It’s not uncommon for filmmakers to reunite with actors they have worked with previously, which is exactly what writer and director David Lowery has done in reconnecting Rooney Mara with Casey Affleck on-screen. Their past collaboration was a Western romance, and the latest piece is something not only very different from that, but unlike anything you’ll see all year. Indie drama A Ghost Story follows lovers credited only as C (Affleck) and M (Mara) and their suburban married life. After tragedy strikes and C is killed in a car accident, he returns home as a white-sheeted ghostly presence to watch over his wife as she struggles to cope with the enormity of her loss.
Veteran filmmaker Luc Besson certainly has a vivid imagination, and is associated with French 1980s movement ‘Cinéma du look’ which is said to favour style over substance. His latest feature is sci-fi space opera Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and it’s arguably his most visually daring project to date. Based on a comic-strip series devised by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières, the story follows operatives Major Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Sergeant Laureline (Cara Delevingne) who are tasked with protecting the universe around 700 years in the future. When their peaceful city of Alpha comes under attack from a mysterious life form, they team up with commander Arün Filitt (Clive Owen) to neutralise the dangerous threat.
In my home city of Edinburgh, the Fringe Festival is upon us, with music, theatre and comedy engulfing the cobbled streets. However, there is still plenty to see in the darkened comfort of the cinema. Here are my picks of the month…
England is Mine
Dunkirk actor Jack Lowden stars as indie icon Stephen Patrick Morrissey in a biopic that focuses on his life before the super-stardom he achieved as the frontman of The Smiths.
Any movie starring Charlize Theron is usually worth the ticket price, and her next project sees her take on the role of an undercover MI6 agent during the Cold War. This action thriller is directed by David Leitch and also stars James McAvoy, Toby Jones and John Goodman.
A Ghost Story
Cinema Perspective favourite Rooney Mara appears alongside Casey Affleck in A Ghost Story, directed by David Lowery. He last worked with the pair on Western romance Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and you can find my review of that collaboration here!
The Dark Tower
Horror writer Stephen King is no stranger to having his novels adapted for film, with Carrie, The Shining and It among the many big-screen adaptations of his work. The latest to receive the cinematic treatment is The Dark Tower, which will star Idris Elba and Matthew McConnaughey.
Daniel Craig, Adam Driver and Channing Tatum star in the latest film from Stephen Soderbergh, the director who always threatens to hang up his clapper board but thankfully never does. The comedy plot follows two brothers who aim to pull off a heist at a North Carolina NASCAR rally.
Visionary filmmaker Christopher Nolan has carved a career out of writing and directing imaginative movies, telling mind-bending tales in a way that only he can. His latest feature marks a departure of sorts as he turns his attention to World War II for action-drama Dunkirk, telling the story of the Operation Dynamo evacuation in 1940. As Allied soldiers including Tommy (Fionn Whitehead), Gibson (Aneurin Barnard) and Alex (Harry Styles) are trapped on the beach to await their fate from surrounding Nazi forces, fighter pilots Farrier (Tom Hardy) and Collins (Jack Lowden) provide cover from the skies. Meanwhile, mariner Mr Dawson (Mark Rylance) along with son Peter (Tom Glynn-Carney) and his friend George (Barry Keoghan) embark on a brave civilian rescue mission.
The modern Apes trilogy has spanned six years and following the Rise and Dawn comes War for the Planet of the Apes, the third and final instalment directed and co-written by Matt Reeves. The story is picked up as leader of the apes Caesar (Andy Serkis) is hiding out in the woods with his wife Cornelia (Judy Greer), his wise orangutan adviser Maurice (Karin Konoval) and the rest of his tribe. After coming under an unprovoked attack, he offers a truce to the merciless Colonel (Woody Harrelson), a soldier that vows to wipe out the apes once and for all. However, when the call for peace is not reciprocated, a brutal battle for survival ensues.
Hip hop can often be thought of as an autobiographical artform, with rappers telling snippets of their life stories through their songs. In recent years, many of them have had their accounts immortalised on-screen and with crime biopic All Eyez on Me, director Benny Boom is giving the cinematic treatment to Tupac Shakur, perhaps the most controversial rap artist of them all. The plot retells his do-rags to riches tale from his turbulent childhood through to his infamous East Coast-West Coast rivalry with friend turned foe Notorious B.I.G.