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The Must-See New Movies To Add To Your Watch List

Harry Styles and Florence Pugh star in Don’t Worry Darling, Olivia Wilde’s unsettling take on a glamorous ‘utopian’ community

From the big-screen adaptation of a much-loved novel to a slick suburban thriller, here are the films to have on your radar this summer…

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Don’t Worry Darling

All is not what it seems in the picture-perfect neighborhood of Victory – the setting of this slick suburban thriller from Olivia Wilde. Florence Pugh plays Alice, the newest recruit to this manufactured ‘utopian’ community, who arrives with her husband Jack (played by a glossy Harry Styles). But when Alice begins to suspect something is amiss, she’s forced to contend with the entire community to uncover the truth. The recently dropped trailer is a thrill of retro outfits, mid-century interiors and sinister one-liners – and with a supporting cast of Gemma Chan, KiKi Layne and Chris Pine, it deserves to be marked in your diary now. In cinemas from September 23

Dakota Johnson dazzles as lovelorn heroine Anne Elliot in the latest Jane Austen adaptation

Persuasion

Reader, who can resist a Jane Austen adaptation? Not us. In this headline Netflix release, Dakota Johnson is taking on the lovelorn heroine Anne Elliot, who was persuaded not to marry her first love Captain Wentworth (Cosmo Jarvis). However, when he returns from war, Elliot must untangle her past heartbreak – with a little help from co-stars Henry Golding and Richard E. Grant. Expect tears and tiaras. On Netflix from July 15

Viola Davis leads a powerhouse cast in The Woman King

The Woman King

Director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball) helms this action-packed, big-budget historical epic. Inspired by true events in the 18th century, it follows the embattled Amazons of the Kingdom of Dahomey as they slay enemies to protect their land. With a powerhouse cast that includes Viola Davis in the lead, plus Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, Thuso Mbedu and John Boyega, this is a sure-fire awards contender. In cinemas from September 16

Watch Rebecca Hall unravel in Resurrection – a Sundance-hit horror

Resurrection

A movie that reinforces horror as an art form, Resurrection will leave you feeling unraveled. Rebecca Hall plays a woman pushed to the brink when a man from her past suddenly reappears, uncovering deep-seated trauma. It was the talking-point film of Sundance Film Festival when it premiered, so be sure to add it to your watch list. In cinemas from August 5

The Good Nurse

Oscar-winner Jessica Chastain is astonishing in this true story of a nurse who puts her life on the line to uncover a colleague she suspects of murdering his patients. It is based on the real-life case of serial killer Charles Cullen (played by a transformed Eddie Redmayne), who is thought to have murdered more than 300 patients during his 16-year career on the wards. With Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) – perfector of the psychological thriller – producing, it’s set to be a hair-raising watch. On Netflix from August

Daisy Edgar-Jones leads the Where the Crawdads Sing cast as orphan Kya

Where the Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens’ novel gripped the world when it came out in 2018, and the big-screen adaption is finally here, courtesy of Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Hello Sunshine. Set in the darkest marshlands of North Carolina, the story follows mysterious orphan Kya (Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones), who is left to fend for herself in the Southern swamps. A heartbreaking story of resilience and retribution, it has garnered a loyal fanbase. In cinemas from July 15

Jessica Chastain and Ralph Fiennes star in The Forgiven, a dark, moral-dilemma-driven drama set in Marrakech

The Forgiven

Jessica Chastain and Ralph Fiennes play an unhappily married couple in this dark drama about the repercussions of a fatal accident that happens, at their hands, in Marrakech. Written by James Michael McDonagh (brother of director Martin McDonagh), the script is peppered with moments of black humor and a few moral dilemmas to chew on. Plus, look out for brilliant supporting stints from Rebecca Hall and Matt Smith to boot. In cinemas from June 17

