Escape Plan 3 leads the new cinema releases July 5th 2019

Escape Plan 3
This week, there are SEVEN new films out for you to choose from, led by Escape Plan 3. Here are the titles, with more info below:

    Escape Plan 3
    Ibiza: The Silent Movie
    Spider-Man: Far From Home
    Never Look Away
    Vita and Virginia

Escape Plan 3 comes fairly hot on the heels of Escape Plan 2: Hades, as that came out around this time last year.

However, that film was my worst movie of 2018. So why am I watching No.3? Because it’s the conclusion to a trilogy. And I’ll suffer so you don’t have to… unless it’s actually a GOOD film? And when was the last time Sylvester Stallone, as Breslin, made a good film?

Read our review here!

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Read the review!

Ibiza: The Silent Movie is director Julien Temple‘s (Absolute Beginners) not-at-all-silent look at Ibiza, charting the history of the island, leading to its current status as the clubbing capital of the world.

I love Temple’s musical movie with Bowie, and I think the only other film I’ve seen of his was 1988’s Earth Girls Are Easy, which was a bit ‘meh’, so we have some light and dark!

Stars: Bez, Claire Davis, Cathal Smyth

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

Spider-Man: Far From Home: More of the same, and Tom Holland still can’t act.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!

Midsommar is a new horror/thriller from the writer/director of Hereditary, a film I kept meaning to get round to seeing but never did… so I still should.

It stars Florence Pugh (The Little Drummer Girl, Fighting With My Family) as a young woman called Dani, who reluctantly joins her boyfriend on a summer trip where things quickly go awry.

The trailer just looks like a load of weird stuff is going on, so I definitely will see this, and I’ll also catch up on the aforementioned Hereditary.

Also, like Hereditary, it’s shot in a 2.00:1 widescreen ratio, which doesn’t quite fit either a traditional 1.85:1 or 2.35:1 cinema screen, so if it’s on the latter, it’ll end up put within a 1.85:1 frame, so it’ll have black bars on the sides AND the top and bottom, looking windowboxed, same as with Tomorrowland. Why can’t they just go with the norm?

Writer/Director: Ari Aster
Also stars: Will Poulter, William Jackson Harper, Jack Reynor, Julia Ragnarsson, Anna Åström

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

Anna looks like a flashy take on 1990’s Nikita, and it also comes from Luc Besson. The trailer mentions both Leon (aka The Professional) – which was brilliant, and Lucy – which rather lost its way as it went along, even though it had a fantastic premise.

Sasha Luss, who also had a role in Besson’s Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, takes the lead as Anna Poliatova, and beneath her striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the world’s most feared government assassins.

This looks cool and I’ll certainly check it out, but it does rather feel like Atomic Blonde has got there already.

Also stars: Helen Mirren, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, Lera Abova, Alexander Petrov, Nikita Pavlenko

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

Never Look Away

German artist Kurt Barnert has escaped East Germany and now lives in West Germany, but is tormented by his childhood under the Nazis and the GDR-regime.

The trailer plays out in as mediocre a way possible, with a young couple falling in love, but oh, they’ve got problems to overcome… yawn!

Writer/Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Stars: Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!

Vita and Virginia is a look at the most recent Sony Playstation handheld console, and the one that’s next to come… maybe.

Seriously, it’s a love story of the affair and the friendship between writer Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki The Night Manager), and aristocrat Vita Sackville West (Gemma Arterton). In 1922, when Vita receives an invitation their paths crossed in Bloomsbury with Virginia. Their romance overcomes all social boundaries, Virginia’s mental health struggles Vita’s recklessness and neither will ever be the same without the other.

It looks like the dullest period movie ever.

Director: Chanya Button
Writers: Eileen Atkins, Virginia Woolf (letters)
Also stars: Isabella Rossellini, Rupert Penry-Jones, Peter Ferdinando, Karla Crome

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!