Team shortlist09 Jul 2017 AT 06:21 PM

5 films in UAE cinemas this week

Baby Driver, Jagga Jasoos and more!
Team shortlist09 Jul 2017 AT 06:21 PM

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (18)
Cara Delevingne continues her evolution from eyebrowed model and Hollywood “It Girl” into zeitgeisty actress – a kind of Chloë Sevigny for the Kardashian generation.
In Luc Besson’s latest stylised sci-fi yarn, she plays Laureline, the sidekick of the title character (played by the irritatingly alliterative Dane DeHaan), both special operatives for the government of the human territories, which is charged with maintaining order throughout the universe.
They are sent by Commander Filitt (Clive Owen) to the intergalactic city of Alpha, which is comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe – sound familiar? – but where there is a dark force at work. It’s all epically over the top but has in-built cult appeal. Watch out for a cameo from Rihanna, too.
In cinemas from July 20

War for the Planet of the Apes (15)
This is the third and final chapter in the rebooted series that seems to mutate as rapidly as the beasts in question. This time, we’re being asked to very much side with the apes as they, led by Caesar (Andy Serkis), embark on a deadly conflict with humans – which, to be honest, is one that most species have tried and failed to wage since we stood upright and started sharpening things. Their foe is Colonel McCullough (a lip-curling Woody Harrelson) and as dozens from each side are cut down, it leads to a final confrontation that will determine the fate of the planet. The plot might be simplistic but there’s no denying the incredible skill and scope on display in both the direction and the rendering of the stars. It really is one of the best, most engaging and thoughtful blockbusters you’ll see in many a summer.
In cinemas from July 20

Baby Driver (18)
Baby Driver takes those relatable daydreams, the ones where you’re the lead character in a movie based on your own life that you pathetically entertain whenever you listen to a particularly cinematic song – and actually makes a whole movie out of it.
Director Edgar Wright conceived the idea more than 20 years ago, having had his mind blown by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion song “Bellbottoms” and vividly visualising the film’s opening scene. Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a gawky getaway driver for a rotating group of bank robbers (including Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm), and he’s very good at it.
Not just “can reliably drive a car pretty fast” good, but “can pull up the handbrake, skid between a freeway of oncoming traffic and park it precisely between your fingertips, in time to whatever tune he’s cranking” good.
He drives like he’s doing extremely impressive kung fu with a car in an extremely overambitious music video. Gradually though, the body count racks up and the ultra-slick blinkers fall off as Baby realises he’s not actually living in a video game, but falling backwards into an oven and scalding himself very badly. Albeit a lot more cinematically. Great stuff.
In cinemas from July 20

Jagga Jasoos (15)
What happens when a high profile couple has a very public break-up in the midst of shooting an extremely ambitious film? Well, it takes two and a half years to finish it for one thing. The parting of ways of Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif certainly overshadows this movie, but there are more than enough songs – 29 in total, due to an unusual plot twist – and stunning locations – Cape Town and Thailand included – to ensure this will be a Bollywood blockbuster of lasting impact.
In cinemas from July 14

Guest Iin London (15)
Madcap, no-brainer comedies are always part and parcel of a summer cinema season – and that’s totally fine by us. Guest in London is just that in spades. Starring Kartik Aryan, Kriti Kharbanda and Paresh Rawal, and directed by Ashwini Dhir, this is the sequel to the 2010 laugh riot Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge and Paresh Rawal is at it yet again, playing the uninvited and annoying guest making a couple’s lives miserable.
In cinemas now


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