Our pick of the coming ‘man movies’ we’ve watched the trailer for too many times…
Writer, co-producer and director Christopher Nolan assembles an all-star cast — including One Direction’s Harry Styles in his film debut alongside the likes of Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, and Tom Hardy — for a World War II flick that promises to be every bit as epic as Saving Private Ryan and Inglorious Basterds. Although Nolan insists this flick — reliving the Allies’ evacuation from France by air, land, and sea — is more than just blood and guts. “It’s a survival story and first and foremost a suspense film,” he said. “We were really trying to take a different approach and achieve intensity in a different way.”
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
When you see the name ‘Ryan Reynolds’ on a movie poster in 2017 you know it’s compulsory viewing, especially when it’s accompanied by Samuel L Jackson and Gary Oldman. Reynolds, a top protection agent, is charged with the task of escorting his sworn enemy Jackson, a notorious hitman, from the UK to the International Court of Justice in the Hague, protecting him from bloodthirsty Eastern European dictator Oldman along the way. Think Eurotrip meets James Bond meets The Odd Couple.
War for the Planet of the Apes
Andy Serkis and Steve Zahn don the ape suits again to battle Woody Harrelson’s army for control of the Earth . . . no biggie. The third instalment of this critically acclaimed 21st Century reboot has been feted by reviewers, with early reviews securing a Godfather-esque 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes for the intricate story-telling and epic combat sequences.
It’s worth the price of admission just to see Daniel Craig swap James Bond’s bespoke suit and Bentley for a prison jumpsuit and NASCAR, as well as Craig’s flawless redneck Southern accent that’d slot in seamlessly at a Donald Trump fundraiser. Channing Tatum and Adam Driver break the badly-tattooed, peroxide blond Craig out of prison for a risky robbery in this Steven Soderbergh comedy that also stars Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, and Hilary Swank.
The Big Sick
Yes it’s a romantic comedy, but keep reading — this isn’t some saccharine Bridget Jones knock-off or Katherine Heigl’s umpteenth two-dimensional box office flop. The movie’s star Kumail Nanjiani wrote the screenplay with wife Emily V Gordon about their real-life romance, tip-toeing the precarious territory of a Muslim man dating (well, originally having a one-night stand with) a white woman against the wishes of his conservative family. But as the title of the film gives away, there’s an illness waiting to tug at the heart strings.