The only thing that should keep you inside this summer is the company of an amazing movie. Whether in theatres or a Netflix exclusive, the July/August movie calendar is chock full of hits you won’t want to miss. And with familiar faces like Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt set to grace the silver screen, you don’t just have to take my word for it.
The Gray Man
Based on Mark Greaney’s 2009 novel of the same name, The Gray Man sees Court Gentry (Ryan Gosling), a highly-skilled CIA mercenary incognito, on the path to discovering hidden agency secrets. All the while, his psychopathic ex-colleague, Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans), puts a bounty on his head, setting in motion a global manhunt at the hand of international assassins. Find out who prevails in the action-thriller co-starring Ana de Armas as Dani Miranda and Billy Bob Thornton as Donald Fitzroy.
Where The Crawdads Sing
Produced by Reese Witherspoon, this murder mystery is based on Delia Owens’ 2018 best-selling novel of the same name. Set in North Carolina during the 1950s and 1960s, the plot stories around Kya (Daisy Edgar-Jones), a woman who was abandoned by her family at a young age only to be raised by the marshlands. She learns to fend for herself and is taught to read and write by a man she falls for but leaves behind when he goes to college. Kya later enters a relationship with Chase who fills her head with empty promises of marriage. Some time after the two break up, he’s found dead and “Marsh-girl” is thrust into the spotlight as a suspect in his murder.
Jordan Peele’s highly anticipated sci-fi horror hinges on the residents of an isolated California town. Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer star as James and Jill Haywood, “the only Black-owned horse trainers in Hollywood.” One night, while on the ranch, they encounter an uncanny force that affects human and animal behaviour. “What’s a bad miracle? Do they have a word for that?” Kaluuya can be seen asking in the trailer. The word is “Nope,” and according to the mastermind behind “Get Out” and “Us,” it’s for people “who think they don’t like horror movies.”
Kōtarō Isaka’s 2010 novel “Maria Beetle,” published in English as “Bullet Train,” gets adapted into an upcoming action-comedy with an ensemble cast (Joey King and Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Brad Pitt stars as “Ladybug,” a trained killer who wants to leave the life behind but gets sucked back in by his handler, Maria Beetle (Sandra Bullock). He’s ordered to collect a briefcase on a bullet train going from Tokyo to Kyoto, but there’s a catch, he’s one of five assassins aboard, and each of their objectives overlaps. The real goal, though, as heard in the trailer’s music, is Stayin’ Alive.
Since his last epic battle twenty years ago, Stanley Kominski (Sylvester Stallone) is a retired superhero living his life on the straight and narrow. Based on the Mythos comic book series, the story follows Sam Cleary (Javon Walton) on his quest to uncover the identity of his neighbour. As the two develop a friendship, Sam begins to suspect Stanley as the MIA superhero, a much more sordid reality than he thinks. The audience has been waiting on this one for a while – filming wrapped in 2020, and the release date was continuously pushed back – but it promises to be worth the wait.