Hollywood blockbusters, award-winning comedies and fascinating fantastical fairytales – there’s all manner of amazing films being released onto screens large and small this summer. So, pencil in your favourites now – because we all know it will rain at some point, don’t we?
Learning to Drive
This gorgeously gentle comedy was an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. In Learning to Drive, Patricia Clarkson plays highly successful and highly-strung book critic Wendy Shields who decides to take up driving after her husband leaves her for a younger ‘skank.’ Her instructor, Darwan (played by Sir Ben Kingsley) is a softly-spoken Indian-American and the two strike up a friendship along the road… Leaning to Drive is in cinemas June 10.
Tale of Tales
John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek and Vincent Cassel star in this mish-mash of 17th century fairytales including early versions of Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Hansel and Gretel. The first English-speaking film by Italian director Matteo Garrone, Tale of Tales was considered for the coveted Palme d’Or (losing out to Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan) and is both completely bonkers and utterly fascinating. Tale of Tales is on general release in cinemas June 17.
Adult Life Skills
Single, stuck in a rut, approaching 30 and grieving the death of her brother, oddball Anna (Jodie Whittaker) finds solace by moving into her mum’s garden shed in an unnamed rural English town, making videos and using her thumbs as actors. Anna’s mum is pushing her to sort her life out and a visit by a school friend forces her to confront some difficult changes. Adult Life Skills is cute, quirky, cute and very funny. Adult Life Skills is in cinemas June 24.
The Fundamentals of Caring
Based on the 2012 novel of the same name, 18-year-old Trevor (Craig Roberts) has muscular dystrophy: a rare disorder that requires the use of a motorized wheelchair and assistance with everyday activities. He embarks on a road trip with his caregiver, retired writer Ben, (Paul Rudd), who switched careers after the devastating death of his young son. The sweet, coming-of-age story about hope, loss and friendship sees the pair learn about life from the intriguing characters they meet along the way. The Fundamentals of Caring is on Netflix from June 24.
Absolutely Fabulous The Movie
Bolly at the ready, darling, as our favourite and most outrageous comedy hits the big screen. Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley reprise their iconic roles as Edina and Patsy. This time they hit up Fashion Week and accidentally knock Kate Moss overboard. Hilarity ensues as the pair become the most hated women in showbiz-land, fleeing to the South of France (where else?) to escape the hounding paparazzi. Expect cameos from (deep breath) Stella McCartney, Rebel Wilson, John Hamm, Joan Collins, Cara Delevingne and Mossy herself. Absolutely Fabulous The Movie is in cinemas July 1.
Get a Job
BAFTA nominee Miles Teller and Oscar nominees Bryan Cranston and Anna Kendrick star in this fresh and wickedly funny comedy following the struggles of two recent college graduates as they try to find employment in today’s highly competitive job market. Will (Teller) and his girlfriend Jillian (Kendrick) assume they will walk straight into their dream jobs, totally unprepared for the sea of rejection, bad interviews and bizarre starter-jobs (we’ve all been there). Alison Brie, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Marcia Gay Harden also make up the stellar cast. Get a Job is available to buy on DVD from July 4.
Directed by Bridesmaids’ Paul Feig, the re-working of the 1984 classic stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy alongside newbies Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon taking on the originally-male ghost-busting quartet. Chris Hemsworth plays Kevin as the (originally-female role) receptionist while Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver are said to make comeback cameos. It’s one of the most-hyped, eagerly anticipated summer blockbusters and, from the looks of the hilarious trailer, you won’t be disappointed. Ghostbusters is in cinemas July 15.