We’ve spent a very attentive two hours checking out Eric The Huntsman in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, and we’re now planning another trip to the cinema to get a load of some of the Avengers as they line up for battle in Captain America: Civil War. However, there are still more releases coming up that deserve our attention and, in some cases, that of our children. So here are some films worth a watch:
The Nice Guys
It’s the 1970s and Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) is hired to track down a missing person in Los Angeles. Healy, a recovering alcoholic who makes a living out of beating people up, meets private investigator Holland March (Ryan Gosling) who’s not doing too well in his chosen career. The two team up to unravel the mystery of Healy’s missing girl as well as the publicised presumed suicide of a porn star, which, it turns out, might be related after all. In this noir film, directed and partly written by Shane Black (Iron Man 3), the two cocky protagonists are out of their depth, sinking further and further into what turns out to be a murder conspiracy presented in such a way that makes the film a comedy as much as a thriller. This is well worth a watch for the laughs at the expense of an angry Crowe and a Gosling with a cowboy moustache. This film will be released in some countries in the last weeks of May and in early June around the world.
Me Before You
This is an adaptation of the internationally acclaimed novel Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke team up in the screenplay written by the author herself to give us what will easily be the biggest love story of the year and, in my opinion, a possible nominee for various awards at the next season.
Louisa Clark (Clarke) and William Traynor (Claflin) form an unlikely bond when Louisa, aka Lou, is hired to cheer up Will, two years after a horrific accident that left him paralysed. Together they face the world in a way they’ve never done before as they come to terms with mortality, love and bumblebee tights.
Claflin lately admitted on Twitter that playing the part of Will was “Very challenging. Emotionally, mentally and physically.” He also mentioned, in an interview over a year ago whilst researching for the role, that it was physically going to be very different to any other part he’d ever played, his most notable being that of Finnick Odair in all but the first of The Hunger Games instalments. Meanwhile, Clarke revealed that apart from her role as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, she never wanted a part as much as she did that of Louisa, saying she’s quite similar to the fictional character.
This film’s much hyped UK and USA release is set for the 3rd June and will be available in cinemas worldwide shortly afterwards.
This year, Walt Disney Pictures brings Roald Dahl’s The BFG to life under the direction of Steven Spielberg.
One night, the Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) scoops up an orphaned young girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and takes her to Giant Country. Initially pretty scared of the 24ft man who’s kidnapped her, Sophie soon comes to realise that the BFG is a dear fellow who will do her no harm. With both of them being quite lonely, the two make friends. The BFG takes her to Dream Country, and shows her how he gives children good dreams. Meanwhile, the other giants are not as friendly and are known to eat people, so the BFG and Sophie decide to ask The Queen (Penelope Wilton) for help with stopping the giants from eating humans.
This fairytale is due out around July.
The Secret Life of Pets
The teaser trailer for this animated feature film flooded Facebook a year ago, when it was first released. The Secret Life of Pets sees well-loved pets going about their day when their owners aren’t around and boy, were we mistaken if we thought our faithful pooch spent all day waiting behind the front door for us to return!
The story mostly follows a terrier named Max (Louis C.K.), who knows he’s lucky to have a loving mistress, Katie (Ellie Kemper). When she comes home with a giant mongrel called Duke (Eric Stonestreet) in tow, he gets pretty upset by the change in his daily life. When both dogs are captured by an evil bunny called Snowball (Kevin Hart) with a grudge against well-loved pets and their humans, they must become allies and try to overthrow Snowball’s plans. This film is directed by Yarrow Cheney and Chris Renaud, the latter having directed Despicable Me 1 and 2. This animated picture, due out in the summer, promises us something cute, hilarious and unforgettable.
Kindly note that release dates are tentative and subject to change.