Get your popcorn at the ready because this summer some of the year’s hottest film are hitting the world's big screen
Time Out Bahrain staff
Movie lovers the world over await summer with gleeful anticipation. With schools out and everybody ready for a much-earned break, there’s plenty of time for cinema-going wherever you may be in the world. And this is when some seriously great family-friendly films, action movies, rom-coms and indie flicks (following the rounds on the film festival circuit) are released on the big screen. Here are 17 we’re just itching to see…
Spy Release date: June 4 (Bahrain) What do you get when you cross Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids; The Heat) and 007? Why, this genius movie, of course. Susan Cooper (McCarthy) is a near-invisible CIA analyst bound to her desk who, when a top agent goes missing, volunteers to go undercover and infiltrate the world of deadly arms dealers. What ensues is a thrilling, laugh-a-minute action-comedy with an intriguing cast including Jason Statham, Jude Law, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart and even 50 Cent (who plays himself).
Jurassic World Release date: June 11 (GCC) Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) takes the lead in the much-awaited new installment of the wildly popular Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World, out this month. With Steven Spielberg as executive producer and Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) as director, this action-adventure returns to the dino park to see a blood-thirsty giant tearing it up as spectators are stranded on the island.
Inside Out Release date: June 18 (GCC) Disney Pixar’s latest animation takes a comical look at what goes on inside the human mind. The control centre is inside 11-year-old Riley’s head and governed by five emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. As she moves with her family to a scary new city, Joy and Sadness are swept to the back as the other three take over. It’s their job to make their way back – through Long Term Memory, Imagination Land, Abstract Thought and Dream Productions – to regain some balance in the girl’s brain. It’s brought to us by award-winning director Pete Docter (Monters Inc; Up) and stars the voices of Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Mindy Kaling (The Office; The Mindy Project) and Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live).
Entourage Release date: June 19 (UK) The boys are back in town! Vincent Chase has directed an over-budget version of the latest Aquaman while E, Turtle and Drama (the entourage) hang around as usual, and Ari, the super agent-cum-studio head gets mad… very mad… all the time.
Minions Release date: July 16 (GCC) This great family-friendly animation follows the affable single-celled yellow organisms known as the Minions. Their life ambition is to serve the cruelest masters of the time but now they find themselves with no one to follow, leaving them lost and depressed. So Kevin, Bob and Stuart set out on an adventure that leads them to the first-ever female super villain, Scarlet Overkill (the voice of Sandra Bullock). We follow them as they go from frozen Antarctica to 1960s New York to mod London in a bid to save all of Minionkind from annihilation.
Self/less Release date: July 17 (UK) The intriguing tagline for this sci-fi thriller is ‘God created man. Man created immortality’. Super-rich Damian (played by Ben Kingsley) is dying from cancer and so undergoes a radical medical procedure that sees his consciousness transferred into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). At first, all goes well and he enjoys the carefree lifestyle he lost with age but soon he realises this new body has a story, a family and a gradually returning consciousness. Oh and there’s an organisation that will kill to protect its cause.
Ant-man Release date: July 17 (UK) Based on the Marvel Comics’ characters - conman Scott Lang and scientist Hank Pym - superhero Ant-man (played by Paul Rudd) has the extraordinary ability to shrink in size but seriously expand in strength. Armed with these special powers, he embraces his inner-hero and helps his mentor Pym to protect the secret behind his Ant-man suit from looming threats while pulling off a heist to save the world. We always love a bit of Rudd and have high hopes for this comical superhero tale. It’s just a shame about his hero name!
Paper Towns Release date: July 23 (GCC) This coming-of-age romance mystery is adapted from the bestselling novel of the same name by author John Green (who also wrote ‘The Fault In Our Stars’) and centres on Quentin (Nat Wolff) who’s in love with his enigmatic neighbour Margo (Cara Delevingne). After going on an all-night revenge adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears leaving behind a string of clues for Quentin to follow. The search takes him and his friends on yet another moving adventure which leads him to a greater understanding of friendship and true love.
Terminator Genisys Release date: July 24 (GCC) Arnie is back (just like he promised to be) as Terminator in the fifth film of the series and teams up with Kyle Reese and John Connor’s mother Sarah to try and stop ‘Judgement Day’, as well as prevent the sinister app ‘Genisys’ from going online. There are plenty of rumours about plot twists in the movie, creating loads of buzz so we only hope it lives up to expectations.
