25 Blockbusters To Get You Through The Long Hot UAE Summer

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25 Blockbusters To Get You Through The Long Hot UAE Summer
By Nimra Adil -

Summer in the UAE is the perfect time for back-to-back movies at the cinema. We're talking popcorn, an AC chilled room and some of the comfiest seats in town – yes we're looking at you Platinum Suites!

Well, 2017 isn't letting us down, as the line-up of mega-blockbusters looks fantastic. Here are all of the movies to watch out for, and the release dates for your diaries... 


Starring: Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Priyanka Chopra and Alexandera Daddario 
Where to watch: In cinemas from July 20 (subject to change)
This movie is perfect for the summer! A stupidly good-looking cast with guaranteed belly laugh moments.

2. Alien: Covenant 

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup and Danny McBride  
Where to watch: In cinemas now 
If you're a fan of the Alien franchise, this is a must. The latest instalment of Ridley Scott's mega sci-fi series. 

3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 

Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Javier Bardem 
Where to watch: In cinemas now 

Johnny Depp is back as Jack Sparrow for another swashbuckling pirate adventure. 

4. Snatched 

Starring: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn and Kim Caramele 
Where to watch: In cinemas from August 10 (subject to change)

Amy and Goldie play a hilarious mother/daughter duo, thrown together on an exotic holiday which, naturally, doesn't quite go to plan... 

5. War Machine 

Starring: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hayes and John Magaro  
Where to watch: Stream on Netflix now 
A satirical take on the rise and fall of a US Army commander - played by Brad Pitt, in Afghanistan. Bonus points if you can spot which of the scenes were filmed here in the UAE! 

6. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword 

Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, David Beckham and Astrid Berges-Frisbey 
Where to watch: In cinemas now
The classic Excalibur tale has been given the Guy Ritchie treatment! Think fast-paced action with some drama thrown in.

7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid : the Long Haul 

Starring: Jason Drucker, Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott 
Where to watch: In cinemas now 

The fourth film in the series follows Wimpy Kid to a gamer convention – a great all-round family pleaser. 

8. Wonder Woman 

Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and Robin Wright 
Where to watch: In cinemas now 

Definitely one of the most awaited films of the summer. FINALLY! Go and watch for the kick-butt female lead, and a movie that's been billed as one of the best DC flicks for years

9. The Mummy 

Starring: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella and Annabelle Wallis  
Where to watch: In Cinemas June 8 (subject to change) 

The 1930s classic gets a modern reboot. It's a totally new cast, playing new characters, taking on another thrilling adventure. 

10. Rough Night 

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Kravitz and Kate McKinnon 
Where to watch: In cinemas July 20 (subject to change) 

College best friends find themselves in trouble when a bachelorrette party goes very wrong. 

11.Cars 3

Starring: Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo and Chris Cooper 
Where to watch: In cinemas June 15 (subject to change) 

Lightning McQueen must compete with faster, younger models – everyone loves a good comeback story! 

12. All Eyez on Me 

Starring: Demetrius Shipp Jr., Danai Gurira and Kat Graham 
Where to watch: In cinemas June 29 (subject to change) 

Music lovers can't miss their chance to checkout this biopic, detailing the life and death of iconic rapper, Tupac Shakur. 

13. Despicable Me 3 

Starring: Jenny Slate, Kristen Wiig and Steve Carrell 
Where to watch: In cinemas June 29 (subject to change) 

The Minions we all love are coming back, but this time reformed baddy Gru's twin brother, Dru, makes an appearance. 

14. The House 

Starring: Will Ferrell, Allison Tolman and Amy Poehler 
Where to watch: In cinemas June 29 (subject to change) 

This has to be one of the biggest comedies of the summer! Parents struggling to pay for their daughter's tuition turn their house into a Las Vegas-style establishment. What could go wrong? Literally everything!

15. Spider-Man: Homecoming 

Starring: Tom Holland, Chris Evans and Martin Starr   
Where to watch: In cinemas July 6 (subject to change) 

A tale as old as time! Spider-Man tries to balance high school while trying to save the city from a crazy villain.

16. War for the Planet of the Apes 

Starring: Judy Greer, Woody Harrelson, Terry Notary 
Where to watch: In cinemas July 13 (subject to change) 

The war between simians continues in this sequel set two years after Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

17. Dunkirk 

Starring: Harry Styles, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Cillian Murphy 
Where to watch: In cinemas July 27 (subject to change) 

This Christopher Nolan epic tells the story of the famous and fierce World War II battle. But also... It's Harry Styles's acting debut. Enough said. 

18. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 

Starring: Dane DeHann, Cara Delevigne and Clive Owen 
Where to watch: In cinemas July 20 (subject to change) 

Time travelling cops try to save the universe in this sci-fi film. 

19. The Emoji Movie 

Starring: T.J. Miller, Anna Faris and Patrick Stewart 
Where to watch: In cinemas August 10 (subject to change) 

Just like your whatsapp group... this movie is telling the *entire* story in Emoji format. 

20. Atomic Blonde 

Starring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy and Sofia Boutella  
Where to watch: In cinemas July 27 (subject to change) 

Charlize Theron is an undercover agent, who can cause some serious damage. Think Bond meets Blondie! 

21. The Dark Tower

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba and Katheryn Winnick 
Where to watch: In cinemas August 3 (subject to change)

The long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King's novel. A dystopian movie with a Wild West feel.

22. The Hitman's Bodyguard 

Starring: Salma Hayek, Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L.Jackson 
Where to watch: In cinemas August 17 (subject to change) 

The Bodyguard gets a 2017 make-over. This time the Bodyguard has a Hitman to protect... not Whitney Houston!

23. Baby Driver

Starring: Ansel Elgort, Lily James and Jon Hamm 
Where to watch: In cinemas July 20 (subject to change) 

Ansel Elgort gets mixed up in a hiest with a crime boss in this raved about comedy flick.

24. Logan Lucky 

Starring: Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig and Katherin Waterston 
Where to watch: In cinemas August 24 (subject to change) 

Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig and Hilary Swank star in this comedy about two brothers attempt to pull off a hiest during a NASCAR race.

25. The Book of Henry 

Starring: Naomi Watts, Lee Pace and Jacob Tremblay 
Where to watch: TBC 

Naomi Watts plays a single mother whose older son comes up with a surprising, but heroic, plan to save his small suburban town.