This Week's Cinema Releases
Week Commencing 21st August 2017
Coming into the tail end of the summer releases and now that all the heavy hitters are out of the way, here come some of the more interesting releases for the time of year. Tom Cruise makes a rare second appearance for the year in American Made, hoping to make up for the disaster that was The Mummy. Steven Soderbergh is back (we all know he would) with Logan Lucky, a comedy caper that looks like something straight out of the Book of Coen. Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit is a timely release and one has proved to be divisive in some quarters. Mimosas by director Oliver Laxe quietly walks onto a small number of screens and Your Name, as reviewed by Sara Miles late last year, arrives back in the UK.
Director: Makoto Shinkai
A teenage boy and girl embark on a quest to meet each other for the first time after they magically swap bodies.
In Bed with Victoria
Director: Justine Triet
Starring: Vincent Lacoste, Melvil Poupaud
Victoria is a thirty-something divorced lawyer who's struggling to raise her two daughters. She is canny and cynical but on the verge of an emotional breakdown. At a friend's wedding she reconnects with Vincent, an old friend, and Sam, an old client. Her life is about to take a new turn.
Directors:Krishna D.K., Raj Nidimoru
Starring: Jacqueline Fernandez, Sunil Shetty, Sidharth Malhotra
Gaurav is on a mission to settle down. He is in the process of trying to charm Kavya into creating life with him and getting married. However, Kavya dreads the thought of taking the plunge and settling down. Her only wish is that her "sundar susheel" gentleman lives life to the full, with a little more risk and excitement. However, things take an interesting twist when an assignment takes Gaurav to Mumbai.
Director: Doug Liman
Starring: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright
Barry Seal, a TWA pilot, is recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America and soon finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the United States. The operation spawns the birth of the Medellin cartel and almost brings down the Reagan White House.
Directors: Cary Murnion, Jonathan Milott
Starring: Dave Bautista, Brittany Snow
When Lucy steps off the subway, she walks into an utter bloodbath on the streets of Brooklyn's Bushwick neighbourhood. Texas is attempting to secede from the Union, and militia forces have descended upon New York City to claim it as an East Coast base of operations and negotiation tool. Lucy takes shelter in Stupe's basement, a burly war veteran who reluctantly agrees to help her traverse the treacherous five-block stretch to reach her destination.
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jason Mitchell, John Krasinski, Anthony Mackie
In the summer of 1967, rioting and civil unrest starts to tear apart the city of Detroit. Two days later, a report of gunshots prompts the Detroit Police Department, the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Army National Guard to search and seize an annex of the nearby Algiers Motel. Several policemen start to flout procedure by forcefully and viciously interrogating guests to get a confession. By the end of the night, three unarmed men are gunned down while several others are brutally beaten.
Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani
Starring: Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni
Faced with his father's untimely and bizarre demand to go and die in the holy city of Varanasi and attain Salvation, a son is left with no choice but to embark on this journey.
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Katie Holmes, Seth MacFarlane, Katherine Waterston, Hilary Swank
West Virginia family man Jimmy Logan teams up with his one-armed brother Clyde and sister Mellie to steal money from the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Jimmy also recruits demolition expert Joe Bang to help them break into the track's underground system. Complications arise when a mix-up forces the crew to pull off the heist during a popular NASCAR race while also trying to dodge a relentless FBI agent.
Director: Oliver Laxe
Stars: Ahmed Hammoud, Shakib Ben Omar, Said Aagli
In the High Atlas Mountains, a caravan escorts an elderly and dying sheikh to Sijilmasa. His last wish is to be buried with his loved ones, but he dies while crossing the rugged peaks of the Moroccan Atlas. Fearful of the mountain, the caravan of travellers refuses to continue transporting the corpse. Two rogues travelling with the caravan, Said and Ahmed, claim they know the way to Sijilmasa and promise to take the body there.
Director: Lucia Aniello
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, Zoë Kravitz, Rough Night
Jess is an engaged politician who reunites with three of her college friends for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami. The night of hard partying soon takes a hilariously dark turn when a male stripper accidentally dies at their beach house. Amid the craziness of trying to cover it up, the women ultimately find themselves becoming closer when it matters most.
Thomas & Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor
Director: David Stoten
Thomas and his friends travel to the mainland to save James.