'The Lion King', and other films set to roar in July

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  • Tuesday, 02 Jul 2019

The Lion King

This month, The Lion King (July 18) starts a new circle of life with its live-action adaptation, while Spider-Man: Far From Home brings the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Infinity Saga to a close, heralding the end of an era. Meanwhile, Sylvester Stallone continues his recent revival with yet another Escape Plan movie (July 11).

Looking for something closer to home? Andy Lau and Louis Koo go head-to-head in The White Storm 2: Drug Lord (July 11), Indonesian teen romance Dilan 1991 will tug at your heartstrings, and Japanese manga adaptation Kingdom will be and epic ride.

Spider-Man: Far From Home (Now showing)

Director: Jon Watts

Cast: Tom Holland, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jake Gyllenhaal, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson

Eight months after the events of Avengers: Endgame, Peter Parker and most of his classmates return from being 'blipped' by Thanos' snap, only to find that many of their peers have grown five years older, and that they have to start their school term all over again. While in Europe for a school trip, Peter is recruited by Nick Fury to help save the world from a group of destructive ‘Elementals’, with the help of the mysterious Mysterio.

Why you should watch it:

From our review: "After the cosmic, multi-reality, multiple-timeline shenanigans of Endgame, the teenage trials of Peter Parker makes for a refreshing return to the MCU. The final film in the Infinity Saga does provide an excellent epilogue to what has been arguably THE most ambitious and epic film sagas of all time."

Read the full review here: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’: Does whatever a spider can, and more

The White Storm 2: Drug Lord (July 11)

Director: Herman Yau

Cast: Andy Lau, Michael Miu, Louis Koo, Karena Lam, Cherrie Ying

Yu Nam used to be Hong Kong's most powerful triad leader, and had two right-hand men: Yu Shun-Tin and Jizo. He had one rule for his gang: no dealing in drugs. However, Jizo broke that rule and was expelled from the gang. 15 years later, Jizo is now the biggest drug dealer in Hong Kong, while Tin is now a financial tycoon and philanthropist who is hell-bent on bringing his former friend down.

Why you should watch it:

Pitting Andy Lau against Louis Khoo is already a mouth-watering prospect, but with acclaimed director Herman Yau behind the camera, this could be one of the year's most explosive Hong Kong movies yet.

Escape Plan: The Extractors (July 11)

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista, 50 Cent, Jaime King, Malese Jow

Director: John Herzfeld

Professional security consultants and persistent prison breakers Ray Breslin and Trent DeRosa find themselves joining forces once more to to rescue a team member from a prison known as Devil's Station. Apparently, no one has broken out of that prison before (isn't that what they always say?).

Why you should watch it:

Remember when Sylvester Stallone used to release an action movie every other month? It's starting to feel like he's doing that again. Heck, it's mindless action fun, so it should be the perfect movie to, well, escape to when you've had a bad day at work.

Kingdom (July 11)

Cast: Kento Yamazaki, Ryo Yoshizawa, Masami Nagasawa, Kanna Hashimoto, Kanata Hongo

Director: Shinsuke Sato

Set in ancient China, young servant boy Shin dreams of becoming a general one day. He meets Eisei, a boy who is destined to become the Qin emperor in the future, and together, they work towards uniting the Warring States and fulfilling their destinies.

Why you should watch it:

No, this has nothing to do with the Netflix Kingdom South Korean series. It's an adaptation of the popular Japanese manga of the same name, and if it is even half as epic as the manga is, this should be a darn good watch.

Dilan 1991 (July 11)

Cast: Iqbaal Ramadhan, Vanesha Prescilla, Jerome Kurnia, Adhisty Zara

Director: Fajar Bustomi, Pidi Baiq

Dilan gets into a fight and might be expelled from school. his girlfriends 's girlfriend Milea gives him an ultimatum: her, or his motorcycle gang. At the same time, she meets Yugo, the son of Milea's father's distant cousinwho falls in love with her. However, she is still in love with Dilan.

Why you should watch it:

Because you need a break for superheroes, horrors, and action films. Because this is one of the most popular Indonesian movies of ALL TIME. Because, well, sometimes all you need is love.

The Lion King (July 18)

Director: Jon Favreau

Cast: Donald Glover, Beyonce Knowles, James Earl Jones, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, John Oliver, John Kani, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichne

A live-adaptation of the 1994 classic Disney animated film, in which a young lion named Simba has to overcome the death of his father, his evil uncle, and the temptations of the Hakuna Matata life in order to become the rightful king of Pride Rock.

Why you should watch it:

The circle of live-action films based on Disney animated movies is complete. If you loved the original, then like us, you just can't wait to see the king. Just be prepared - bring along some tissues cos this is going to hit you in the nostalgic heartstrings.

Ma (July 25)

Cast: Octavia Spencer, Luke Evans, Juliette Lewis, Missi Pyle, Allison Janney

Director: Tate Taylor

On the outside, Sue Ann, who likes to be known as Ma, seems like a pleasant little old lady who jsut wants to make some new friends. Inviting a bunch of kids over to her house, she seems like a cool grown-up, but unbeknown to the kids, she has a dark, dark secret.

Why you should watch it:

It doesn't matter what role she's playing, anything Octavia Spencer is in is always worth watching. This time, she gets to channel her inner villain for what could be her scariest movie yet. We can't wait.

Anna (July 25)

Cast: Sasha Luss, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, Helen Mirren

Director: Luc Besson

Anna Poliatova takes a job with the KGB to become one of its best assassins, but is caught between the CIA and KGB as she fights for her own freedom.

Why you should watch it:

Salt, Black Widow, Atomic Blonde, Red Sparrow... there's something about solo female spies/assassins that seem to always pull us into the cinema every time. This one is directed by Luc Besson, so there should be plenty of stylish fights and cool action sequences.

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