Best new movies on Amazon Prime Video in July 2022
We’re now officially summer and that means there’s another month of new movies to come. Amazon Prime Video this month of July. From a dark but committed portrayal of what it takes to fight corporate corruption to an outrageous prestige film about a wealthy family, we’ve picked the best of the bunch you’ll want to check out this month.
Director: Michael Mann
Writers: Gregory Allen Howard, Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson, Eric Roth, Michael Mann
Cast: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jeffrey Wright
Michael Mannthe imposing film of 2001 Ali had before him a Herculean task. How do you capture one of history’s most iconic figures in a single film? No movie could ever capture everyone who Mohamed Ali was, though this one is certainly as close as anyone could hope to get. Will Smith is able to capture both the humor and bravado of the famous boxer as well as Ali’s deeper beliefs throughout his life. While he authentically hits every note in fights, Smith also shines in the moments between fights. It’s in those quiet moments when he contemplates his future that you really feel a deeper connection to who Ali was. He was deeply funny and witty, truly one of the great talkers of all time, as well as being a deeply contemplative man. The strongest moments come from showing Ali’s deep opposition to the Vietnam War and how he dealt with its lingering aftermath. It was a position that would threaten her freedom and her future, making her all the braver that he took it. Smith pays homage to all of these parts of Ali, giving a comprehensive look at everything he was. It remains his most commanding and compelling performance that may never be matched.
Director: Todd Haynes
Writers: Nathaniel Rich, Mario Correa, Matthew Michael Carnahan
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins
One of the most grounded and honest portrayals of what it means to do good against the evils of the world, dark waters is a masterpiece of a film that finds resonance in its compelling look at a lawyer battling corporate corruption. Marc Ruffalo rooms Rob Bilot, a real-life corporate defense attorney who files an environmental lawsuit that reveals how DuPont was poisoning the water of unsuspecting people. It’s a patient film that shows just how grueling and difficult it can be to undertake something like this, revealing just how rigged things can be when you have the money to protect yourself from liability. Ruffalo is exceptional, showing how committed Bilott was to the case while also showing the heavy toll it took on him. Nothing is sensational or turned into a typical Hollywood underdog story as it reveals how the real world doesn’t work that way. It shows how people are only protected when men like Bilott are willing to stand up and risk everything, whatever the cost.
Dave made a maze
Director: Bill Watterson
Writers: Bill Watterson, Steven Sears
Stars: Meera Rohit Kumbhani, Nick Thune, Adam Busch
One of the lesser known movies on this list that still deserves your utmost attention, Dave made a maze is an imaginative indie hit that makes the most of its premise. It all starts with the titular Dave (Nick Coin) who struggles to express themselves and find a purpose in life. When he decides to build a giant cardboard maze in his apartment, he accidentally finds himself trapped in his maze-like creation. When his girlfriend Annie (Meera Rohit Kumbhani) and his friend Gordon (Adam Busch) decide to enter after him, we soon discover that this cardboard world is much larger than it appears from the outside. It’s a film that’s endlessly creative in playing with your expectations, using everything from forced perspective trickery to puppetry without missing a beat. It’s the type of experience you can revisit and notice something new every time because it’s practically packed with rich detail. There’s not much else it’s happier to completely lose yourself in.
Director: Jason Eisener
Writer: John Davies
Cast: Rutger Hauer, Molly Dunsworth, Brian Downey
Before you even say it Hobo with a shotgun isn’t going to be for everyone. Gross, violent and generally unbalanced, it is an acquired taste, to say the least. Still, if any of these words sound like something you want to see in a movie, then you should go on this absolutely bonkers ride. With the late Rutger Hauer in rare form as the titular Hobo himself, this gory homage to the low-budget exploitation thrillers of yore is a shock to the system in the best possible way. It’s all about a homeless man who must bring justice to a corrupt town the only way he knows how. You guessed it, with a shotgun for blasting and a sense of courage to triumph over the sadism that consumed his world. There’s so much coming out of the film that it’s impossible to fully capture, but suffice it to say there’s a lot to take in as it throws it all on screen. If you can stand it, this one’s for you sick people.
Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Becky Johnston, Roberto Bentivenga, Sara Gay Forgen
Stars: Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino
A chaotic tapestry of wealth and family, Gucci House is one of the directors Ridley Scottis best for how full of energy he is. It’s quite long at just over two and a half hours, although it all flies by due to the strength of all its central performances. Not only does he see Lady Gaga,Adam Driverand Al Pacino going wild with the material, but it just keeps getting wilder and wilder over time. A retelling of a short story of the Gucci family, it has murder, sex and greed in one package. It often bursts at the seams and spreads almost everywhere, although there’s nothing quite like seeing it all unfold in front of you. Whether you consider it a bold work of camp cinema or an austere deconstruction of the decadence of wealth, it’s undeniably a one-of-a-kind experience.
Director: Karyn Kusama
Writer: Diablo Cody
Stars: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Brody
You didn’t think we’d pass up the opportunity to praise the great film that is Jennifer’s body, have you? Misunderstood when it came out, Karyn KusamaThe biting horror-comedy has now become one of the most beloved cult classics and for good reason. Not only does he never see better Megan Fox absolutely devouring the role, in more ways than one, but it has more than carved out its place as being one of the most enduring revenge movies in recent memory. If you haven’t seen it, forget any misconceptions you have about the film’s mismarketing and instead open yourself up to whatever it manages to achieve. If you’re lucky enough to know as little as possible, you’re in for a diabolical treat that makes the most of its parable of self-aware horror.
Director: David O. Russell
Writers: Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo
A movie that demonstrates good acting can breathe new life into a familiar story, The fighter is a boxing drama elevated by its strong performances. Most central to this is a dynamic Christian Bale like real life Dicky Eklund. A former boxer who now struggles with drug addiction, Dicky is largely estranged from his half-brother Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) who continues to struggle to provide for her family. After deciding to hang up the gloves, Micky will start fighting again for a big game that could change his life and that of his whole family. The movie doesn’t break any molds of underdog boxing history, although it fits into it so well that you’ll be nothing but locked in the story. Bale in particular hosts an acting masterclass, delving into the depths of addiction and loss with a dedication that is as heartbreaking as it is thrilling. There is a humanity to the story and its struggle, which makes it a story that finds a rhythm of its own, even if the larger narrative itself does not.