Reel Reviewer Column: Phoenix rises from the dark ashes

Jason Day previews the latest X-Men instalment, a documentary about the ‘hand of God’ and more in his round-up of June’s cinema releases…

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (out June 5)

Sophie Turner’s marriage to singer Joe Jonas is fortuitously timed, as this latest instalment in the franchise hits cinemas.

She plays the younger Jean Grey – Famke Janssen in the original trilogy – a mutant with powerful telekinetic abilities. Jean must wrestle with the forces of good and evil who want to use her skills.

Kind Hearts and Coronets (June 7)

This classic comedy starring Denis Price as a reptilian, illegitimate heir merrily bumping off his aristocratic relatives (all played by Alec Guinness) to inherit the family seat, is 70 years old.

It’s an elegantly witty romp, caustically written, sparklingly filmed and superbly acted.

Diego Maradona (June 14)

Documentary about the Argentinian midfielder whose ‘hand of God’ incident at the 1986 World Cup still rankles with English footie fans, particularly since the man himself admitted the act was a deliberate hand ball.

Men in Black International (June 14)

This reboot of the action comedies features a new cast (Chris Hemsworth, Liam Neeson) and location (London). The group of secret agents monitoring alien activity on Earth take on their biggest threat to date: a mole within their organisation.

Child’s Play (June 21)

The original horror about a doll possessed by a deceased serial killer has been dogged by accusations that viewing it could incite violence in children.

The later murder of toddler James Bulger – one of whose killers was alleged to have seen its sequel – have not been kind on the film. Chucky, now a murderous ‘smart doll’, is voiced by Mark Hamill (Star Wars).

Toy Story 4 (June 21)

Further animated adventures for cowboy doll Woody and astronaut Buzz Lightyear. When their latest child owner’s favourite toy – a plastic fork – goes missing, they are determined to find him. But ‘Forky’ is none too keen on returning to the fold.

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

This feature was published in the June 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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