Reel Reviewer Column: Shark scientist Statham

Jason Day previews The Meg, Marvel’s sequel to Ant Man and a documentary about Pope Francis in his August cinema round-up

Photo courtesy of Warner Bros

The Meg (out on August 10):

Jurassic Shark! screamed the critics when author Steve Alten’s first book about a mammoth, prehistoric shark let loose on the world hit bookstores.

Jason Statham is a shark scientist who, after a deepocean research station stirs an age old ‘Megalodon’, must contain it to save humanity. Drippy and delightful.

Ant Man and the Wasp (August 2):

Paul Rudd was the surprise leading man in the 2015 Marvel-comic hit about a burglar who discovers a super suit that shrinks him, aiding his crimes.

In this sequel, Ant Man receives a new mission that finds him fighting alongside ‘The Wasp’ and uncovering secrets from the past.

Pope Francis: A Man Of His Word (August 10):

This documentary sees director Wim Wenders follow Pope Francis as he travels the world meeting people in need and delivering messages of hope.

Catholic propaganda, or a wry look at a modern man in charge of an ancient institution? One thing’s for sure, the Pontiff can certainly deliver a good one-liner.

Mildred Pierce (August 22):

Joan Crawford won a Best Actress Oscar for this classic noir melodrama. Ann Blyth is her spoilt daughter, whom Crawford’s downtrodden (but immaculately made-up and attired) waitress has sacrificed everything.

The Spy Who Dumped Me (August 22):

Mila Kunis is a thirtysomething who works in a cheesy bar and whose useless boyfriend turns out to work for the CIA. When the baddies appear, she’s taken on a rollercoaster spy adventure with gal pal Kate McKinnon.

This film is silly with some laughs, but Melissa McCarthy does this sort of ‘fish out of water’ action comedy much better.

You can read more in-depth reviews from Jason by following him on Twitter: @Reelreviewer

This column was published in the August 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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