Spending time in the cinema is great. You have to turn your phone off, you can indulge in some delicious nachos and a Tango Ice Blast, and you can immerse yourself fully in the big screen experience. However, you can sometimes experience ‘slow periods’ at the cinema, where there isn’t much that you feel like watching. Here’s just some of the film releases to get excited about this Spring/Summer.
Avengers: Infinity War
This film is pretty much all anyone can talk about at the moment, with the premiere taking place, and press coverage ramping up. It’s been billed as the best Avengers film of all time, and even the cast don’t know how many different Marvel characters are in it – you can expect to see Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Hulk, Spider Man, Black Panther and Doctor Strange amongst many more. The first reviews are just coming out, and they’re good, so this is a movie you won’t want to miss.
UK Release Date: 26th April
Deadpool 2 is a sequel to the 2016 film starring Ryan Reynolds as the hilariously sarcastic mercenary. It is part of the X-Men Franchise, and also stars Josh Brolin and Morena Baccarin. Reynolds had a heavy involvement in the script, and the sequel was confirmed before the first film was even released – luckily, it was one of the most successful films of 2016. This film focuses on Deadpool protecting a young mutant from a time-travelling soldier and forming a team called the X-Force to do so.
UK Release Date: 15th May
Solo: A Star Wars Story
This spin-off focuses on a young Han Solo as he meets Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian. The film has been described as a space western and has an all-star cast including Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton and Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo. Any film that is based on Star Wars is majorly hyped, so expect big things from this flick.
UK Release Date: 24th May
Keeping up with the trend for all-female reboots, Ocean’s 8 is the next film to get a sassy girl-squad makeover. With an amazing cast including Rihanna, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter, the expectations are high for this film. The plot centres around a heist at the Met Gala (a real-life event which takes place on the first Monday in May, organised by Anna Wintour). If the cast wasn’t a reason enough to see it, celebs such as Kim Kardashian West, Kylie Jenner, Serena Williams and Zayn Malik will make cameo appearances.
UK Release Date: 22nd June
The First Purge
The First Purge is a prequel to The Purge series of films, which is all about one night of the year where crime is legal. The First Purge takes viewers back to where it all began, looking at why America chose to allow the Purge in the first place. The New Founding Fathers of America test a theory that in order to push the crime rate below 1% for the rest of the year, they must allow an oppressed community to vent their aggression, and it all goes wrong. The film is set on Staten Island.
UK Release Date: 6th July
The Incredibles 2
The long-awaited sequel to 2004’s The Incredibles is finally almost here, and our secret 10-year-old self is excited. It’s written and directed by Brad Bird, who worked on the first film, so we have hopes that it will be just as brilliant. For those who don’t know, The Incredibles is an animated film all about a family with superhero powers. The second film picks up where the first film left off, with the introduction of the villain The Underminer.
UK Release Date: 13th July
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! is the sequel to the musical comedy Mamma Mia which came out 10 years ago. It uses the songs of Abba to tell the story. This time, the story focuses on Sophie and how she discovers more about her mother’s past when she seeks advice on how to handle her pregnancy. You can expect to see all the old cast – Amanda Seyfreid, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Dominic Cooper and Pierce Brosnan, as well as Lily James as young Donna, and actual Cher as Sophie’s grandmother. Expect to laugh and cry!
UK Release Date: 20th July
Disney’s Christopher Robin
Christopher Robin is a live-action continuation of the Winnie the Pooh franchise. It stars Ewan McGregor as a grown-up Christopher Robin, who has lost his imagination, and is assisted in finding it again by his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood including Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga, Roo and Owl. The voice cast of the CGI animals is stellar – Peter Capaldi as Rabbit, and Chris O’Dowd as Tigger. This film is set to be a total tear-jerker for all adults who wants to relive their childhood.
UK Release Date: 17th August
Crazy Rich Asians
Crazy Rich Asians is a highly-anticipated movie based on the novel by Kevin Kwan. The main character is an American-Chinese professor, Rachel Chu, who travels with her boyfriend to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore, only to become tangled in the lives of the rich and famous. She discovers her boyfriend’s family is incredibly wealthy, he’s an eligible bachelor in his homeland and there is a dark secret. The casting of the film has been met with controversy, after British-Malaysian actor Henry Golding was cast as the lead, Nick, but the Korean-American actress Jamie Chung was turned down for the role of Rachel for not being ‘ethnically Chinese’. Nevertheless, we are super excited for this one!
UK Release Date: 17th August
If you’ve not seen the bone-chilling documentary, Beware the Slenderman, then you may not know about this creepy character, with freakishly long arms that became an urban legend. He’s featured in plenty of real-life crime cases, including two 12 year old schoolgirls who stabbed their friend in order to allegedly appease him, and now, he’s got his own film. This film was originally meant to come out in May, but the release was pushed back to August. It looks set to be a standard horror film, but for some reason, we’re drawn to it due to the real-life connection.
UK Release Date: 24th August
You can catch all of the above films in your local Cineworld.