Looking to book up a cosy cinema date this summer? Or popcorn for one (hey, we don’t judge)? Either way, here are our highlights of top movies hitting the big screen.
This romantic comedy follows Greta (Keira Knightley), who, after being dumped by her boyfriend (Adam Levine) for the fame and fortune of his solo music contract, meets a down-on-his-luck record producer (Mark Ruffalo) who recognises her true talent. Somewhere between their friendship and their love of music, they strike a chord that captures the hearts of everyone around them – proving that every great story has its own soundtrack. Opens 3 July.
Set in a universe where humans are near the bottom of the evolutionary ladder, a housecleaner named Jupiter (Mila Kunis) is targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe because her very existence threatens to end the Queen’s reign. This sci-fi adventure also stars Channing Tatum as a genetically engineered ex-military warrior who arrives on Earth to track down Jupiter, and Eddie Redmayne as alien royalty. Opens 24 July.
In an act of mean-spirited rebellion, a teenaged girl named Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld) orchestrates an awkward, one-way email romance between her shy caregiver, Johanna (Kristin Wiig), and her estranged, recovering addict father Ken (Guy Pearce) – an interference that provokes Johanna to truly come out of her shell and find the courage she needs to transform her affection-starved existence. Opens 24 July.
Love isn’t easy, and for Rick (Nat Wolff), it involves going to a Josh Groban concert, just to win over his crush, Nina (Selena Gomez). It also means having to deal with strippers, his best friend’s flirty mother, the local mob, his drug-abusing boss, a perverted headmaster and his own crazy mother – all in hope of landing his dream girl. This wild comedy also features Dylan McDermott, Heather Graham, Mary-Louise Parker, Elisabeth Shue and Jason Lee. Opens 10 July.
Guardians of the Galaxy 3D
Marvel’s new action flick finds space adventurer Peter Quill (Christ Pratt) the object of a bounty hunt after he steals an orb coveted by the villainess Ronan. But when Quill discovers the power it holds, he must find a way to rally the quartet of ragtag rivals hot on his trail, in order to save the universe. An all-star cast features Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Glenn Close, Vin Diesel and Benecio Del Toro. Opens 31 July.
Wish I Was Here
Following the success of his directorial debut film, Garden State, Zach Braff presents yet another existential dramedy; this time, he stars as Aidan, a 35-year-old struggling actor and father trying to find identity and purpose. This bittersweet film about self-discovery and the meaning of life also stars Kate Hudson, Ashley Greene and The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons. Opens 31 July.
A Most Wanted Man
Set in Hamburg, Germany, and based on the 2008 novel by John le Carré, this espionage thriller follows a British banker (Willem Dafoe) and human-rights attorney (Rachel McAdams) who agree to help a tortured half-Chechen, half-Russian man on the run, after he arrives in the city’s Islamic community desperate for help in recovering his late father’s fortune. Little do they know that they’re being watched by the chief (Philip Seymour Hoffman) of a secret anti-terrorism team. Opens 14 August.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
As the sequel to the 2005 film Sin City, this neo-noir crime thriller is primarily based on the second book in Frank Miller’s Sin City graphic novel series, with intertwining storylines that feature a vengeful stripper, an arrogant gambler, a manipulative femme fatale and a corrupt politician, to name a few. The star-studded cast includes Bruce Willis, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jessica Alba, Eva Green, Mickey Rourke, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, Clive Owen, Rosario Dawson and Lady Gaga. Opens 28 August.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
After leaving India, the Kadam family settles in a quaint, picturesque village in the South of France – the ideal place to open a charming Indian restaurant. That is, until the icy proprietress (Helen Mirren) of the neighbouring Michelin-starred French restaurant catches wind of it. Her protests against the new Indian restaurant – just a hundred feet from her own – escalate to an all-out war between the two establishments. Opens 28 August.
In a seemingly perfect community without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young man is chosen to learn from “the giver” – the sole keeper of all the community’s memories – about the true pain and pleasure of the real world. With a newfound knowledge of his community’s dark, secret past, he knows he must protect himself and those he loves most, against all odds. This film features an all-star ensemble cast including Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Jeff Bridges, Alexander Skarsgård and Taylor Swift. Opens 21 August.