…and while it might be silly season in the world of newsrooms, our cinema programme is packed full of modern indie classics, long-awaited remakes and plenty of satire to get us through to autumn.
It starts off with a bang thanks to James Gunn’s new, improved and extra bloody take on the DC comic The Suicide Squad. No, it’s not déjà vu, but rather a re-do of the divisive 2016 film Suicide Squad. Gunn’s definitive vision has been met with rave reviews, and its star studded cast will surely draw you in. Reprising their previous roles, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller and Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag are joined by action movie heavy weights such as John Cena and Idris Elba, to bring audiences the blood pumping rollercoaster they’ve been seeking!
However, if blood shed and stunts aren’t your thing, the mystery thriller Profile by Kazakh-Russian director Timur Bekmambetov might be more your speed. Out now, the film follows Amy (Valene Kane), a British journalist who goes undercover to investigate the online propaganda of the so-called Islamic State, only to get sucked in by her recruiter. This low budget, engrossing indie film bagged the audience award for Best Fiction Film at the Berlin International Film Festival, amongst others.
Also new to our screens this month and now showing is the critically adored Limbo, a deadpan comedy drama that has been described as a ‘poignant satire’ by fusing the fear and hope of the refugee experience in the UK. Huck Mag have featured a great profile of Limbo director Ben Sharrock.
In-keeping with the thriller theme, we have the beloved Benedict Cumberbatch in the Cold War-era spy drama The Courier (Fri 13 Aug), co-starring Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvellous Mrs Maisel, I’m Your Woman) and directed by Dominic Cooke (On Chesil Beach) this is an informative slowburn that will have you thinking about an under-discussed period in history.
For all the Detective Pickachu and Deadpool fans, Ryan Reynolds is back on the big screen this month in Shawn Levy’s (The Pink Panther, Night at the Museum) Free Guy (Fri 13 Aug). This sci-fi action comedy follows a non-player character in the video game ‘Open World’ becoming sentient and reconfiguring the game from the inside to turn himself into the story’s hero. Co-starring Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), Lil Rel Howry (Get Out) and Joe Keery (Stranger Things), Free Guy could well prove to be a thought provoking popcorn flick for the technology age.
This month we have another exciting collaboration with Black cinema pioneers We Are Parable, who have collaborated with the film collective Walk With.. to bring us two of their latest films, Wannabe and Escape (Fri 13 Aug). This sold out event will feature a live Q&A with the film’s director Jamal Walker as well as some of the cast and crew.
The following week comes People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan, a continuation of the BAFTA-winning TV mockumentary series People Just Do Nothing. The film follows the pirate radio hosts of fictional grime channel Kurupt FM as they go to Japan, where they learn their music is incredibly popular.
Not ones to forget the horror fans, we have Candyman (Fri 27 Aug), the highly anticipated sequel to the 1992 film. Directed by Nia DaCosta (Crossing the Line) and co-written by Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us), the 2021 edition boasts equal gore and political commentary, showcasing the strengths of the horror genre beyond jump scares. The cast features recent screen favourites Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Watchmen, Trial of the Chicago 7), Teyonah Parris (Mad Men, If Beale Street Could Talk) and Colman Domingo (Zola, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) and London’s own Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Misfits, Utopia).
Words by Rōgan Graham.
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