Reel Reviewer column: Go ape at the cinema in July

Celebrate:MK movie critic Jason Day previews the new Planet of the Apes film and looks ahead to the best of the other July cinema releases.

Talking apes and humans stage a bloody mass conflict for dominance of a desolate future Earth in War For the Planet Of the Apes (out July 11).

Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

This re-boot of the classic sci-fi series bests its forbears with tight action and scripts that tie-up the techy loose ends of the original stories.

In this third installment of the series, the ape population is decreasing as Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts to avenge his fallen companions.

Despicable Me 3 (out now)

In this third addition to the animated franchise, Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru (also Carell), who wants to team up for one last criminal heist.

Spiderman: Homecoming (out July 5)

Incredibly, this is the third modern big-screen reincarnation of Marvel comic hero Peter Parker who trounces baddies with spider-powers.

Tom Holland follows in the webbed footsteps of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. The Beguiled (July 14) Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning and Kirsten Dunst form the A-list female cast in this drama about a girls’ school during the American Civil War.

Teacher Kidman shelters them, but injured soldier Colin Farrell threatens to ruin their innocence.

This ravishing film looks set to be a murderous cross between Kidman’s Cold Mountain and the mighty Gone With the Wind.

Dunkirk (July 21)

A starry male-cast bulk out this harrowing WWII drama, which chronicles the massive operation to rescue Allied troops from the titular Belgian port.

For One Direction fans, former member Harry Styles makes an appearance.

Girls Trip (July 26)

A starry cast of black female actors lead this comedy as Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Tiffany Haddish travel to New Orleans to attend a festival.

They rekindle their wild-sides and renew friendships amidst the drinking, brawling and romancing. Although we’ve seen this ‘babes go bonkers’ stuff before, there are some genuinely big laughs here.

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