It’s nearly summer and that means one thing: It’s time to shun whatever sunshine Britain manages to get, and head to the cinema.
Because while footie fans may be obsessed with the World Cup, Hollywood is refusing to be kicked into touch, with some huge new Summer movies hitting our screens…
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (July 20)
Meryl Streep, Abba, Colin Firth, Bond and a cameo from Cher? This film is literally a licence to print Money, Money, Money.
Ten years after the first movie, it takes us back to the world’s original Love Island where Amanda Seyfried’s Sophie is now pregnant and scared – and wants to learn about how her mum (Meryl) first met each of her possible fathers, played by Pierce Brosnan, Firth and Stellan Skarsgård.
With flashbacks, silver foxes and an unbeatable summer soundtrack, when it comes to the box office, this will be the winner that takes it all.
Ocean’s 8 (June 18)
Move over George Clooney and Brad Pitt, it’s time for the women to have a roll of the dice.
In the year of #Metoo, Hollywood is taking a punt on an all-female spin-off to the Ocean 11 franchise…and it’s a gamble that is expected to pay off big time.
The film sees Danny Ocean’s sister Debbie – played by always-superb Sandra Bullock – come up with a plan for her own heist to remember at Anna Wintour’s famous Met Gala.
Oscar-winner Sandra is joined by fellow Best Actress Oscar winners Anne Hathaway and Cate Blanchett, two-time Oscar nominee Helena Bonhham-Carter, Emmy-award winner Sarah Paulson, and Grammy-award winner Rihanna.
The movie has already raked in $41.5 million in its opening weekend in the States – more than any of the three Clooney films.
If you don’t say that’s a win for Girl Power, you’re bluffing.
Skyscraper (July 12)
He’s officially the biggest movie star in the world, so who else would you trust but from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to rescue you from a burning Skyscraper?
In this big-on budget, big-on muscles, big-on-effects blockbuster, The Rock plays a skyscraper security expert who ends up framed for a fire in world’s tallest building.
He faces a race against time to clear his name and rescue his own family who are trapped inside.
It’s Die Hard meets Towering Inferno with The Rock and 21st Century special effects.
That can only equal one thing: bums on seats.
Incredibles 2 (July 13)
After the shellshocking ending of Avengers: Infinity War, here’s a Disney superhero movie that should hopefully leave you with a smile on your face.
The follow-up to Pixar’s 2004 animated hit, sees Elastigirl, voiced by Holly Hunter, on a mission to save the world while Mr Incredible is miffed about staying home with the kids.
With voices including Samuel L Jackson and Isabella Rossellini, and the return of Pixar favourite Brad Bird in the director’s chair, the film promises to be a winner with both children and adults alike.
Which is lucky as many of its original child fans will now be adults themselves….
Mission Impossible – Fallout (July 26)
Tom Cruise is back as the unstoppable Ethan Hunt in the sixth installment of the thriller franchise, which also stars Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin and Superman star Henry Cavill.
Hunt once more faces a race against time to save the world (well, what else would you expect?) but this latest film is the first to be filmed in IMAX 3D, meaning the stunts promise to be even bigger and better.
Yet what really feels impossible about this latest Mission is that it’s a whopping 22 years since Tom first dropped through glass ceiling….
Ant-Man and The Wasp (August 3)
The original’s Thomas the Tank Engine fight scene was Marvel at its very best.
And now Paul Rudd is back as the pint-sized superhero, after being one of the lucky ones in Avengers: Infinity War.
This time it sees him paired with a new female sidekick, The Wasp, played by Lost’s Evangeline Lily.
However with audience goers of a certain age, it’s a certain Michelle Pfeiffer, making her Marvel debut as original Wasp Janet van Dyne, who will no doubt be this movie’s Queen Bee.
Christopher Robin (August 17)
This Disney movie is the family-friendly pick-me-up we all could do with in a world of Brexit and Trump.
Ewan McGregor plays an adult Christopher Robin who has grown up and lost his imagination – until his friends from 100-Acre Wood return to bring some magic back into his life.
With Toby Jones voicing Owl and Peter Capaldi as Rabbit, it’s a feelgood boost that will help all turn all us world-weary Eeyores in happy Tiggers.
Tag (June 29)
When it comes to recent film comedies, nothing has ever recaptured the magic of The Hangover.
But latest to try is Tag, a star-powered romp based on the real-life story of a group of friends who have played the same game of tag for 30 years.
Once you get over the rather smug Frat boy concept, it’s a fairly clever premise to bring together some great comedy talents including the under-rated Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm and The Hangover’s Ed Helms.
Overboard (June 22)
No one can forget the charm of the 1987 Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell original.
But the remake does a good job of bringing it up-to-date by swapping the gender roles – making the loveable Anna Faris the hard-up mum-of-three who’s unjustly sacked as a yacht cleaner by a bad-mannered playboy, played by Mexican megastar Eugenio Derbez.
When he loses his memory, she takes her revenge by convincing him that they are married.
Snowflakes have – naturally – had some issues with the plot, but it’s great to see Hollywood dipping its toe back in the romcom water after the recent several-year drought.
…and the rest
Bill Nighy and Emily Mortimer star in The Bookshop, out June 29.
Set in a small English town in 1959, a woman wanting to open her own book shop upsets locals.
On July 4 we get The First Purge, the prequel to the dark trilogy about a US where murder is legal one night a year.
Gothic fans may also enjoy Mary Shelley (out July 6), about the teenage Mary’s affair with Percy Shelley and stars Elle Fannin.
The same day, Rob Brydon’s Swimming With Men launches, about a man who joins a synchronised pool team while having his own midlife crisis. And Netflix is releasing new Lucy Liu romcom Set It Up in cinemas and online on June 15.
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