July in film: My recommendations

Black Widow

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It’s the start of July so that means it’s time to take a look at what’s coming out this month!

Freaky
I have been excited to see this film for more than a year and I’m thrilled it’s finally coming out in the UK. It’s a gender-bending body-swap comedy starring Kathryn Newton and Vince Vaughn as a high school girl and serial killer who swap bodies. It’s very funny and really gory and seeing Vaughn playing a teenage girl brought me so much joy. In cinemas from Friday 2nd July.

Another Round
This Danish movie rightly won the Best International Feature Film Oscar earlier this year. Mads Mikkelsen is fantastic in this comedy-drama, about a group of friends and teachers who experiment with varying blood alcohol levels throughout their workday. This film has one of the best endings in recent memory. Read my review here. In cinemas from 2nd July.

Black Widow
It’s been a while since we’ve had a Marvel movie to watch on the big screen! I’m very excited by the fact cinema has recovered enough for it to happen! This standalone movie is led by Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and explores what she got up to between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. In cinemas from 7th July and on Disney+ from 9th July.

Gunpowder Milkshake
To be honest, I don’t know exactly what Gunpowder Milkshake is about because I avoided the trailer but all I need to know is that it’s an action-thriller starring Lena Headey and Karen Gillan as hitwomen. Sign me up! They are supported by more kickass assassins played by Angela Bassett, Carla Gugino and Michelle Yeoh. Hell yeah! In cinemas from 14th July.

Old
M. Night Shymalan‘s latest thriller looks wild. A family go for a day out at a secluded beach which somehow causes them to age rapidly, reducing their entire lives into a single day. I can’t wait to find out the explanation for this. The film stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Alex Wolff, Thomasin McKenzie and more. Shymalan’s recent work hasn’t blown me away but this looks so intriguing. In cinemas from 23rd July.

Jungle Cruise
Another movie based on a Disney theme park ride, this action-adventure stars Dwayne Johnson as a steamboat captain who agrees to guide a British scientist and her reluctant brother – Emily Blunt and Jack Whitehall – on their mission into the jungle to find the Tree of Life. This looks like great fun. In cinemas and Disney+ from 30th July.

The Suicide Squad

I’m excited to see Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn again tbh! This sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad follows a group of imprisoned convicts – some familiar, some new – who are sent to destroy a Nazi-era prison and lab. The trailer for this movie, directed by James Gunn, is awesome so I have high hopes. Robbie is joined by the likes of Idris Elba, Joel Kinnaman and John Cena. In cinemas 30th July.

Another Round: Film Review

Another Round

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I am so glad Another Round won the Best International Feature Film Oscar earlier this year because it’s a terrific movie.

Thomas Vinterberg‘s latest film follows four friends – Martin (Mads Mikkelsen), Nikolaj (Magnus Millang), Tommy (Thomas Bo Larsen), and Peter (Lars Ranthe) – who work at the same high school and are thoroughly fed up of their lives in both a professional and personal sense. Martin, for example, teaches history with such dull monotony the students are genuinely concerned about their grades and he and his wife Anika (Maria Bonnevie) are like passing ships in the night and have lost the ability to communicate with each other. The four pals decide to test the theory that their lives with improve if they maintain a constant level of alcohol in their blood.

For starters, what a unique and terrific concept. I was so into this idea and couldn’t wait to see how the experiment panned out. They start small and take reasonable amounts of alcohol during their workday but as to be expected, once they’ve had a taste of the confidence, enthusiasm and lust for life the alcohol gives them, they want more and more and it slowly slips out of control, with devastating consequences.

Vinterberg has created a film which strikes the perfect balance between being fun and entertaining to watch, with plenty of humour, to being poignant and sad. It’s really enjoyable watching these men find joy in their lives again but when they start to regress to irresponsible children, you feel tense because it’s going too far and the direction it’s heading in doesn’t feel good.

Mikkelsen is fantastic here as a man trying to fix his marriage, keep his family together and get out of his mid-life crisis. His transformation from this quiet, introverted, monosyllabic man to one with filled with confidence, vigour, and vitality was a joy to behold. And his dance sequence put the biggest smile on my face. His co-stars are equally strong, although my particular favourite was Nikolaj, who truly spearheads the experiment to escape from his demanding wife and young children.

Another Round, originally titled Druk in Denmark, is a brilliant film and I can’t recommend a watch highly enough.

In cinemas from Friday 2nd July

Rating: 4 out of 5.