Not many animation studios have the courage to get in the way of Lion King except Illumination. The Secret Life of Pets 2 (July 5) continues to tell the story of pet dog Max and his friends having adventures while their owners are away from home. This time with three different plots. Louis C.K. was replaced, and Harrison Ford voiced a dog that hates cats.
Playing a week ahead of its US release date, The Lion King will arrive here on July 12. It is arguably the most anticipated movie of the year after Endgame. You've probably already known all you need to know about this film: Disney is going to make a lot of money.
Later in July, the cinema will have Fighting with My Family (July 19), a biographical sports comedy-drama based on female WWE wrestler Saraya "Paige" Bevis. And Papillon, a remake of the 1973 film about Devil's Island inmate Henri “Papillon” Charrière, led by Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek. The film was previously scheduled in April but now moved to July 26.
Two relatively niche documentaries in the English language are playing on July 2: Better Angels and Daughter of Shanghai. The former assembles footage of politicians and people from all walks of life who contributed to the improvement of US-China relations. The Wrap calls it "a saccharine, feel-good, let’s-be-friends bumper sticker of a movie"; the latter centers around one of Asia's first breakout stars in Hollywood: Tsai Chin (born in 1936), daughter of an eminent family who grew up in downtown Shanghai.