju is best known for her role as Margot in the TV series I Know What You Did Last Summer.

My Take: I’m so happy for Winona Ryder’s recent success in the Stranger Things TV series. I have been a fan of hers since her roles in Lucas (1986) and Beetlejuice (1988).

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Persuasion    (2022)

Rating: PG

Release Date: Premieres on Netflix on Friday, July 15, 2022.

Summary: In Persuasion, Anne Elliot (Dakota Johnson) has never gotten over the man she was persuaded not to marry eight years ago due to his humble origins. Now that man, Captain Wentworth (Cosmo Jarvis), is back in her life.

However, there is a new suitor for Anne’s heart, the dashing Mr. Elliot (Henry Golding). And Anne is torn between an old love who got away and a new one who promises to give her the world.

What to Watch For: The film is based on the book of the same name by Jane Austin.

Word on the Street: The film is directed by four-time Tony Award-nominated director Carrie Cracknell.

My Take: I have been impressed by Dakota Johnson’s work of late. I’ve especially liked The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019), The Lost Daughter (2021), and the recently released Cha Cha Real Smooth (2022).

Victoria’s Secret: Angels and Demons   (2022)

Victoria's Secret Angels and Demons
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Rating: N/A

Release Date: Premieres on Hulu on Thursday, July 14, 2022.

Summary: This documentary series, Victoria’s Secret: Angels and Demons,  tells the story of the Victoria’s Secret brand and its longtime CEO, the bombastic and enigmatic billionaire Les Wexner.

What to Watch For: The documentary series will show us what happened behind the scenes in creating a legendary brand, including the possible connection between CEO Les Wexner and convicted sex-offender Jeffery Epstein.

Word on the Street: The doc-series is from award-winning filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer (Studio 54, Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, Valentino: The Last Emperor).

My Take: I loved the documentary Studio 54, so I will be watching this doc-series.

She Will
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She Will    (2021)

Rating: N/A

Release Date: In select theaters on Friday, July 15, 2022.

Summary: In She Will, Veronica (Alice Krige), after having a double mastectomy, goes to a healing retreat in rural Scotland with her young nurse, Desi (Kota Eberhardt). Veronica soon experiences things that question her very existence. And she develops an unlikely bond with Desi that allows Veronica the power to enact revenge within her dreams.

What to Watch For: The film was a big hit on the film festival circuit. It won the Best First Feature at the 2021 Locarno International Film Festival.

Word on the Street: This is the feature film debut of writer/director Charlotte Colbert, whose previous work includes the short films The Man with the Stolen Heart and The Silent Man.

My Take: Alice Krige will always be known to me as The Borg Queen from the TV and movie series Star Trek.

The Deer King
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The Deer King    (2021)

Rating: R

Release Date: In select theaters on Friday, July 15, 2022.

Summary: The Deer King is about Van, who is the last of a group of soldiers fighting for their lands against an evil empire. After becoming the lone survivor of a slave camp, Van meets a young girl, and they go on an adventure that may save the universe.

What to Watch For: The film is directed by Masashi Ando (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away) and Masayuki Miyaji (Xam’d: Lost Memories, Fuse: Memoirs of a Huntress).

Word on the Street: The film won the Bronze Audience Award at the 2021 Fantasia International Film Festival.

My Take: The film is based on the beloved The Deer King series of novels that also inspired a best-selling manga adaptation.

Gabby Giffords Won't Back Down
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Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down    (2022)

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: In theaters nationwide, Friday, July 15, 2022.

Summary:  Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down is a documentary about the former congresswoman, Gabby Gifford, and her battle to overcome the effects of an assassination attempt in 2011 that left her partially paralyzed and with a language impairment.

What to Watch For: From the team that brought us the Academy Award-nominated RBG (2018).

Word on the Street: The film features interviews with Gabby and her husband, astronaut turned Senator Mark Kelly, along with friends and colleagues, including President Barack Obama.

My Take: The directors of this film, Julie Cohen and Betsy West, have made some of my favorite documentaries of the past five years, including Julia (2021), My Name is Pauli Murray (2021), and of course, RBG (2018).

What New Movies This Week Are You Planning to Watch?

And that’s your new releases for the week of July 11 – July 17, 2022.

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