Every so often (and not often enough) there’s something good to look forward to at the movie theatre. Here’s are a few we’re adding to our calendars!
Simon Pegg is the king of classic British farce and satire, having written and starred in the 2001 television show Spaced and two incredibly and deservedly successful feature films, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Each of Pegg’s projects seamlessly combines his impeccable comedic intelligence with a charmingly nerdy obsession with science fiction and the supernatural. The World’s End, which premieres in the US on 23 August, is no exception. Pegg has once again teamed with his writing partner and oft-director Edgar Wright and best friend cum perpetual co-star Nick Frost to create another film that approaches the genre of sci-fi cult classic through a comedic lens.
With the addition of The Hobbit and Love Actually star Martin Freeman and a cast of supremely talented British comedians, Pegg’s new film seems to follow his now classic formula of ordinary blokes who happen into extraordinary circumstances, always to a hilarious end. Each of Pegg’s films feels like a passion project, and you get the sense that the cast and crew had just as much making the film as you are having watching it. If the preview is any indication, The World’s End has been and will continue to be an absolute joy for all involved.
The ongoing controversies surrounding the ethical versus nonethical practices of marine parks like Sea World is shown under the spotlight in an upcoming documentary called Blackfish. The film centres around the well-publicised death of an orca trainer in 2010, covering the debates that immediately followed, and then branching out toward the wider issues of wild animals in captivity.
Guaranteed, this movie will make you cry. It’s the story of Cecil Gaines (based upon the real life Eugene Allen) who serves as a White House butler between 1952 and 1986. Over the course of 8 presidencies, Gaines, played by Forrest Whitaker, witnesses the evolution of a country in all its high and low moments. The ensemble cast features John Cusack, Liev Schreiber, Robin Williams, Alan Rickman, and Oprah Winfrey among others. Directed by Lee Daniels (‘Monster Ball’ and ‘Precious’), ‘The Butler’ will hopefully be another important film highlighting the events in our country’s civil rights history. Because if the Trayvon Martin case is anything to go by, we’re not out of the woods yet.