'The First Purge' (Jul. 4)
What better way to celebrate the July 4th fireworks than with a horrorshow prequel? Fans of 2013's The Purge, which has spawned a cult audience and two sequels, knew that writer-director James DeMonaco was on to something about violence in 2022 America with the movie's central conceit: What if, once a year, the government legalized robbery, rape and murder? In The First Purge, directed by Gerard McMurray from DeMonaco's script, we find out where the idea got its start. Marisa Tomei plays the psychologist who persuaded the powers-that-be that a violent purge would be good for all of us. Let's hear her arguments – and yours.