The 5 films that you need to watch in July

  • The 5 films that you need to watch in July

We're currently residing slap bang in the middle of summer blockbuster season, and with Jurassic World taking box office by storm, there are a couple of films in July that want a share of those cinema-goers and their money.

So what should you expect this month? Big action, big laughs and a very emotional documentary...

1. Terminator: Genisys - 3 July

Arnie returns to the series after sitting out Terminator Salvation (but donating his face for CGI purposes), which boasts a cast including Game of Thrones' Emilia "I look completely different with dark hair" Clarke and Suicide Squad member Jai Courtney.

It's more-or-less humans and robots going back through time to kill/protect people to stop/not stop Sarah and John Connor - the usual really.

The biggest sequel of the summer? Jurassic World might have a thing or two to say about that.

Why should you see it? After two disappointing sequels, Genysis is promising a return to the glory days of Terminator 2: Judgement Day, and has even got James Cameron's seal of approval - an lofty accolade indeed.

2. Ant-Man - 17 July

The Marvel conveyor belt is set to spew out another million-dollar franchise in the form of the Paul Rudd and Ant-Man.

Rudd plays Scott Lang, a cat-burglar who is given a second chance and a suit that gives him super-shrinking and super-strength abilities, and lets him communicate with insects.

It sounds like a cheesy gimmick, but don't forget the success of last year's Guardians of the Galaxy, which promised a talking racoon and a tree that could only say its name.

Why should you see it? Marvel doesn't 'do' flops these days, and they are eyeing-up Guardians-levels of success with this one. Plus, who hates Paul Rudd? No-one, that's who.

3. Inside Out - 24 July

Recently, Pixar haven't concerned themselves with original story ideas, with the releases of Monsters University, Cars 2 and Toy Story 3 coming out over the last few years, but they have really extended themselves with Inside Out.

The emotions in the head of 11-year-old girl Riley - Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Anger and Fear control Riley's emotions and actions as she has to cope with moving from Minnesota to San Francisco with Joy and Sadness taking an unexpected trip away from her 'emotion control console'.

Why should you see it? Pixar are proclaiming this is the most imaginative story since Wall-E, with tear-jerking levels not seen since Up. Pixar could be back to their best with Inside Out.

4. Amy - 3 July

It’s been nearly four years since the phenomenally-talented Amy Winehouse was found dead in her Camden home, and the world has lamented what a loss that has been to the world of music.

In this much talked-about documentary, director Asif Kapadia has collected hundreds of hours of footage from throughout her life to tell us the story of her rise and fall.

The film premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and before its general release, has already been slated by Amy's dad Mitch who described the film as 'preposterous' and that the film portrays him as the villain.

Why should you see it? Having been described as "a tragic masterpiece", "brilliant", "unmissable" and "heart-breaking", it has been made by the same team as the Oscar-winning Senna documentary.

Bring the tissues and reflect on the life of a staggeringly talented singer that was taken way before her time.

5. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation - 31 July

Ethan Hunt is back, and this time he's fighting an even more impossibler (which is definitely a word) force in the form of a rogue organisation called The Syndicate.

Ethan assembles his team, including Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg to bring down The Syndicate, which by the looks of the trailer, includes hanging onto the side of an in-flight plane.

Why should you see it? It's worth it alone to see Tom Cruise do ridiculous stunts in far-flung places around the globe, plus the M:I movies are always a great adventure ride, without you having to think too hard.

Also worth seeing in July

Magic Mike XXL - 3 July

Channing Tatum and his shirtless gang return to excite cinema-going females with his 'one last blow-out performance'.

Ted 2 - 10 July

The foul-mouthed talking teddy is back, and this time he has to prove he's a person in order to become a parent - cue drug abuse, swearing and hilarity.

Maggie - 24 July

Arnie turns dramatic as his daughter turns into a zombie and he stays by her side to protect her.

Southpaw - 24 July

A muscle-bound Jake Gyllenhaal is a boxer whose life starts to fall apart around his ears, so he hits the ring to make it all better in the star-studded drama.

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