Movies Not to Miss: July 2018
Writer: Casey Lee
Which of these are you going to watch?
The summer releases are getting hotter this month, but it is not your regular summer where you get excited from the explosions, but having these hot and fun titles that makes you want to bath in the sun or dance with your happy feet.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Korean and Japanese film fans will have much to celebrate this July as well, but for anyone who is not looking to blow their eyes and brains out, there are also cooler and slower titles to enjoy.
So put on your shades and don't miss these recommended titles coming out this July!
You may have wondered where Scott Lang and gang were during the climatic end of "Avengers: Infinity War" but Marvel fans wouldn't be waiting long to find out. Set between the events of "Civil War" and "Infinity War", Scott Lang is under house arrest for siding with Captain America, as he tries to balance his home life and his superhero life. Meanwhile, Hope Van Dyne and Hank Pym are on the run from the law but eventually make their way to Scott's front door with a new mission to dig up the past. This would be the formal introduction of Evangeline Lily suiting up as The Wasp, making this their formal partnership in the MCU that was seen in the comics. Paul Rudd, Michael Pena, Michael Douglas reprise their roles for the MCU, while introducing Laurence Fishburne and Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost from the comics.
General Release Date: 4 July
Director Lee Hae-young of "Like a Virgin" fame returns with a new outing since 2015's "The Silenced". In this Korean-remake of Johnnie To's "Drug War" from 2012, an investigator cooperates with a lowly gang member of a large drug cartel to bring down its masterminds. Blowing up the Korean box office where it is still showing, "Believer" lends in a lot sleeker and stylish to replace To's grit and grim tone in the original; a style that suits the cast of the Korean thriller which has Chong Jin-woong, Ryu Jun-yeol, Kim Sung-Ryoung, Park Hae-Jun, Cha Seoung-Won and the final role of Kim Joo-Hyuck before his unfortunate accident.
General Release Date: 5 July
After taking time off from his usual exploration of family themes to make "The Third Murder", Hirokazu Kore-eda is back in top form to even score his first Palme d'Or from the Cannes Film Festival. Centred on a father who raises a family of thieves and pickpockets, they stumble upon a homeless young girl and take her in under their wing even as they could ill afford it. Shot in 35 mm film for its warm and grainy texture, this can be seen as a spiritual sequel to "Like Father Like Son" as Kore-eda once again examines what makes a family in the societal context. Lily Franky and Kirin Kiki make their fifth collaboration with the director, while introducing child actors Sasaki Miyu and Jyo Kairi.
Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation
General Release Date: 12 July
It's summer and the Dracula family are going on holiday on a cruise ship. On board the cruise, Dracula is having some hard time getting used to being under the sun, but soon finds himself under the spell of the cruise captain, who turns out to be the granddaughter of an old enemy. Director Genndy Tartakovsky was not planning to make a third installment after closing the loop on Dracula's family, but was later inspired by a miserable family vacation. Reuniting with his all-star voice cast of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi and Keegan-Michael Key, "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" is co-written by Tartakovsky and "Austin Powers" writer Micheal McCullers.
Mission: Impossible Fallout
General Release Date: 12 July
After failing a mission, the world is put into danger once again and Ethan Hunt is not going to stop until he finishes what he started. Back home, however, the CIA is having doubts about Ethan's loyalties for not obeying orders and send out their own agents to find out the truth behind Ethan's actions. Even though this is the sixth installment in the "Mission: Impossible" franchise, there would still be a few first in this sequel. This could be the first time we would see more of Ethan's own personal story that led him to join the IMF and could be the first time you would get to see Cruise hurting himself onscreen from performing one of his many "Mission: Impossible" stunts. "Rogue Nation" director Christopher McQuarrie also becomes the first returning director of the series. Also returning is the same IMF crew of Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, with Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Alec Baldwin, and Michelle Monaghan reprising their roles. Henry Cavill also joins the franchise with his infamous moustache that they had to remove for "Justice League".
Cinema Online, 01 July 2018
General Release Date: 26 July