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Friday, 31 July 2015

5 for Friday (July 31): Trailers, new releases and box office

This week's theme seems to be films that have been critically mauled so you have Hot Pursuit (8% on Rotten Tomatoes) vying for your attention with The Cobbler (10%), Beyond The Reach (35%) and Cub (33%). You should probably just catch the latest Mission: Impossible (93%) and have done with it.

1. Man With A Movie Camera (reissue)
When Sight & Sound magazine recently named Dziga Vertov’s silent film from 1929 their greatest documentary of all-time they did so with good reason. Showing scenes of city life in Moscow, Odessa and Kiev, Vertov employs all manner of filmmaking techniques to transform the ordinary and everyday into something extraordinary and downright strange. It's wildly experimental, hugely influential and, as one commentator put it, "very fucking trippy". It's only playing in "key cities" but well worth seeing on the big screen if you can find it.



2. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
I'm sure I've seen a couple of the M:I films but struggle to remember much about them. Um, Tom Cruise suspended from a wire while he tries to steal some crucial doohickey... Tom Cruise climbing a sheer mountain face as the movie opens... and, er, that's it. Anyway, here's another action-packed installment that I'm sure will prove equally memorable...



3. Beyond The Reach 
Michael Douglas is back to what he does best in this cat-and-mouse thriller set in the Mojave Desert; namely, playing an evil, rich bastard and enjoying every minute of it. Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, The Railway Man) is the impoverished young tracker putting himself in deadly danger when he agrees to act as Douglas' guide on a hunting trip. 



4. Cub 
Belgian horror about a scout troop menaced on a camping expedition in the woods by Kai, a monster plucked from local legend. Sam - a bullied 12-year-old - realises the danger he and his friends are in but nobody believes him. Cue blood, murder and mayhem...   



5. The Cobbler
I know it's open season on Adam Sandler but there was a time when he actually appeared in films that didn't suck Satan's balls (Punch-Drunk Love, The Wedding Singer, Funny People). This, on the other hand, looks dreadful and moved Little White Lies to open its review with the words: "How does one explain an atrocity?" Ouch.



Also in cinemas this week
Aazaadi 
Angrej
Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder 
Drishyam 
Hot Pursuit 
Iris
My Accomplice
Orange Mittai
Sakalakala Vallavan Appatakkar

UK box office top 10
1. Inside Out 
2. Ant-Man 
3. Minions 
4. Southpaw 
5. Jurassic World 
6. Ted 2 
7. Terminator: Genisys 
8. Bajrangi Bhaijaan 
9. The Empire Strikes Back (Secret Cinema) 
10. Magic Mike XXL 

US box office top 10
1. Ant-Man 
2. Pixels 
3. Minions 
4. Trainwreck 
5. Southpaw 
6. Paper Towns 
7. Inside Out
8. Jurassic World 
9. Mr. Holmes 
10. Terminator Genisys

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