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At cinemas: An unlikely blend, sequels and revisiting a master piece
As this week’s three theatrical releases are in Farsi, Hebrew and Danish – we are breaking with our usual practice of only covering films in the English language and this week reviewing A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (which is already available on the US Netflix and on UK iTunes from July 20) – an unlikely blend of the western and vampire genres written and directed by an Iranian-American.
Following this issue, the Weekly Post will be away for the remainder of July, so here’s a heads-up for the month’s coming releases.
Did we really need Ted 2, a comedy sequel to the 2012 original that featured Mark Wahlberg and a foul-mouthed bear? Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has had a string of hits and misses at the box office, and with a Metacritic score of 48, this looks set to be the latter.
Diminutive hero Antman is the latest horse out of the Marvel Studios’ stable, but despite a near perfect score sheet, the departure of beloved cult director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) due to creative differences means the studio has more than usual to prove this time.
Paper Towns follows teenager Quentin as he and his friends decipher clues left behind by his missing friend Margo in order to find her. It’s the latest offering from Jake Schreier, the director of the quirky Robot & Frank starring Frank Langella and, err, a robot.
The Little Death explores the sexual lives of five couples in suburban Sydney. Metacritic currently rates it 46 with advance word being less than favourable.
And then we have Amy, the much anticipated documentary from Asif Kapadia (The Warrior). It attempts to shed some light on the mystery surrounding enigmatic singer Amy Winehouse who died aged just 27 in 2011. Kapadia based a previous project on the life of Brazilian Formula One race car driver Ayrton Senna who also died young. The resulting film was universally praised and this looks set to do the same, but with a broader audience.
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is the fifth film in actor/producer Tom Cruise’s dependable cash-cow franchise and will likely deliver its promise of high-octane thrills and spills. Christopher McQuarrie (writer of The Usual Suspects) directs.
Don’t miss 2001: A Space Odyssey under the stars when Stanley Kubrick’s seminal sci-fi masterpiece screens for free in Kongens Have. (MW)