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Our guide to summer term cinematic procrastination

Written by Film

Summer is almost here (I said almost), and with it the promise of blazing hot days on the lawn; revision books in hand, sharing good conversation and a laugh with friends. Great. If, however, you find the heat threatening, the grass staining and procrastination the order of the day, then why not escape the heat and spend some days in the cooling embrace of a cinema.

Let’s start off with one that has already come out. Avengers: Infinity War, the third instalment in the Avengers series, and amazingly the nineteenth from the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). If the last two in the series are any indication then fans should expect a high-octane, flashy and humours outing from Iron Man and Co. One no Marvel fan will dare miss.

If you love superhero movies, but wish they were a bit more X-rated, then Deadpool II is the one for you. It tells the story of anti-hero Wade Wilson as he begrudgingly teams up with certain X-Men to protect a young mutant from a time-traveller named Cable. The first movie split critics, but was a fan favourite and I expect the second to be very similar. If it produces as many laughs as the first, then it too will be worth a watch.

For sci-fi fans the next month or so will bring two mammoth offerings in the form of Solo: A Star Wars Story on May 24th and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on June 6th. Solo has fans worried, with many questioning Alden Ehrenreich’s portrayal of a young Han Solo and others concerned about production issues. But with the experienced hand of Ron Howard steering the ship and a tried and trussed heist plot lifted from countless Westerns, the film should at least be a fun ride, regardless of any other issues. The other is the sequel to the disappointing Jurassic World, named Fallen Kingdom. Stars Pratt and Howard return alongside a Jeff Goldblum cameo. Goldblum impressed in Thor: Ragnarok, which utilised his eccentricities perfectly. While the new Jurassic World does not look as promising, seeing Golblum return to this world is immensely exciting.

If indie flicks are more your thing then why not try the new biopic of Mary Shelley, conveniently titled Mary Shelley. Imaginative. The film stars the talented young Elle Fanning in the titular role, alongside Maisie Williams and Ben Howard. The film is the western directorial debut by Saudi filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour and hits selected cinemas on May 25th.

Finally, Oscar-winning Juno writer Diablo Cody returns with a new dramedy, Tully, staring Charlize Theron. The film follows Theron as a single mother of three and her relationship with her babysitter. It received a good reception at Sundance and is out on May 4th.

Unless you suffer from some sort of terrible cinephobia (In that case, you’re in my thoughts), then there is no excuse. If none of the above, take your fancy then a simple look at your local cinemas listings should reveal something to peak your interest. Have a great summer people, and fill it fun movies, and… outside things too. Balance. Is. Important.

Last modified: 27th April 2018

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