We pick out some of the highlights arriving in cinemas in the next few weeks, including a new Marvel blockbuster and a couple of terrifying horror treats.
A Quiet Place
This barnstorming horror is directed by John Krasinski, who also stars in the movie with his wife, Emily Blunt. The concept is one of those that seems perfectly simple for the genre, and focuses on a family of four trying to hide from an unseen terror that is hunting them down by sound alone. The potential for scares is enhanced by the lack of audio and the film won a raft of rave reviews at SXSW earlier this year.
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Arriving in the UK following great critical and commercial success in France, this drama tackles the effects of the AIDS epidemic in Paris during the 1990s. The film won awards at Cannes last year and doesn’t shy away from delivering a message against the entertainment backdrop it established early on. The real triumph is in making the story, as well as the struggles of the past, feel utterly relevant today.
Andy Nyman adapts, and stars in, this production of his own stage play. The previous incarnation was a huge hit, scaring audiences for years, and this movie looks to recapture some of the magic. It will be interesting to see if the interconnecting stories work as well on screen as they did on the stage.
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Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke are two stars rapidly on the rise. Together, in this dark teen comedy that deliberately evokes Heathers (1988), the pair leave the TV adaptation of the Christian Slater movie in its wake. The two leads form an odd, almost dangerous partnership as they plan murder in an emotionally detached manner.
Sweet and charming might not be the words you instantly associate with the director of Far from Heaven (2002) and Carol (2015), but even in those highly-charged movies Todd Haynes has always managed to find great emotional resonance beneath the bleak surface he creates. Wonderstruck has more of a fantasy element that those previous films, and with two child actors in the leading roles there is a more whimsical tone throughout.
There seems to be no stopping Dwayne Johnson. He’s done sequels (The Fate of the Furious), sequel/remakes (Jumanji) and comedy (Central Intelligence). Surely Johnson is now tempting fate by tackling the most cursed genre of them all, the video game adaptation? The star tried to make a movie based on a video game with Doom (2005), but perhaps the failure of that project can be put down to the fact that it was back when he was still best known as The Rock? Anyway, here we get to see a giant gorilla battle other giant creatures while Johnson tries to save the day.
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Truth or Dare
We actually didn’t know too much about this one until a trailer popped up ahead of the surprisingly funny Blockers. A bunch of teens (when will these kids ever learn?!) are forced into a deadly game of Truth or Dare. If they fail to play, or lie, then they find themselves being picked off in increasingly gruesome ways. This could be the new Final Destination…
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Let the Sunshine In
It’s always great to see the enigmatic Juliette Binoche on screen, and in this French romantic comedy we see the star play a newly single divorcee in Paris looking for love, but not in the classical sense. There seems to be no desperate search for ‘The One’, and the navigation of loneliness across a landscape of art and modern living is a smart take on love devoid of Hollywood romanticism.
The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society
A quaint British film that has more than a whiff of classic movies from the “good old days”. Lily James stars as a successful writer who receives a mysterious letter from Guernsey soon after the end of the Second World War. The note is enough to pique her interest, and off she goes to find out more about the amusingly titled literary society who were formed during the German occupation of the area. There’s romance aplenty and this looks like one your mum would love.
Avengers: Infinity War
The end of an era or the start of a glorious new chapter in the Marvel Universe? Avengers: Infinity War might just be both as the ever-expanding group of planet saving superheroes face off against their biggest threat yet. Black Panther has already proved there is no sign of the comicbook bubble bursting anytime soon but will fans still be so keen if, as rumoured, some of the founding members of The Avengers fail to make it to the closing credits?
Record breaking ticket sales saw ODEON Cinemas sell an average of one ticket every 10 seconds across the first weekend, as fans fly in to see the latest chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the big screen.
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