EPIX Staff Picks for July

This July, we’re at it again! Our EPIX movie buffs give us a quick take on their favorite big movies to look out for this month! Take a peak below and then kick back, relax and watch a few by yourself or with your friends!

Sam H. – North Dallas Forty

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Phil Elliott (Nick Nolte) has the best hands in the NFL, but his attitude leaves much to be desired from his no BS coaches and the team’s owner. Nolte shines as the complicated Elliott, who embodies the ironman NFL archetype to keep his own broken body on the field – abusing painkillers, self-medicating with weed and alcohol, and accepting dangerous numbing injections before games – but recognizes and struggles with the ruthless exploitation he sees all around him. This unglamorous portrayal of a 1970s NFL locker room is particularly relevant today in light of the recent revelations of concussion damage and pervasive painkiller use in the NFL. North Dallas Forty isn’t just a disturbing cautionary tale though; it is also an amusing relic of the professional athlete lifestyle sure to be enjoyed by all sports fans.


Steven K. – A Most Wanted Man

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A Most Wanted Man is Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last leading role before his tragic and unexpected death in 2014. That right there should be incentive enough to watch this film. However, the film overall does not disappoint! This spy thriller revolves around a Muslim man who illegally enters Germany seeking asylum. He could be an innocent man legitimately looking for help or he could be the center of a local al-Qaeda terrorist cell. This movie has plenty of unexpected twists and turns and definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat. It will also leave you in awe at the extraordinary talent of the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman!


Victoria L. – Wayne’s World 2

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PARTY TIME! EXCELLENT! Remember when Saturday Night Live skits were good enough to base a movie franchise off of? Well, Wayne and Garth are at it again in this classic 90’s comedy. This time Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey) need to put on a music festival to demonstrate Wayne’s love to for sexy Cassandra and steal her back from the evil record exec Bobby (Christopher Walken). With tons of memorable gags (“SCHWING!”) and endless cameos (Aerosmith?!?), this movie proves to be a timeless classic  – perhaps even better than the original!


Graham W. – Showgirls

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From director Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop, Total Recall and Basic Instinct) and writer Joe Eszterhas (Flashdance, Sliver and Basic Instinct) comes this NSFW classic. Elizabeth Berkley (Saved By the Bell) stars as Nomi Malone who will stop at nothing to become the most famous showgirl on the Las Vegas strip. Costarring Gina Gershon and Kyle MacLachlan, this jaw-dropping drama will make you laugh, dance and maybe even cry (well, let’s not get carried away). Regardless, it’s a hilariously campy and *ahem* NC-17.


Rob K. – King Kong

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These days there is no term that causes moviegoers to cringe more than the word “remake”, but back in the 1970’s remakes were not the norm.  Forty-three years after the original first aired King Kong was a commercial success, launching the movie career of Jessica Lange and featuring a young Jeff Bridges.  Witness Kong climb the Twin Towers (this version is the only one not featuring the Empire State Building) with the woman he loves in his arms and decide for yourself if this remake appropriately honors the original.


Mike R. – The Warriors

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Oh man this movie is cool… I’ve heard rumors of a remake over the years and the film did spawn a solid comic book series as well as a popular video game but nothing can touch this gonzo classic of cult cinema. Director Walter Hill who knows a thing or two about tough guys having worked with Charles Bronson on his first movie, HARD TIMES, and who also gave us 48 HOURS does an amazing job with this epic story about a street gang fighting their way back from the Bronx to Coney Island in the late 70’s. So, “come out to plaaaay” and get in on the action!


Kaitlin F. – Thanks For Sharing

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New York City, P!NK, Gwenyth Paltrow and A group of recovering sex addicts. This movie is certainly interesting to say the least. Maybe not one you had necessarily seen in theatres, so now is your opportunity to check out a long time recovering sex addict (Mark Ruffalo) fight his urges with her new super hot girlfriend (Gwenyth Paltrow). He is being guided by the fearless leader of his sex addicts anonymous group (Tim Robbins) which also features some other interesting characters (Josh Gad & P!NK) all on their journey to abstinence. There are certainly interesting bumps along the way and every step will keep you more than entertained. Check it out!


Matt S. – 48 Hrs.

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Nick Nolte portrays hardnosed cop, Jack Cates, who is on the trail of an escaped cop killer, Albert Ganz (James Remar).  He elicits the assistance of sarcastic convict, Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy), who has a connection to the baddie.  They have 48 hours to apprehend the criminal and tolerate each other in the process.  Director Walter Hill (The Warriors) uses the straight-laced/loose-cannon pairing to perfection.  Although the genre existed, 48 Hrs. is the quintessential buddy film and helped to usher in a new generation of oddball partner pairings including Lethal Weapon and Rush Hour.

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