Terminators, minions, spies, superheroes and more must see films
Time Out Doha staff
June 29, 2015 10:21 AM
Movie lovers the world over await summer with gleeful anticipation. With schools out and everybody ready for a much-earned break, there’s plenty of time for cinema-going wherever you may be in the world. And this is when some seriously great family-friendly films, action movies, rom-coms and indie flicks (following the rounds on the film festival circuit) are released on the big screen. Here are 13 we’re just itching to see…
Minions Release date: July 16 (Qatar) This great family-friendly animation follows the affable single-celled yellow organisms known as the Minions. Their life ambition was to serve the most cruel masters of the time but now they find themselves with no one to follow, leaving them lost and depressed. So Kevin, Bob and Stuart set out on an adventure that leads them to the first-ever female super villain, Scarlet Overkill (the voice of Sandra Bullock). We follow them as they go from frozen Antarctica to 1960s New York to mod London in a bid to save all of Minionkind from annihilation.
Terminator Genisys Release date: July 16 (Qatar) Arnie is back (just like he promised to be) as a Terminator in the fifth film of the brand and teams up with Kyle Reese and John Connor’s mother Sarah to try and stop Judgment Day, as well as prevent the sinister app ‘Genisys’ from going online. There are plenty of rumours about plot twists in the movie, creating loads of buzz, so we only hope it lives up to expectations.
Self/less Release date: July 17 (UK) The intriguing tagline for this sci-fi thriller is ‘God created man. Man created immortality.’ Super-rich Damian (played by Sir Ben Kingsley) is dying from cancer and so undergoes a radical medical procedure that sees his consciousness transferred into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). At first, all goes well and he enjoys the carefree lifestyle he lost with age, but soon he realises this new body has a story, a family and a gradually returning consciousness. Oh and there’s an organisation that will kill to protect its cause.
Paper Towns Release date: July 23 (GCC) This coming-of-age romance mystery is adapted from the bestselling novel of the same name by author John Green (who also wrote ‘The Fault In Our Stars’) and centres on Quentin (Nat Wolff) who’s in love with his enigmatic neighbour Margo (Cara Delevingne). After going on an all-night revenge adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears, leaving behind a string of clues for Quentin to follow. The search takes him and his friends on yet another moving adventure which leads him to a greater understanding of friendship and true love.
Southpaw Release date: July 24 (UK) A compelling performance and transformation by Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), an intense soundtrack by Eminem and gritty directing by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day; The Equalizer) makes Southpaw a must-watch in our books. One-time boxer Billy Hope (Gyllenhaal) is at the height of his fame when his wife Maureen Hope (Rachel McAdams) pleads him to quit in order to spend more time with his daughter, Leila. Tragically, after he announces his retirement, Maureen is killed and Leila is taken into custody so, in the hope of getting his daughter back, Billy returns to boxing with the help of trainer Titus Wills (Forest Whitaker).
ant-man Release date: July 30 (Qatar) Based on the Marvel Comics’ characters – con man Scott Lang and scientist Hank Pym – superhero Ant-man (played by Paul Rudd) has the extraordinary ability to shrink in size but seriously expand in strength. Armed with these special powers, he embraces his inner-hero and helps his mentor Pym to protect the secret behind his Ant-man suit from looming threats while pulling off a heist to save the world. We always love a bit of Rudd and have high hopes for this comical superhero tale. It’s just a shame about his hero name!
Ted 2 Release date: July 30 (GCC) The lovable, foul-mouthed teddy bear and best friend of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) has married his girlfriend Tami-Lynn from the first movie and now they’re trying for a baby. But before they do, Ted has to prove he’s a human being in a court of law. With an all-star cast including Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried, this looks as though it’s going to be as side-splitting as the first film.
Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation Release date: August 6 (GCC) Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more impossible, Ethan Hunt (played by Tom Cruise) sets out on what is arguably his hardest mission yet – to eradicate the rogue organisation Syndicate which is working to destroy the Impossible Missions Force. He’s joined by Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), while Alec Baldwin also makes an appearance as the head of the CIA. If you’re a fan of this blockbuster series then the long-awaited fifth instalment shouldn’t disappoint as they throw in a few laughs for good measure (thanks mainly to Pegg).
Masterminds Release date: August 7 (UK) It’s the summer of comedies and Masterminds promises to be a laugh-a-minute with talents such as Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Owen Wilson (The Internship), Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses) and Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) at the helm. Basically, a not-so-sharp night guard at an armoured car company in the Southern US organises one of the biggest bank robberies in American history. This one is actually based on the true story of the 1997 Loomis Fargo Robbery in North Carolina which saw USD17.3 million go missing.
Ricki and the Flash Release date: August 7 (UK) Meryl Streep (Mamma Mia!) co-stars with her real life daughter and plays a hard rock singer and guitarist who gave up her life for her rock and roll dreams but is now returning home to make amends with her family. It’s directed by Oscar winning Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs), and written by Academy Award winning Diablo Cody (Juno), and promises to be an uplifting musical journey.
Fantastic Four Release date: August 13 (Qatar) Mister Fantastic (Miles Teller), Human Torch (Michael B Jordan), Invisible Woman (Kate Mara) and The Thing (Jamie Bell) band together for another instalment of the action-riddled extravaganza Fantastic Four, which is based on the Marvel Comics’ longest-running superhero team of the same name. Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate universe where their physical form is altered and they gain new, astonishing abilities. They must harness these and work together as a team to save the world from a familiar enemy.
The man from UNCLE Release date: August 14 (UK) This forthcoming spy-fi action comedy film is based on the 1964 American TV series of the same name and is being directed by Guy Ritchie (RocknRolla), starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Hugh Grant. Moodily set during the early 1960s period of the Cold War, the gripping story follows UNCLE (apparently stands for United Network Command for Law and Enforcement) agents on a mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organisation.
Regression Release date: August 28 (US) The powers that be have been able to keep most details about this thriller, directed and written by Alejandro Amenábar (The Others) and starring Emma Watson (Harry Potter series) and Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), relatively under wraps so far. We know it’s based in 1990s Minnesota and sees traumatised Angela (Watson) accuse her father (David Dencik) of unspeakable crimes. The film takes an interesting turn when he pleads guilty, despite having no recollection of the events, but then Angela recounts a strange experience while under hypnosis of a ritual with men in black robes. Detective Bruce Kenner (Hawke) and psychologist Dr Raines (David Thewlis) investigate further and begin to unravel a national conspiracy.
In the mood for a movie? Or just a dark place to fill your face with a tub of popcorn? Whatever your motivation, there are plenty of reasons to hit the cinema this winter. Here are some top picks for the months ahead