Mortal Kombat leads the line-up in movies this July, relaunching the video-game-to-film franchise with R-rated intensity and dazzling special effects, while in TV, subversive superhero series The Boys returns with an even wilder and crazier second season. There’s something for all tastes in our July round-up – read on and pre-order your copies today.   

MORTAL KOMBAT – July 21
Based on the perennially popular gaming franchise of the same name, the new Mortal Kombat movie reinvigorates the film franchise with a sensory overload of special effects and violence that’s both dazzling and confronting. Whether you’re an avid gamer or just a regular movie lover, this action blast is a bona fide crowd-pleaser.

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THE BOYS: SEASON 2 – July 7
Season two of the subversive superhero series picks up with The Boys on the run and determined to regroup and strike back against Vought. Starlight is still struggling to find her place in The Seven, as the power-mad Homelander seeks to take total control. However, his dominance is threatened by the arrival of a formidable new ‘Supe’ named Stormfront, who has an agenda of her own…

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GREAT WHITE – July 7
A shark-survivalist thriller in the tradition of 47 Metres Down, the Aussie-lensed Great White sees five people stranded hundreds of miles from shore on an inflatable life raft, after their seaplane attempts an emergency landing and sinks. The toothy predator of the title follows them as they drift with the current, before a second shark joins the hunt, doubling the terror and suspense.

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FATALE – July 7
Following a wild one-night stand during a business trip to Vegas, a married sports agent (Michael Ealy) discovers that the object of his affection was a cunning police detective (Hilary Swank) who seems intent on entangling him in her current investigation. A noirish, psychological thriller in the tradition of Fatal Attraction.

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SONGBIRD – July 21
Is it too soon for a film about the coronavirus pandemic? Producer Michael Bay didn’t think so, delivering this sci-fi/horror-thriller that received a lot of attention for being made in LA during lockdown. In this fictional account set a few years down the track, the virus has mutated into COVID-23 and the film follows a handful of people as they negotiate the dangers of a dystopian world.

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A PERFECT PLANET – July 7
This new five-part series from the BBC’s Natural History Unit (narrated, of course, by the inimitable David Attenborough) explores how the Earth’s natural forces – volcanic activity, weather systems, the oceans, etc – have shaped the planet into a perfect habitat for an abundance of life. It also adds a sobering footnote on humankind’s pernicious impact.

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BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN, PART 1 – July 14
The 42nd film in the DC Animated Universe adapts a seminal Batman graphic novel into an epic two-part adventure. A maniac known as the ‘Holiday Killer’ has been targeting Gotham’s underworld figures, and it’s up to the Dark Knight (voiced by Supernatural‘s Jensen Ackles), Lieutenant Gordon and Harvey Dent to uncover the killer’s identity. Look out for Part 2, releasing August 11.

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MILITARY WIVES – July 7
Inspired by the beloved BBC documentary that followed choirmaster Gareth Malone as he formed a special Military Wives choir to perform at London’s Albert Hall, this feel-good dramatisation from the director of The Full Monty recreates the musical phenomenon that has changed the lives of wives and girlfriends of servicemen, and other women with a military connection.

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OPERATION RED SNAKE – July 14
Based on the true life accounts of Kurdish female fighters battling ISIS in the border territories between Iraq and Syria, French director Caroline Fourest’s ‘Band of Sisters’ is a topical and unflinching look at women at war, following three fighters from different cultures who are united against a common enemy.

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EDGE OF THE WORLD – July 21
The true story of British explorer Sir James Brooke (played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers), who set out to abolish piracy, slavery and head-hunting, and fought for the future Sultan of Brunei, becoming known as “The White Rajah”. His incredible adventures would inspire Rudyard Kipling’s The Man Who Would Be King and Joseph Konrad’s Lord Jim.

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THE DARK AND THE WICKED – July 7
Writer-director Bryan Bertino (The Strangers) delivers an unnerving horror-thriller set in a rural Texas farmhouse where a grieving family have gathered by the side of a dying patriarch, only to have their vigil threatened by an evil presence. Conjuring a tangible sense of escalating dread, this is a genuinely frightening and suspenseful chiller that horror fans won’t want to miss.

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AQUARIUM OF THE DEAD – July 7
Just when you thought it was safe to look at fish in a tank, they’re transformed into deadly zombies after a batch of dodgy medication is used on the specimens of the Shining Sea Aquarium. Cue a horde of sinister starfish, creepy crabs, demented dolphins, an oversized octopus and more, which threaten Vivica A. Fox and the rest of the cast. Campy and irresistible fun from The Asylum.

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THE DEAD ZONE – July 28
One of the finest screen adaptations of a Stephen King novel, this gripping psychic thriller stars Christopher Walken as an ordinary guy who awakens from a five-year coma with extraordinary powers that are both a blessing and curse. This underrated 1983 gem is finally receiving a special edition Blu-ray release, with a 2K scan from the original negative and a plethora of bonus material.

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