The June school holidays might be over (*collective sigh of relief from a group of parents*) but the Summer blockbusters keeps on rolling in! What’s showing in cinemas this July? We have another Marvel superheroes sequel, two film festivals and lots of action spy thrillers to keep you on the edge of your comfy seat!

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Jjang Wednesday – A Korean Film Showcase
Every Wednesday from July 11 to August 15 at GV Plaza and Tiong Bahru

Jjang (Korean Language: 짱) is a widely known Korean slang, which briefly translates to ‘Awesome’ in English. (Credit: Golden Village)

The Korean movie fiesta will take place every Wednesday from 11 July onwards, for six consecutive weeks, with six new Korean movies screened each week at GV Plaza and Tiong Bahru. The exciting line-up includes drama film Little Forest; crime-thrillers The Vanished, Seven Years of Night, and Marionette; adult comedy What A Man Wants; and romance film A Tiger In The Winter.

 

Hong Kong Film Festival
From July 26, 2018

Ticket and lineup will be announced soon. Stay tuned to The Popping Post for more updates!

 

Ant-Man And The Wasp
Release Date: July 4, 2018
Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian
Genre: Action/ Adventure

The Wasp and Ant-Man team up in this sequel. (Credit: Walt Disney Studios)

Marvel Studios has already released three movies this year (Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2), and two of the above are included in its wildly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). If you’re not suffering from superhero fatigue yet, add another sequel into the MCU because you might just make better sense of the MCU timeline.

Two years after the events of Captain America: Civil War and before the events of Avengers: Infinity War, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), now under house arrest after the events of Civil War, tries to balance his home life as a father with his responsibilities as Ant-Man. When Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) present him with a new mission to bring to light secrets from their past, Lang teams up with Van Dyne as the new Wasp.

 

Escape Plan 2
Release Date: July 5, 2018
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista, Huang Xiaoming (黄晓明)
Genre: Action/ Thriller

China’s Huang Xiaoming stars with Hollywood legend Sylvester Stallone. (Credit: Golden Village Pictures)

A sequel to the 2013 film that featured a security expert named Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone), who used his skills to test out the reliability of maximum security prisons. When one of Ray’s trusted operatives Shu Ren (Huang Xiaoming) is kidnapped and disappears inside Hades, the most elaborate prison ever built, Ray assembles a team to assist in the rescue.

 

Burning (Korean)
Release Date: July 5, 2018
Cast: Ah-in Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-seo Jeon
Genre: Drama/ Mystery

Steven Yuen in Burning. (Credit: Hollywood Reporter)

Jong-soo, a part-time delivery worker, bumps into Hae-mi used to live in the same neighborhood. Hae-mi asks him to look after her cat while she’s on a trip to Africa. When Hae-mi comes back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met in Africa, to Jong-soo. One day, Ben visits Jong-soo’s with Hae-mi and confesses his own secret hobby. This movie won the FIPRESCI International Critics’ Prize at Cannes Film Festival.

 

Crayon Shinchan The Movie: Bakumori! Kung Fu Boys -Ramen Chaos- (Japanese)
Release Date: July 5, 2018
Cast: Akiko Yajima, Miki Narahashi, Satomi Koorogi, Toshiyuki Morikawa
Genre: Animation

Crayon Shinchan learns martial art. (Credit: Golden Village)

Shinchan and the gang join their friend Masao in learning the legendary “Puni Puni Fist” martial art, and their rigorous training comes in handy when a bad batch of ramen makes the neighbourhood violent.

 

Skyscraper
Release Date: July 12, 2018
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Noah Taylor, Roland Møller
Genre: Action/ Adventure

Neve Campbell and Dwayne Johnson in Skyscraper. (Credit: UIP)

Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Skyscraper as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer, who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building… above the fire line.

 

Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation
Release Date: July 12, 2018
Cast: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade
Genre: Animation

Our favorite monster family embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship. (Credit: Sony Pictures)

Taking place a few months after the events of the previous film, the story centers on Dracula (Adam Sandler), Mavis (Selena Gomez), Johnny (Andy Samberg), and the rest of their family, both human and monster, and friends as they take a vacation on a luxury Monster Cruise Ship, where Dracula suddenly becomes attracted to the ship’s mysterious captain Ericka (Kathryn Hahn). What Dracula doesn’t know is that Erika is secretly the great-granddaughter of Abraham Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan), the notorious monster slayer and Dracula’s ancient archenemy. Now it is time for Mavis to be the leader of the “Drac Pack” and rally up everyone so they can stop Erika and save Dracula, before it’s too late.

