Want to know what’s coming to a cinema near you this September? Look no further…
Perhaps hoping to replicate the success of Paul King’s Paddington franchise, Disney’s latest Winnie-the-Pooh film is a real world affair. Forget escapism then and embrace the misery of growing up. Who better to save Christopher Robin from his lost innocent in adulthood that a gravely voiced bear, anxious pig and depressed donkey. What to do, what to do, what to do?
Something to do with a horse, a whip and a screaming woman. That’s just about it when it comes to motivating a psychopath in the world of Bad Samaritan, a Hitchcock-lite, cat and mouse thriller from Dean Devlin. After the preposterous bombast of the director’s first film – Geostorm – this sophomore effort is oddly innocuous.
Albert Hughes’ first solo venture – finally apart from his brother and usual co-director Allen after a couple of false starts – is a remarkable cinematic achievement. Visually stunning from open to close, Alpha sees Hughes weave three familiar tales together – a son trying to appease his father, the bonding of boy and canine and the quest to journey home – into a captivating whole.
‘Unfortunately this is it.’ So said Simon Bird at the premiere of The Inbetweeners 2, seemingly marking the end of an era for the crude antics of the boys from North-West London.
From 2008 to 2014, Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison leant their talents to the roles of Will, Simon, Jay and Neil – aka ‘the inbetweeners’ – for three television series and two hit films, all under the gleeful eyes of series-creators Iain Morris and Damon Beesley.
Coinciding with the series – which exploited the grim realties of British state school adolescence for smutty humour – reaching its tenth anniversary, Morris and Beesley have teamed up with Thomas for a new project, albeit one not a million miles from The Inbetweeners in tone.
An illness has killed ninety per cent of the world’s children. Only a special few remain. Sound familiar? The Darkest Minds is a new entry into the lineage of dystopian teen adventures to be adapted from a successful young adult novel. It is a could-be franchise that probably won’t be, due to talented cast and crew not quite managing to stand out in the cluttered dystopian field.
Whilst the world waits eagerly for Fast and Furious spin-off Hobbs and Shaw, its top-tier action stars have been whetting appetites with individual projects. This year, the Rock has delivered Rampage; now it’s the Stath’s turn with Jon Turteltaub’s The Meg. The question is: whose behemothic, Godzilla-inspired, uber-beast is bigger? There’s only one way to find out…fiiight!