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  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    Why we’re excited...
    This sequel to 2011’s surprisingly excellent ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ takes place a decade after a worldwide epidemic, as the surviving humans struggle for dominance with the intelligent apes who have made their home in the nearby woods. Apes and humans making war in a devastated post-apocalyptic landscape? Where do we sign up?

    What could go wrong?
    We know from the trailers that the special effects are close to flawless, but can the filmmakers really get us to care about a group of digitally generated simians? If they can, this should be a dystopian blockbuster like no other.

    Out on July 17.

    Read our review

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Boyhood

    Why we’re excited...
    Richard Linklater nailed modern romance in his ‘Before Sunset’ trilogy. Now he’s done it again, making the perfect film about childhood. ‘Boyhood’ is a coming-of-age drama that follows the life of one boy from the age of six to seventeen. Linklater cast actor Ellar Coltrane at the age of six and filmed him for a week or two every summer, adapting the storyline to fit around his personality.

    What could go wrong?
    Absolutely nothing. ‘Boyhood’ scores a pitch perfect 100 per cent on Rottentomatoes, and gets a five-star review from us.

    Out on July 11.

    Read our review

    Boyhood
  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Why we’re excited...
    It’s the next phase of Marvel’s massive movie soap opera, and so far they’ve barely put a foot wrong. With ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ the universe expands beyond the traditional superhero fare of ‘Thor’ and ‘Iron Man’ to follow the adventures of five mismatched intergalactic criminals.

    What could go wrong?
    It might turn out to be not quite as witty and clever as, judging from the trailer, it seems to think it is. But frankly we’d be surprised if this isn’t one of the most enjoyable films of the summer.

    Out on July 31.

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    Guardians of the Galaxy
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2

    Why we’re excited...
    This is summer’s biggest kids film. Toothless the dragon (an adorable cross between a kitten and a bat) is back with his human pet, Hiccup the Viking. The original was sweet and packed with thrilling aerial battles. More of the same please.

    What could go wrong?
    Not a lot if you trust the American reviews. Here’s a taste: ‘Not only does this second movie match the charm, wit, animation skill and intelligent storytelling of the original, I think it even exceeds it.’

    Out on July 11.

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    How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Begin Again

    Why we’re excited...
    Because director John Carney charmed our socks off with his gorgeous little indie busking-musical ‘Once’, shot on the streets of Dublin. Now he’s repeating the same trick, with a similar-ish story, starring Keira Knightley as a singer-songwriter who records an album out and about in New York after being dumped by her rock-star boyfriend. Will lightning strike twice?

    What could go wrong?
    ‘Once’ was touching and funny, natural and unforced. Carney has upped the ante with his Hollywood casting. The risk is that it looks a bit try-hard.

    Out on July 11.

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    Begin Again
  • Finding Vivian Maier

    Why we’re excited...
    Because the story behind this American documentary is a bona fide mystery. In 2007, a young writer bought a stash of negatives at an auction for $380. The box turned out to contain photographs taken by a nanny, Vivian Maier, who for years had been taking pictures on the streets of Chicago – never telling a soul about her work. Maier is now hailed as one of the photography greats of the twentieth century, and the film sets out to discover more.

    What could go wrong?
    A couple of critics are sniping about the tone of the doc: they want less sleuthing and more art.

    Out on July 18.

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    Finding Vivian Maier
  • Joe

    Why we’re excited...
    Nicolas Cage gets serious again! If you thought the madcap megastar was only good for mugging to camera, swearing and going ape on YouTube, you’re in for a treat. He dials it down for this subtle tale of a middle-aged man struggling with anger issues and chronic loneliness.

    What could go wrong?
    The reviews have been kind, but hardly enthusiastic. Many seem to think that this drifting story of real lives in the balance could use just a little more forward momentum. But we love Cage and director David Gordon Green, so we’re keen to give it a go.

    Out on July 25.

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    Joe
  • Hercules

    Photo credit: Kerry Brown

    Why we’re excited?
    Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson straps on his broadsword and heads off to perform his 12 tasks. This retelling of the legend from director Brett Ratner looks to be leaping onto the ‘300’ bandwagon, so expect spurting blood, epic quests, wall-to-wall CGI and buckets of quivering manflesh.

    What could go wrong?
    Ratner’s rap sheet isn’t exactly spotless: from ‘Rush Hour’ to ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’, everything the director touches seems to turn to moderately successful middlebrow sludge. We’re hoping this one bucks the trend.

    Out on July 25.

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    Hercules

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Why we’re excited...
This sequel to 2011’s surprisingly excellent ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ takes place a decade after a worldwide epidemic, as the surviving humans struggle for dominance with the intelligent apes who have made their home in the nearby woods. Apes and humans making war in a devastated post-apocalyptic landscape? Where do we sign up?

What could go wrong?
We know from the trailers that the special effects are close to flawless, but can the filmmakers really get us to care about a group of digitally generated simians? If they can, this should be a dystopian blockbuster like no other.

Out on July 17.

Read our review


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Chris jones
Chris jones

Schoenarts is amazing in 'Rust and Bone' as well, with Marainne Cotillard. By the way he's Belgian, not Dutch, and it not too hard to pronounce if you ignore the spelling - shone (rhymes with bone) arts - shone-arts .

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