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