Here are all the major international movies to catch in Chinese theaters this July*. Click here to see more available movie tickets.
By Erica Martin, Samantha Kennedy and Bridget O'Donnell
July 20: Skyscraper
Set in the world’s tallest skyscraper, a fictional building in Hong Kong that essentially functions as an independent society, Skyscraper stars Dwayne Johnson as a family man, former FBI hostage rescue specialist and amputee who’s in charge of security for the building. When it inevitably comes under attack from a group of terrorists, he must step up to save the day, and nail-biting action sequences ensue. Many a joke has been made about how closely this campy plot parallels action classic Die Hard, but dramatic drone footage of the cityscape, two unbelievably cute curly-haired kids, and The Rock’s indefatigable charisma might just make it work anyway.
July 20: Show Dogs
Featuring talking pooches, this family comedy stars a Rottweiler police officer named Max (voiced by Ludacris) that must go on an undercover mission at an exclusive dog show in Vegas with human FBI agent Frank (Will Arnett) to stop an animal smuggling scheme. Jordin Sparks, RuPaul, Shaquille O'Neal, Stanley Tucci and Alan Cumming also lent voices to canine characters in the film. After coming under fire earlier this year by critics and parent groups for a scene that allegedly normalized abuse, the film was edited and re-released to remove the controversial scene. Despite the re-release, the film has been panned by critics, earning an aggregate score of just 18 (out of 100) on Rotten Tomatoes.
July 20: Sherlock Gnomes
In this sequel to the 2011 family-friendly 3D animated hit Gnomeo and Juliet, the gnomes move to London. Everything is good in the garden until different ornaments start disappearing. Gnomeo and Juliet (voiced by James McAvoy and Emily Blunt) recruit world-renowned detective Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp) and his assistant, Gnome Watson (Chiwetel Ejiofor), to solve the case.
July 20: Maya the Bee Movie: The Honey Games
This 3D animated adventure follows Maya the Bee as she competes in the iconic Honey Games to save the fate of her hive after she accidentally embarrasses the Empress. Maya unites with other lovable, misfit bugs to compete in the games. If they lose, all the honey will be drained from her hive on Poppy Meadow and if they win, they save and protect her hive.
July 27: Animal Crackers
After being completed in 2017, this 3D animated feature is finally being released globally this summer. The movie follows protagonist Owen Huntington, whose life is turned upside down when he discovers a long lost uncle passed away, leaving his circus to him and his family. When Owen learns that his evil uncle Horatio will stop at nothing to take over the circus, he and his family must use a magical box of animal crackers to protect it. Characters are voiced by an all-star cast, including Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Danny Devito, Sylvester Stallone, Ian McKellen, Raven-Symoné and more.
TBA: Sicario: Day of the Soldado
This sequel to acclaimed 2015 film Sicario picks up where its predecessor left off, as hardened assassin Alejandro Gillick (Benecio del Toro) teams up again with ruthless CIA agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) to kidnap the daughter of a Mexican cartel leader for a somewhat shadowy higher purpose concealed by the US government. When the mission goes wrong, they are ordered to kill the young woman (Isabela Moner), but del Toro’s character refuses, so a manhunt for them both begins. Sicario’s celebrated director Denis Villeneuve did not return for the sequel, but Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water, Wind River) has again penned the screenplay.
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