July Click List: R29 Entertainment Editors' Picks For The Month

We know that we're supposed to be spending all our sunny July days outside, swimming in pools, riding waves, dining al fresco, and generally soaking in as much Vitamin D as possible (after applying hefty doses of SPF 50). And yet...
You're more likely to catch us at home on Sunday nights, where we'll be devouring new episodes of Game of Thrones and Insecure. We'll probably be at the air-conditioned movie theater on Friday nights, eyes glued to the big screen as Atomic Blonde and Girls Trip make their debuts. As for Saturday nights? We'll be hosting dance parties in our apartments, blasting new music from Lucy Rose and Arcade Fire.
Sunlight is overrated, but we can't say the same for our July Click List.
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Morgan Baila, Entertainment News Writer

The Life of Kylie (August 6 on E!)
Even though the premiere date of The Life of Kylie has mysteriously been moved back to August 8 from its original July premiere date, (E!, you have some explaining to do...) I am still anxiously awaiting this show dedicated to the secret life of the world's most popular teenager. I anticipate that there will be lots of small dogs, lots of lip kits, and lots of realizing.

Taylor Swift's Annual July 4 Gathering
Is it even July if Taylor Swift isn't hosting an over-the-top Pintrest-inspired birthday party for America?! The singer is notorious for her elaborate summer gatherings which an array of big stars from Victoria's Secret models to Grammy-winning singers to Emmy-winning boyfriends wearing skin-tight shirts. Even though Swift has been under-the-radar this year, I'm absolutely craving an Instagram-overload on her favorite holiday of the year. It just wouldn't be the same without it.
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Sesali Bowen, Entertainment Writer

Insecure (July 23 on HBO)
The woman who has set the bar extremely high for YouTubers after parlaying her web series, Awkward Black Girl, into a book and an HBO series is back! The second season of Issa Rae's Insecure premieres on Sunday, July 23 at 9pm and we can't wait to see what is going to happen with this love triangle. The last time we saw Issa, she was brokenhearted and her boyfriend, Lawrence, had another lady bent over the bed. We can't let #LawrenceHive win.

Girls Trip (in theaters July 21)
I'm already calling it that this summer chick flick is going to be called the Black Bridesmaids. The movie stars four of the most talented Black actresses, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish as four friends who link up for a weekend of fun in New Orleans. What I love most about the trailers for this film is that it allows Black women to behave badly for once, without shame. It hits theaters on July 21, and my sides already hurt from the laughter I know is in store.
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Anne Cohen, Entertainment Editor

Game of Thrones (July 16 on HBO)
Time to pack up those shorts and sundresses and bust out the gear more appropriate for a battle north of the Wall. It's July, and that means WINTER IS HERE. If, unlike me, you're not planning on re-watching six seasons in two weeks (it is possible, I swear), here's a little reminder of where we left off with each character. Valar Morghulis!

Midnight, Texas (July 24 on NBC)
There's nothing I love more than a supernatural show with eye-candy, and this new NBC series promises exactly that. Based on a novel by Charlaine Harris (the same author behind HBO's True Blood), Midnight, Texas follows the adventures of a psychic named Manfred, who moves to a small town rife with mysterious happenings.Oh, and it also stars my all time favorite Montreal bae, Francois Arnaud.
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Meghan DeMaria, Entertainment News Writer

Spider-Man: Homecoming (in theaters July 7)
The Tobey Maguire Spider-Man trilogy was delightfully campy. But it's time for some fresh blood (and yes, I'm ignoring the CGI disaster that was Andrew Garfield's Amazing Spider-Man). Unlike Maguire, Tom Holland actually looks young enough to be a high schooler. And the trailer makes it look like the film will include just the right balance of humor and web-slinging action. Plus, Zendaya's playing one of Parker's classmates who's not afraid to call the guys out. What more could anyone want?

