Let ODEON kick off your summer of cinema with all our upcoming movies in July.
Our upcoming movies are the perfect way to kick-start your summer.
Drop into ODEON’s cool and comfortable cinemas this July and go adventuring with all our new film releases. Whether you’ve come for the giggles of Minions: The Rise Of Gru, the thrills of Thor: Love And Thunder or the chills of Jordan Peele’s Nope, these are the upcoming films you don’t want to miss.
Director: Kyle Balda
Starring: Steve Carell, Michelle Yeoh, Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lucy Lawless
Minions: The Rise Of Gru release date: July 1st
Dig out your dungarees and go mellow yellow this month, as ODEON presents the fifth instalment of the box office-busting Minions saga. This time around, director Kyle Balda rewinds to the origin story of super-villain Gru in the funkalicious ’70s, as the kid crim tries out for the Vicious 6 gang – and ends up on the run with their precious gemstone.
Comedy legend Steve Carell returns as the pint-sized Gru, but pin back your ears, too, for the icons who voice the Vicious 6 members. With Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lucy Lawless, Alan Arkin and Danny Trejo giving it both barrels in the vocal booth, Illumination’s hit anti-hero animation is badder and better than ever.
Read our Minions: The Rise of Gru preview here
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Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Russell Crowe
Thor: Love And Thunder release date: July 7th
The Marvel Cinematic Universe hots up this summer as Chris Hemsworth’s thunder god arrives at ODEON on a flying goat-drawn galleon for his fourth solo adventure. A freak-faced new villain has risen up in the form of Gorr the God Butcher, and even with backup from his new comrades – including the Guardians Of The Galaxy and Russell Crowe as Zeus – Thor will be under the hammer like never before.
Director Taika Waititi has tipped Thor 4 to match the daft humour of 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, while diving to new emotional depths as the space viking’s lost love Jane Foster returns with new superpowers and a personal battle of her own. Book your tickets now, by Odin’s beard!
Read our Thor: Love And Thunder preview here
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Director: Morgan Matthews
Starring: Jenny Agutter, Tom Courtenay, Sheridan Smith
The Railway Children release date: July 15th
Directed by Lionel Jeffries, 1970’s The Railway Children is one of cinema’s all-time family classics. Now, half a century later, The Railway Children Return leads us back to the rolling English countryside for a sequel that promises to be equally timeless. With World War II afoot and evacuees from the city arriving in droves, a new generation of children find themselves drawn into an adventure on the tracks.
Shooting on the scenic Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in Yorkshire, BAFTA-winning director Morgan Matthews captures the atmosphere of a forgotten world and golden age – while in a charming nod to the original film, Jenny Agutter co-stars as the grown-up version of her classic character, Bobbie Waterbury. All aboard on July 15th.
Director: Olivia Newman
Starring: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, Harris Dickinson, Michael Hyatt
Where The Crawdads Sing release date: July 22nd
US author Delia Owens’ twelve-million-selling 2018 novel is every bit as heart-wrenching on the big screen, bringing alive this poignant coming-of-age tale of awakening and outsiderdom. Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones stars as Kya, a young girl living alone in the swamplands of 1950s North Carolina, whose first steps into society spark the very best and worst of human nature.
Part social drama, part love letter to the American South, Where The Crawdads Sing draws us into a lost world of starched white linen, dappled sunlight and gleaming Cadillacs, and into a web of romance, betrayal and rebirth that will leave you wrung-out with emotion. Where The Crawdads Sing might be the most beautiful movie you watch this year.
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Director: Jordan Peele
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun
Nope release date: July 22nd
Something is looming in the skies above a dustbowl Californian town, spooking the horses and shutting down the power. It falls to ranch-owning siblings OJ and Emerald Haywood to capture evidence of this ‘bad miracle’, assisted by local documentary-maker Antlers Holst.
If the Nope setup sounds a little E.T. then you should probably come to ODEON braced for something twistier, nastier and more psychological. After all, from 2017’s Get Out to 2019’s Us, modern horror’s most acclaimed director Jordan Peele hasn’t made a movie yet that didn’t bite hard and burrow under the skin.
Read our Nope preview here
Director: Emer Reynolds
Starring: Olivia Colman, Charlie Reid, Lochlann Ó Mearáin
Joyride release date: July 29th
Olivia Colman walks the tightrope between heart and humour in director Emer Reynolds’ socially charged comedy-drama. The Crown star and The Favourite Oscar-winner leads the Joyride cast as Joy, a middle-aged Irish woman struggling with the travails of motherhood, who goes on the run alongside rough-diamond teenager Mully (Charlie Reid).
Joyride is sweet but sharp, feel-good but frank, with Colman’s relatable performance predicted to score more silverware for the British actress and Reid tipped as one of cinema’s brightest young homegrown talents (he beat over 1,500 applicants for the role of Mully). Ride shotgun on July 29th.
Director: Jared Stern
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Dany Garcia
DC League Of Super-Pets release date: July 29th
When Superman and Batman are captured by the dastardly Lex Luthor, the heroes’ squabbling doggies are forced to team up for a rescue mission. As the voice talent behind Krypto and Ace, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart turn on the same claws-out chemistry that made the Jumanji sequels unmissable – and when they rope in a squad of powered-up rescue animals, the fur is sure to fly.
Directed by Lego Batman and Ninjago Movie screenwriter Jared Stern, DC League Of Super-Pets is faster, sharper and more adult-friendly than a family animation has any right to be. And don’t forget the trump card, with John Wick legend Keanu Reeves making his superhero genre debut as the most hilariously downbeat Dark Knight you’ve ever seen.
Read our guide to all the upcoming DC film releases here
Director: David Leitch
Starring: Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Michael Shannon
Bullet Train release date: July 29th
Brad Pitt’s reluctant assassin Ladybug is just one job away from the good life. Unfortunately, what sounds like a simple last brief – board Japan’s famous bullet train and snatch a mysterious briefcase – is complicated when the cream of the planet’s hit squad turn up tasked with the same mission.
Based on the acclaimed novel 'Maria Beetle' by Kōtarō Isaka, and influenced by the high-speed chop-socky of vintage Jackie Chan movies, Bullet Train lives up to the velocity of its namesake and offers a fistful of contenders for the title of the year’s most outrageous fight scene. Punch your ticket on July 29th.
Read our high-speed Bullet Train preview here
Bond screening dates: July 1st, July 8th, July 15th, July 22nd, July 29th
We’ll be shaking and stirring Bond fans all through July at ODEON, as our 60th-anniversary salute to cinema’s greatest spy continues with Roger Moore’s late-period classics and Timothy Dalton’s hard-edged and much-underrated tenure in the tuxedo.
With its audacious ski jump battle and heart-in-mouth clifftop showdown, 1981’s For Your Eyes Only got Moore’s decade as Bond off to a flying start. Two years later, Octopussy gave us killer clowns, razorblade yo-yos and the greatest train punch-up since From Russia With Love, before Moore bowed out on a high with 1985’s Eiffel Tower-scaling A View To A Kill.
Enter Dalton for a short but highly regarded run as Bond, with connoisseurs still praising the thrills of 1987’s The Living Daylights and the candid ultra-violence of 1989’s Licence To Kill.
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