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Nabeel Niaz


Praised as a “berserk slice of slapstick silliness” and “gleefully silly fun”, this spin-off sees the small yellow sidekicks break free from Despicable Me. It looks set to please fans of the Steve Carell-starring animated films, offering a backstory as the creatures search for the cruellest masters in history: they end up in 1968, with the world’s first female supervillain (voiced by Sandra Bullock). There’s not much in the way of character arcs, but there is plenty of anarchic tomfoolery. According to Time Out: “Cut loose from the family-values slushiness of their parent franchise, the Minions are free to indulge their basest, weirdest, most randomly hilarious instincts.” Released 2 July in Austria, 9 July in Colombia and 10 July in the US. (Credits : BBC-UK)

Terminator: Genisys

The bodybuilder-turned-Californian-governor returns to the sci-fi franchise that made his name: Arnie’s back, and he’s playing an ageing android. The plot messes with events in the previous four films, with the leader of the resistance, John Connor (Jason Clarke), sending Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back 45 years to 1984 to protect his mother Sarah (played by Game of Thrones’s Emilia Clarke). The older Terminator fights it out with a naked 1984 version of himself, resetting the future in an attempt to reboot a series that flagged with its last two instalments. Genisys has had the seal of approval from original director James Cameron, who has claimed that it's the true sequel to 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day. On general release from 1 July. (Credit: BBC-UK)


Ant-Man is one of Marvel’s longest-gestating projects – predating the first Iron Man – and it represents a different approach from the comic book icons. As Marvel Studio’s president Kevin Feige has explained, the film features a relationship not there in the other films: that between a mentor (the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym, played by Michael Douglas) and a mentee (new boy Scott Lang, played by Paul Rudd). “None of them have the passing of the mantle, which is much of what this movie is about,” says Feige. The 12th Marvel Cinematic Universe film keeps things deliberately small – director Peyton Reed has likened the movie to “a palate cleanser”. Original director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) – who wrote the initial screenplay with Joe Cornish – left the project in 2014, sparking fears that the duo’s quirky sensibility might be ironed out. Yet in featuring a superhero who can shrink himself down to microscopic size, Ant-Man should provide action of a more off-kilter kind no matter what. Released 16 July in Brazil, 17 July in Canada and 22 July in Sweden. (Credit: BBC-UK)


It might be treading well-worn territory with its tale of a boxing champ who fights his way back after losing everything, but Southpaw is still a compelling addition to the prize-fighting screen yarn. That’s in large part due to its star, Jake Gyllenhaal, who stepped in after Eminem dropped out (the rapper has produced the soundtrack). The Brokeback Mountain star has transformed himself to take on his role as light heavyweight champion Billy Hope, with scars, tattoos, muscles and a blood-soaked face. Director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) steers clear of Rocky or Raging Bull in the fight scenes, and the central performances (from a cast including Rachel McAdams and Forest Whitaker) keep it from peddling cliché. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “an edgy cast — led by formidable leading man Jake Gyllenhaal — keeps the story in sharp focus”. Released 22 July in France, 24 July in the US and 31 July in Argentina. (Credit: BBC-UK)

Mr Holmes

Ian McKellen stars as a 93-year-old Sherlock, revisiting an unsolved case in retirement. The actor reteams with director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls), after 1998’s Gods and Monsters, and critics have drawn comparisons between the two films. McKellen puts in “another awards-worthy performance… although, in representing a frail and fragile human character, he isn’t really playing Sherlock Holmes except when he puts it on”. Mystery-solving is not what the film is about: instead, argues Sight and Sound, “the thrust of the story is to question the point of solutions that don’t help anyone”. Released 16 July in Greece, 17 July in the US and 23 July in Australia. (Credit: BBC-UK)

The Look of Silence

Two years after his groundbreaking documentary The Act of Killing received a global release – eventually earning an Academy Award nomination – Joshua Oppenheimer returns to Indonesia with The Look of Silence. It’s much more than a follow-up: while the earlier film looked at the anti-communist massacres of the 1960s through the eyes of the unrepentant perpetrators, who re-enacted their crimes, this offers an intimate portrait of the victims’ relatives. Adi, an opthamologist in his early 40s, seeks to confront those responsible for the gruesome murder of his older brother, some of whom live in the same village. The Act of Killing faced some criticism for sensationalising events; this has been praised for answering those critics. According to Sight and Sound: “One might say that The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence, having developed on parallel tracks, are two halves of a diptych – or uneasy neighbours, like the former members of the Komando Aksi killing squads and their families, and the families of their victims.” Released 3 July in Spain, 4 July in Japan and 17 July in the US. (Credit: BBC-UK)


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