Will (July 10 on TNT)
The English major in me is thrilled that Shakespeare is coming to the small screen. Not a Shakespeare adaptation, like Still Star-Crossed, but an actual show about the Bard himself. That's appealing enough on its own, but what really interested me is that Shakespeare's rival, Christopher Marlowe, is also a character on the show. Add that on to last year's real-life events — Marlowe was added as a co-writer on three of Shakespeare's plays — and the show sounds like all the literary drama I could ever need.
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Erin Donnelly, Senior Entertainment Writer

Everything Now, Arcade Fire (July 28)
Say what you want about my home state of Texas, but it gave the world both Beyoncé AND Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler (a fact I will never tire of reminding anyone who will listen). But it's Canada who can claim Butler's wife and collaborator Régine Chassagne. One of the highlights of my summer so far was watching her hop from instrument to instrument while rocking the most wicked black leather jumpsuit at England's Isle of Wight festival. In short: I'd like to be her. The title track off their new album has been on my brain for weeks and I'm SO pumped for more.

Dunkirk (in theaters July 21)
The cynic in me says that this Christopher Nolan-directed World War II drama got a PG-13 rating so that it could cash in on the allowances of Harry Styles' young fans. The sappy sentimentalist in me, however, knows that I'll probably end up bawling my eyes out with every bullet.
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Maia Efrem, Associate Entertainment Editor

An Inconvenient Sequel (in theaters July 28)
It's been 11 years since former Vice President Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth broke down the science of inevitable climate change to shocked audiences. The horrors of what human inaction and denial could bring set off a chain reaction that slowly and surely led to the historic 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, with 197 countries signing on to combat climate change together. With President Donald Trump's recent withdrawal from the accord, now, more than ever, we owe it to ourselves to remember the dangers of passivity and galvanize the next generation of activists. I hope the sequel will be even more influential than the original.

The Last Tycoon (July 28 on Amazon)
F. Scott Fitzegerald's unfinished novel is now an Amazon original starring Matt Bomer, Lily Collins, and Kelsey Grammar as studio honchos pushing back against Adolf Hitler's efforts to influence Hollywood. Set during the Great Depression, the show is touted as an inside look at the passions and violence of the studio world. Fun fact, the pilot was voted on by Amazon subscribers as deserving of a full series during last year's pilot season.
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Rebecca Farley, Editorial Assistant

War of The Planet Of The Apes (in theaters July 14)
I will never tire of "battle for earth" epics, especially in summer, when I just want to watch bloody battle scenes set to good music. Whether it's humans vs. transformers, humans vs. mutants, or humans vs. apes, count me in for the drama. The "Apes" series in particular has always been a closet tearjerker, too — I mean, come on! Monkeys trying to protect their families! Humans being awful! (Sorry, a select few humans are awful. No spoilers.) War of the Planet of the Apes brings forth the "war" that the previous movies have teased. And, because every other action movie in the last year has done it, they've added a badass little girl to the mix.

Friends From College (July 14 on Netflix)
Oh boy. Where do I begin with Francesca Delbanco and Nicholas Stoller's mid-life crisis comedy that comes to Netflix July 14? Do I start with Fred Savage, who's so funny that I got angry? Or do I start with Fred Savage, whose performance of a lovelorn publishing exec is so poignant that I got angry? Perhaps I should start with Cobie Smulders, who does some epic physical comedy on a treadmill — or no, I'll start with Cobie Smulders, who was always great at pathos, but goes above and beyond in Friends from College. The cast here lifts the premise from its meager trappings. (The show is about 7 friends from college who reunite in New York City almost two decades after school.) There's not a TON going in, plot-wise, which means that the characters are rich, the dialogue is fresh, and every joke pays off.
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Kathryn Lindsay, Entertainment News Writer

Lady Macbeth (in theaters July 14)
In my quest to support Evil Wives, Lady Macbeth is the perfect addition. No, not the one you're thinking of. This Lady Macbeth comes from the brain of Nikolai Leskov but isn't any less intimidating. Like many women from The Past, she's trapped in a marriage with a horrible man - but don't worry, she gets her sexy revenge.

Something's Changing, Lucy Rose (July 7)
During my wannabe indie phase, I only knew Lucy Rose as a part of Bombay Bicycle Club. It wasn't until I went to their show and she opened for them that I discovered her solo. It was one those moments that I rarely have with music, when it feels like you already know the songs because they feel so very much for YOU. This continues to be the case every time the England native comes out with a quiet but catchy acoustic single, and I suspect this album will leave me just as entranced.
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Elena Nicolaou, Entertainment Writer

Made For Love by Alissa Nutting (July 4)
I brought Alissa Nutting's dark, disturbing, erotic first novel, Tampa, with me on a beach vacation — and couldn't speak to anyone until I finished it. Her second novel, Made for Love, is a departure in tone from Tampa, but it's just as fascinated with romantic obsession. In this romp, Hazel runs away from her controlling husband, who just happens to be the CEO of company as omnipresent as Google. Big Brother isn't watching — her husband is. Hazel moves in with her father (and his sex doll) in his trailer park, and tries to live life, disconnected.

