Last week, I wrote about books for the summer, this week I’m talking movies. There are loadsa great movies out this summer, but below are the ones that stand out – split into popcorn or thinking movies (!):
Incredibles 2. Some say the first Incredibles is the best super-hero movie ever made. I wouldn’t go that far, but it was a great a movie. The sequel comes 14 years after, and focuses on the mother character and Jack-Jack (the baby)! It will surely be one of the best popcorn movies of the summer.
Skyscraper. The poster shows Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hanging from a burning skyscraper. Enough said.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout. I have a soft spot for Tom Cruise. With his Mission Impossible movies, you know what you will get, and so get ready for outrageous stunts, great action scenes and biggest threat to Ethan Hunt ever (yet again). Also, he did all his stunts himself – he really does take his job seriously.
The Equalizer 2. This is Denzel Washington’s first ever sequel, so it must be good. The first movie was an excellent “reluctant hero” movie: ex-special ops guy wanting a quiet life, but gets drawn into a fight against a criminal gang. The sequel sees him having to go to extreme lengths to save someone he loves.
Whitney. She was one of the most successful singers of all-time and made several blockbuster movies, yet she suffered a descent and died at 48. This documentary uses never-before-seen footage and Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 90% Fresh score.
Eighth Grade. Critics love this film. It follows the thirteen-year old Kyla in her final week of middle school. Apparently it captures millennial angst perfectly.
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot. You know a film with Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara directed by Gus Van Sant won’t be a run-of-the-mill movie. It’s based on the story of the political incorrect John Callahan who after he suffers crippling car accident becomes an internationally renowned edgy newspaper cartoonist. Critics say its poignant, edgy and sometimes funny.
BlacKkKlansman. Another true story, this time about an African-American detective that tries to infiltrate the white extremist Ku Klux Klan. Directed by Spike Lee, this will be a biting commentary of race in our times.