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A glance ahead

by Latoya Burnham

moviereviewtheguillotinesSo summer is coming fast and it’s always nice to catch a glimpse of what will be in the cinemas for the long relaxing period and perhaps further into the year. Here are a few things I came across in my hunt for some hopefuls to binge on.

The list of credits alone for Now You See Me, is impressive — Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Melanie Laurent, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Common, Michael Kelly, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman. If that’s not enough, they bring you overly impressive magic tricks, robbery, high speed chases, and a heck of a lot of CG, if the cuts are anything to go by. This one is said to be in theatres at the end of the month.

For the heavy action buffs, The Guillotines is not to be missed. In this one, director Andrew Lau brings to us a secret society of assassins, and who does not love to watch foreign films about assassins flying through the air with weapons you’ve never even imagined. The stars include Shawn Yue, Xiaoming Huang, Zhang Wen, Yuchun Li, and this should be in theatres June 14.

Because I never get tired of Jason Statham demolishing people with brutality, Redemption is also one to look out for in coming weeks. Set for a June 28th release, this film is about an ex-Special Forces soldier who returns to London to find himself homeless after a tour in Afghanistan. When circumstances and chance lead him to assume the identity of someone else, he finds himself in a place where to fight is the only way out. Sounds like a classic Statham role here, but there are some curious characters in the trailer, so check it out and see what you think.

There’s an interesting one called The Hunt that I have to search for once it’s released. Chances are it won’t show in local theatres because it is a “foreign” drama, but the topic is captivating enough to warrant a mention. Lead actor Mads Mikkelsen won Best Actor at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his role as Lucas in this one. It is about a loving, dedicated school teacher who is wrongly accused by a small child of molesting her. What follows is a totally harrowing, thorough disruption of this man’s life and even attacks on him by people he would have considered friends in the past when the entire town it seems turns against him. Since I’m a lover of good films with subtitles lol, this is one I have to seek out. It is set for a July 12, release.

RIPD – It refers to the Rest In Peace Department. This one stars Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds. This one is set to open July 19 in 3D and I must say, while this is advertised as an Action/Adventure, the cuts have comedy written all over it. If you haven’t heard, this is about the cops who keep the afterlife in check – the ghostbusters as one of my colleagues just murmured. The only thing about it is they live in the real world but look nothing like how they did in their previous lives. Bridges is a hot chick and Reynolds, an old Asian looking man. Like I said, the genre should have rated this comedy – nevertheless, I want to see what they do with it.

Final suggestion is a film called About Time. From the creator of Notting Hill, Love Actually, Four Weddings and A Funeral (the English version), this one brings us Tim, a young man who discovers the men in his family can travel through time. How does Tim use his newfound abilities, to court the woman of his dreams and get to know his father better. Looks like the touching sort and if you enjoyed the above titles, you might like this one too. The only shocker is, it doesn’t get here til November – sigh!

See you at the cinemas.

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