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This Months Cinema Releases


Summer is currently upon us. Yes, some of you will be out and about, soaking in the sun, while others are miserably cooped up in doors desperately trying to buy plane tickets to California. But, don’t threat if all the seats are reserved! With such films as the final movie in the Harry Potter franchise and the scrutinised Transformers 3 reaching our screens, bomb down at full force(in your Autobot) to your local cinema – mind you, if you have kids, you wont need any persuasion as you’ll probably be dragged along anyway. Surprisingly, Summer, that season in the year where blockbusters are propelled at us from left, right and center, seems to be quite absent this year. So which films should you go and watch? I hear you ask. Read on, my friend, read on.

Film: Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Release date: 29th of June(both USA and UK).

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hugo Weaving and Patrick Dempsey.

First thoughts: Hmm, have we entered a very famous Pink Floyd album? Name: stupid(it doesn’t even seem grammatically correct), cast: has potential. After the disaster of the second movie, we can only hope that they have upped their game(extensively). With the news finally coming out that Megan Fox was sacked by Stephen Spielberg(Executive Producer) for referring to Michael Bay(Director) as “Hitler”, the leading lady has been replaced by first time actress, Rosie. It will be interesting to see her first performance on the big screen, we could be witnessing a new star being born!

Plot: In 1961, a battle commenced on Cybertron causing the Ark(a Autobot spaceship) to crash on our planets moon. Myths suggest that it contains technology which could saved Sentinel Prime’s followers. The Apollo 11 landing in 1969 may not have been for the benefits of the people, but to discover more about this spacecraft. In the present day, once again the Autobots and Decepticons are at war. Will they ever learn? With the aid of human, Sam Witwicky(LaBeouf), it is up to the Autobots to discover the truth behind the remains of the spaceship, unless the Decepticons beat them to it.

Worth the watch?: Generally a family film, so age is no matter, but it is more of a males film, although many may argue that it has lost its magic without a certain Mrs Fox. If you want to give Michael Bay another chance then go for it! It could end up being good, well not much will be needed to defeat the embarrassment of the last film. The first of many 3D films this Summer.

Predicted verdict: 7.5/10

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Film: Larry Crowne

Release date: 1st of July(both USA and UK).

Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Bryan Cranston.

First thoughts: Woah – take one last look at the cast – it’s a blast from the nineties! Two of the biggest stars from that era back together again since Charlie Wilson’s War(2007). Could be a good movie, but it all rests on the plot, or lack of it.

Plot: After leaving the Navy, Larry Crowne(Hanks) works in a big-box company where he exhales in most of his tasks. That is, until he is fired, due to not having attended college. Now middle-aged, he wants to have a refreshing start and gain a college degree. Crowne’s teacher is no other than Mercedes Tainot(Roberts) a classic drunk bad-ass Professor. The rest, as they say, is history.

Worth the watch?: Most likely to suit the tastes of adults who enjoy lovey-dovey dramas. But, teenagers will also enjoy this light-hearted comedy. Definitely a Sunday afternoon movie.

Predicted verdict: 6.5/10, mind you, probably less if is wasn’t for these two great actors and watching their chemistry on-screen, no doubt both trying to outdo the other.

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Film: Monte Carlo

Release date: 1st of July, USA. 24th of August, UK.

Starring: Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester, Katie Cassidy and Cory Monteith.

First thoughts: A guilty pleasure? No, no one – just me. I must confess that I do enjoy a cheesy, clique, predictable teen drama. Being a teen myself, that kind of makes sense.

Plot: Justin Bieber’s lover(Gomez), plays down-to-Earth, Grace, who has been saving up her wages to travel to the romantic city of Paris. Along with her annoying sister and her best friend, they discover that their dream destination may just be their worst nightmare. Although, everything changes when Grace is mistaken for an obnoxious British heiress, resulting in them being transported to Monte Carlo, unable to reveal their true identities. Grace believes that she has found her one true love, who adores her for who she is(watch out Bieber!). But, she is not telling him the whole truth. Will love be able to survive such lies?

Worth the watch?: One for the tweens. With a Disney, Glee and Gossip Girl star, this movie is bound to gain many loyal fans.

Predicted verdict: 6.5/10

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Film: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

Release date: 15th of July(both USA and UK).

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Ralph Fiennes.

First thoughts: To all those who have grown up watching the Harry Potter series, this movie will symbolise the end of your childhood as we finally find out what happens to Harry and co. The première will be a historic day in film history, leading thousands to tears(of sadness; to see the saga finally reach its end, or happiness; never again will you have to watch another up and coming trailer for, “Your a wizard, Harry” – that is until it gets a Hollywood makeover!)

Plot: The story continues with the gang on the hunt to find the three remaining horcruxes so that Voldemort can be stopped once and for all. It’s now time for Harry to face his greatest enemy in the most haunting battle at Hogwarts, which will never be forgotten. Some will live, some will die.