Southpaw Release date: July 24 (UK) A compelling performance and transformation by Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), an intense soundtrack by Eminem and gritty directing by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day; The Equalizer) makes Southpaw a must-watch in our books. One-time boxer Billy Hope (Gyllenhaal) is at the height of his fame when his wife Maureen Hope (Rachel McAdams) pleads him to quit, in order to spend more time with his daughter Leila. Tragically, after he announces his retirement, Maureen is killed and Leila is taken into custody so, in the hopes of getting his daughter back, Billy returns to boxing with the help of trainer Titus Wills (Forest Whitaker).
Ted 2 Release date: July 30 (GCC) The lovable, foul-mouthed teddy bear and best friend of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) has married his girlfriend Tami-Lynn from the first movie and now they’re trying for a baby. But before they do, Ted has to prove he’s a human being in a court of law. With an all-star cast including Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried, this looks as though it’s going to be as side-splitting as the first film.
Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation Release date: August 6 (GCC) Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more impossible, Ethan Hunt (played by Tom Cruise) sets out on what is arguably his hardest mission yet – to eradicate the rogue organisation Syndicate which is working to destroy the International Monetary Fund. He’s joined by Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) while Alec Baldwin also makes an appearance as the head of the CIA. If you’re a fan of this blockbuster series then the long-awaited fifth installment shouldn’t disappoint as they throw in a few laughs for good measure (thanks mainly to Pegg).
Fantastic Four Release date: August 6 (Bahrain) Mister Fantastic (Miles Teller), Human Torch (Michael B Jordan), Invisible Woman (Kate Mara) and The Thing (Jamie Bell) band together for the third installment of the action-riddled extravaganza Fantastic Four, which is based on the Marvel Comics’ longest-running superhero team of the same name. Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate universe where their physical form is altered and they gain new, astonishing abilities. They must harness these and work together as a team to save the world from a familiar enemy.
Masterminds Release date: August 7 (UK) It’s the summer of comedies and Masterminds promises to be a laugh-a-minute with talents such as Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Owen Wilson (The Internship), Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses) and Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) at the helm. Basically, a not-so-sharp night guard at an armoured car company in the Southern US organises one of the biggest bank robberies in American history. This one is actually based on the true story of the 1997 Loomis Fargo Robbery in North Carolina which saw USD17.3 million go missing.
Ricki and the Flash Release date: August 7 (UK) Meryl Streep (Mamma Mia!) co-stars with her real life daughter and plays a hard rock singer and guitarist who gave up her life for her rock and roll dreams but is now returning home to make amends with her family. It’s directed by Oscar winning Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs), and written by Academy Award winning Diablo Cody (Juno), and promises to be an uplifting musical journey.
The man from UNCLE Release date: August 14 (UK) This forthcoming spy-fi action comedy film is based on the 1964 American TV series of the same name and is being directed by Guy Ritchie (RocknRolla), starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Hugh Grant. Moodily set during the early 1960s period of the Cold War, the gripping story follows UNCLE (apparently stands for United Network Command for Law and Enforcement) agents on a mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organisation.
Regression Release date: August 28 (US) The powers that be have been able to keep most details about this thriller, directed and written by Alejandro Amenábar (The Others) and starring Emma Watson (Harry Potter series) and Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), relatively under wraps so far. We know it’s based in 1990s Minnesota and sees traumatised Angela (Watson) accuse her father (David Dencik) of unspeakable crimes. The film takes an interesting turn when he pleads guilty, despite having no recollection of the events, but then Angela recounts a strange experience while under hypnosis of a ritual with men in black robes. Detective Bruce Kenner (Hawke) and psychologist Dr Raines (David Thewlis) investigate further and begin to unravel a national conspiracy. We're certainly not in Hogwarts anymore.
Trainwreck Release date: August 28 (UK) From the makers of ‘Bridesmaids’, comes this American comedy following free-living Amy (Amy Schumer) who’s grown up with the mantra that ‘monogamy isn’t realistic’ drilled into her head. Now a journalist for a men’s magazine, Amy finds herself falling for the subject of a new article she’s writing – he’s a handsome and successful sports doctor and all-round nice guy (played by Bill Hader).