It’s already July, and the summer holidays are beginning. As a result, there’s a lot of films out at the cinema this month, particularly big blockbusters and films for children. If you’re not looking for somewhere to take the kids and don’t want to watch a summer popcorn movie, there’s a few lower key releases to look forward to in the weeks ahead as well.

The Gray Man

Director: Anthony and Joe Russo

Upcoming film The Gray Man is a new thriller from The Russo Brothers, who’ve previously directed several films in the MCU as well as Cherry. The film sees a CIA agent known as Court Gentry (played by Ryan Gosling) going on the run after he uncovers a dark agency secret. He’s pursued by a psychopathic former colleague (played by Christ Evans), and there’s a host other characters to meet along the way, including Gentry’s handler Donald Fitzroy (Billy Bob Thornton, top assassin Avik San (Dhanush) and Denny Carmichael (Rege Jean Page.) The only person that he can trust, though, is agent Dani Miranda, played by Ana de Armas. The film is being released by Netflix, and will be available on the platform on 22nd July, following its 15th July cinema release.

Releases: 15th July

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Minions Rise of Gru

Director: Kyle Balda

The sequel to Minions and spun off from the Despicable Me franchise, Minions: Rise of Gru sees the return of the massively popular yellow mascots in a brand new film that tells the origins of the franchise’s main protagonist Gru (Steve Carrell). Rather than the seasonsed super villain we see in the Despicable Me films, the Gru here is a 12 year old boy in the 1970s with a dream to become the greatest greatest criminal mastermind of all time. Along with the titular Minions, Gru ends up in a battle with the supervillain team The Vicious Six (voiced by a cast of action heroes of old like Dolph Lundgren, Lucy Lawless and Jean-Claude Van Damme). Definitely one to take the kids to.

Releases: 1st July

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DC League of Superpets

Director: Jared Stern

Since the summer holidays are starting, there’s a few big movies for kids this month, including DC League of Superpets. This animated caper brings together some DC comics’ most popular characters together, along with their pets. It’s not part of the rather dark DCEU action films, and instead sees Krypto, Superman’s dog, form a team of super pets to save the Justice League after they’re captured by Lex Luthor. Featuring a cast of famous voices like Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, John Kransinki, Natasha Lyonne and Keanu Reeves, the film is sure to please kids and comic fans looking for some lighthearted fun alike.

Releases: 29th July

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Where The Crawdads Sing

Director: Olivia Newman

Normal People breakout and rising star Daisy Edgar-Jones features in this highly anticipated thriller based on the 2018 book of the same name. It tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who’s forced to fend for and raise herself in the marsh of North Carolina. Given the nickname “The Marsh Girl” and shunned by her community, the grown Kya finds herself embroiled in a murder investigation, where she is considered the prime suspect. Joining Edgar-Jones in the film are Taylor John Smith as Tate Walker, Harris Dickinson as Chase Andrews, David Strathairn as Tom Milton, and Jojo Regina as a young Kya.

Releases: 22nd July

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The Railway Children Return

Director: Morgan Matthews

The Railway Children Return follows a group of children who are evacuated the the English countryside during The Second World War. They’re sent to a village in Yorkshire, where they meet an injured American soldier called Abe who needs their help and the children find themselves on a quest to assist their new friend in getting back home. It’s a sequel to the classic 1970 film The Railway Children, and this new followup features Jenny Agutter, who played Bobbie Waterbury in the original, as an older version of her character. The film also stars Sheridan Smith, Tom Courtenay, Jessica Baglow and John Bradley.

Releases: 15th July

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Thor: Love and Thunder

Director: Taika Watiti

The second and possibly biggest MCU film releasing this year, Thor: Love and Thunder is the fourth solo outing for the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth), but as always with the MCU nowadays, he’s got a pretty big cast of characters joining him. Returning from the previous Thor films are Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (director Taika Watiti), Sif (Jaimie Alexander) as well as Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) who since her last appearance has become The Mighty Thor (separate to Hemsworth’s Thor). Together they band together to bring a stop the supervillain Gorr The God Butcher from killing all of the gods, as Thor searches to find inner peace. Also appearing in the bumper cast are The Guardians of the Galaxy (including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Dave Batista), Zeus (Russell Crowe), The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) Simon Russell Beale and Jenny Morris.

Releases: 7th July

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National Theatre Live: Prima Facie

Director: Justin Martin

National Theatre Live is screening the West End show Prima Facie this month, which stars Jodie Comer in a one woman show by Suzie Miller. Comer, in her West End debut, plays Tessa, a barrister who worked her way up from her working class beginnings and has reached the top of her game in the legal profession. But her world is shattered when she’s sexually assaulted by a colleague, and starts to question the legal profession and its biases and prejudices, becoming the plaintiff in her own trial. Comer received critical praise for her role, and the show has been selling out consistently. Justin Martin directs the piece.

Releases: 21st July

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