Top Films for July

It’s about to be the start of a new month, which means it’s time, once again, to look ahead to the films coming to UK cinemas this July.

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A Dog’s Purpose: Film Review 

I love dogs and that usually translates to a love for dog movies, but also a sense of sadness when an onscreen dog dies, which is why I struggled with A Dog’s Purpose. It’s trying to be a sweet, sentimental film about a dog’s connection and loyalty to its owners but there’s a lot of dog death to deal with and I’m not sure kids will enjoy that. I certainly didn’t.

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Truth: Film Review

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I love a journalism drama and two come along within the space of a couple of months – Spotlight and now Truth. Good news is that they are both brilliant, but I’m totally biased as a journalist myself. I have not been able to stop talking about Truth since I saw it and I have just ordered the book it’s based on – not many films can inspire me to do that.

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My top 5 natural disaster movies

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San Andreas was released in cinemas this week (read my review) and it is all about the biggest earthquake ever registered on the Richter scale. It is big, epic and makes full use of CGI technology. Natural disaster movies are tough to crack – they usually end up being very cliched, cheesy with 2D characters. While I’m not saying my following top 5 are immune to these pitfalls, I still love them and I think of them fondly when talk of the genre comes up.

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Top Films for May

American Pie: Reunion

I simply cannot wait for this! I absolutely loved the first three movies (the other straight-to-DVD movies don’t count) and I’m sure this will be just as good. All the old cast are back and it is going to be sweet! It will be interesting to see how the characters have moved on in their adult life- for example, Jim (Jason Biggs) is married to Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) and they have a two-year-old son. The film is set thirteen years after graduation so naturally the boys have drifted apart a bit but that will all change when they get together for their high school reunion. I can’t wait to hear the banter between Stifler, Jim, Oz, Finch and Kevin. American Wedding was in 2003 so I’m sure everyone will be gagging for this. I reckon it will be more of a nostalgia thing and I can’t see anybody new to the franchise being that into it. But still, I love them and I can see myself loving this too.

The Lucky One

Zac Efron bulks up to play a Marine in this movie and damn does he look good! Efron plays Logan, a Marine who finds a picture of a woman while in Iraq and believes it gives him the luck to survive out there. Once he returns from Iraq, he is intent on finding this woman so he tracks her down in a small town. Beth (Taylor Schilling) knows nothing about this picture and despite her reservations at first, a romance soon blossoms between them. This does not please her ex-husband, who does everything he can to split them up. While the plot is totally far-fetched, I want to see it because I’m intrigued to see Zac in his first proper grown-up role plus it is based on a Nicholas Sparks book, which means it will tug at the heart strings!

Silent House

Elizabeth Olsen stars in this horror as a young woman named Sarah who is terrorised in her family holiday home while preparing it for sale. She gets trapped inside the house and is unable to contact the outside world as things get increasingly strange. The trailer doesn’t reveal the full details of the story and instead builds up the atmosphere and tension, making you want to know what is happening to the girl. The film has been marketed as being shown in one sequence, meaning it is shot to look like it is happening in real time with handheld cameras and no obvious cuts. Despite the shaky camerawork, I don’t believe it is in the “found footage” style. It will be interesting to see how that works because you won’t be able to show any sort of back story. I’m very intrigued.

Dark Shadows

Johnny Depp stars with an all-star cast in the latest Tim Burton offering. The offbeat comedy sees Depp starring as Barnabus Collins, who was turned into a vampire in the 18th century after being cursed by a witch (Eva Green). He is accidentally freed from his coffin and finds himself in modern day. He returns to his old mansion to find his weird descendants living there, who are all hiding dark secrets. The cast includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Moretz and Johnny Lee Miller. I’m not 100% convinced that I will like this film. I’m mainly drawn to the fact that Depp is playing a vampire and I’m sure he will be great. However, I’m not sure that it works as a comedy. I reckon I would like it as more of a thriller. Anyway, I will happily be proven wrong once I’ve seen it.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

This comedy takes its title from the non-fiction pregnancy book of the same name and follows five couples in the Atlanta area during the pregnancy stage. There doesn’t seem to be much else in the way of plot to be honest but it’s the cast that draws me in- Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Matthew Morrison, Elizabeth Banks, Brooklyn Decker, Joe Manganiello, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock, Anna Kendrick and Chace Crawford. With a cast like that, it’s got to be awesome, right? I reckon the stories will interweave like Valentine’s Day. The trailer looks pretty funny and let’s not forget about Cheryl Cole’s cameo as a talent show judge. Cannot wait to see that.

Men in Black 3

Will Smith is back as Agent J! One day, J goes into the Men in Back HQ and finds that history has been rewritten and Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) no longer exists. He must go back to the 60s and work with younger Agent K (Josh Brolin) to sort the mess out. I don’t really care much for the plot to be honest, I’m just happy the franchise is making a return. As long as there are crazy aliens, crazy gadgets and lots of wise-cracks, I’m a happy customer. Nicole Scherzinger and Mickey Rourke also star.