With summer holiday season on the verge of starting, the recent spell of warm weather promises a blissful few weeks in the sun. Unless of course you’re on public transport in central London in which case it’s a painful experience for all. So whether you’re looking to cool down after an excruciating journey, or simply want to escape harmful rays for a while, here’s what the cinema has to offer this week.
All hail Caesar. He’s certainly been a busy primate since we last saw him in 2011. Returning in the cumbersomely named Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, humanity has been devastated by the virus unleashed last time out. With James Franco gone, Jason Clarke steps in to lead a group of survivors that tries to bridge the gap between Caesar and his new society before Gary Oldman launches all-out war. Picking up extremely positive reviews everywhere it goes, a fairly average blockbuster season might have another tick in the positive column.
Two young and lonely individuals meet at a nuclear power plant in France and fall in love. Grand Central doesn’t mess around with a complicated premise and is all the better for it. With rising (or in fact risen by now) stars Léa Seydoux and Tahar Rahim, the central love story is a tender and convincing affair. If the film veers off a little towards the end, there is always the looming threat of a radioactive nuclear power station to hold attention.
Anyone on the central line at Bank station yesterday might disagree with the title, but Some Like It Hot is back in cinemas and is quite frankly unmissable. Billy Wilder’s classic comedy sends Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon on the run from the mob dressed as members of an all female band after witnessing the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre. As if that’s not enough, Marilyn Monroe’s there to spar with the two of them. It’s not the American Film Institute’s greatest American comedy film of all time for nothing.
If you’re looking for something a little different, you can’t do much better than purchasing Under the Skin, out on DVD this week. Jonathan Glazer’s astonishing film sends Scarlett Johansson’s alien in disguise down to earth to harvest foolish and vulnerable men. Literally sending Johansson around Scottish housing estates in a white van to lure unsuspecting strangers (also unaware they were being filmed), there’s a striking immediacy to a film that shows the true power of image over dialogue.
I suggest after you’ve got through this lot you find a safe spot in the shade to wait for the second Hercules of the year and a rare Nicholas Cage return to form next week. See you then.