Sicario 2: Soldado

Sicario 2: Soldado 
Director: Stefano Sollima
Release Date: 29th June 2018
Lionsgate 

Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Sicario 2, Sicario 2: Soldado, or whatever you want to call it, once it didn’t even have the Sicario name attached, is another sun soaked trip into Mexico. A beautiful tale of immigration, terrorists, cartel wars, and kidnapping awaits. Ah, Mexico.
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Hereditary

Hereditary
Director: Ari Aster
Release Date: 15th June 2018
A24

The posters putting forth the ‘This generation’s The Exorcist’ quote already creates ideas on what Hereditary should be. And no matter how much you try to scrub such an idea out of your brain, it’s always going to be stuck there. So when Hereditary isn’t anything much at all like The Exorcist (it isn’t) then what do we have? It’s more Rosemary’s Baby or Being John Malkovich anyway… and now you have even more expectations to build upon. Sorry.

 

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom 
Director: J. A. Bayona
Release Date: 6th June 2018
Universal Pictures 

After the shiny, sparkling, soulless Jurassic World, I thought myself done with big screen dinosaurs. Yet here we are, thanks to the one trick they had up their sleeves to bring the disenfranchised back into the fold of goat carcasses, the return of Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm. He looks so fine, he sounds so fine, especially when talking about DNA, extinction and scaly creatures, exactly what he discusses in this film! In fact, that’s all he does. For five minutes. And then we’re stuck with a fallen kingdom, just like before.

 

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The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner
Director: Nora Twomey

Release Date: 25th May 2018
StudioCanal

It’s easy to read about bad news elsewhere in the world, all those atrocities a few too many plane journeys away. You can feel a little, but it’s just a series of figures and statistics to absorb maybe when you’re flipping through the news on a bus ride to work. The problems within Afghanistan are often talked about, but it takes a family animation to make it feel real. The Breadwinner takes us to ground level, makes those numbers people, giving us a look at those numbers, facts, and statistics in a way we can all feel.
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Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story 
Director: Ron Howard 

Release Date: 25th May 2018
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 

I used to love going round to my friend’s house as a kid, and watching the original Star Wars Trilogy, pretty much every weekend, usually with some Super Star Wars on the SNES afterwards for good measure. One character in particular stood out from the others of course, we all find out faves, and that was the wise cracking gunslinger Han Solo. He was introduced in A New Hope with already years of adventure under his belt, and as a kid imagining those adventures was part of the fun in living Star Wars outside of the VHS tapes and video-game cartridges. Of course a prequel movie can never live up to those daydreams, for we’ve already made our past, and that’s something that can never be changed.

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L7: Pretend We’re Dead

L7: Pretend We’re Dead
Director: Sarah Price 

Release Date: 11th November 2016 (24th May 2018 Manchester HOME Premiere)
Wienerworld

If L7 aren’t my favourite band of all time, they are at least my most listened to (thanks iTunes statistics!). I had a phase, a year-long phase, of listening to each album in succession, day in, day out. I loved the energy, the noise, the words, and of course, the attitude. When they reunited I finally got to see them rock out on stage, they kicked ass even more than they did on plastic, and this recent documentary provides an insight into why those who stumble upon the band are forever hungry for stink.
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A Fistful Of Dollars

A Fistful of Dollars
Director: Sergio Leone 

Release Date: September 1964
Constantin Film

Manchester Home recently had a few showings of A Fistful of Dollars, the classic 1964 Western directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood. It’s not uncommon to see golden oldies given limited runs on the big screen, and they offer a way for those who were there to enjoy a heavy dose of nostalgia, and for those who weren’t a chance to see them as intended. These films are often still entertaining, though time has also provided an educational aspect, and A Fistful of Dollars has plenty to teach. Filmmakers should make notes.  Continue reading