It's been a long five months for cinema-goers, who are champing at the bit to get back to watching films on the big screen - and cinemas can officially reopen nationwide from Monday, June 7th onward.

It's set to be a big summer for movies as a result – so here are five interesting new films to place on your 'to-watch' list for the coming months. (Please note that release dates may change, for obvious reasons!)

A Quiet Place Part II (June 7th)

If you had the chance to see the first A Quiet Place in a cinema in 2018, you'll know just how tense an experience it was; considering its emphasis on silence, every crinkle of your neighbour's bag of Maltesers, every crunch of popcorn or slurp of Coke made for a nail-bitingly stressful moment. The sequel to John Krasinski's excellent dystopian directorial debut - which followed a family fighting for survival against an alien species who hunt solely by sound – is already clocking up rave reviews in the US, with many suggesting that it's as every bit as good as the original. This time, Emily Blunt leads the charge as the group are forced from their hiding place and out into the world - where the creatures aren't the only threat they face.

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In the Heights (June 18th)

Before he became the toast of Broadway (and elsewhere) with Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda was making waves with In the Heights – the Tony Award-winning musical that debuted in 2005 and is set around the Dominican community of New York's Washington Heights neighbourhood. Now, after a 10-year gestation period, it's finally been adapted for the silver screen, with Miranda's songs and Quiara Alegría Hudes's story being refreshed by Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu. Broadway star Anthony Ramos will take the lead as bodega owner Usnavi de la Vega, a man who dreams of a better life as various characters pass in and out of his world. Expect to be humming songs like When You're Home all summer long. (And if you're still gagging for a Lin-Manuel fix, the good news is that he'll also feature in Sony's forthcoming musical animation Vivo, set for release on Netflix sometime this year.)

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Luca (Disney Plus from June 18th)

A new Pixar film is always a cause for celebration. Following the hugely successful Soul, the studio is teaming up with Disney once more for Luca – a story about a 13-year-old Italian boy (voiced by Jacob Tremblay) living in the seaside town of Portorosso. However, there's something a little different about Luca: he and his friend Alberto are sea monsters who are keen to explore the human world, get into all kinds of mischief and undoubtedly learn a lesson or two in the process. Maya Rudolph and comedian Jim Gaffigan provide the voices of Luca'a mum and dad in this adventure-filled film that looks as charming as any other Pixar offering. If nothing else, it's sure to please the small people in your life (as well as the bigger ones.)

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Another Round (July 2nd)

It's a Danish film (its title Druk translates to Binge Drinking), but this Oscar winner sounds like it was tailor-made for Irish audiences. Mads Mikkelsen (hold the Carlsberg jokes, please) plays one of four teachers and friends at a school in Copenhagen, who begin experimenting with a real-life theory by psychiatrist Finn Skårderud. He posits that maintaining a blood alcohol level of 0.05 helps to create a more positive and creative life balance. Sure enough, the friends find their lives enhanced by their newfound tipsiness – but it's not long before things begin to spiral in unexpected ways. This comedy-drama sounds both an amusing caper and a salutary tale. And let's be honest: Mads Mikkelsen is always worth watching in anything.

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Black Widow (July 9th)

This summer is not short of blockbusters, with everything from F9 (the latest in the Fast and the Furious franchise) to Chris Pratt's military sci-fi flick The Tomorrow War and DC's The Suicide Squad en route. However, Marvel's latest outing is arguably the pick of the bunch as we see Scarlett Johansson play the titular character, aka Natasha Romanoff. The story picks up where Captain America: Civil War left off in 2016, this time centering on Romanoff (aka one of the Avengers) - who is forced to go on the run while entangled in a perilous conspiracy with links to her past as a spy. As far as big-budget action romps go, this is definitely one to catch on the big screen.

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