One way to stay cool in Grand Cayman’s summer heat is to take in a flick at Camana Bay Cinema. Although some of this summer’s blockbusters have already come and gone by now, there are a number of other exciting titles opening in July and August.
Fresh from his resurrection in “Avengers: Endgame,” Peter Parker and his superhero alter ego, Spider-Man, are back with a new instalment of the third reboot of the film franchise. Tom Holland, who first appeared as Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in “Captain America: Civil War,” is also back for his second headlining film. He is joined by Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders, who reprise their roles as Nick Fury and Maria Hill respectively. This time, Peter and his school friends have their trip to Europe interrupted by the Elementals, four extradimensional villainous humanoids, requiring Spider-Man to join Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) in a battle to save the world. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” opens on 5 July.
Twenty-five years after the release of “The Lion King,” one of the most successful animated films of all time, a photorealistic computer-generated remake of the film with the same name opens on 19 July. The remake follows the same plot as the original, with Simba forced into exile in Africa after his father is betrayed by his uncle. Many of the same songs also appear in the remake, but are performed by different artists, including Beyoncé singing “Circle of Life.”
One of the summer’s — and the year’s — most highly anticipated films is Quentin Tarantino’s revisionist comedy about the 1969 Charles Manson murders, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” The film, which opens 26 July, features an all-star cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell, Al Pacino and Luke Perry, who died from a stroke shortly after filming.
The Fast and the Furious film franchise continues to roll on even after the death of Paul Walker, who started in six of its first seven films. The new spin-off, “Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw,” opens 2 August and stars Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw. Though they dislike each other, Hobbs and Shaw have to team up to stop a cyber-genetically enhanced bad guy, played by Idris Elba.
The comedy “Good Boys,” which opens 16 August, is being billed as perhaps the raunchiest pre-teen movie ever and has already earned an “R” rating for crude sexual content, drug and alcohol material, and strong language. When three sixth-grade middle-school students are invited to their first kissing party, but don’t know how to kiss, they use one boy’s father’s drone to try and spy on a teenage couple making out. Things go wrong, leading to series of bad decisions that include accidentally stolen drugs, running from the police and terrifying teenage girls.
Also opening on 16 August is one for the kids: “The Angry Birds Movie 2.” In this computer-animated comedy, King Mudbeard, ruler of the Bad Piggies, plots revenge against the Angry Birds after they devastated his homeland in the battle to reclaim their eggs. However, the Birds and the Pigs have to team up to stop Zeta, a mysterious purple bird, from conquering them all.
The Tuesday night Classics at the Cinema features include “An Officer and a Gentleman,” on 9 July, “Say Anything,” on 16 July and Stanley Kubrick’s 1960 film, “Spartacus,” starring Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier, on 23 July.
The following week, Classics goes even farther back to the 1931 Frank Capra film, “The Miracle Woman,” starring Barbara Stanwyck. All Classics at the Cinema features start at 7 p.m. and are screened in the VIP Auditorium. The $20 ticket price includes a free small popcorn.
The Saturday morning Kids Club features this month include “Walking with Dinosaurs” on 6 July, “The Ant Bully” on 13 July, “Goodbye Christopher Robin” on 20 July and “Hotel for Dogs” on 27 July.
Among the features next month are “Enchanted” on 10 August and “Free Willy” on 24 August.
Kids Club films start at 10 a.m. and tickets are CI$5.