These are the latest must-see blockbusters coming to the big screen this month, and July has some gooduns.
Fi 7 July cinema
From the producers of Neighbors and the co-screenwriter of Craz y Rich Asians, this unapologetically explicit comedy looks at identity and self-discovery. Starring Ashley Park, Sherry Cola, Stephanie Hsu and Sabrina Wu, it centres on four unlikely friends embarking on an international adventure.
When her business trip to Asia goes sideways, Audrey (Park) enlists the aid of Lolo (Cola), her irreverent, childhood best friend who also happens to be a hot mess. Soon they’re joined by Kat (Hsu), her college friend turned Chinese soap star and Deadeye (Wu), Lolo’s eccentric cousin. It turns into a journey of bonding, friendship, belonging and debauchery, revealing the universal truth of what it means to know and love yourself.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – DEAD RECKONING PART ONE
Weds 12 July cinema
This preview will self-destruct in five seconds… At a time when most men his age are adopting a neutral-coloured wardrobe and accompanying every single movement with a gentle groan, Tom Cruise remains one of the planet’s biggest action stars. Ethan Hunt and his IMF team are back for their most dangerous mission yet.
They’re tasked with finding a terrifying new weapon before it falls into the wrong hands. With the fate of the world at stake, and dark forces from his past closing in, Hunt is forced to consider that nothing can matter more than his mission – not even the lives of those he cares about most.
Fri 21 July cinema
Likely to be the film event of the year, Mattel’s iconic doll gets a big screen outing. Directed by the peerless former queen of mumblecore, Greta Gerwig (Damsels In Distress, To Rome With Love, Lady Bird, Little Women), it also draws inspiration from Mary Pipher’s exploration of the societal pressures on adolescent women – Reviving Ophelia.
Starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as Barbie and Ken, we find our untraditionally proportioned plastic heroine expelled from Barbieland for being a less-than-perfect doll (GASP!). Undaunted, she sets off to the real world to search for true happiness. Can she survive her existential crisis, and can Ken stop being so hopeless?
Fri 21 July cinema
Christopher Nolan turns his hand to Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin’s 2005 biography, American Prometheus. With his trademark grandiose staging and occasional impenetrability. Cillian Murphy stars as Robert Oppenheimer, the American theoretical physicist who ushered humanity into the atomic age.
The ensemble cast includes Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr, Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Josh Hartnett and Kenneth Branagh. Promising another collection of cinematic feats (Nolan recreates the Trinity Test – the first ever detonation of a nuclear weapon – along with shooting sections with black & white IMAX film), the film recreates the astonishing story of the weapon which defined World War II.