POP CULTURE CHEAT SHEET: What To WATCH, READ, & DO IN July

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WRITTEN BY MIA QUAGLIARELLO

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07/03/18

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Could this be the month when we can start to slow down? Here’s to hoping there’s a vacation—or at least a relaxing weekend—in your future so you can take advantage of catching up on this month’s top pop-culture picks, including plenty of July 2018 movies!

Whitney isn’t the first doc to tackle the subject of R&B maven Whitney Houston, but it was sanctioned by her estate, giving director Kevin MacDonald unprecedented access to family and friends. “Whitney feels like the kind of film anyone who cared at all about her should see: the fullest portrait yet,” said an impressed Entertainment Weekly. In theaters July 6.

Other must-see docs this month include McQueen, the rags-to-riches story of designer Alexander McQueen, the “unexpectedly personal” Generation Wealth from Lauren Greenfield (The Queen of Versailles director), and Far From The Tree, a story about family acceptance (all open July 20).

The only way we’d willingly go back to eighth grade—even in our minds—is to see Bo Burnham’s buzzy Eighth Grade (July 13). Burnham came up through YouTube and that’s where he went for instruction and inspiration for this film, like learning how teens speak these days. Here’s a review from its revered debut at Sundance earlier this year.

And rounding out the kiddie movies (for those of you indulging in that cool theater AC during the hot summer months), there’s Ant-Man and The Wasp (July 6), Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (July 13), and Teen Titans GO! To The Movies (July 27).

Onto the small screen… Best-selling author ✅. Mad Men writer ✅. Oscar-caliber actress ✅. Sharp Objects (July 8, HBO) has it all. This murder mystery, adapted from Gillian Flynn’s debut novel, features Amy Adams as a reporter returning home to cover the deaths of two girls. “Critics may be tempted to draw parallels between Sharp Objects and Big Little Lies,” TIME writes. “But whereas Big Little Lies interrogates the violence men impart on women and ends with a rallying cry for sisterhood, Sharp Objects is less sudsy and more grim.”

Slate has the full list of everything coming to Netflix, HBO, Amazon, and Hulu this month.

Fans of Amy Schumer will be excited to know that she has a podcast with buddies Rachel Feinstein, Bridget Everett, and Keith Robinson, and it’s available exclusively on Spotify. “Never will a bra be worn,” the comedian said of the joys of the new format.

Daria reboot, anyone?

After working on her debut novel for a decade, R.O. Kwon’s time is here. Her first novel, The Incendiaries, is based on her own experiences of losing her faith in a Catholic Korean family. Vanity Fair says you must read it this summer, and Kwon dots many, many “ones to watch” lists this season.

As for books for the kiddos, Instagram queen Eva Chen is working on one to come out this November, called Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes. Vogue has a preview.

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