Movies released this week
Even if you have disliked the previous Marvel movies, there’s a definite chance you will enjoy their latest film, Guardians of the Galaxy (12A) which is out on Thursday (July 31).
The heroes in Guardians aren’t that ‘super’, in fact they are all criminals of one kind or another.
But this is a Marvel movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously and there’s some great tongue in cheek performances from Chris Pratt and former wrestler Dave Bautista.
Mood Indigo (12A) will draw an audience for two reasons.
Firstly, it stars Audrey Tautou, excellent in Amelie (OK that was way back in 2001).
Secondly, the plot synopsis is weird - wealthy, inventive bachelor Colin endeavours to find a cure for his lover Chloe after she’s diagnosed with an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs.
French films can be unusual, but very rarely dull.
If you fancy a bit of a scare then Blackwood (15) could be the one for you.
It’s heralded as a classic English ghost story and sees the likes of Ed Stoppard, Sophia Myles, and Russell Tovey attempting to scare you.
The story sees a college professor haunted by spectral visions. Adam Wimpenny directs - best known for 2009’s Roar which starred, Russell Tovey.
One for the younger audience, The Nut Job, (U) has the likes of Liam Neeson and Brendan Fraser in a fun animation. The plot involves squirrels attempting to raid a store full of nuts. Unfortunately for them, the store is a front for a gang of humans planning a bank robbery.
Surprisingly, in the year when the First World War is being commemorated, there haven’t been any new Great War films.
A Promise (12A) is the closest so far.
It is a romantic drama set in Germany just before the war and centres on a married woman who falls in love with her husband’s protégé. Separated first by duties and then by the war, they pledge their devotion to one another.
It stars Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman and Richard Madden.
Finally, we have Hide Your Smiling Faces (15). This has a young cast in a story about tragedy, changing relationships between brothers, the mystery of nature, and mortality - so just about everything really.