Five movies to watch this July

Science-fiction, superheroes, animated laughs and nail-biting drama… it’s all there in Nu Metro’s new releases for July.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

What’s it about? Based on the ground-breaking French graphic novel, Valérian and Laureline, this new sci-fi movie is being touted as the one to watch this winter. It stars Dane DeHaan (Valerian) and teen favourite Cara Delevingne (Laureline) as government special operatives who travel to the awe-inspiring intergalactic city of Alpha, where species from all over the universe have gathered to share their knowledge and culture. Of course, a mysterious dark force has also arrived to threaten the peaceful existence…

Give me one reason? The movie is directed by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element and The Big Blue), who is known for creating visually extravagant masterpieces.

Release date: 21 July 2017

 

Captain Underpants

What’s it about? This raucously subversive comedy for the entire family tells the story of two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, who hypnotise their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dim-witted superhero named Captain Underpants.

Give me one reason? The movie is based on the bestselling book series, and headlined by A-list comedy superstars Kevin Hart and Ed Helms.

Release date: 21 July 2017

 

Dunkirk

What’s it about? Directed by Christopher Nolan (Interstellar and The Dark Knight trilogy), this epic war thriller is based on the events surrounding the Dunkirk evacuation during World War Two. Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance star in the movie that’s told from three perspectives – that of the fighters in the planes, the soldiers on the beach and the evacuation team at sea.

Give me one reason? The film was shot in the town of Dunkirk in France, at the same location as the original battle, and actual warships (including the French navy destroyer Maillé Brézé) were used in the filming.

Release date: 28 July 2017

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming

What’s it about? In this reboot of the Spider-Man story, Tom Holland stars as a young Peter Parker, struggling to fall back into his boring daily routine after spending time with the Avengers. His mentor is Tony Stark (played, of course, by Robert Downey Jnr) who insists Parker is too inexperienced to put his web-slinging superhero abilities to the test. But when the Vulture emerges as a new villain, Peter will have to defend everything he holds dear.

Give me one reason? Tom Holland once starred as a young Billy Elliott in the musical of the same name on London’s West End… so expect him to be super light on his feet for the action scenes.

Release date: 7 July 2017

 

Viceroy’s House

What’s it about? The final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change. Hugh Bonneville of Downton Abbey fame plays Lord Mountbatten, while the X-File’s Gillian Anderson takes on the role of Lady Mountbatten.

Give me one reason? The musical score is composed by AR Rahman, a two-time Oscar winner (for his work on 127 Hours) and one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2009.

Release date: 28 July 2017

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