Top Five Films of July 2016

The summer time isn't quite over and there are still plenty of blockbuster movies to enjoy over the next few weeks.

Summertime is officially (probably) here, but that doesn’t mean a trip to the cinema is out of the question. While some of the biggest movies have already come and gone there’s still plenty to come over the next few weeks for kids and grownups alike.

Ghostbusters - 11/07

Even if you have no interest in the behind the scenes gossip around movies you’ve probably heard a whisper or two about this new take on the Ghostbusters series, with some negative reaction to the early trailers.

It’s tough to bring back such a well-liked franchise but writer/director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy) is a talented and funny chap and he has a lot of help in the form of a cast including Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. Plus some added Chris Hemsworth.

The BFG - 22/07

Steven Spielberg is taking on Roald Dahl’s classic tale for a whole new audience which almost certainly doesn’t remember the 1989 animated version with the voice of David Jason.

This time, Oscar winner Mark Rylance is the friendly giant who introduces young Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) to the world of the giants. It looks pretty magical, especially the performance capture of Rylance plus fellow biggies Jemaine Clement and Bill Hader.

Star Trek Beyond – 22/07

After two successful entries J.J. Abrams stepped away from Star Trek for some Star Wars, leaving room for Fast and Furious fella Justin Lin to take a crack at the interstellar franchise.

And so he has, with a whole new adventure that somehow makes room for a motorbike chase in the far flung future. The cast is back (including the sadly departed Anton Yelchin) and they’re squaring off against Idris Elba’s big bad. Rihanna is on the soundtrack.

Finding Dory – 29/07

It has been a rather alarming thirteen years since Finding Nemo charmed its way into cinemas, and this long awaited sequel has finally landed.

As you can probably guess, this is one is more about Dory (Ellen Degeneres) who sets out to locate her missing family – only with her dodgy memory that’s going to be a bit difficult. The underwater visuals are still astounding and this one is making big waves at the box office in the US already.

Jason Bourne – 29/07

Back in 2007, in the wake of the success of The Bourne Ultimatum, Matt Damon pretty definitively said that he was done with the character of Jason Bourne – that the story had all been told. Well… not so much.

Damon and previous director Paul Greengrass are back for another stab at the superspy, and it still looks like a lot of fun almost 10 years later. There’s a great cast including Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones, with returning players Julia Stiles and Scott Shephard and a very smashy car chase.

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