Jason Day previews the sequel to Mamma Mia and the 14-year wait for the follow-up to the Pixar film Incredibles at the cinema.
Mama Mia: Here We Go Again! (out on July 20):
The original big screen adaptation of the Abbapenned musical netted over $600m at the box office. Lily James stars as the younger version of the Meryl Streep character, who was unsure about the paternity of daughter Amanda Seyfried. Here, we get Streep’s backstory and a few more tunes.
The Deer Hunter (July 4):
Gifted director Michael Cimino’s blockbuster about a group of Pennsylvanian pals whose lives are changed by the Vietnam War. Watch this to see him at the height of his powers: sublime, painstakingly constructed and with the ‘Russian Roulette’ gun scene still harrowing. See my review for more: bit.ly/thedeerhunter
Mary Shelley (July 6):
The author’s romance with poet Percy Shelley and louche trip to Switzerland saw her create Frankenstein, one of the most famous works in English literature and is chronicled in this beautiful period drama. Elle Fanning plays Mary.
Incredibles 2 (July 13):
Sequel to the 2004 animated hit. After a period of retirement, the ‘super hero’ family is brought back to help restore the image of heroes. But the PR firm prefer Mom so Dad’s left at home with the kids whilst she saves the world. The quips fly thick and fast in what will be a summer holiday hit.
Vertigo (60th Anniversary) (July 13):
Alfred Hitchcock’s sexualcontrol thriller is a mindbending maelstrom. James Stewart plays an acrophobic detective, tormented after failing to save the suicidal wife of a friend. When Kim Novak appears as the reincarnation of that woman, he falls in obsessive love with her. See my review for more at bit.ly/vertigo1958
Mission Impossible: Fallout (July 27):
Tom Cruise returns (again) as spy Ethan Hunt, out battling baddies (again). According to Box Office Mojo “The series is the 20th highest-grossing of all time, with a worldwide gross of over $2.7 billion”. With figures like that, who cares what critics think, but I feel a creeping sense of familiarity.