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Best Movies of July 2019: previews the top 10...
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Best Movies of July 2019: previews the top 10... previews 10 of the most exciting movies that will be coming to your cinema screens in July...


Spider-Man: Far From Home

(In Cinemas July 2nd)


After the epic events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man has earned himself a nice vacation. Sadly, it's not a holiday that gives him much rest and relaxation...

The film is the sequel from Spider-Man: Homecoming, which introduced us to Tom Holland's Spider-Man, his life in high school and his battle with Michael Keaton's villain Vulture. 

In the new movie, Parker heads off to Europe with his classmates, only to find himself recruited by Nick Fury to team up with Quentin Beck, also known as Mysterio, a master of trickery and illusion to battle a strange force named the Elementals...

Spider-Man: Far From Home will see director Jon Watts return to take charge, with Jake Gyllenhaal taking the role of villain Mysterio. 

Keaton, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei and Jacob Batalon all reprise their roles, while Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders also have supporting roles. 



The Lion King

(In Cinemas July 19th)


After the success of Beauty And The Beast, Maleficent, Cinderella and more, Disney's latest reimagining of an animated classic arrives in cinemas next month. 

The film, which has been directed by Jon Favreau, features an all-star voice cast and reimagines the 1994 classic employing the same techniques and technology he used to create 2016's hit The Jungle Book

Beyonce will voice Nala, the love interest and partner in crime of the story's hero Simba, while Keegan-Michael Key, comedian Eric Andre and Black Panther's Florence Kasumba will voice menacing hyenas. 

Donald Glover, last seen portraying Lando Calrissian in the new Star Wars spin-off about young Han Solo, will voice Simba, while James Earl Jones, who recently returned to voice Darth Vader in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will portray Mufasa, the character he voiced in the 1994 animation. 

Chiwetel Ejiofor will take the voice of villain Scar, with Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, John Kani and John Oliver also in key roles. 

The Lion King was first released in 1994 and grossed just shy of a billion dollars at the box office. It told the story of Simba, a young lion who is to succeed his father, Mufasa, as King of the Pride Lands; however, after Simba's uncle Scar murders Mufasa, Simba is manipulated into thinking he was responsible and flees into exile.




(In Cinemas July 5th)


After scoring huge success with Lucy back in 2014, director Luc Besson tries to repeat the trick next month with Anna. 

Anna follows Anna Poliatova, a model who has a secret double life as one of the world's most feared government assassins.

The film stars Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, Helen Mirren as well as Russian supermodel Sasha Luss, who plays the titular character.

Besson both directs and provides the script. The film is a follow-up to his blockbuster Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. 




(In Cinemas July 12th)


Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista come together for this action-packed new comedy. 

Nanjiani plays Stu, an Uber driver who picks up Bautista's Vic, a grizzled detective who is hot on the trail of a terrorist.

Thrown together, Stu is forced to help Vic track down his man, all while trying to keep his Uber rating in pristine condition.

Starring alongside Nanjiani and Bautista are Iko Uwais, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin, Jimmy Tatro, Mira Sorvino and Karen Gillan.

Michael Dowse, director of Take Me Home Tonight and Goon, is in charge. 




(In Cinemas July 5th)


A chilling new summer horror arrives in cinemas next month.

The film stars Jack Reynor, Florence Pugh, Will Poulter, Vilhelm Blomgren, William Jackson Harper, Ellora Torchia and Archie Madekwe.

Reynor and Pugh play Christian and Dani, a young couple who travel to Sweden to visit their friend's rural hometown for its fabled mid-summer festival.

The trips begins as an idyllic retreat, but quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

Ari Aster, who brought the chilling Hereditary to screens in 2018, is on writing and directing duty here. 



Teen Spirit

(In Cinemas July 26th)


Elle Fanning leads the way in this strange new drama. 

Fanning plays Violet Valenski, a promising young singer who enters an international singing competition. 

After finding success on the show, her talent, her integrity and her relationships are put under the greatest strain. 

Rebecca Hall, Zlatko Buric, Millie Brady and Rizzle Kicks' Jordan Stephens co-star. 

Max Minghella, best known for his starring role in The Handmaid's Tale, makes his directorial debut with this. He also provides the script. 



The Dead Don't Die

(In Cinemas July 12th)


Legendary director Jim Jamursch unleashes a zombie comedy this summer, complete with an all-star cast


The film's cast includes Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny, Danny Glover, Rosie Perez, Caleb Landry Jones, Carol Kane, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop and Wu-Tang Clan supremo RZA, with Jamursh writing and directing. 

In The Dead Don't Die, we find ourselves in a peaceful, small town when zombies suddenly rise from their graves and begin terrorizing the citizens. Three bespectacled police officers and a strange Scottish mortician with a love for drag makeup and sword fighting must band together to stop them. 

Oh dear...



Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans

(In Cinemas July 26th)


The beloved book and TV series makes it to the big screen next month. 

Game Of Thrones' Sebastian Croft stars alongside Nick Frost, Submarine's Craig Roberts and Kim Cattrall. 

The story follows Croft's Ati, a Roman teenager with brains but very little brawn who is always coming up with clever schemes.

When one of those schemes falls foul of Emperor Nero, he is forced to join the army and is sent to a miserable, cold, wet Britain. 

Kate Nash, Derek Jacobi, Alexander Armstrong, Lee Mack, Warwick Davis, Lucy Montgomery, Kevin Bishop and Chris Addison also have supporting roles. 

Dominic Brigstocke, director of the TV version of the series, makes his feature film directorial debut.



The Current War

(In Cinemas July 26th)


After a lengthy delay, we finally get to see Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon face off in a battle of industry titans. 

Cumberbatch stars as inventor Thomas Edison with Shannon portraying George Westinghouse. The movie is the story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Edison and Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.

Starring alongside Cumberbatch and Shannon are Nicholas Hoult, Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Tuppence Middleton and Matthew Macfadyen. 

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, director of The Town That Dreaded Sundown and Me and Earl and The Dying Girl, is in charge of this one.



Vita and Virginia

(In Cinemas July 5th)


Gemma Arterton and Elizabeth Debicki lead this tender drama. 

The film tells the story of the affair and the friendship between socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf, a romance that changed both women's lives. It was adapted from letters between the pair from across their lives. 

Arterton plays Sackville-West, while Debicki is Woolf. Starring alongside them are Isabella Rossellini, Rupert Penry-Jones and Peter Ferdinando.

Chanya Button directs and has co-written the script with Eileen Atkins.



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