DPL Movie Staff Picks: July

Enjoy the month of July with these great movies recommended for your viewing pleasure and share this experience with family and friends by hosting a movie night. 


Searching (2018)

37 hours after David Kim’s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, there’s not a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter's laptop. We follow the family entirely through computer screen and smartphone footage for a seriously unique movie experience. It is also the first mainstream Hollywood thriller headlined by an Asian-American actor.


Edge of America (2006)

A new man in town and Native American community finds it difficult to relate to the community working only as an English professor. Then he takes on the challenge of coaching the local girl’s basketball team.


Jaws (1975)

The classic thriller that gave us “You’re gonna need a bigger boat,” and “They caught A shark. Not THE shark.”  The mayor of Amity Island, a coastal resort, knows there’s a shark, but doesn’t want to lose any Fourth of July business.  So he orders the police chief to keep the beaches open, with horrifying results. 


Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

Anyone who grew up watching early children’s television will recognize the title question sung by Fred Rogers to millions of young viewers every week during “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood” on public television. Those viewers might be surprised to learn how Rogers’ progressive approach to child development shaped each episode and challenged conventional thinking about children. His radical message: children need to know they are heard and loved. 


Big Eyes (2014)

This Tim Burton directed docudrama stars Amy Adams as Margaret Keane, the well renowned artist from the 1950s famous for her paintings of children with big, sad eyes.  Her husband, Walter (played by Christoph Waltz) claims credit for her paintings, until she successfully sues him and wins back her reputation as well as a tidy sum of money.  Adam’s portrayal of Margaret is sublime and really captures her helplessness and loneliness. Waltz portrays Walter with a kind of manic energy and gleeful villainy. The film also explores themes of deciding what is good vs. bad art and Walter’s shameless marketing and self-promotion which are not well regarded in that world.

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The Endless (2017)

Having escaped a UFO death cult years ago, two brothers now live repetitive lives in dead-end jobs. When they receive a cryptic, battered VHS from a cult member, they agree to travel to see the camp one more time. The brothers struggle through the unconventional homecoming, uncovering tensions in their own strained relationship. An escalating series of bizarre events at the camp brings the pressure to a boiling point.

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Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017)

This Korean movie is about a firefighter who after heroically dying, finds himself being escorted through the afterlife by three Gods known as grim reapers.  While traveling through the afterlife, the now soul goes through trials held by various Korean Gods to determine where he will spend the rest of his life. Think of this as a Korean version of the Robin WIlliams movie, What Dreams May Come.  The special effects are pretty breathtaking and the story is interesting as well, especially if being a fan of mythology.  There is also a sequel, Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (2018, which, we at DPL have as well) which is just as good, giving you the backstories of each of the three grim reapers, while they are escorting their 49th soul through the afterlife.

Written by J.Allen on July 9, 2019