Cinemas across the UK are re-opening their doors to the public today, and we’ve put together a list of the summer’s must-see films, screening from May to July.
Yes, it’s already available to stream on Disney+, but Chloé Zhao’s Best Picture-winning masterpiece is the ideal way to reacquaint yourself with cinema’s communal, horizon-broadening pleasures.
Sound of Metal
An Oscar-winner for Best Sound and Editing, this study of sudden deafness afflicting a heavy-metal drummer (Riz Ahmed) demands the kind of immersion only a big screen can truly give you.
Those Who Wish Me Dead
A teenage murder witness finds himself pursued by twin assassins in the Montana wilderness with a survival expert (Angelina Jolie) tasked with protecting him — and a forest fire threatening to consume them all.
Judas & The Black Messiah
Fred Hampton, a young, charismatic activist, becomes Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party – putting him directly in the crosshairs of the government, the FBI, and the Chicago Police. But to destroy the revolution, the authorities are going to need a man on the inside.
Yuh-Jung Youn won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Minari, which is just one of the many reasons why you should see Lee Isaac Chung’d tender drama on a big screen. The rural sun-soaked Arkansas location will undoubtedly dazzle brighter than it ever could on a television set.
There’s more than a hint of Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker about Emma Stone’s punky-outcast take on the 101 Dalmatians villainess’s early years. Cinemas and Disney+ from 28th May.
Kelly Reichardt is a treasure, and this is peak form for the Oregon-based filmmaker: a drama of settlement, friendship, and dairy poaching in the 1820s, with long-range historical themes and a scene-stealing cow called Evie.
Pixar continues to plunge into uncharted waters with this animated coming-of-age fable, about two merboys passing a formative summer on the idyllic Ligurian coast. Cinemas and Disney+ from June 1
A Quiet Place: Part II
Tattered posters nationwide were promoting this post-apocalyptic sequel for March last year; now it’s finally coming out. Emily Blunt returns as the mother battling scary, blind monsters by not making a sound.
Best Actor at the Baftas and Oscars for Anthony Hopkins makes his the most feted film performance yet to be widely seen, in Florian Zeller’s moving adaptation of his own play about a man with advanced dementia.
In the Heights
Before he created Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda wowed Broadway with this exuberant, Wide-Side-Story-esque musical, here brought to the screen with killer choreography and a captivating lead performance from Anthony Ramos.
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
The world’s most lethal odd couple — bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) and hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) — are back on another life-threatening mission. Still unlicensed and under scrutiny, Bryce is forced into action by Darius’s even more volatile wife, the infamous international con artist Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek). As Bryce is driven over the edge by his two most dangerous protectees, the trio get in over their heads in a global plot and soon find that they are all that stand between Europe and a vengeful and powerful madman (Antonio Banderas). Joining in the fun and deadly mayhem is Morgan Freeman as… well, you’ll have to see.
Fast & Furious 9
Yep, it’s 9 by now: who’d have guessed the mileage on this hot-rod? Vin Diesel rounds up the usual suspects, with John Cena as their latest nemesis, and both Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron scheming on the sidelines.
After a two-year hiatus, the Marvel Cinematic Universe returns to big screens everywhere, with a spy-themed, Scarlett Johansson-led chapter that fleshes out the pre-Infinity War timeline. Cinemas and Disney+ from 9th July.
Space Jam: A New Legacy
Wrath of Man
The Suicide Squad