Worth the watch?: Yes, to put it bluntly. If you have been a fan of Harry Potter since the first book came out or you are trying to catch up with all drama for the final, then this is bound to be a perfect ending to a wonderful series.

Predicted verdict: 8/10

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Film: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Release date: 15th of July, USA(not shown in the UK).

Starring: Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun and Vivian Wu.

First thoughts: The title does sound like some children’s movie about a wee girl who discovers a fan which takes her on an adventure filled with bunny’s, elf’s and Santa(everyone loves that dude in the red suite). But, you couldn’t be any more wrong. This seems like a much more special, thoughtful movie of this Summer which is bound to bring tears to eyes when friendships and cultures are questioned. A heart-warming tale which will focus on symbolism and mind, rather than action and strength. Based on the book by Lisa See.

Plot: Snow Flower and Lily are seven-year old girls living in nineteenth century China and they make a sisterly oath, to be bound to each other forever. They feel alienated from the society around them and they want to rebel against the way women are treated in their city, thus: they write in secret code to one another on the in-folds of a beautifully designed fan. In present day Shanghai, childhood friends Nina and Sophia, descenders of Snow Flower and Lily, feel separated from each other due to struggling love lives and difficult careers. The only way to restore their friendship is by unlocking the truth that their ancestors had written all them years ago.

Worth the watch?: If you would rather go and watch a more meaningful film, not an in-your-face action, then this is the key movie to go and see this year. Perfect for those who want to watch the harsh realities of other countries and to feel passionate towards lovely characters, rather than a battle with minimum motive.

Predicted verdict: 8/10

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Film: Captain America: The First Avenger

Release date: 22nd of July, USA. 29th of July, UK.

Starring: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving and Stanley Tucci.

First thoughts: After already appearing as the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four films, should it be right that Evan’s is playing another superhero? I don’t know if it is me being an annoyance, but I just find it sad to see actors playing two different Marvel universe characters which have the possibility of intertwining in the future, I suppose it takes away the magic. Although, he did give a well-deserved, realistic performance as arrogant Johnny, so hopefully more appraise is going to come his way.

Plot: During World War II, in 1942, Steve Cooger is regarded as unfit to join the US Army to fight against Hitler and the Nazi’s. Instead he is given the opportunity to be experimented on (a lab rat, if you will) in a secret military operation, Project:Rebirth. This results in him having extreme physical strengths and is deemed, Captain America. He is now the worlds hope to defeat the Red Skull, the German group in charge of advanced military, who are going to use the Tesseract to take over the world by their own accord.

Worth the watch?: It has the possibility of being one of the best, if not the best, superhero film of the year(excluding, X Men: First Class, including, The Green Lantern). No doubt it will be made into a trilogy. A great starter up for, The Avengers next year. Also, in 3D. Well worth the money!

Predicted verdict: 8/10

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Film: Friends with Benefits

Release date: 22nd of July, USA. 9th of September, UK.

Starring: Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake and Patricia Clarkson.

First thoughts: With the rumours that Kunis and Timberlake have hooked up in real life and their (can we say, ‘roaming?) at the MTV Awards, it is clear that someone is determined to hype up this rom-com. It has a similar vibe to No Strings Attached, starring Auston Kutcher, released earlier this year.

Plot: When two friends are dumped by their partners, they decide to get together for casual sex. Although, complications arise when Dylan(Timberlake) falls for Jamie(Kunis), who is dating someone else at the time. The usual formulamatic: happy-ever-after, boy finally gets girl, tale probably follows.

Worth the watch?: Even though the film is the usual relaxing, not brain stimulating, chick lit, it does have a few funny moments, if the trailer is anything to go by. Kunis and Timberlake bring quite an edge to their performance and it will be interesting to watch their chemistry on-screen, compared to real life. And who knows what will happen for the pair in the future. Watch this space! If you want to make a date out with the girls, then this is definitely the one for you.

Predicted verdict: 6.5/10

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Film: Cowboys and Aliens

Release date: 29th of July, USA. 19th of August, UK.

Starring: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde.

First thoughts: The names Bond, Jame’s Bond. No longer Craiggie! The latest 007, drops his trademark black tux for a rather fashionable hat, that is, if you live West, far West. Director, Jon Favreau(Iron Man) is joined by Spielberg, filling in the shoes of Executive Producer, so the film has been through the works. It seems like a very intriguing movie, giving you some hints of what you should do when you wake up with a terrible hangover, no idea what you have done the night before. And if only you did. In other words, The Hangover: Part 3

Plot: It’s 1873, Jake Lonergan(Craig) wakes up in the middle of no where, with no memory of his past self and how he arrived there. His mysterious past is only enhanced by the shackle wrapped around his left wrist, and how he is incredibly cunning at killing. In Absolution, a town in the wild west, the residents live in fear of the cowboys, led by Colonel Dolarhyde(Ford). Destined to be enemies, Lonergan learns that he and Dolarhyde have no choice but to work together when there is an alien invasion and his shackle is the only way to save them all. An adventurous battle prevails, while Lonergan begins to unlock memories from his past.