Austin Butler takes center stage as Baz Luhrmann’s rhinestone-clad Elvis

Elvis

No one does razzle dazzle better than Baz Luhrmann, and his new biopic about Elvis Presley’s astronomic rise to fame does not disappoint. Austin Butler takes on the legend himself, gyrating and lip-curling his way through the singer’s greatest hits in what is set to be a suitably iconic performance, while Tom Hanks plays a troublesome manager. Expect rhinestones and power ballads in this hotly-tipped award contender. In cinemas from June 24

Keke Palmer navigates Jordan Peele’s new paranormal flick, Nope

Nope

In a desolate ranching town, a sinister, otherworldly force looms large – indeed, Jordan Peele’s latest masterpiece has all the hallmarks of a truly terrifying tale. Watch through your fingers as Daniel Kaluuya navigates the paranormal force slashing through this community, with some help from Hollywood’s brightest new talents Keke Palmer (Alice), Steven Yeun (Minari) and Barbie Ferreira (Euphoria). In cinemas from July 22

The Gray Man

This new Russo Brothers’ movie currently holds the record for the most expensive film ever made by Netflix ($200 million, to be precise), and with a cast that includes some of Hollywood’s most bankable stars – cue Ana de Armas, Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Jessica Henwick – you can see why. From the directors behind The Avengers series, this high-adrenaline cat-and-mouse chase between an undercover CIA operative and his nemesis (based on the bestseller by Mark Greaney) is set to break even more box-office records. On Netflix in July

Newcomer Laura Haddock stars as Myrna Dalgleish, and Michael Fox as Andy, in Downton Abbey: A New Era

Downton Abbey: A New Era

Not content with six TV series and a feature film, the Downton Abbey cohort is back for a sequel, eking out the scandals of the rich and gentrified in a stately home in Yorkshire. Expect to see all the usual faces – Dame Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael and more – putting the drama back into period drama. In cinemas now

Thor: Love and Thunder

Chris Hemsworth is reprising his sword and breastplate for the latest Taika Waititi-directed instalment of the Thor franchise. This offering sees Thor reckon with Gorr the God Butcher, played by a snarling Christian Bale, as well as chronicling the reign of Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie and the return of Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster, who starts acquiring superpowers eerily similar to Thor’s. A must-watch for any Marvel devotee. In cinemas from July 8

Robert Pattinson (right) as Batman, alongside Jeffrey Wright’s Commissioner Jim Gordon, in The Batman

The Batman

In what looks like the best instalment yet, Robert Pattinson will be donning that famous cape and transforming into Gotham’s very own Dark Knight. Better yet, his sidekick comes in the form of Zoë Kravitz as the fierce and fearless Catwoman. Together, they unravel a crime ring run by the mysterious Riddler, played by an unnerving Paul Dano, in this stylishly noir take on the classic comic – directed by JJ Abrams collaborator Matt Reeves (who also directed Cloverfield). In cinemas now

Colin Farrell stars as Jake, a father who buys a robot sibling for his daughter, in After Yang

After Yang

A24, the production company behind many cult hits, including Room, Lady Bird and Midsommar, has become known for its boundary-pushing projects – and After Yang is no exception. Set in a futuristic world where humans can purchase robot-children for their families, young couple Jake and Kyra, played by Jodie Turner-Smith and Colin Farrell, buy a robot sibling named Yang for their daughter, Mika. As Yang malfunctions, Jake (Farrell) must restore him back to life by untangling his past memories and traumas. This film is a haunting look at identity and ownership, and one that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled. In cinemas now

Daisy Edgar-Jones stars in Fresh, a quirky directorial debut from Mimi Cave

Fresh

Calling all Daisy Edgar-Jones fans: the queen of the alternative romcom is back in this quirky debut from director Mimi Cave. All is not what it seems in Fresh, which kicks off as a cutesy romance, when Noa (Edgar-Jones) – continually burned by the online-dating world – finally meets her ‘prince charming’ in Steve (Sebastian Stan). However, half an hour in, the opening credits roll and the film transforms into something else entirely, as Steve harbors a sinister secret. Definitely one for fans of Promising Young Woman. On Hulu now

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