Our guide to July and August's best films: summer 2016's cinematic highlights
Here's to summer 2016: films to watch even when it's sunny
THE CRAZY, BEAUTIFUL ONE
The Neon Demon – UK release date 8 July
THE ONE FOR KIDS
Finding Dory - UK release date 29 July
Even Pixar's less-brilliant efforts are better than most. If Finding Dory isn't the unbeatable classic that Finding Nemo is, then it's still a supremely accomplished bit of storytelling, with laughs, tears, and anthropomorphic octopi.
THE SLEEPER HIT
Chevalier – UK release date 22 July
If you’re curious about the male ego, Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Chevalier, the winner of last year’s London Film Festival, is one for you. The premise is an odd one; six men on an Aegean yachting holiday, embroiled in a series of contests to prove their masculinity, each hoping to take on the peculiar mantle ‘The Best in General.’ Written out, it doesn’t look promising, but this is a revealing and wry take on machismo, and well worthy of a five star review.
THE GUILTY PLEASURE
The Shallows – UK release date 12 August
Considering how many killer shark films there are, it's a bit curious that there's only one good one. Perhaps Jaws reigns supreme in this genre because the shark only serves as a conduit for an exploration of human psychology? The Shallows might be like this, or it might just be Blake Lively firing a flare gun at a shark. A must see either way.
THE AUTEUR'S ADAPTATION
Julieta – UK release date 26 August 2016
That Pedro Almodóvar is a great auteur is beyond dispute; his films negotiate the everyday and the surreal in a way that is distinctly his own. Julieta is his twentieth film and, like The Neon Demon, impressed at Cannes this year. Based on a trio of short stories by Alice Munro, it follows a widowed mother as she searches for her lost daughter, and looks like the kind of sensitive, human drama for which Almodóvar is known and loved.
THE BLOCKBUSTER THAT'S ACTUALLY GOOD
Jason Bourne – UK release date 29 July
Why on earth should you care about the fifth film in the Bourne series? Good question, especially after the last one which starred human screensaver Jeremy Renner. Well, Jason Bourne not only brings back Matt Damon as the titular spy, but sees director Paul Greengrass at the helm once more. Greengrass knows how to create gripping, cerebral thrillers, and there's no indication he'll lower his standards for a sequel.
THE COMPLETELY BARKING MAD ONE
Tickled – UK release date 19 August