Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp” offers a peppy antidote to “Avengers: Infinity War,” while “The First Purge” explores cowardice and bravery in a violent context, sales pitch drama “Sorry to Bother You” plays with cultural expectations, and “Whitney” explores the life and legacy of record-breaking singer Whitney Houston.
Ant-Man and the Wasp (age-rated PG-13)
Select release dates: July 4 – Hong Kong, South Korea, Philippines, Singapore; July 5 – Australia, New Zealand; July 6 – South Africa, USA, Vietnam; July 18 – France, Belgium, Netherlands; August 3 – UK; August 31 – Japan
Story: Marvel follows the annihilation of “Avengers: Infinity War” with a light-hearted, jaunty prequel in which its size-changing heroes go up against a villain who can warp through walls.
Starring Paul Rudd (“Knocked Up,” “Anchorman”), Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit,” “Lost”), Hannah John-Kamen (“Ready Player One”) and directed by Peyton Reed (“The Break-Up,” “Yes Man”).
The First Purge (R)
Select release dates: July 4 – Canada, France, UK, USA; July 5 – Netherlands; August 2 – Australia; August 16 – Hong Kong; August 22 – Singapore
Story: Crime is legalized for a 12-hour period devised as a form of horrific population control, but when the result is a night of parties, shady government officials send in a hit squad with unintended consequences.
Starring Y’lan Noel (“Insecure”), Lex Scott Davis (“Training Day” TV series), Marisa Tomei (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”), Patch Darragh (“Sully”) and directed by Patch Darragh (“Burning Sands”).
Sorry to Bother You (R)
US release date: July 6 (limited; nationwide July 27)
Story: Desperate for a job, Cassius Green starts working at a telemarketing company where an older African-American employee advises him to use his “white voice.” Upon doing so, he begins a meteoric rise up the corporate ladder.
Starring Lakeith Stanfield (“Get Out,” “Death Note”), Tessa Thompson (“Creed”), Danny Glover (“Lethal Weapon”), Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) and directed by Boots Riley (feature-length debut).
Select release dates: July 5 – UK, Ireland; July 6 – USA; August 6 – Netherlands; September 26 – France
Story: A documentary feature focused on the life and music of record-breaking singer Whitney Houston, using new archive footage, recordings, and interviews.
Starring Whitney Houston as herself alongside friends, family members, and music industry veterans, and directed by Kevin Macdonald (“The Last King of Scotland,” documentaries “Marley” and “Touching the Void”).