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At the Movies: July Edition

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Move over Netflix. It’s the summer blockbuster month in the Northern Hemisphere so get ready for some of the biggest movies of   the year.

The Blockbusters

Dunkirk

Genre: Action, War, History, Adventure, Thriller

Let’s be honest, Christopher Nolan is one of the best directors in the business. Few can boast the reputation he’s built up over the past decade and his name has become synonymous with high quality film making.  His critical and commercial success with The Dark Knight trilogy is hard to ignore, but he is also responsible for some of the most original films of this decade including 2010’s Inception and 2014’s Interstellar. However, Dunkirk is new territory for Nolan as he makes his debut directing a film based on true events, and while he admits being extremely daunted by the prospect of doing such an epic, the movie looks to be in very capable hands.

Telling the story of the famous World War II evacuation of Dunkirk, the film focuses on three separate fictional characters. Following RAF pilots in the air, stranded soldiers on the beach and civilians on the water who become part of the rescue operation, the movie looks more like a thrilling survival story than a violent war flick. Then again, survival was a major part of the story of Dunkirk. With a mix of newcomers in the form of Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, One Direction’s Harry Styles, plus veteran actors including Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy, Dunkirk has the potential to be one of the best movies of the year.

In cinemas 20 July 2017 

War for the Planet of the Apes

Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure, Drama, Action

Who saw this coming? After the disastrous 2001 remake directed by Tim Burton, no one would have given this franchise a chance, but ten years later the rebooted Rise of the Planet of the Apes starring James Franco, John Lithgow and the king of motion capture, Andy Serkis blew audiences away and was the smash of that year. Not only that, its 2014 sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes built on the first film, adding new and exciting characters and received even greater critical and commercial praise. Who knew we grew to care so much for those damn dirty apes!

With that in mind, War for the Planet of the Apes no longer has the element of surprise of its previous instalments. People expect this to be good. Set two years after the events of Dawn, this third instalment sees a war erupt between between the apes and humans for domination of the Earth, with Serkis’s Caesar clashing with a ruthless human Colonel played by Woody Harrelson. It looks a lot darker than its predecessors, but with director Matt Reeves (Dawn) at the helm, this film may prove to capture lightening in the bottle again for this re-invigorated franchise.

In cinemas 27 July 2017

Other notable movies coming out this month include Spider-man: Homecoming (6 July 2017),  It Comes at Night (6 July 2017), Girls Trip (21 July 2017), and A Monster Calls (27 July 2017).

The Surprise Packages

Baby Driver

Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime

The mastermind behind cult-classic Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy (2004’s Shaun of the Dead, 2007’s Hot Fuzz and 2013’s The World’s End) and seminal comedy-classic Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, writer-director Edgar Wright is one of the most exciting up-and-coming filmmakers today. Lately it’s his screenwriting that’s put him in the spotlight, co-writing Stephen Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin, and Marvel’s Ant-Man, but it’s Baby Driver  which marks his return to directing in nearly four years. Even prior to its worldwide release, the film is already receiving universal acclaim.

The film follows the narrative of infamous getaway driver, Baby (Ansel Elgort). As he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees an opportunity to leave his life of crime behind and after being forced into working for a dangerous criminal (Kevin Spacey), his life, love and chance of freedom come under threat.  The film also stars Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Eiza González.

In cinemas 13 July 2017

A Ghost Story

Genre: Drama, Romance, Supernatural

With a title like A Ghost Story, you might expect a dark horror film, but that’s certainly not what you’ll get here. Directed by David Lowery, the man behind last year’s sleeper hit, Pete’s Dragon, this film has been haunting audiences ever since its premier at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. A Ghost Story‘s critical acclaim has led to the film earning itself a wider release to touch an even larger audience with its tale of love, loss, grief, redemption and the never-ending effects of time.

The film tells the story of young couple, C (Casey Affleck) and M (Rooney Mara) moving into a new house together, when C dies suddenly in a car accident. Coming back as a ghost, he returns to his house watching as M grieves for his loss. As the story progresses and M moves away, C’s ghost watches new families come and go, the house getting knocked down and a new skyscraper being built in its place. While this is a heartbreaking film, it’s a on most audiences will be able to resonate with. If you are looking for a unique film experience, then this is a must.

Check out our entertainment writer, Tess Green’s review of A Ghost Story here

In cinemas 27 July 2017

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