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The summer is always an exciting time for movie releases - it is the biggest season for big family movie releases as parents across the country wonder what on earth they are going to keep the kids occupied all summer!
There is some really good stuff coming up for Summer 2018, and if your idea of a great summer involves sitting in a nice air-conditioned cinema with a jumbo carton of popcorn and a cup of soda, you are in for a great summer!
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Here is a round up of the great movies that you can look forward to this Summer - with excitement in store for Disney fans, some much anticipated sequels and even a couple of genuinely new movies.
These are the movies your kids will be begging you to take them to see this summer!
Star Wars fans wil be eagerly awaiting the 25th May release of the second spin-off movie, which should tide them over until the Christmas release of Star Wars IX. Solo: A Star Wars Story tells the story of the early life of Han Solo and his first adventures with wookie Chewbacca. Alden Eirenreich stars as the young Han Solo and the film also stars Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Joonas Suotamu as Chewy.
June 6th 2018 sees the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the sequal to 2015's Jurassic World. After the demise of the Jurassic World theme park on Isla Nublar, the dinosaurs roam freely on the island for four years until an impending volcanic eruption threatens to end them. Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), the former park manager, has now founded the Dinosaur Protection Group, an organization dedicated to saving the dinosaurs. But will the dinosaurs recover thoier world dominance?
A mere 14 years after the release of The Incredibles movie comes Incredibles 2. For my money this will be the big family movie of the summer. Fear not, there is no 14 year hiatus in the plot; it follows straight on from the original story. Plot details are pretty sketchy at time of writing, but all the original voices Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson and Samuel L. Jackson are here and they will be doing battle with The Underminer, who was introduced at the end of the first movie.
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Another long-awaited sequel. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again is the follow up to 2008's smash hit movie musical Mamma Mia. Jam-packed with more ABBA songs and starring Amanda Seyfied, Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnon and Colin Firth this is going to be a must-see for true romantics everywhere.
The 27th July, rather bizarrely sees the release of Hotel Transyvania 3 so if you are waiting for Halloween to come early you can catch up with the latest adventures of Dracula, Mavis, Johnny and the rest of their family and friends. While taking a vacation on a luxury Monster Cruise Ship, where Dracula suddenly becomes attracted to the ship's mysterious captain, Ericka, who is secretly the descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, the notorious monster slayer and Dracula's ancient archenemy.
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Out on 17th August comes Christopher Robin, (not to be confused with last year's Goodbye Christopher Robin). The film is a live action/CGI adventure in which the little boy from the Winnie-the-Pooh stories, is now all grown up, and has lost all sense of imagination. Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood re-enter Christopher's life to help him find it again. The film stars Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell and Mark Gatiss.
May 11th sees the UK release of Sherlock Gnomes, sequel to 2011's Gnomeo and Juliet. Gnomeo and Juliet recruit detective Sherlock Gnomes and his sidekick, Gnome Watson to help investigate the mysterious disappearance of the other garden gnomes. The voice cast sees the return of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt, with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Johnny Depp as Watson and Sherlock Gnomes respectively.
The 3rd August also sees Teen Titans Go! To The Movies hit the big screen. Based on the TV series shown on Carton Network in the UK this animated adventure follows the DC Comics world teens who have crazy adventures with DC comics characters. The voice cast of the TV series will reprise their roles, with Will Arnett and Kristen Bell starring as well.
The buzz about 2014's Maya The Bee has lead to this sequel currently scheduled for UK release on 6th July. In Maya the Bee: The Honey Games, an overenthusiastic Maya accidentally embarrasses the Empress of Buzztropolis, she is forced to unite with a team of misfit bugs and compete in the Honey Games for a chance to save her hive.
Marvel comic fans have Ant-Man and the Wasp to look forward to this summer. The action follows the events of Captain America: Civil War when Hope van Dyne and Hank Pym present him with a new mission to bring to light secrets from their past, requiring him to team up with van Dyne as the new Wasp. It's out on 3rd August in the UK.
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