Blinded by the Light leads the new cinema releases August 9th 2019

Blinded by the Light This week, there are FOUR new films out for you to choose from, led by Blinded by the Light. Here are the titles, with more info below:

    Blinded by the Light
    The Art of Racing in the Rain
    Playmobil: The Movie
    The Sun Is Also A Star

Blinded by the Light is set in 1987, during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, where a teenager learns to live life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.

Sadly, this looks like the kind of ‘feelgood movie’ which makes me want to scream the house down, as it looks dull as hell, it looks like a lazy attempt to cash in on the pop-star movie trend like Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody, AND they all break into a singsong, musical-style. I hate it already.

Plus, I didn’t know the song was Springsteen’s in the first place, and I don’t think many others would, too, so you’d think they’d go with a title of a song that most people WOULD know, like Born To Run.

Director: Gurinder Chadha
Writers: Paul Mayeda Berges, Gurinder Chadha, Sarfraz Manzoor
Stars: Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!


The Art of Racing in the Rain has a trailer which started off okay, but then turned into one of those stupid “Dog voiced by human” movies, where Kevin Costner voices a dog named Enzo, who recalls the life lessons he has learned from his race car driving owner, Denny (Milo Ventimiglia).

However, it’s clearly a kids movie, so not aimed at myself.

Director: Simon Curtis
Screenplay: Mark Bomback
Novel: Garth Stein
Also stars: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Cole, Kathy Baker, Al Sapienza, Martin Donovan

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!


Playmobil: The Movie takes audiences on an epic comedy adventure through a sprawling imaginative universe in the first-ever feature film inspired by the beloved, award-winning role-play toys. Packed with humour and excitement the film combines lovable and hilarious characters, thrilling adventure and breathtaking scenery in this original animated heart-warming tale.

When her younger brother Charlie (Gabriel Bateman) unexpectedly disappears into the magical, animated universe of Playmobil, unprepared Marla (Anya Taylor-Joy) must go on the quest of a lifetime to bring him home. As she sets off on a fantastic journey across stunning new worlds, Marla teams up with some unlikely and heroic new friends – the smooth-talking food truck driver Del (Jim Gaffigan), the dashing and charismatic secret agent Rex Dasher (Daniel Radcliffe), a good-hearted misfit robot, an extravagant fairy-godmother (Meghan Trainor) and many more.

Through their thrilling adventure, Marla and Charlie realize that no matter how life plays out, you can achieve anything when you believe in yourself!

Well, that’s the official billing, but it’s a film for kids, not for adults.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!


The Sun Is Also A Star centres around a teenager who finds love at a difficult time in her family’s life.

Between her and her new beau, will they get together in the end? Who cares. This is sickly-sweet tosh. The end.

Director: Ry Russo-Young
Screenplay: Tracy Oliver
Novel: Nicola Yoon
Stars: Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton, Faith Logan, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Camrus Johnson, Jake Choi

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!



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