Top Films for July

Where is this year going?! It feels like I did the June movie preview just yesterday, but here we are again, with the monthly movie preview for July.

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American Made: Film Review

Tom Cruise is best known for his serious action movies and tentpole blockbusters so it was really nice to see him revisiting his lighter side with American Made.

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Top Films for August 2017 

I know it say this every month but HOW is it August already?! The year is just zipping by! While I sit here and have an existential crisis why not check out the best films to watch this August.

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Why I love Brendan Fraser’s The Mummy 

I have always loved the 1999 Brendan Fraser version of The Mummy and I was outraged when the Tom Cruise reboot was announced. ‘They can’t do that’, I thought, ‘Everyone loves the previous movie!’ Turns out I was mistaken and very much in the minority of those who loved it.

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Top Films for June 2017

It’s the beginning of June which can only mean one thing – monthly preview time! Here’s my regular feature where I recommend films for the coming month.

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Trailer catch-up: Spider-Man, Fifty Shades Darker & Baywatch

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This week, there has been an insane influx of movie trailers from Spider-Man: Homecoming, Fifty Shades Darker to Baywatch. There has been so much new footage to feast your eyes on you could be forgiven for missing some. So here’s a handy guide of the trailers you may have missed this week.

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation: Film Review

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By my count Tom Cruise’s agent Ethan Hunt should have died at least four times in Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation – that is just how ridiculous the stunts have become in the franchise. I never expected the films to reach this number and I’m never blown away by them (except the 1996 original) but they are still entertaining and Tom Cruise is a brilliant action hero.

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Oblivion: Review

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This starts off as a really interesting, dystopian future movie but ends up a little disappointing. It is hard to explain without ruining the surprises but the more you learn, the less you care about the central characters. It is stunning and the concepts of how the earth runs is very clever but you lose connection with the characters once the truth begins to unravel.

Tom Cruise stars as Jack, who lives in a tower with his team mate and girlfriend, Victoria (Andrea Riseborough). Earth is no longer. The moon was attacked by an alien force (known as Scavengers) which eventually made Earth inhabitable. The remaining human population live on Titan. Jack and Victoria are on Earth to look after the drones and “hydrorigs”- machines which suck up Earth’s water and send it to Titan. The drones keep getting attacked by lingering Scavengers (or “Scavs”) so Jack has to fix them. Their memory was wiped five years ago, they take their orders from a woman on Titan and they believe they will be leaving Earth in two weeks.

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You know things aren’t what they seem, especially if you’ve seen the trailer or watched interviews with Tom. Jack seems to be more inquisitive about the state of the Earth than Victoria, who just accepts the way it is. Things change for them completely when Jack is captured by a group of humans, led by Morgan Freeman. He later comes across a woman who he dreamt about named Julia (Olga Kurylenko) and everything he knows begins to unravel.

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It is fascinating in the beginning. The set-up, the technology and the landscape are incredible and I really enjoyed it. When you start to find things out, you are astounded by how much the truth has been twisted. However, when puzzle pieces come together you feel a bit disappointed and start to wonder if everything makes sense. I would have to re-watch it to check it all adds up.

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I thought Tom Cruise was brilliant and he proves he is still a kick-ass action hero. I loved his relationship with Victoria and I thought their chemistry was great. Morgan Freeman was barely in it and Olga let the story down with bad acting. Although this mainly a sci-fi action film, there is an emotional element to it and she didn’t do it justice.

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The CGI of the landscape and the machinery is brilliant and I would say that is the best aspect of the film. It is very interesting and I love that it wasn’t simply non-stop action. Tom carries this film perfectly; I just wish the final conclusion felt more satisfactory.

Watch: Tom Cruise egg smash & Selena Gomez’s road trip

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This is hilarious! Tom is such a good sport on chat shows and Jimmy Fallon is no exception. Jimmy loves to do these challenges with the guests and this will be Tom’s third game. If you haven’t seen Tom and Jimmy drench each other in water then I would recommend you YouTube it!

This is “Egg Roulette” where some eggs are raw, some are hard-boiled. You have to crack it on your head and the first to two raw eggs wins. I won’t reveal the result but it is so good! Tom doesn’t take himself seriously at all and I love him on talk shows because he is so much fun.

 

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This is great little video. Selena and her friends are on a road trip (perhaps to Coachella?!) and they are messing around, singing and dancing to her new song, Come and Get It. It isn’t an actual music video, it is just them having a laugh. It will put a smile on her face, I promise.

Top Films for April

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Dark Skies

I thought I would throw a horror into the mix because I don’t usually pick them. A family is plagued by weird events that get increasingly dangerous. Turns out that some evil force is out to get them and they have no way to escape. It looks seriously creepy! Released: 3rd April

 

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The Odd Life of Timothy Green

I do love a cute Disney movie. Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton can’t have children so they put their wishes about their imaginary child in a box and bury it in the garden. The next day, a boy named Timothy appears and they believe he is a miracle. He is clearly different from other children, but there is more to him than meets the eye. Sweet family film. Released: 5th April

 

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Spring Breakers

I have been looking forward to this for ages! Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens break out of their teenage roles to play college girls turned criminals. They rob a fast food restaurant to fund their spring break but along the way, they befriend a drug dealer named Alien (James Franco) who gets them involved in his business. Things soon start to escalate and the police get involved. Cannot wait to see these girls doing grown-up stuff! Released: 5th April

 

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Oblivion

I love post-apocalyptic thrillers and this one looks amazing. Nobody lives on Earth anymore but someone needs to fix the drones that patrol the planet. That is Tom Cruise’s job. One day, he is extracting resources when he is attacked by a resistance group lead by Morgan Freeman, who cause him to question his existence. Is he working for the good guys or not? Is the world actually in the state it thinks it is? This is a high action thriller. Released: 12th April

 

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The Place Beyond the Pines

Who doesn’t love a bit of Ryan Gosling?! Gosling stars as a stunt motorbike rider who discovers he has a son with Eva Mendes. To provide for his son, he uses his skills to commit a series of bank robberies. Bradley Cooper plays the cop on his tail and Rose Byrne is his wife. This may not be up there with Drive, but I’m willing to find out. Released: 12th April

 

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Iron Man 3

I think everyone is excited for this! Robert Downey Jr returns as the superhero once more. This time, he faces his worst enemy yet, a terrorist named The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), who destroys Tony Stark’s personal life completely. Tony must rebuild his life while seeking vengeance on his opponent. Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall will add to the regular cast of Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Jon Favreau (who decided not to direct this one). It’s going to awesome! Released: 26th April