Ant-Man And The Wasp leads the new cinema releases and trailers August 3rd 2018

Ant-Man and the WaspThis week, there are EIGHT new films out for you to choose from: More Marvel movies with Ant-Man and the Wasp, Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays a spy in Damascus Cover, Gemma Arterton and Dominic Cooper are a couple with problems as she looks for The Escape, there’s spooky goings-on in both A Sicilian Ghost Story and The Apparition, Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons have a daddy/daughter day in Hearts Beat Loud, and there’s animation for the kids in Teen Titans Go To The Movies and The Big Bad Fox And Other Tales.

Ant-Man and the Wasp comes three years after the first Ant-Man movie, with Paul Rudd, and in the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang (Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father.

As he struggles to re-balance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly)and Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.

It’s interesting that they don’t mention IMAX or 3D at the end of this trailer. Given that 3D is sadly dying off (because too many films like this fake the effect rather than filming in 3D), perhaps it’ll be 2D only? After all, based on the ‘running along the knife’ effect in this trailer, you get the idea in 2D, so you don’t really need it in 3D, surely?

Check out our review here!

Director: Peyton Reed
Screenplay: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari and Paul Rudd
Also stars: Walton Goggins, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Peña, Judy Greer, Abby Ryder Fortson, Laurence Fishburne, David Dastmalchian, Vanessa Ross, Randall Park

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Read the review!

Damascus Cover

Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays a spy who navigates the precarious terrain of love and survival during an undercover mission in Syria. However, it looks like a rather daft action film that would go straight to video, or rather now, DVD.

Director: Daniel Berk
Starring: Olivia Thirlby, John Hurt

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Maybe!

The Escape

A woman sets out to reclaim her life in this stirring, emotionally rich look at what it means to start over. Tara (Gemma Arterton), a housewife and mother in suburban London, is living a life that is no longer hers: it belongs to her loving but overworked and self-absorbed husband (Dominic Cooper), her young son and daughter and the numbing routine of housework and childcare. In desperate need of a change, Tara one day makes a bold decision. Armed with a one-way ticket to Paris, she leaves everything behind to rediscover herself in a new city – but walking out on your life isn’t so simple.

I’m not sure where the trailer was going with this, other than driving me into a coma.

Director: Dominic Savage
Also stars: Frances Barber

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!

A Sicilian Ghost Story

In a little Sicilian village at the edge of a forest, Giuseppe, a boy of 13, vanishes. Luna, 12, his classmate who loves him, refuses to accept his mysterious disappearance. She rebels against the silence and complicity that surround her, and to find him she descends into the dark world which has swallowed him up and which has a lake as its mysterious entrance. Only their indestructible love will be able to bring her back along.

I really wasn’t grabbed by this from the trailer.

Director: Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza
Starring: Julia Jedlikowska, Gaetano Fernandez, Corinne Musallari

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!

The Apparition

A journalist is sent by the Vatican to investigate a young girl claiming to be visited by the Virgin Mary.

There’s not a ghost of a chance I’ll enjoy this tedious film.

Director: Xavier Giannoli
Starring: Vincent Lindon, Galatea Bellugi

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!

Hearts Beat Loud

A father and daughter form an unlikely songwriting duo in the summer before she leaves for college.

With Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons in the lead roles, this film has a good cast, but it’s all a bit twee.

Director: Brett Haley
Also stars: Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Toni Collette, Blythe Danner

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!

Teen Titans Go To The Movies spawns from a franchise of which I’ve never heard before, so I’ll leave it to the billing to explain the plot…

It seems to the Teens that all the major superheroes out there are starring in their own movies-everyone but the Teen Titans, that is. But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation, and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream.

But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously super villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry. The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line.

Directors: Aaron Horvath, Peter Rida Michail
Screenplay: Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic
Stars: Kristen Bell, Khary Payton, Will Arnett, Tara Strong, Khary Payton, Greg Cipes, Hynden Walch, Scott Menville

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!

The Big Bad Fox And Other Tales

Whoever thinks that the countryside is calm and peaceful is mistaken. In it we find especially agitated animals, a Fox that thinks it’s a chicken, a Rabbit that acts like a stork, and a Duck who wants to replace Father Christmas. If you want to take a vacation, keep driving past this place.

Animation for the kids. Not one for me.

Director: Patrick Imbert, Benjamin Renner
Starring: Guillaume Darnault, Damien Witecka, Kamel Abdessadok

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!