Summer movie season is well underway as July rolls around, and there are a lot of amazing movies heading for your local multiplex this month. From terrifying horrors and stupendous superhero adventures, plus a couple of terrific re-releases you won’t want to miss, the next 31 days have a lot to offer.
Put a date in your diary for these movies, which will all hopefully live up to their promise.
Spider-Man: Far From Home - 2 July
Tom Holland returns as Peter Parker in the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Avengers: Endgame changed the world of the Avengers forever. After the events of Endgame, Peter goes on a European school trip where Nick Fury recruits the young hero to work with Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterios to tackle the Elementals.
Midsommar - 5 July
After shocking audiences with Hereditary, director Ari Aster returns with another horror film starring Florence Pugh and Jack Reynor as a young couple who travel to a creepy festival in Sweden.
Read more: Midsommar gave star PTSD
However, it’s not quite what they expected. They should have checked on Tripadvisor first really.
Don’t Look Now - 5 July
Nic Roeg’s 1973 film is a masterpiece, and deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible. It’s been painstakingly restored and remastered in ultra high definition 4K, so the film which topped Time Out’s Best British Film Of All Time poll twice in a row, looks better than it did when it was first released. The colour red has never been more haunting.
Annabelle Comes Home - 10 July
Horror critics say the third Annabelle film is the best one yet, and marks a return to form for the long-running Conjuring series. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as paranormal investigating couple the Warrens, who keep Annabelle under lock and key... until one fateful night.
Stuber - 12 July
When a mild-mannered Uber driver - Kumail Nanjiani - picks up a passenger (Dave Bautista) he’s thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he desperately tries to hold onto his wits, his life, and his five-star rating.
Read more: Bautista burns Fast franchise
This looks like a cult classic comedy action film in the making.
The Dead Don’t Die - 12 July
A title like that can mean only one thing - zombies. Don’t expect your usual brainless affair though, as this is the latest film from indie master Jim Jarmusch who has assembled an all-star cast including Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tom Waits, and Iggy Pop for a deadpan romp through middle America.
The Matrix - 12 July
All three of the Wachowskis’ Matrix movies are returning to cinemas this month to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first film’s release. While the two sequels may not have stood the test of time, the original remains a game-changing masterpiece, and what better time to revisit Keanu’s greatest role than 2019 - The Year of Keanu™?
The Lion King - 19 July
Is it live action? Animated? Photoreal CGI? Who cares? Jon Favreau’s The Lion King promises to deliver the same soaring highs and lows of the 1994 animation, with the same stirring soundtrack, with the added benefit of Beyonce and Donald Glover. What’s not to love?
Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans - 26 July
Arriving in cinemas a little too late to be of any use to those cramming for History GCSEs, this second Horrible Histories film (following the criminally underseen Bill) takes us back to ancient Britain for a romp through Roman history to find out what they ever did for us bar the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system, and public health.
The Current War - 26 July
After a protracted delay imposed by the legal wrangling around its former producer Harvey Weinstein, this period drama about the "war of the currents" between electricity titans Thomas Edison, and partners George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla, to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.
Read more: Tom Holland saves fan
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Tom Holland, and Nicholas Hoult you could say it had a... wait for it... high-wattage cast.