Vue Cinema August Movies

My review of last month’s picks/out now

Toy Story 4 – 5/5 stars

Toy Story 4 meets all expectations and more. I went to see this at a late evening showing on the opening night and the cinema was packed full of adults. As the credit rolls, there was a round of applause from the audience. The Toy Story franchise has always appealed to all ages and many cinema goers have grown up with the characters. The right balance of humour and emotion and an excellent storyline which guarantee to make this movie a box office smash.

Yesterday – 3/5 stars

In a year in which we have seen many movies featuring from famous British musicians (Queen, Elton John,) The Beatles get their own treatment. A low budget movie starring Himesh Patel (Eastenders) and directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and written by Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral.) Enjoyable but sometimes a little predicable, with a great cameo by Ed Sheeran, make it a perfectly acceptable way to spend 2 hours with a musical score that will be familiar to all.

Spider-Man: Far From Home – 4/5 stars

As I alluded to in last month’s article, Marvel has knocked out of the park again with yet another great Spider-Man movie set against a European backdrop. Comic book fans will not be disappointed with hints of what is to come for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 4/5

Midsommar – 4/5 stars

A horror movie with a unique script, I came out of the movie questioning what I just saw, thought provoking, scary and hilarious (which i didn’t expect) A great example of an independently produced horror film on a small budget. Certainly worth a watch on the big screen or on the small screen if you miss it in the cinema. 4/5

Reviews by Matthew Farrelly

This month’s picks

The Lion King: PG

Yet another Disney Live Action remake of an animated classic. With a reported budget of $250 million dollars and using the latest cutting edge visual effects from the same people who made 2016’s The Jungle Book, this film stars Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce as Nala, Chiwitel Ejiofor as Scar and the great James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa. Sure to be a commercially successful film,I mean after all, who doesn’t like Lion King?The film includes the original score with some new songs by Elton John and Beyonce.

Release Date: 19 July 2019

Once Upon A Time in ….. Hollywood: 18 

The much awaited ninth film from Quentin Tarantino, starring Leonardo Di Caprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, tells the story of Rick Dalton, a tv star and his stunt double in1969 Hollywood. The film has a dark twist involving Charles Manson, the leader of a murderous cult. Like all Tarantino films, expect a lot of entertainment… and bloodshed.

Release Date: 16 August 2019

Fast And Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw: 12A

The most ridiculous franchise in the current film industry returns with its first spin off featuring the characters of Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckhard Shaw (Jason Statham) Our heroes team up once again have to team save the world from a “supervillain” named Brixton played by Idris Elba. Certain to be huge with fans of the Fast and Furious franchise or people who just enjoy watching car stunts. If Top Gear was a movie it would be The Fast and The Furious. Brain candy not to be taken too seriously.

Release Date: 1 August 2019

Apocalypse Now: 18

Hopefully being shown at the Vue if not it will be shown in IMAX screens locally. This is the Final Directors Cut that Francis Ford Coppola has revisited for its 40th anniversary. 3 hours long, possibly one of the greatest war films ever made starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen and Robert Duvall. Shockingly this film didn’t win any major oscars, if you have never seen it, it stands up to the test of time. If you have seen it, this is your opportunity to see it on the big screen.

Release Date: 13 August

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu: PG

Justice Smith and Ryan Reynolds (as the voice of Detective Pikachu) come together for the classic buddy cop movie, incorporating characters from the Pokemon Universe. Showing a healthy respect to the Pokemon franchise, expect plenty of laughs from this family-friendly action comedy.
Release Date: May 10

Reviews by Matthew Farrelly