I love small, intimate, indie, arthouse movies.
I also love big, blockbustery films that comes surging off the screen and make you feel as if they have enveloped you; it’s the latter that are getting some serious cinema loving in this post, and after two years plus of exhausting pandemic, some big screen escapism is just what the doctor ordered,
Even better we have a ’80s movie throwback in the form of the Top Gun sequel, and some fu, intense superhero action, laced with lots and lots of humour.
Excited? YES! Time to bring on the popcorn, surround sound and to suspend belief like no one’s business.
The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late. Thor: Love and Thunder is once again directed by Kiwi actor / writer / filmmaker Taika Waititi, director of the films Eagle vs Shark, Boy, What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Thor: Ragnarok, and Jojo Rabbit previously. The screenplay is written by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson and Taika Waititi. Produced by Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum. (synopsis courtesy First Showing)
Thor: Love and Thunder opens 6 July in Australia and 8 July in UK/USA.
“The future is in her hands.” Kamala Khan, a fan of the Avengers, particularly Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel, struggles to fit in until she gains her own polymorphous powers. Ms. Marvel is a series created by British comedian / writer Bisha K. Ali, staff writer on the Four Weddings and a Funeral series and story editor on Marvel’s Loki previously. Featuring six episodes directed by Meera Menon and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. With writing by Bisha K. Ali. Executive produced by Kevin Feige. Based on the character created by Sana Amanat. (synopsis courtesy First Showing)
Ms. Marvel begins streaming episodes from 8 June on Disney Plus.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One is the seventh installment of the Mission: Impossible film series, and the third in the series directed by McQuarrie, following Rogue Nation and Fallout. Ethan Hunt returns with his regular team for more covert missions around the world to save us all from mayhem and destruction. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One is once again directed by American filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie, director of the movies The Way of the Gun, Jack Reacher, plus both Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation & Fallout previously. The screenplay is also written by Christopher McQuarrie. Based on the television series created by Bruce Geller. Produced by Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams, Christopher McQuarrie, David Ellison, and Jake Myers (synopsis courtesy First Showing)
Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1 is due for release on 14 July 2023 with Part 2 to follow in June 2024.