hmv.com previews... 10 of July's Best Movies
hmv.com previews 10 of the most exciting movies that will be coming to your screens in July...
The Suicide Squad
(Out July 30th)
The brief period between his dismissal from Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume III and his re-hiring, James Gunn was quickly snapped up by Warner Brothers and offered any DC property he wanted. He chose to take on a new take on Suicide Squad and it emerges at the end of next month.
From David Ayer's take on the gang, Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, Viola Davis's Amanda Waller and Joel Kinnaman's Rick Flag return, with the likes of John Cena, Idris Elba and Pete Davidson joining the cast.
The Suicide Squad are a gang of villains and criminals, who are put together and forced by the US government into service as a disposable black ops team. They are led by a government operative Waller.
In this new take, the gang are sent on a new mission to the South American island of Corto Maltese to destroy Jotunheim, a Nazi-era prison and laboratory which held political prisoners and conducted experimentations...
(Out July 7th)
Scarlett Johansson has been forced to wait a long time to debut her standalone effort, where she heads deep into the past of her character, assassin Natasha Romanoff.
Romanoff has been played by Scarlett Johansson over eight movies, dating all the way back to Iron Man 2.
The character's origins are as a Russian spy, an antagonist of the superhero Iron Man, but she later defected to the United States, becoming an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
This movie is set after the events of Captain America: Civil War and the film finds Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff alone and suddenly forced to confront her past.
Starring alongside Johansson are Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, William Hurt, Ray Winstone and Rachel Weisz.
Cate Shortland, director of Lore and Berlin Syndrome, takes charge, working from a script from Thor: Ragnarok co-writer Eric Pearson.
(Out July 23rd)
M. Night Shyamalan follows up his hugely successful run of Split and Glass with a new thriller.
Old is based on Sandcastle, a graphic novel by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeter, with Shyamalan directing and adapting the novel.
The film has a large cast, with Eliza Scanlen, Thomasin McKenzie, Aaron Pierre, Alex Wolff, Vicky Krieps, Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ken Leung, Gael Garcia Bernal, Rufus Sewell, Embeth Davidtz and Emun Elliott all key players.
Old follows a young family on a tropical vacation discovers that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly, reducing their entire lives into a single day.
(Out July 30th)
Emily Blunt and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson lead this rip-roaring new adventure from Disney.
The film, which is based on the Disney theme park ride of the same name, is set during the early part of the 20th century.
We follow Johnson's riverboat captain Frank, who takes Blunt's Lily Houghton, a scientist and her brother on a mission into a jungle to find the Tree of Life which is believed to possess healing powers.
All the while, the trio must fight against dangerous wild animals and a competing German expedition.
Starring alongside Johnson and Blunt are Jack Whitehall, Édgar Ramírez, Jesse Plemons and Paul Giamatti, while Non-Stop and The Commuter man Jaume Collet-Serra directs.
Wrath Of Man
(Out July 23rd)
Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham reunite for this hard-hitting action smash-em-up.
Wrath Of Man is a remake of the French film of the same name, which was made by Nicolas Boukhrief and released in 2004.
It sees Statham star alongside Scott Eastwood, Holt McCallany, Josh Harnett and rapper Post Malone.
We follow H, who is responsible for moving hundreds of millions of dollars around Los Angeles each week. When an attempted robbery is foiled, H's crew begin to question his past, and it quickly becomes clear that there's a lot to look into...
The Spark Brothers
(Out July 30th)
Edgar Wright has put together this feature-length documentary on eccentric pop duo Sparks.
Sparks released their debut album Halfnelson - which was also the group's name initially - in 1971 before re-releasing the LP in 197 under the name Sparks, changing the name of the group to match.
Since then the pair have gone on to release over 20 studio albums and pen hit singles like 'This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us' and 'The Number One Song in Heaven'.
The documentary will chart the pair's career with a mix of interviews and animation as well as contributions from other musicians who cite Sparks as a key influence.
Among the contributors to the documentary are Red Hot Chilli Peppers' bassist Flea, New Order, Weird Al Yankovic, Jack Antonoff, Beck, Duran Duran, Giorgio Moroder, Patton Oswalt, Jason Schwartzman, Adam Buxton, Neil Gaiman, and Mike Myers.
(Out July 2nd)
Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp, Fionn Whitehead and Colin Farrell lead this new sci-fi drama.
Set in the near future, we watch on as a group of young men and women, bred for intelligence and obedience, embark on an expedition to colonize a distant planet.
But when they uncover disturbing secrets about the mission, they defy their training and begin to explore their most primitive natures...
Chanté Adams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Viveik Kalra, Archie Madekwe and Quintessa Swindell are also among the cast, while Neil Burger, director of Limitless and Divergent, writes and directs this one.
(Out July 2nd)
The winner of Best Film at the London Film Festival, the Mads Mikkelsen-powered drama arrives into cinemas at the start of next month.
Mikkelsen plays a disillusioned teacher, who, along with a small group of colleagues, decide to test an obscure theory that humans should have been born with a small amount of alcohol in our blood.
Together, they undertake a risky experiment to maintain a constant level of intoxication throughout the workday.
Initial results are positive, but as the stakes are raised, things start to go awry...
Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang and Lars Ranthe star alongside Mikkelsen.
Thomas Vinterberg, whose credits include submarine thriller Kursk and the 2015 take on Far From The Madding Crowd, directs. He co-wrote the script with Borgen writer Tobias Lindholm.
The Forever Purge
(Out July 16th)
The curtain comes down on the hugely successful horror franchise with the release of The Forever Purge.
The film is the fifth in the Purge series and serves as a direct sequel to 2016's The Purge: Election Year.
We pick up after the presidential elections and abolition of the Purge, where a Mexican couple are escaping from a drug cartel and finds themselves stranded on a Texas ranch. There, they will be at the mercy of a group of outsiders who plan to unlawfully continue their own Purge, and turn against the couple to eliminate them.
Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Huerta, Josh Lucas, Cassidy Freeman, Leven Rambin, Alejandro Edda and Will Patton star, while Everardo Gout directs.
Purge creator James DeMonaco provides the script, while Jason Blum and Michael Bay are among the producers.
Space Jam: A New Legacy
(Out July 16th)
The long-awaited animated sequel to beloved adventure Space Jam finally arrives next month.
Space Jam was released in 1996 and starred Michael Jordan alongside Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tune characters.
Threatened with imprisonment in an alien theme park, the Tunes trick them into agreeing to a competition to determine their freedom. They settle on basketball, and, to earn their freedom, they seek the aid of retired basketball champion, Michael Jordan.
In the sequel, LeBron James stars and plays himself. He and his young son Dom, who dreams of being a video game developer, are trapped in a virtual space by a rogue A.I. named Al-G Rhythm.
To get home safely, James is forced to lead Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Lola Bunny and the whole gang of notoriously undisciplined Looney Tunes to victory over Al-G's digitized champions on the court, the Goon Squad...
Don Cheadle, Zendaya and Eric Bauza are among the voice cast, with Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee in charge.
As well as James, NBA stars Klay Thompson, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul, Draymond Green, and Kyle Kuzma as well as WNBA stars Diana Taurasi, Nneka Ogwumike and Chiney Ogwumike are set to make cameo appearances.