Landline (in theaters July 21)
I don't know about you, but the '90s have been looking pretty good from the vantage point of 2017. In this family drama, two very different sisters are brought together over the knowledge that their father (John Tuturro) is cheating on their mother. Just as enjoyable as the movie's poignant depiction of family relationships is the depiction of a long-lost 1995 New York.
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Kaitlin Reilly, Entertainment News Writer

Ghost Story (in theaters July 7)
I've heard only good things about the Rooney Mara movie, which explores grief and moving on through the lens of a "ghost" who is literally wrapped in a white sheet. The trailer is beautiful and ever-so-moody, which should be a nice change-up from the big-budget flicks I'll inevitably duck into a theater to see during the hotter months.

Wish Upon (in theaters July 14)
The trailer for this summer horror flick is already evoking Carrie vibes. The movie is about a bullied teenage girl who receives a box that seemingly grants all of her wishes — only to realize that she probably shouldn't have been so metaphorical when she wished for the popular girl to "go rot." (Could the box in Wish Upon be our generation's killer videotape?!?) I'm hopeful that this film — which features young talents Joey King and Stranger Things star Shannon Purser — toys with the idea of revenge and bullying in a smart, thoughtful way, but I'll be equally as happy if it's a ridiculous popcorn movie. Bring it on, Wish Upon.
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Ariana Romero, Entertainment Writer

The Bold Type (July 11 on Freeform)
Freeform already gave viewers a sneak peek into what to expect from The Bold Type by airing the pilot after Pretty Little Liars’ penultimate episode last month. Let’s just say I immediately connected with the characters, and you probably will too now that the official two-hour series premiere is around the corner. The new drama follows three young women attempting to conquer New York City and the feminist publishing world, all while dealing with impossible love lives. Cue the Sex And The City comparisons in 3, 2, 1…

San Diego Comic-Con (July 20-23 at the San Diego Convention Center)
San Diego Comic-Con is about more than than, well, comics. The sprawling fan convention comes at the end of July, meaning all of network television’s biggest series have completed at least a month of filming by then. Cult shows on broadcast and cable TV alike come to SDCC prepared with spoiler filled trailers, panels, and appearances, just as fans are thirstiest for the slightest bit of information about their favorite shows. While the Comic-Con 2017 schedule is still a mystery, last year offered up everything from a look at X-Men-inspired drama Legion to the CW’s greatest teen soap, Riverdale. This year should only be better.
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Molly Stout, Entertainment Director

Snowfall (July 5 on FX)
They had me at the tagline, "This is how crack began." As an '80s kid growing up on Long Island, I luckily missed out on the crack epidemic. But I was definitely around to see the effects of ecstasy's heyday in the '90s (shout-out to Go, a movie I watched on repeat in high school). I'm wildly curious and naive when it comes to the real-world effects of those little white rocks my favorite rappers write lyrics about, and this John Singleton-produced prestige drama seems like the perfect way to get educated.

Atomic Blonde (in theaters July 28)
I mean, come on. Have you seen the trailer? Charlize Theron is everything we want to be: badass, strong, fearless, whipsmart, a Rihanna-sized hole where all her fucks should be. We already have our Halloween 2017 costume picked out.
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Carolyn L. Todd, Entertainment News Writer

To The Bone (July 14 on Netflix)
This dramedy stars Lily Collins as a young woman battling anorexia whose family sends her to a nontraditional recovery program in a group home. Collins, who herself is in recovery from the eating disorder, is said to give an incredible performance, both harrowing and funny. It co-stars one of my favorite, Keanu Reeves, as the eccentric doctor at the home.

Panorama Music Festival (July 28-30 on Randalls Island in NYC)
Solange, Frank Ocean, MGMT, Spoon, and dozens more acts will take the stage at the second Panorama fest. The inaugural event was a runaway hit last year, with all of the talent and energy — and none of the cursed weather and logistical snafus — of the more popular Governors Ball. The ideal summer music festival: a beautiful setting, great food and drink, and even better music.
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