June has come and gone without making too much of an impression, a decent scare and a few laughs but nothing to really get the cinephiles ranting and raving, but July guarantees some serious film debate and disagreement with the film some love to hate (without even seeing it) Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot and the long awaited Pixar sequel Finding Dory. There’s plenty to see this month so here’s the round-up of what should get you into the cinema:
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (01/07)
Eddie and Patsy have graced the small screen many times over the years and are beloved characters but now they’re moving on to bigger things and reuniting to give the world another hilarious adventure, after Eddie accidentally knocks Kate Moss into the Thames she must flee the country. Starring Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield, Jane Horrocks, Naoko Mori, Kathy Burke, Celia Imrie, Janette Tough, Emma Bunton, Chris Colfer, Rebel Wilson and a whole host of celebrity cameos.
When Lena’s (Emma Watson) boyfriend Daniel (Daniel Bruhl) is abducted during a military coup in Chile in 1973, she must enter the religious sect Colonia Dignidad from which no one has ever escaped. Directed by Florian Gallenberger and also starring Michael Nyqvist, Richenda Carey, Vicky Krieps, Jeanna Werner and Julian Ovenden. Watson has had occasional chances her and there to show she has real acting chops but the next year should give her a second break out with this film to be followed in the near future with her turn as Belle in Beauty and the Beast.
Maggie’s Plan (08/07)
Directed by Rebecca Miller (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Personal Velocity), when Maggie (Greta Gerwig) decides to become a single mother, her plan is derailed when she falls in love with a married man (Ethan Hawke) who is currently destroying his marriage to Georgette (Julianne Moore). Having a quick watch of the trailer shows you what has put this film on the list, the humour and the acting quality which hopefully will not disappoint.
The Neon Demon (08/07)
Nicolas Winding Refn has shown his style with his last few films, which involves violence and dark natures in dark worlds but this time he’s taking things to another perspective, the world of modelling. Elle Fanning plays aspiring model Jesse who moves to Los Angeles after her 16th birthday but will soon find that things are not quite as she imagined, Refn has a flair for the twisted and with reports of the film claiming some graphic violence this one won’t be for everyone but it does peak curiosity. Also starring Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote and Desmond Harrington.
Now some people may want to argue with this one but regardless whether it is out of curiosity or genuine interest this is one to check out, with the blessing of the original cast and the combination of some of the funniest ladies in comedy right now, the end result is anyone’s guess but it’s worth the risk. With Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth.
Star Trek: Beyond (22/07)
The future of Star Trek became a little uncertain when J.J. Abrams moved over to team Star Wars but handed over the torch to Fast and Furious director Justin Lin, as well as handing over writing duties to super fan/Scotty Simon Pegg. After becoming stranded on a hostile planet Capt. Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise crew face a new alien threat.
The BFG (22/07)
Remaking classics is always a risk but if ever there was a name to lessen that risk, it’s Steven Spielberg and then add on recent Oscar recipient Mark Rylance and you can feel slightly more at ease about the Roald Dahl favourite being made for the big screen. For anyone not familiar it tells the story of Sophie, a young orphan who awakens one night to see a giant outside her window then embarks on an adventure to learn that he’s really not as frightening as he looks.
Finding Dory (29/07)
13 years later and Finding Nemo finally has a sequel, the loveable but extremely forgetful Dory begins a search to find her long lost family with the help of her old friends and making some new ones along the way. Voiced by Ellen Degeneres, Albert Brookes, Ed O’Neill, Hayden Rolence, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Kate McKinnon, Bill Hader and Sigourney Weaver. Early reports give plenty to be hopeful for as a worthy sequel.
Jason Bourne (29/07)
After a failed attempt to retool the series with another lead actor, the original is finally back Matt Damon at the helm with frequent collaborator and previous Bourne director Paul Greengrass. Bourne may finally know who he is but that doesn’t mean there isn’t more to find out about his past and with the help of old friend Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles), the familiar determination is back, with some new faces including Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel, Riz Ahmed and Ato Essandoh.
Also out: Central Intelligence (01/07), Demain (01/07), Lolo (01/07), Queen of Earth (01/07), Now You See Me 2 (04/07), The Legend of Tarzan (06/07), L’atessa (08/07), The Achy Breaky Hearts (09/07), Ice Age: Collision Course (15/07), Keanu (18/07), Men and Chicken (15/07), Summertime (15/07), Chevalier (22/07), K-Shop (22/07), Batman: The Killing Joke (29/07), Born to be Blue (29/07)