For those of us not donning our posh frocks for Royal Ascot, the cinema is the place to be. So when the clouds roll over and the summer rain pours, the only decision you need to make is between laddish American comedy, saccharine romance or the latest Sherlock drama.
After a boisterous London premiere earlier in the week, Entourage finally hits the big screen today (Friday 19). The movie picks up after the events of the TV series finale, with Vince and his boys once again joining forces with Jeremy Piven’s former Hollywood agent Ari Gold. If you’ve already devoured all eight seasons of the HBO creation, the movie should be your next stop.
Going from the glitz of Hollywood to cowboys in North Carolina, we have yet another Nicholas Sparks adaptation in the form of The Longest Ride. Telling the parallel stories of two couples in different time periods, all the usual Sparks trademarks are here, from the southern location to the enduring love story. It’s so sickly sweet it’ll give you a sugar rush but it might just capture the hearts of all the hopeless romantics out there.
Back on British soil we have another tale about Sherlock Holmes, albeit a different take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s notorious detective. Mr Holmes stars an aged Ian McKellen as the long-retired Sherlock reflecting on his life and an unsolved case. With director Bill Condon at the helm and the always-reliable McKellen in front of the camera, Mr Holmes will add a touch of class and refinement to this weekend’s movie pickings.
Finally, our DVD recommendation of the week is Ava DuVernay’s Selma (released on June 15). Starring David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo, it tells the story of Martin Luther King’s campaign for equal rights with a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. Powerful and pertinent, this is a film worth anyone’s time.