Ant-Man and the Wasp
Ant-Man and the Wasp is set before Thanos killed half the universe, and, just like its heroes, it’s a decidedly small-scale affair. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), who stole a suit that can shrink him to the size of an ant or blow him up to become a giant, teams up with Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp to track down a criminal who can phase through walls.
Early word is that it’s a light, frothily comedic affair with Collider’s Steven Weintraub saying it’s “a tonne of fun and had the crowd laughing from beginning to end" and Slashfilm’s Peter Sciretta saying it’s “at its best when it’s almost an over-the-top silly comedy.” Released 4 July in Singapore, the Philippines and South Korea, 5 July in Brazil and Australia and 13 July in India. (Credit: Marvel Studios)
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
You’ve been haunted by the sight of Pierce Brosnan dancing in flippers too, haven’t you? Well, he’s back along with virtually everyone else in the sequel to the movie version of the musical that grossed $615m worldwide in 2008. This time Amanda Seyfried’s Sophie is pregnant and the action shifts back and forth between the present when her mother Donna is played by Meryl Streep and a few decades earlier when her mother was pregnant with her – and played by Lily James.
A number of the songs from the first film are being recycled for this one, but a few new additions are in the mix too. Released 19 July in Australia, the Netherlands and Brazil and 20 July in the US, UK, South Africa and Vietnam. (Credit: Universal Pictures)
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
In this sixth movie, Fallout, Rogue Nation director Christopher McQuarrie is back, and so are many actors from previous films, including Michelle Monaghan (who was Ethan Hunt’s fiancée in Mission: Impossible 3) and Sean Harris. But the undiminished star of these films is Tom Cruise, who comes up with more and more elaborate stunts for each film and, risking life and limb, shows how unsatisfying the rest of the CGI-filled action-movie landscape really is.
Released 26 July in the UK, Israel, Russia and Saudi Arabia and 27 July in India, Pakistan, the US and Canada. (Credit: Paramount Pictures)
A television play by director Shunji Iwai from 1993 inspired this animated re-make: a love triangle unfolds among boys Norimichi and Yûsuke and the girl Nazuna. She’s about to leave town with her squabbling parents when she challenges the two boys to a swimming race – whoever wins will have to do whatever she asks, and she plays to run away from home. Time travel and other fantasy elements pop up along the way in this imagining of the story from director Akiyuki Shinbo, which leans heavily towards a mood of trance-like reverie.
The Japan Times’ Mark Schilling said that this is a “pure-hearted love story” that “nails it again and again.” Released 3 July in the US and Canada. (Credit: Toho)