Reel Reviewer Column: Statham and Johnson team up

Jason Day previews August’s cinema releases, which include the Fast & Furious spin-off as well as a star-studded collab between Di Caprio, Pitt and Tarantino…

Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw (out on August 2)

Jason Statham (Shaw) has to sort out a load of trouble when his sister steals a lethal pathogen. He’s accompanied by Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). Expect lots of macho, thrilling car-chase action set pieces.

Notorious (August 9)

This ultra-smooth Alfred Hitchcock 1946 classic romance stars Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains in a threesome as people whose lives become entangled during an espionage operation.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (August 14)

A faded television actor (Leonardo Di Caprio) and his stunt double (Brad Pitt) strive to achieve fame in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Directed by Quentin Tarantino.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold (August 16)

Isabela Moner plays a teenage adventurer from the jungle who has to face her biggest challenge – starting high school – when she gets a more formal education. The kids will lap up this gender-swap Indiana Jones stuff. Co-starring Michael Pena and Eva Longoria.

Pain and Glory (August 23)

Pedro Almodovar is in reflective mood here as a once famous film director (Antonio Banderas), on a downer, has several reencounters, including a love from his past.

Stunning visuals and a haunting tale from this most celebrated of Spanish cinema auteurs mark this out as one to watch.

Inna Da Yard (August 30)

I am no music fan and have no adherence to reggae music but, after hearing Cedric Myton’s passionate, ghostly lyrics about fisherman in Jamaica, I’m sold. You need to see this movie.

The Dead Don’t Die (MK Gallery: August 16 & 18)

A star cast assembles for this idiosyncratic take on the trend for epics about zombies. The idyllic, white picket fence town of Centerville.

Characters include Tilda Swinton as a Scottish mortician who doubles as a sword-wielding, ninja assassin. Book tickets for this one at

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

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

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