Worth the watch?: Another UFO, Armageddon story, but destined to be a hit with star cast and crew. As long as the plot doesn’t unravel to become too obscure or too cliché then it could be a very exciting film. Definitely one to watch!

Predicted verdict: 7/10

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Film: Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Release date: 29th of July, USA. 2nd of September, UK.

Starring: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Julianne Moore.

First thoughts: Oh, what is this? An exciting new comedy, with a totally unique storyline and humour which we barely see these days. And who’s Steve? I’ve never hear of him before. Well, he is bringing comedy to another new level with this film!

Plot: After twenty-five years of marriage, living the perfect American dream – nice home, nice kids, nice wife – Cal’s(Carell) life unfolds around him when his wife, Emily(Moore) inevitably asks for a divorce meaning he now has to struggle as a singleton. Since he has not dated in years, lets just say, he is not the most charming guy around. So, he receives aid from a womanizer, Jacob(Gosling) to make him more appealing to the ladies. But, Jacob has become a victim of his own motto when he falls in love for a girl who is not reacting to his usual immediate falling-helplessly-in-love persona. Furthermore, Cal can’t help but want what his heart fell in love with all them decades ago.

Worth the watch?: If you like these sort of films, then yes it will probably fit the bill perfectly. Stone and Gosling seem to bring their own flavour to the movie, which could make it a bit more different and upbeat.

Predicted verdict: 6.5/10

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Film: The Smurfs

Release date: 29th of July, USA. 10th of August, UK.

Starring: Hank Azaria, Katy Perry, Jonathan Winters and Alan Cumming.

First thoughts: The wee blue creatures from that cartoon show are getting another opportunity to wow on the big screen! It seems quite obscene, but if Winnie the Pooh can do it, then I guess the Smurfs can too. There is a surprisingly good cast on board and add to that it is in 3D(it really does seem pretty pointless, it’s not like their going to be fighting wizards or anything – oh, spoke to soon!) No doubt, all of this is just to add more bums on seats because, lets face it, the majority of children wouldn’t have watched The Smurfs, most likely it will be the adults taking the children!

Plot: The Smurfs are happily living their easygoing lives in their beautiful forest in the middle ages, when a sinister wizard, Gargamel(told you), disrupts their peace when he discovers them and chases them into a woodland. Some of the Smurfs, led by Clumsy Smurf, end up in a grotto where a magic portal opens, due to the night of the blue moon, transporting them to New York, present day. They are brought under the wing of the Winslow’s who have no choice but to become involved in helping them get back home, unless Gargamel finds them first.

Worth the watch?: Looks like a good movie for the kids because it has a quite Alvin and the Chipmunks feel with the live action/CGI techniques.

Predicted verdict: 6.5/10

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Film: Attack the Block

Release date: 29th of July, USA. 13thof May, UK.

Starring: John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker and Alex Esmail.

First thoughts: What do you get when you cross sci-fi with comedy? Attack the Block. Now this hits the target when your after a bit of comedy that’s… out there?(Ha!, oh I kill, myself I do.) From the Producers of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, it’s bound to be filled with British humour, giving us a great insight into the urban language and culture.

Plot: This is surly the fifth of November which Moses teen street gang will never forget! Set in a Council State, in South London, the gang are in the middle of mugging a nurse when they witness a meteor crash into a car. They discover more than just rock from the rubble. When more meteors start to penetrate the ground, it is up to them to save the Towerblock, their neighbourhood, from being destroyed by aliens.

Worth the watch?: A mixture of sci-fi/horror/comedy, definitely one to check out!

Predicted verdict: 7.5/10

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Film: The Devil’s Double

Release date: 29th of July, USA. 12th of August, UK.

Starring: Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier and Raad Rawi.

First thoughts: Finishing on a happy note, here is a crazed movie based on the real life events of Latif Yahia.

Plot: Latif Yahia(Cooper) is an Iraqi soldier who is forced to become the body double of Uday Hussein(also played by Dominic), or his family will be murdered. Latif is thrown into a world surrounded by corruption and greed as he gains a shocking insight into the Hussein family. He now needs to choose, and fast, who he can trust to escape from his wrong identity.

Worth the watch?: This is one of those films this year which will be kept out of the public eye, but it is probably one of the most interesting films to check out. Cooper’s acting ability is put to the test and he definitely should be credited.

Predicted verdict: 8/10

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What films are you wishing to see this Summer? What ones do you believe will be a Summer hit, or a Summer flop?

About Danielle Shields

Danielle Shields is an English and Journalism undergrad at Stirling University, Scotland. Her obsession with everything to do with pop culture means that it is her ambition to become an arts and culture journalist. In an ideal world her days would be spent on trips to Cannes, trips to Hays and trips to Glastonbury. Until then she remains content by nesting at her home in Cineworld, losing herself in the library and being utterly squished at the SECC.


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