The acclaimed filmmaker Ridley Scott resurrected his iconic sci-fi franchise five years ago and the project was hugely divisive amongst audiences. Now he is back again to direct the sequel to his prequel with Alien: Covenant, which takes place a decade after the events of Prometheus. Set in 2104, the story follows the crew of a colony spaceship as they embark on a mission to find a new home for humankind. After they suffer a tragic setback on their quest, first mate Christopher Oram (Billy Crudup) and second-in-command Daniels (Katherine Waterston) must work together to reach their destination with the help of resident synthetic android Walter (Michael Fassbender). Their plan changes when they intercept a strange radio transmission from a nearby planet, leading the expedition on a deadly detour into the unknown.
Tackling subject matter that feels frighteningly topical in the current climate, veteran filmmaker Michael Apted directs terrorism thriller Unlocked. The story centres around undercover CIA interrogator Alice Racine (Noomi Rapace) who is guilt-ridden from failing to prevent an attack in Paris five years earlier. She is lured back into her dangerous line of work as London is put at risk by a deadly biological threat. She turns to her mentor Eric Lasch (Michael Douglas) and MI5 agent Emily Knowles (Toni Collette) for help and finds an unlikely ally in thuggish ex-marine Jack Alcott (Orlando Bloom) as she becomes embroiled in a plot to bring down the perpetrators behind the peril.
There may be a lack of originality in the best of May’s releases as franchises are revisited and stories are retold, but these picks should provide popcorn entertainment as we head into the summer months…
Ridley Scott’s iconic sci-fi franchise returns with Alien: Covenant, the sequel to 2012’s Prometheus prequel. The events unfold ten years later and Michael Fassbender reprises his role as David the android.
David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson made Baywatch famous on television in the nineties, and now it has its time to shine on the big screen. Seth Gordon directs with Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson filling up the lead roles. Beaches ain’t ready for this adaptation.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
The fantasy medieval fable of King Arthur has been told across many mediums over the years, and now Guy Ritchie is having a go. His cinema interpretation is loosely based on the legend, and stars Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam in the titular role.
Woody Allen’s iconic 1979 picture has been digitally restored to screen in selected cinemas this month. As well as writing and directing the piece, Allen stars alongside Diane Keaton and Meryl Steep in this classic romantic comedy.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge
It’s been six years since we saw Johnny Depp’s rum-drinking swashbuckling anti-hero but the series is back for its fifth instalment. Known as Dead Men Tell No Tales in the US and Japan, this chapter is directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, and sees Javier Bardem join the all-star cast as the villainous Salazar.
Why learn to live with mistakes and regret when you can simply grow old and forget about them? In The Sense of an Ending, BAFTA nominated Indian filmmaker Ritesh Batra begs this question in what is his first English language feature. Adapted from Julian Barnes’ Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name, the plot centres around retired divorcee Tony Webster (Jim Broadbent), a grumpy old man who receives some post that leads him to reflect on his youth. The letter is from the recently departed mother of Veronica Ford (Freya Mavor), a girl that he dated years earlier. Strangely he is left a small sum of money and a diary in her will, and while he is interested to find out more, a trip down memory lane reveals forgotten truths from his past.
Sick of flicking through the same old suggestions on Netflix? Cinema Perspective can help, picking out ten fantastic films that you might not have seen. There’s a mix of old and new movies from a variety of genres, from intense drama to fun flicks! Enjoy…
French writer and director Julia Ducournau wowed audiences at Cannes Film Festival last year with her first feature film Raw, a coming-of-age story spliced with an exploration of cannibalism. The plot centres around young vegetarian Justine (Garance Marillier) who enrols at veterinary college, where she befriends party-boy roommate Adrien (Rabah Naït Oufella) and reunites with her older sister Alexia (Ella Rumpf) who already studies there. After being thrust into the anarchic student lifestyle, she is forced to eat rabbit kidneys as part of a brutal initiation process and reluctantly buckles to peer pressure. This, however, causes a horrible allergic reaction and triggers a craving for meat and an unquenchable thirst for blood.