As we all know, it gets a little toasty in the UAE during the summer months. Even sitting by the pool can be a struggle and leaves us in search of indoor activities to escape the searing heat.

Luckily, there’s a slew of great movies getting released in the coming months – everything from horrors to chick flicks, and actions to comedies.

So if you were looking for a way to while away the day, here are 17 great movies getting released in cinemas this summer, sorted by release date….

1. Independence Day – July 7

20 years after the first Independence Day invasion, it seems the aliens are back to take over the Earth – and this time they’re a little more prepared.

2. Finding Dory – July 7

The friendly, forgetful blue fish from Finding Nemo reunites with her loved ones and everyone learns a few things about family along the way.

3. The Purge: Election Year – July 7

Trapped on the streets of Washington DC, a senator looking to end the Purge tradition must survive the annual night of terror where all crime is legal for 12 hours.

4. The Infiltrator – July 14

Federal agent Robert Mazur (Bryan Cranston) goes undercover to infiltrate Pablo Escobar’s drug trafficking ring.

5. Ghostbusters – July 14

30 years after the original franchise, the all-new all-female Ghostbusters team try to rid New York of ghosts that can possess humans.

6. Central Intelligence – July 14
After being bullied as a teen for being overweight, Bob Stone (Dwayne Johnson) shows up to a high school reunion looking, well, like The Rock. There he finds Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart) who misses his glory days as an athlete. Now that Bob is CIA, he recruits Calvin to help him save the compromised US spy satellite system.

7. Alice in Wonderland 2: Through the Looking Glass – July 21

Alice returns to the world of Wonderland, and has to travel back in time to save the Mad Hatter.

8. The Conjuring 2 – July 21

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren head to the UK to help a family terrorised by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

9. Star Trek 3: Beyond – July 21

The USS Enterprise crew explore the farthest reaches of uncharted space where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test. Part of this film was shot in Dubai, read all about that here, and it will be poignant to watch the film due to recent untimely death of its star Anton Yelchin.

Here’s the cast and crew talking about filming in Dubai…

10. Tarzan – July 25

After having acclimated to his life in London, Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard) is called back to the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment. Also starring Margot Robbie and the always-excellent Christoph Waltz.

11. Jason Bourne – July 28

Now that he remembers who he is, Jason Bourne sets out to uncover the hidden truths about his past.

12. Ice Age: Collision Course – August 4

Scrat the squirrel’s pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into space, which accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that threaten to transform the planet. To save themselves, Manny, Sid and Diego must embark on an adventure to find new lands.

13. Suicide Squad – August 4

A secret arm of the government recruits imprisoned supervillains in order to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for their clemency.

14. Lights Out – August 11

A woman and her son are haunted by a spirit that only appears when the lights are off.

15. The Shallows – August 11

Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach when she finds herself in the middle of a great white shark’s feeding ground. Although she is a mere 200 yards from the shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills.


16. BFG – August 11

Ten-year-old Sophie meets the Big Friendly Giant, and as their friendship grows, Sophie’s presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and other giants. Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Victoria to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all.

17. The Secret Life Of Pets – August 18

An animated movie making light of the secret lives of housepets when their owners aren’t home.

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