Sunday 17 December 2017

From Dunkirk to David Lynch - 8 must-see movies hitting the big screen this month

Dunkirk
Dunkirk
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The summer is all about the blockbuster and Spider Man is flying the flag for Marvel this month, but there are a few other gems slipping through this month too...

Dunkirk

Releasing: July 21

The highly anticipated war flick from the director of Interstellar and the Dark Knight trilogy is an action thriller and all evidence points to an intense experience.  It chronicles the British military operation that saved 330,000 lives as Allied soldiers were surrounded by German forces, and stars Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, and Kenneth Branagh as well as our own Love/Hate star Barry Keoghan.  It also features an appearance by Harry Styles.  But don't expect a whole lot of dialogue.  Nolan has revealed he relies mostly on visuals to the tell the story.  We expect great things.

Here's the extremely intense TV spot released this week, followed by a featurette with Nolan and cast.

Also, The Irish Film Institute (IFI) will screen Dunkirk in 70mm from July 21st.  He chose to film on large format stock and the IFI will present it in one of his preferred formats.

 

Spider-Man Homecoming

Releasing: July 7

The appallingly titled Spider-Man Homecoming introduces us to a new Spidey in the form of British star Tom Holland.  He's the third to tackle the role in 15 years after Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. Because the Avengers Universe needed another character in the mix with Iron Man, Captain America etc etc.  Whether we wanted him or not he's here and early buzz suggests he might just be the best.  Better than that title at least. 

 

War for the Planet of the Apes

Releasing: July 7

Reviews Stateside have been stellar with critics claiming it's the best of the trilogy.  That's saying something.  It currently holds a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  Directed by Matt Reeves it again stars Andy Serkis as Caesar with Woody Harrelson, Terry Notary, and Steve Zahn and sees the apes forced into conflict with an army of humans.  Expect big budget special effects underpinned by a poignant story. 

 

The Beguiled

Releasing: 14 July

Sofia Coppola's drama stars Colin Farrell as an enemy soldier taken in by a Southern girls' boarding school during the Civil War.   Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman star as the women whose rivalry turns dangerous.  Expect plenty of sexual tension and spectacular costumes and set design.

Check out the trailer and featurette with Coppola and cast:

 

David Lynch: The Art of Life

Releasing: July 14

This documentary is one for fans of the Twin Peaks creator, but also anyone with an interest in how our formative years can shape us.  Rapturously received on the festival circuit, the film, directed by Jon Nguyen, explores Lynch's early life and how he was inspired to become an artist.  It features archival footage and home videos and gives an insight into a man who rarely speaks about his work. 

 

It Comes At Night

Releasing: July 7

Horror fans will not be able to resist this superior addition to the genre, which thankfully treads the less is more route to terror.  Joel Edgerton stars as a man who learns that the evil stalking his family home may be only a prelude to horrors that come from within.  That's all you need to know to avoid spoilers.  Don't read about it, just see it. The trailer gives a good sense of the foreboding, terrifying atmosphere.  And there's a featurette to whet your appetite even further...

 

The Wall

Releasing: July 28

Doug Liman directs this tense thriller which focuses on two soldiers facing off with an Iraqi sniper, with just a wall between them.  It promises plenty of tension and is thankfully an acceptable 81 minutes long so your nerves won't be too shredded by the time the credits roll.  Aaron Taylor Johnson and WWE star John Cena star.

 

Paw Patrol Mission Big Screen

Releasing: July 7

If you have smallies who need entertaining then you could do worse than this (thankfully only 60 minutes long) big screen outing for Paw Patrol!

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