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Ant-Man And The Wasp and Hotel Transylvania 3 among summer blockbusters

Long-awaited Pixar sequels, nail-biting action movies and the all-female Ocean's 8 – Georgia Humphreys has the low-down on the major movies arriving in cinemas over the next couple of months

Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Helena Bonham-Carter, Anne Hathaway and Sarah Paulson in Ocean's 8

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

Avengers: Infinity War took the world by storm earlier this year, but the small yet mighty Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) was notably missing from the action. As usual with films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, exact plot details are top secret. What we do know is this latest adventure will see Rudd's character, Scott Lang, struggling to balance life as a father with his superhero duties as Ant-Man – especially when he and The Wasp (Michelle Pfeiffer) are faced with a dangerous mission. Bring it on. (Out June 29)

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION

An-all star cast lend their voices to this family comedy – we're talking Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez and Steve Buscemi. This time, the animation revolves around the monsters embarking a cruise ship for a nice, summer holiday. What could possibly go wrong? Well, when Mavis (Gomez) realises Drac (Sandler) has fallen for the ship's mysterious captain, all hell breaks loose – turns out all of monsterkind are at risk. Yikes. (Out July 27)

OCEAN'S 8

Girl power. There's been serious excitement surrounding this all-female reboot of the Ocean's franchise – and rightly so. The fun heist flick follows Sandra Bullock's Debbie Ocean (that's the sister of George Clooney's character from the original films) upon her release from jail. She's soon up to no good again, thanks to the help of a team of criminal masterminds, who happen to be played by some of Hollywood's biggest names – Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson and Helena Bonham Carter. Oh, and Rihanna is in it too. (Out June 22)

THE DARKEST MINDS

OK, you might argue summer will be long gone by the time September comes, but this is the next big thing when it comes to adaptations of Young Adult novels. Amandla Stenberg (you'll know her as Rue in The Hunger Games) leads the cast as Ruby, who, thanks to outstanding supernatural abilities, has managed to survive in a dystopian world where a disease has killed off 98 per cent of America's children. After the government fear her superpowers are dangerous, Ruby, and other teens like her, are imprisoned – and we have an edge-of-our-seats thriller on our hands. (Out September 14)

THE EQUALIZER 2

Denzel Washington is back as the crime-fighting Robert McCall, in a sequel to the 2014 box-office hit which saw him take down a notorious Russian gang. This time, the fight gets personal, following the death of an old friend. And, yet again, retired CIA operative McCall won't give up until his mission to bring the bad guys down is completed. This is what you call non-stop action. (Out August 17)

THE INCREDIBLES 2

It's the Disney Pixar film we have all been waiting for, right? Fourteen years since the The Incredibles, the action begins right where we left it – Bob Parr (Craig T. Nelson) has taken a step back from his role as Mr Incredible to look after the kids, including super-powerful baby Jack-Jack. But don't worry, his sassy wife Helen, aka Elastigirl, (voiced by Holly Hunter) is carrying on with saving the world. This may look like a kids film, but it will be totally acceptable for adults to enjoy every minute too. (Out July 13)

THE MEG

A shark. A very, very big shark. Jason Statham plays a rescue diver tasked with saving the crew on-board a deep-sea submersible which has been attacked by a 75-foot-long prehistoric creature, known as the Megalodon, which was thought to be extinct – but most definitely isn't. Warning: if Jaws left you with nightmares, The Meg sounds like it's going to be even scarier. Orange Is The New Black's Ruby Rose also stars. (Out August 10)

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT

A whole load of crazy stunts. You'll remember Tom Cruise broke his ankle jumping across buildings while filming scenes for this movie – the sixth in the series – in London last year, and we've also seen clips of him dangling in the air from a helicopter over New Zealand. Other than the fact the past comes back to haunt Cruise's character, Agent Ethan Hunt, as he and his IMF team try to prevent nuclear terrorism, we don't know much about the storyline. But one thing's for sure – 22 years since the first Mission: Impossible film, Cruise still gets pulses racing. (Out July 26)

MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN

Abba fans, get tuning those vocal chords – a decade since the comedy musical Mamma Mia, it's time for a sequel. Songs this time round include Angel Eyes, I Wonder and When I Kissed The Teacher, the scenery is just as spectacular (they filmed in Croatia this time) and Cher even makes an appearance. Meanwhile, much of the original cast are back, including Amanda Seyfried as a now-pregnant Sophie learning about her mother's past, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and, of course, Meryl Streep. What's not to love? (Out July 20)

THE PREDATOR

Another terrifying instalment in this much-loved film series, which launched in 1987 with Arnold Schwarzenegger portraying the leader of a US special forces team attacked by an alien. The trailer shows former marine Quinn McKenna (Boyd Holbrook) encountering a terrifying mythical monster after investigating a spaceship crash, with Olivia Munn joining the cast as a doctor who helps the haunted McKenna in his battle for survival. (Out September 14)

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