Summer has well and truly arrived, and July brings us a glut of must-see films to put in your diary. There’s good vibrations in Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy, and we are delighted to be showing thrilling war drama 13 Minutes – from the director of Downfall – exclusively on our screens. Read our run-through of just some of the key new releases to keep an eye out for this month…
Please note that these films are at selected Picturehouse Cinemas only – check picturehouses.com for listings ahead of release.
From Friday 10 July
Love & Mercy (12A)
Director: Bill Pohlad.
Starring: John Cusack, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Banks. USA 2014. 121 mins.
Love & Mercy charts the fall and rise of The Beach Boys’ visionary Brian Wilson, juxtaposing his slide into mental illness during the 1960s with his redemption in the 1980s. Dano is astonishing as the younger Brian, overwhelmed while creating the album Pet Sounds; Cusack plays the older Brian, rescued from a controlling ‘therapist’ (Giamatti) by the love of Melinda Ledbetter (Banks). Heartbreaking and uplifting at once – much like Wilson’s music.
Contains drug use, references to child abuse and infrequent strong language.
From Friday 10 July
Song Of The Sea (PG)
Director: Tomm Moore. Ireland/Denmark/Belgium/Luxembourg/France 2014. 94 mins.
Oscar-nominated for The Secret Of Kells, Irish director Tomm Moore again uses his poetic hand-drawn style to create this mystical tale. Ben and his sister Saoirse embark on an enchanted quest to recover Saoirse’s magical cloak that transforms her into a seal.
From Friday 17 July – Exclusively at Picturehouse Cinemas
13 Minutes (15)
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel.
Starring: Christian Friedel, Katharina Schüttler, Burghard Klaußner. Germany 2015. 114 mins. German with English subtitles.
Opening as a tense action thriller, Hirschbiegel’s second foray into Nazi history after Downfall follows Georg Elser’s (Friedel, The White Ribbon) unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Hitler with a bomb that exploded 13 minutes too late. The film then flashes backwards and forwards between Elser’s gradual path to radicalisation and the increasingly desperate efforts of his captors to uncover a non-existent political conspiracy.
From Friday 17 July
Director: Peyton Reed.
Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly. USA 2015. 117 mins.
A founding member of Marvel Comics’ super-successful Avengers finally bounds onto the big screen, as thieving conman Scott Lang (Rudd, Anchorman) dons the technologically amazing suit that enables him to shrink in size but surge in strength. He comes to the aid of his mentor Dr Hank Pym (Douglas) to combat a real and present danger to the entire world, which requires Lang to perpetrate a major heist.
Contains moderate action violence and moderate bad language.
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From Friday 17 July
True Story (15)
Director: Rupert Goold.
Starring: James Franco, Felicity Jones, Jonah Hill. USA 2015. 99 mins.
Disgraced former journalist Michael Finkel (Hill, The Wolf Of Wall Street) has his identity stolen by an alleged murderer called Christian Longo (Franco). When Longo ends up in prison awaiting trial, Finkel tries to revive his own career by helping him to write about his experiences. But the more fascinated the two men become with each other, the greater the risks to their increasingly intertwined selves.
From Friday 24 July
Director: Mia Hansen-Løve.
Starring: Félix de Givry, Vincent Macaigne, Roman Kolinka, Greta Gerwig. France 2014. 131 mins. French with English subtitles.
Co-written with her DJ brother Sven, Mia Hansen-Løve’s Eden is the first film to capture the spirit and adventure of the ’90s French house-music world, powered by a hypnotic soundtrack from Daft Punk and classic American artists. Paul (de Givry), a Paris DJ, finds a niche presenting garage-house parties. As his fortunes ebb and flow, music is an emotional anchor that sees him through the bittersweet realities of creativity.
From Friday 24 July
Inside Out (U)
Director: Pete Docter.
Voices: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Diane Lane. USA 2015. 102 mins.
Disney Pixar’s entrancing animated fable follows eleven-year-old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), who is reluctantly uprooted from rural Minnesota to San Francisco. We see her experiences mostly through the emotions inside her head. Five of them – Joy (Poehler), Fear (Hader), Anger, Disgust and Sadness – compete over how best to help her deal with the challenges of a new life. This magical and heartfelt film will intrigue and entertain audiences of all ages.
From Thursday 30 July
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Cert TBC)
Director: Christopher McQuarrie.
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames. USA 2015. TBC mins.
In his fifth outing as IMF agent Ethan Hunt, Tom Cruise finds the ultra-secret agency officially disbanded. When a terrorist organisation known only as the Syndicate makes its malevolent presence felt, Hunt reassembles his team, including Benji (Pegg), Brandt (Renner), Luther (Rhames) and new agent Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson), to take them down. Expect incredible set pieces as Hunt and Co. defy bullets, gravity and more in this edge-of-the-seat thriller.
From Friday 31 July
Iris (Cert TBC)
Director: Albert Maysles.
Featuring: Iris Apfel. USA 2014. TBC mins.
The star of the late documentarian Albert Maysles’s (Grey Gardens) penultimate film is Iris Apfel, a flamboyant 93-year-old American textile and interior designer who has become a fashion icon. Always sporting her trademark giant spectacles and riotously colourful outfits, Apfel delivers non-stop witty, quizzical banter. Maysles creates a quietly impressive work as he joins her on her daily rounds of being photographed for magazines or buying yet more outrageous home furnishings in this delightful portrait.