The spotlight has rightly been on Cannes all this week, but there’s still some cinematic magic to be found away from the French Riviera. This weekend’s cinema picks include two hotly anticipated blockbusters and the tale of a lonesome vampire, while on DVD we have a musical fairy-tale for all the family.
The big pick this week is Disney’s sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland: A World Beyond, starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson. Bound by a mysterious shared destiny, Frank and Casey embark on a mission to discover the mysteries of an innovative land located somewhere in space and time. Inspired by a futuristic theme park attraction, Brad Bird’s latest film has all the Disney ingredients to make it an early summer hit. The teasers and trailers for this one have been stunning, so here’s hoping Tomorrowland can deliver some emotional depth to go with it’s impressive visuals.
If you prefer ghostly chills to Disney thrills, the remake of American horror film Poltergeist might be just the ticket. Utilising the successful formula of all classic ghost tales, Gil Kenan’s modern-day supernatural horror is a reimagining of Tobe Hooper’s original which sees a family terrorized by evil forces in their house. With the added hindrance benefit of 3D, it probably won’t bring anything new to the horror franchise, but fans of the genre probably won’t care.
Sticking with horror but switching to a different kind of monster, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is the spooky alternative to Poltergeist this weekend. Billed as “A new vampire classic”, Ana Lily Amirpour’s tale of a lonesome vampire stalking the streets of an Iranian ghost-town has gained some stellar reviews so far. Shot in black & white and boasting an unforgettable soundtrack, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is a must-see.
Finally, this weekend is a bank holiday which means we’re gifted an extra day to waste away watching movies. There’s plenty of new DVD and Blu-ray releases to keep you entertained, with our recommendation being Disney’s fantasy musical Into The Woods. Boasting a big-name cast that includes Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but with bewitching visuals and some sparkling performances from the likes of Chris Pine, it offers theatrical entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.
Whether it’s ghosts, vampires or witches you’ll be watching, enjoy your long weekend of movies. Our regular writer Stephen will be back next week for LA earthquakes and Al Pacino.