Coming soon Malaysia: Planet of the Apes 3, Dunkirk, Atomic Blonde, Corner of the World, Salesman

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Top movie picks for July 2017 releases in Malaysia



Malaysia Release Date: 13 July 2017
Genre: Science fiction, action drama
Director: Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Let Me In)
Cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn

The third instalment of the Planet of the Apes reboot has finally arrived to the war chapter between the apes and humans to fight for the survival of their own kind. If you seen the original 1968 classic, you’d know the story was eventually going to come to this. The series hasn’t disappointed thus far and with the return of the previous film‘s director, I have high hopes for it. It’s not just going to be all action. Judging from the trailer, with a human girl somehow ended up on the apes’ side, there’s going to be deeper themes of “humanity” which perhaps “humans” themselves are lacking. Can’t wait to catch it. 20th Century Fox is so confident with their film that they screened it to critics weeks before release and it currently already holds a 96% aggregated score on Rotten Tomatoes.



Malaysia Release Date: 13 July 2017
Genre: Japanese animation, historic drama
Director: Sunao Katabuchi (Mai Mai Miracle, Black Lagoon anime series)
Voice Cast: Rena Nonen, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Daisuke Ono, Megumi Han

This 2016 multiple award-winning animated film is set in 1940 to 1950 about characters who live in Hiroshima before and after the atomic bombing, focusing on the contrast between the cruel war and the peaceful, nature-loving, traditional side of Japan. The now-lost town of Hiroshima is apparently, according many critics, accurately revived in the film. I’ve tissues ready as it feels like it’s going to be a tearjerker. You can catch the premiere on July 9th at TGV, Sunway Velocity in conjunction with Anime Fiesta Weekend and stand a chance to win a 4-day-3-night trip to Japan. Find out more here.



Malaysian Release Date: 20 July 2017
Genre: War drama
Director-writer: Christopher Nolan (Interstellar, The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception)
Cast: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

I guess this month’s theme is war. After Apes and an anime about Hiroshima, we’ll be getting this Nolan war epic based on a true event in World War II — an evacuation of Allied soldiers from the German army-surrounded Dunkirk, France. Three of my favourite films of all time were directed by Nolan and with this written and directed by him, I want to believe that it might be an Oscar candidate. Boy band One Direction’s Harry Styles apparently won his role in an audition against hundreds of candidates. We shall see if he’s really that good or was it due to his massive teen following.



Malaysian Release Date: 27 July 2017
Genre: Action spy thriller
Director: David Leitch (John Wick)
Cast: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman

Ah, finally something less dramatic on the list. 41-year-old actress Charlize Theron (The Fate of the Furious, Mad Max: Fury Road) is back in another action flick, this time collaborating with the director of John Wick, David Leitch. It looks cheesy with a generic plot, for sure, but if the action sequences can be as impressively entertaining as John Wick, it’s going to be a hit. And Theron does seem capable of being as good as Keanu Reeves in action. The only real concern I have for now is whether or not it’d be heavily censored here in Malaysia due to its violence and lesbian element.



Malaysian Release Date: 27 July 2017
Genre: Drama
Director: Asghar Farhadi (A Separation)
Cast: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti

Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film in the recent Oscars, and the Best Screenplay and Best Actor in the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Holds 97% aggregated score on Rotten Tomatoes. Need I say more about this Iranian drama to convince you? Catch the preview screening for free at GSC Mid Valley Megamall one week before its release. More details here.


If you’re wondering why Spider-Man: Homecoming and Baby Driver aren’t on the list, it’s ’cause I’ve received no local details about their releases.

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