BEIRUT: It looks like it’s a promising mid-summer month, with highly anticipated films releasing across cinemas in Lebanon; from the controversial Beirut movie, to the awaited 10-years-later Mamma Mia! Sequel.
Here’s a look at the most prominent films that will be released this month:
Ant-Man and the Wasp
It’s been a crazy year for Marvel fans; starting with the release of Black Panther in February, on to the Avengers: Infinity War in April, and the second installment of Deadpool - the Marvel Cinematic Universe is continuing with its streak of high-budget superhero movies with Ant-Man and the Wasp, which revolves around Scott Lang who is trying to balance life as a father and a superhero, but is faced with no choice but to put on the Ant-Man suit again, and fight alongside The Wasp, leading them to a dangerous unfolding of secrets from the past.
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Michael Douglas.
Mission Impossible: Fallout
Ethan Hunt is back yet again, with another impossible race against time, when one of his missions alongside the IMF team takes a wrong turn. This is the 6th Mission Impossible installment, the first one dating back to 1996 (with a really young Tom Cruise!). The films have been successful because of how action-packed they are, and also, who wouldn’t want to see Cruise do all kinds of stunts? The most noteworthy one being in the 4th M.I, where he dangles off the famous Burj Khalifa, in Dubai - United Arab Emirates.
Starring: Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, and Rebecca Ferguson.
The First Purge
For all horror film lovers out there, it is time to rejoice! Another The Purge sequel is back, marking this film as the 4th in the dystopian horror series. The concept of the film revolves around a day in which the U.S. government sanctions 12 hours, where all criminal activity is legal, for the people to “let out all their anger.” This year’s film takes it back to the First Purge, and everything that went down in it.
Starring: Lex Scott Davis, Y’lan Noel, and Marisa Tomei.
Like every year, The Rock is always coming back with a number of blockbusters to compliment every season, and this year has been no different. His first 2018 movie, Rampage, was released in April, and now he is back to take the summer by storm with Skyscraper.
In this film, former FBI agent Will Ford is assigned as the Head of Security for the tallest, most sophisticated skyscraper in China, which is suddenly set on fire by a gang; however, Ford is framed for setting the skyscraper ablaze. Consequently, the protagonist goes on the run; making it his mission to clear his name, and also rescue his family who is trapped inside the ablaze skyscraper, and frankly, who better to save the day than The Rock?
Starring: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Neve Campbell, and Roland Møller.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
The adored musical is finally back with a sequel to its first part, which was released 10 years ago (feel old yet?), which grossed $600 million worldwide. Based on songs of the popular band, ABBA, we take a trip down memory lane in this film, discovering more about Donna’s past and how she came about. In addition to all the songs, love, and Mia’s pregnancy, a party with the star-studded cast is pretty much guaranteed.
Starring: Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Lily James.
Despite having been heavily critiqued for its misrepresentation of the capital, Beirut is hitting theatres this month. The story is set in 1980’s Beirut, where Mason Skiles -- former U.S. diplomat -- is called back to the city to save his colleague from a group that is also responsible for the murder of his family.
Starring: Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike, and Dean Norris
Pablo Escobar has been a hot topic of pop culture recently, with the hit show Narcos taking the world of Netflix by storm, which sheds light on the notorious drug lord and the empire he built. This film puts Escobar’s love affair with journalist Virginia Vallejo under the spotlight, dragging along with it the narcotic mega business he managed to build in Columbia, as well as in the United States, not to mention the political and security tensions he managed to create in both countries.
Starring: Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz
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