When it comes to getting some much-need R&R, it doesn’t get much better than escaping to a world of fantasy and fiction, while chomping on some sweet and sour popcorn. But with so many new releases out there, both on the big and small screen, it’s not easy settling on what to watch.
But we’ve got you! Put away the TV guide because we’ve curated a fool-proof list of must-see movies and TV, whether you are looking for some quality time with the kids, your bestie or partner.
With the kids
The Lion King
If you haven’t heard about the star-studded remake of The Lion King, welcome back from space, because that’s the only way you could have avoided the coverage and spectacle of Jon Favreau’s remake of the 1994 Disney classic.
Along with the high-def visuals, stellar cast, which includes Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, and the return of ‘The Voice’, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, little fans (and big fans) can enjoy the stunningly realistic visual effects.
Released in UK cinemas on 19 July 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home
This instalment of our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man is rumoured to be the best one yet. A light and breezy watch, it’s a welcome break from the more recent dark and emotionally taxing Avengers Endgame.
Peter Parker, played brilliantly by Tom Holland, is enjoying a well-deserved break, enjoying life as a normal 16-year old when he is summoned by Nick Fury, to once again save the day from the crazy bad guy. Look out for a nerdy Zendaya.
Released in UK cinemas on 5 July 2019
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Those of us with kids will recognise Dora as practically one of the family, through endless repeats of the child-friendly episodes on Nickelodeon [she did more for our Spanish-speaking skills than any class].
The new live-action film shows us the diminutive explorer has grown up a little, as she is now in high school. Is she still friends with Boots and Benny? Is The Map still showing her the way and will Swiper the Fox (voiced by Benicio del Toro) make an appearance?
Released in UK cinemas on 9 August 2019
With your bestie
Our girl Gabrielle Union partners up with Jessica Alba in this spin-off from the Will Smith/Martin Lawrence Bad Boys franchise. This new series follows Sydney “Syd” Burnett (Union), who was last seen in Bad Boys II taking down a drug cartel in Miami. Having left her complicated past behind her, she is now a LAPD detective with a new partner, Nancy McKenna (Alba), a working mum with an equally complex history.
Syd is forced to examine whether her unapologetic lifestyle might be masking a greater personal secret. Taking on the most dangerous criminals in Los Angeles while skirting the rules, Syd and McKenna become a force to be reckoned with, on the streets and in each other’s lives.
L.A.’s Finest airs on Wednesdays at 9pm on Fox TV (from 10 July 2019).
Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss and Melissa McCarthy play mob wives-turned-mobsters in this 1970s period drama. They confront rival gangs, the FBI, and their own criminal husbands with barrage after barrage of gunfire, in a storyline that sounds very much like Widows.
We guarantee you have never seen Haddish in a role like this, she really gets to show off her dramatic acting chops for the first time on the big screen.
Released in UK cinemas on 20 September 2019
For empty nesters, what’s the difference between letting your children grow up and letting them grow distant? Feeling marginalized and forgotten, long-time friends Carol (Angela Bassett), Gillian (Patricia Arquette) and Helen (Felicity Huffman) decide to drive to New York on Mother’s Day to reconnect with their adult sons, and in the process, they realize their sons are not the only ones whose lives need to change.
A journey to relate becomes a journey of rediscovery that forces these women to redefine their relationships with their children, friends, spouses and most importantly, themselves.
Written and directed by Cindy Chupack (Sex and the City), Otherhood is a soulful, hilarious and honest exploration of life after motherhood.
Netflix, released on 2 August 2019
With your significant other
An Acceptable Loss
Tika Sumpter follows her stand out performance as Michelle Obama in Southside With You in this film which also stars Jamie Lee Curtis (True Lies, Halloween), in a role which shows her psychotic side.
Written and directed by Joe Chappelle (The Fringe, The Wire) An Acceptable Loss is a gripping political thriller. (Sumpter)teaches at a university, but four years ago she was top aide to Vice President Rachel (Curtis) and was part of a total victory action. Rachel is now US president and worried about Libby keeping quiet. How far will she go to make sure Libby keeps her secrets?
An Acceptable Loss will be available on Digital Download from 15 July 2019
Samuel L. Jackson reprises the role of Shaft, and this time he is joined by his estranged son JJ, played by Jessie Usher and his dad, Richard Roundtree, the original Shaft.
Expect style over substance in this latest version, with the leading men looking cool and suave and taking on the bad guys without even breaking a sweat.
We never tire of seeing the wonderful Regina Hall, who plays JJ’s mum, displaying her wicked comic timing, which we saw recently in Little.
Netflix, released on 28 June 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
When you go to watch a Fast and Furious film, you know what you’re in for. Fast cars, witty dialogue, punch-ups and explosions. Leave all expectations of reality and reasoning at the door, that’s not what you signed up for when you bought your ticket.
The original cast have all but gone, but Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham do a great job fronting this mission against a menacing and cyber-genetically enhanced Idris Elba.
Released in UK cinemas on 2 August 2019
When his pregnant wife is kidnapped and held as collateral, Paul, an ER nurse, must team with the badly injured career criminal and murder suspect under his charge in order to save the lives of his wife and unborn child.
Pitted against rival gangs and a deadly ring of corrupt cops, the unlikely duo find a way to survive together in the fight of their lives.
A gritty, action-packed thriller starring Anthony Mackie (Avengers) and Frank Grillo.
Netflix, released on 12 July 2019