Cover Here are the best new movies to watch in cinemas this July 2021 (Art: Chesca Gamboa/Tatler Hong Kong)

With cinemas open, there's nothing like watching a movie in theatres. Here we round up the best new movies to watch in cinemas in July 2021

Netflix has definitely comforted us during the pandemic, especially with travel restrictions, quarantine and lockdown in place. But there's still nothing quite like seeing a movie on the big screen. In fact, many movies set for a theatrical release have opted to screen in the streaming giant instead. With cinemas reopened, it's time to head over and see the movies you've been anticipating.

If you're still unsure what to watch (because there are plenty), we rounded up all the best new movies coming out in Hong Kong cinemas in July. Whether you're looking for action, a family movie or a thriller—there's something for everyone to enjoy.

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1. Black Widow

After many years of waiting, Black Widow is finally here. The first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's (MCU) Phase Four, Black Widow will take place after the events of Captain America: Civil War.

Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) will have to face the demons of her past all while battling a dangerous conspiracy and being chased down by a force that will do anything to bring her down.

Release: July 7

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2. The Real Thing

The Real Thing follows Tsuji who is having casual relationships with two women in his workplace. One day, he saves Ukiyo, who's about to die in a crossing. Despite Ukiyo's attitude, Tsuji saves her every time she's in trouble.

Helmed by Japanese arthouse auteur Koji Fukuda, The Real Thing further showcased the director's artistic ability, venturing into a noir thriller. Based on the graphic novel by Mochiru Hoshisato, the four-hour epic is also part of the official selection at the 73rd Cannes Film Festival.

Release: July 8

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3. Time

In the local Hong Kong scene, action dramedy Time is a must-watch. The movie is produced by actor Gordan Lam Ka-tung and boasts a star-studded cast that includes veteran Hong Kong actors Patrick Tse and Petrina Fung. The movie centres around the last generation of assassins that moved to Hong Kong during the 1950s and 1960s and live as a trio of "killers for hires". Decades passed and they've become redundant at home and work but an accidental mission put them back into action—only to turn out as an assisted suicide.

The trio suddenly springs back into action to figure out the mystery but a teenager appears and turns their life upside down—threatening that this might just be their last job. 

Release: July 15

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4. Space Jam: A New Legacy

After 1996's Space Jam, standalone sequel Space Jam: A New Legacy is bringing back nostalgia to all 90s kids. Starring NBA champion LeBron James as himself, the movie follows him and his youngest son Dom (Cedric Joe), who instead of following in his father's footsteps, wants to become a video game developer. The two find themselves trapped in the Warner 3000 Server-Verse, a virtual space run by a tyrannical A.I. called AI-G Rhythm.

Dom is captured and LeBron join forces with the Looney Tunes squad, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Lola Bunny and others to win a basketball match against AI-G's digitalized champions, the Goon Squad which is actually powered-up virtual avatars of actual professional basketball players. Space Jam: A New Legacy will not only appeal to 90s kids watching this as adults, but also serves as a fun summer family movie.

Release: July 15

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5. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

Crazy Rich Asians heartthrob Henry Golding stars as Snake Eyes in this reboot and the third instalment in the G.I. Joe film series. Serving as an origin story for Snake Eyes, the movie follows the mysterious lone fighter, who is welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan called Arashikage after saving the life of its heir apparent.

When Snake Eyes arrives in Japan, he learns the ways of the ninja. It also provided something that he's been longing for: a home. But secrets from his past become known, his honour and allegiance are tested, as he travels down the path to become the G.I. Joe hero.

Release: July 22

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6. The Human Voice

Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar teams up with Tilda Swinton for his English-language short film debut based on Jean Cocteau's play. The movie is about a woman (Swinton) who watches time passing next to the suitcases of her former lover, who is supposed to pick them up but never arrives. She's joined by a restless dog who isn't understood by its master so has been abandoned.

Shot over nine days in Madrid while in lockdown, The Human Voice premiered to critical acclaim at the Venice Film Festival. While it's not a full length feature, this 30 minute short is a must watch.

Release: July 29

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7. Old

Visionary filmmaker and Academy Award-winning director M. Night Shyamalan is back with a chilling, mysterious new thriller. Old is about a family spending a tropical holiday who later discovers a secluded beach. They relax there for several hours...only to find that they've aged rapidly, with their entire lives reduced into a single day.

The movie is inspired by the graphic novel, Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters. Shylaman received a copy of the book for Father's Day from her daughter and decided to buy the rights to adapt it into a movie after reading.

Release: July 29

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