Reel Reviewer Column: The return of the silver screen

Jason Day previews the biggest movies set to hit the big screen in June and July as cinemas reopen.

Following Boris Johnson’s announcement, cinemas across the country were allowed to reopen from 17 May.

Some chose to open later and others remained quiet, but the good news for us locally is that Cineworld and Odeon have both now reopened in Milton Keynes.

The devil’s in the detail but for most of us, these are some of the new movies you’ll be able to see on the big screen.

Dream Horse (out on June 4)

Toni Collette plays a supermarket cashier who decides to breed a champion, money-spinning racehorse.

The townsfolk get behind her and chip in financial support, creating an equine co-operative.

Based on a true story, this whimsical comedy co-stars Damian Lewis.

The Father (June 11)

Anthony Hopkins was a controversial Best Actor Oscar choice this year as many expected Chadwick Boseman to get a posthumous award.

But there’s no denying his fine performance as an elderly man convinced his daughter (Olivia Colman. Or is it Olivia Williams?) is tricking him out of his apartment.

The film works stealthily with a great script and evocative classical music.

Nobody (June 21)

Ryan Reynolds, Salma Hayek and Samuel L. Jackson had a hit back in 2017 with this crime/comedy caper in which Reynolds played a bodyguard protecting convicted hitman Jackson.

Hayek played Jackson’s wife and the three are reunited in this good-natured sequel in which they try to save her.

Another Round (July 2)

Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film, in which a group of weary high school teachers conduct an experiment to maintain a constant level of tolerable inebriation to increase their creativity and happiness. Then they decide to up the ante. Mads Mikkelsen stars.

Black Widow (July 9)

Marvel comics-based blockbuster starring Scarlett Johannson in the title role. She finds herself alone and forced to confront a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past.

The Croods 2: A New Age (July 16)

Animated flick following the adventures of the prehistoric Crood family who, after their previous adventures, face something very different and alarming – another family.

Emma Stone is one of the stars doing the vocal work.

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

This feature was published in the June and July 2021 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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