July in film: My recommendations

Black Widow

©Marvel Studios 2021

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.

The Party’s Just Beginning: Film Review

I enjoy Karen Gillan‘s performances in films like Jumanji and the Guardians of the Galaxy/Avengers so I was intrigued to see what she’d come up with for her directorial debut, The Party’s Just Beginning, which she also wrote and stars in. I have to admit I wasn’t expecting it to be such a dark film.

[Read more…]

Jumanji: The Next Level – Film Review

As someone who loved the original 1995 Jumanji, I was not onboard for a remake but then Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle completely won me over. It was pleasantly surprising, entertaining and different and went on to do very well at the box office, so it was no surprise that a sequel was given the go-ahead. I thought the trailer for Jumanji: The Next Level was pants and assumed that it would be some rubbish money-grabbing exercise, but it’s actually very good.

[Read more…]

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Film Review

 

I am a HUGE fan of the 1995 Jumanji, it is one of my childhood favourites and makes me incredibly nostalgic, so I was both annoyed and upset when they announced this sequel because I didn’t want them to ruin it. I went into this with a seriously critical eye, wanting to hate it with a passion, but I was pleasantly surprised by how entertaining it was.

[Read more…]

Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Nick Jonas at the Jumanji London premiere: My pics

Tonight, the cast of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle hit the jungle-themed green carpet in London’s Leicester Square – and I have pictures of Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and more!

[Read more…]

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Film Review

Like everyone else, I was surprised how much I liked the first Guardians of the Galaxy and it did so well against low expectations. The problem with the sequel, like all follow-ups, was that it had pressure to be better, or at least as good as, its predecessor, which is something Vol.2 didn’t manage to achieve.

[Read more…]

My top ten: Films I’m excited for in 2017

guardians

We are rapidly approaching 2017 so it seems like the right moment to look ahead at what movies we can be excited about this coming year.

[Read more…]

Andy Serkis on the Jungle Book and Star Wars at Empire Film Awards

IMG_20150329_170357 Today I braved the wind and rain (and there was a lot of rain!) to check out the red carpet for the Empire Film Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. There were a ton of big names (check out the list below) but sadly most of them didn’t stop for interviews and went straight to the party. Andy Serkis, the lovely man that he is, stopped to chat to everyone and was so, so nice. Also, what a fabulous shirt choice?! So we got a few minutes with him chatting about his directing/acting job on The Jungle Book and the hush-hush roles in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.

[Read more…]

Guardians of the Galaxy U.K. Premiere

guardians 004

So tonight was the London premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy and the cast including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel,Karen Gillan and Dave Bautista come out to celebrate/promote.

[Read more…]