 

Brother Of The Year (Thai)
Release Date: July 12, 2018
Cast: Sunny, Nichkhun, Yaya
Genre: Comedy/ Romance

Watch this savage brother plot to meddle with his younger sister’s perfect love life. (Credit: Golden Village Pictures)

Ever since he was a kid, Chut (Sunny Suwanmethanont) always thought that the baby in his mum’s belly was going to be a brother. Yet, the day she gave birth, he got a sister instead. Chut felt like he had been shortchanged.

Don’t miss this top-grossing Thai movie of 2018 and its stars and director Vithaya Thongyuyong when they are in Singapore for the Gala Premiere and Meet-The-Fans session on Monday, July 2, 6pm at the Bugis+ Atrium, Level 2!

 

Shoplifters (Japanese)
Release Date: July 12, 2018
Cast: Kirin Kiki, Lily Franky, Sôsuke Ikematsu
Genre: Drama

A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find on the street. (Credit: Indiewire.com)

Somewhere in Tokyo, Osamu Shibata and his wife Nobuyo live in poverty. While Osamu receives occasional employment and Nobuyo has a low-paying job, the family relies in large part on the grandmother’s pension. As he is shoplifting for groceries with his son, Shota, they discover Yuri, a homeless girl. Osamu takes her home, where the family observes evidence of abuse. Despite their strained finances, they informally adopt her.

This heart wrenching movie is the winner of the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

 

The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir
Release Date: July 13, 2018
Cast: Dhanush, Bérénice Bejo, Barkhad Abdi, Erin Moriaty
Genre: Comedy/ Adventure

Indian actor Dhanush and Argentine French actress Bérénice Bejo in The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (Credit: Variety.com)

Ajatashatru Lavash Patel (Dhanush), who has lived all his life in a small Mumbai neighborhood, is a street magician and trickster who makes people believe he possesses special magic powers. After his mother’s untimely death, he sets off on a journey to find his estranged father in Paris with a fake 100 Euro note. There, he meets a woman named Marie Riviere (Erin Moriarty) whom he initially swindles, but is quickly attracted to her personality. Aja then experiences a series of wide-ranging adventures around the world, initially in an IKEA wardrobe, then a Louis Vuitton suitcase, and a hot air balloon to Tripoli, Libya.

 

Sicario 2: Soldado
Release Date: July 19, 2018
Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner, Jeffrey Donovan, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo
Genre: Action/ Drama

Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro reprising their roles in Sicario 2: Soldado (Credit: Golden Village Pictures)

Sicario 2: Soldado is a follow-up to the 2015 film Sicario, which centers around the escalating war against drugs along the border of the United States and Mexico. After discovering that Mexican drug cartels are smuggling terrorists across the United States border, the CIA sends Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) and former undercover operative Alejandro Gillick (Benicio del Toro) to deal with the problem. They kidnap Isabela Reyes (Isabela Moner), the daughter of a drug lord, in a false flag operation designed to incite war between rival cartels. The mission goes awry when it is discovered by the Mexican government, prompting Graver to order Reyes’ death; when Gillick refuses, he turns rogue to protect her as Graver assembles a new team to hunt them both.

 

The Mermaid: Lake Of The Dead
Release Date: July 19, 2018
Cast: Viktoriya Agalakova, Igor Khripunov, Efim Petruni
Genre: Horror

This horror movie has been described as The Shape Of Water Meets The Ring (Credit: Horrorfreaknews.com)

The Mermaid: Lake of the Dead is a Russian fantasy horror feature film directed by Svyatoslav Podgaevskiy (The Bride; Queen of Spades: The Dark Rite). An evil mermaid falls in love with Marina’s fiancé Roman and aims to snatch him away from Marina in her underwater Kingdom of Death. The mermaid is a young woman who drowned a few centuries ago. Marina only has one week to overcome her fear of the dark water, to remain human in the deathly fight with the monsters and not to become one herself.

 

Mission Impossible – Fallout
Release Date: July 26, 2018
Cast: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris
Genre: Action/ Adventure

Tom Cruise proves he’s still got it (Credit: UIP)

Director Christopher McQuarrie returns to direct the high-octane, spy action sixth installment of the global hit franchise. Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin and Sean Harris all reprise their roles with Henry Cavill, Vanessa Kirby, Sian Brooke and Angela Bassett joining the cast.

 

50 First Kisses (Japanese)
Release Date: July 26, 2018
Cast: Takayuki Yamada, Masami Nagasawa, Tsuyoshi Muro
Genre: Romance

Japanese versions of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in this remake (Credit: Japantimes.co.jp)

Daisuke Yuge (Takayuki Yamada) works as a tour guide in Oahu, Hawaii and also studies astronomy. He meets Rui Fujishima (Masami Nagasawa) at a cafe and falls in love with her at first sight, but Rui Fujishima suffers from memory loss due to a past accident. This movie is a remake of the 2004 Hollywood movie 50 First Dates starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler.

 

Sources: Rotten Tomatoes, Wikipedia, IMDB

 

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