Here are 8 films you should try to catch this July

  • Movies
  • Saturday, 01 Jul 2017

Hey Spider-Man, lets hope this new film doesn't go down the drain, eh?

July is going to be one action-packed month at the cinemas in Malaysia.

We’ve got the third coming of Spider-Man, the final chapter of the Planet Of The Apes prequel trilogy, a Chinese time-travel thriller, an Edgar Wright heist movie, a Luc Besson sci-fi actioner, a Christopher Nolan war epic and Charlize Theron as a brutal, brilliant, badass blonde assassin. If that doesn’t give you an adrenalin rush, I don’t know what will.

What, you need something slower? Then a critically-acclaimed Japanese anime movie will get those tear ducts working overtime.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 6)

Cast: Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr, Michael Keaton

Director: Jon Watts

A tale as old as time about some high-school kid who gets bitten by a radioactive spider and becomes a wise-cracking superhero who swings from buildings and fights a villain dressed like a robot vulture. Oh, and he gets some help from a man in a flying suit of armour too.

Why you should watch it:

If a Spider-Man movie isn’t enough to get you into the cinema, then maybe the fact that this is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and also features Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man) might. And if Spidey’s cameo appearance in Captain America: Civil War is anything to go by, this should be a welcome return to form for our friendly neighbourhood wall-crawler.

Reset (July 6)

Cast: Yang Mi, Wallace Huo, Chin Shih Chieh

Director: Yoon Hong Seung

Xia Tian is a single mother and scientist working on a time machine. However, once she completes it, her son is kidnapped and the culprits demand that she hands over the machine. So what does one do in such a situation? Why, use the time machine to travel back in time and prevent the kidnapping, of course!

Why you should watch it:

The time-travelling premise may seem familiar, but add the story of a mother desperate to save her son by any means neccessary, and you have the ingredients for an emotionally charged science-fiction thriller.

War For The Planet Of The Apes (July 13)

Cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Gabriel Chavarria, Judy Greer

Director: Matt Reeves

The final battle between the apes and the humans comes to a head here, as Ceaser rallies his simian troops against an army led by a ruthless human colonel and clash in an epic battle that will determine not only the fate of both species, but also the future of the planet.

Why you should watch it:

This is it, the final tale of how those damn dirty apes took over the world and turned Earth into, you know, Planet of the Apes. If you’ve been following the series so far, you definitely don’t want to miss this. Oh, and somebody give Andy Serkis an Oscar already.

In This Corner Of The World (July 13)

Cast: Non, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Natsuki Inaba, Minori Omi

Director: Sunao Katabuchi

In a seaside town in Hiroshima during World War II, 18-year-old Suzu struggles to cope with the difficulty of raising her family and living in a country at war, while maintaining her will to live by sewing and drawing.

Why you should watch it:

It’s been winning the best picture and best animation awards in festivals all over the world. But that aside, based on the rave reviews it’s been getting, this seems like a beautifully animated, wonderful yet tragic story that deserves every single accolade it has received so far.

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (July 20)

Cast: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Ethan Hawke, Clive Owen, Rihanna, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu

Director: Luc Besson

Time-travelling agents Valerian and Laureline are sent on a mission to the intergalactic city of Alpha, where thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe live. There, the agents must identify a menace that threatens the future of the universe.

Why you should watch it:

From the trailers, this looks like a pretty solid but bonkers crazy sci-fi action flick with some really cool visuals. Plus it’s from the guy who gave us The Fifth Element, Lucy, Leon, and La Femme Nikita. So you can at least expect a movie that is entertaining.

Baby Driver (July 20)

Cast: Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey, Eiza Gonzalez

Director: Edgar Wright

Baby is a getaway driver, the best in the business. Then, he meets the woman of his dreams, and decides to go clean. But a ruthless crime boss has other ideas, and forces him into taking part in one last, doomed heist.

Why you should watch it:

An Edgar Wright heist movie with fast cars, cool driving, snappy dialogue and an unhinged Jamie Foxx? After watching that trailer, we can’t wait to get into Baby’s car.

Dunkirk (July 20)

Cast: Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Harry Styles

Director: Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan takes on the historical Dunkirk Evacuation, a pivotal moment in World War II in which 400,000 Allied soldiers were surrounded by German forces on the beaches of Dunkirk, France, and were evacuated with the help of every serviceable naval and civilian vessel available.

Why you should watch it:

Nolan does WWII. That alone is enough to get us marching to the cinemas.

Atomic Blonde (July 27)

Cast: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Sofia Boutella

Director: David Leitch

Brilliant. Badass. Blonde. Lorraine Broughton, a top-level undercover spy for MI6, is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate and take down a ruthless espionage ring.

Why you should watch it:

We’ve already got one kicka** female-led superhero movie this year. Here’s hoping Charlize Theron can continue that trend with this one. One thing is for sure – it’s going to be fast and furious(a).

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