Since I don’t get to the cinema to see new releases that often anymore, this is my new weekly feature reviewing the latest releases on Sky Cinema Premiere (and in turn, Now TV). I will write a short review and rating for each of the films that I have watched and then give you the details for the ones that I didn’t get a chance to see.
This week’s feature sees the release of Wetlands, Fashionista, More, FML, Happy Death Day, Renegades, and Tommy’s Honour.
9th July – Wetlands
Synopsis: Neo-noir thriller about a haunted New Jersey cop who attempts to make a new start in Atlantic City, hoping to rebuild bridges with his estranged family with the help of his daughter and a new business partner.
Director: Emanuele Della Valle
Cast: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jennifer Ehle, Anthony Mackie, and Heather Graham
10th July – Fashionista
Synopsis: A woman who uses clothes as an emotional crutch discovers her life isn’t as ideal as she thought. As her love life goes from bad to worse, she begins to grow unhealthily attached to the clothes in her vintage store.
Director: Simon Rumley
Cast: Amanda Fuller, Ethan Embry, Eric Balfour and Alexandria DeBerry
Review: The poster makes this look like it’s going to be a lot better than it is, although the soundtrack matches this style perfectly. The film itself, however, just seemed to lack a focal point. I had no idea where it was going in the end and I began to lose my patience with it more and more.
11th July – More
Synopsis: Gripping drama about a Turkish teen who lives on the Aegean coast. Pushed by his domineering father to help smuggle refugees from the war-torn Middle East, he helps to give them temporary lodgings and until they attempt the crossing. The film is adapted from the award-winning novel of the same title by Hakan Günday and is in Arabic and Turkish with English subtitles.
Director: Onur Saylak
Cast: Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan and Hayat Van Eck
12th July – FML
Synopsis: Raucous road-trip comedy following two unlikely friends – a middle-aged comedian and a teen social media star – who embark on a cross-country road trip through the United States, capturing videos of their misadventures along the way.
Director: Jason Nash
Cast: Page Kennedy, Busy Philipps, Jimmy Tatro, Liza Koshy, Jessica Serfaty, and Andrew Daly
13th July – Happy Death Day
Synopsis: It’s Groundhog Day meets Scream when a free-spirited college girl is about to have a birthday she’ll never forget. As she finds herself repeating the same deadly day over and over, Tree must try to find out who’s her killer to break the cycle.
Director: Christopher Landon
Cast: Jessica Rothe, Charles Aitken, Laura Clifton, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, and Jason Bayle
Review: I’m torn between whether this was handled really well or really badly. Groundhog Day got away with being a comedy because Bill Murray went peacefully to sleep every night, so he could get away with doing what he wanted with his day. But it’s slightly different when you’re getting brutally murdered constantly. Is it really appropriate to see what it would be like to walk around naked for a day when you know that somebody is trying to end your life? Scenes like this felt a little out-of-place.
But when you don’t take it so seriously, it’s quite a fun horror. Some of the dark comedy suits it well, but some of it could have been done better. The twist at the end, especially, should have been made more of a piss take because this was actually quite funny.
It’s just one of those horrors that’s teetering on the edge of being good or bad, with various things to sway it either way. But I found it entertaining, at least, so for now it’s pushing towards good for me.
14th July – Renegades
Synopsis: US Navy Seal Matt Barnes leads a renegade band of grunts on a covert operation to rescue an underwater treasure in a Bosnian lake.
Director: Steven Quale
Cast: J.K. Simmons, Sullivan Stapleton, Charlie Bewley, and Ewen Bremner
15th July – Tommy’s Honour
Synopsis: Gifted Scottish golfer Tommy rejects the stuffy decorum of the links and seeks to play the game on his own terms. This is an intimate, powerfully moving tale of the real-life founders of the modern game of golf.
Director: Jason Connery
Cast: Sam Neill, Peter Mullan, Ophelia Lovibond, and Jack Lowden
Review: Well shot locations and great performances but whilst the true story about the early days of golf is interesting (to some), it’s not a particularly exciting story. Still, I enjoyed learning something new and Jack Lowden shows a lot of promise.