July Film Preview

By Orla Smith

We’re now well into the throes of summer, and there’s a lot of interesting content being released to UK cinemas. As always, we’re getting smaller indies, many leftover from earlier in this or last year, but of course there’s the blockbusters as well that act as tent poles. July’s a particularly interesting and mixed month, and the five most anticipated films I’ve listed below leave off many others you should be excited to see, including Born to Be Blue, Finding Dory, Maggie’s Plan, Keanu, The Legend of Tarzan and Tallulah, which will be available on Netflix on release.

The Fundamentals of Caring: Movie Reviewed

By Orla Smith

DIRECTED BY: Rob Burnett

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: We Made This Movie

STARRING: Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez, Bobby Cannavale, Jennifer Ehle, Megan Ferguson

GENRE: Drama, Comedy

SYNOPSIS: A man suffering from an incredible amount of loss enrols in a class about care-giving that changes his perspective on life.

RATING: 5.5/10

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Look Who’s Back: Movie Reviewed

By Orla Smith

DIRECTED BY: David Wnendt

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: Hanging On, Kleine Lichter, Combat Girls, Wetlands

STARRING: Oliver Masucci, Thomas M. Koppl, Marc-Marvin Israel, David Gebigke

GENRE: Comedy

SYNOPSIS: Adolf Hitler wakes up in the 21st century. He quickly gains media attention, but whereas Germany finds him hilarious and charming, Hitler makes some serious observations about society.

RATING: 6/10

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Gayby Baby: Movie Reviewed

By Orla Smith

DIRECTED BY: Maya Newell

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: I Want to Be An American

GENRE: Documentary

SYNOPSIS: Gayby Baby follows the lives of four kids – Gus, Ebony, Matt and Graham – whose parents all happen to be gay. As they each wrestle with personal change, the outside world wrestles with the issue of marriage equality, and whether or not kids of same-sex families are at risk.

RATING: 7.5/10

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The Do-Over: Movie Reviewed

By Orla Smith

DIRECTED BY: Steven Brill

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: Heavy Weights, Little Nicky, Mr. Deeds, Without a Paddle, Drillbit Taylor, Movie 43, Walk of Shame

STARRING: Adam Sandler, David Spade, Paula Patton, Kathryn Hahn, Nick Swardson

GENRE: Comedy, Action

SYNOPSIS: Two down-on-their-luck guys decide to fake their own deaths and start over with new identities, only to find the people they’re pretending to be are in even deeper trouble.

RATING: 1/10

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The Conjuring 2: Movie Reviewed

By Orla Smith

DIRECTED BY: James Wan

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: Saw, Dead Silence, Death Sentence, Doggie Heaven, Insidious, The Conjuring, Insidious: Chapter 2, Fast and Furious 7

STARRING: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe, Frances O’Connor

GENRE: Horror

SYNOPSIS: Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by a malicious spirit.

RATING: 6.5/10

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Love and Friendship: Movie Reviewed

By Orla Smith

DIRECTED BY: Whit Stillman

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco, Damsels in Distress,

STARRING: Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Emma

GENRE: Comedy

SYNOPSIS: Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws’ estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica – and herself too, naturally.

RATING: 5.5/10

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