Not as good a month as January but not without its highlights. The movie of the month contenders are:
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi: True story of the attack at a U.S. compound in Libya. It isn’t Black Hawk Down, but it’s the best thing Michael Bay has directed since The Rock 20 years ago.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Surprisingly enjoyable riff on the idea of a zombie outbreak in the middle of Jane Austen’s novel. Having never read Austin or seen the adaptations, I am sure half the jokes went over my head.
Point Break: Pointless remake of Kathryn Bigelow’s action movie masterpiece.
Goosebumps: Fun comedy horror helped by a great concept. Jack Black is only slightly annoying.
Deadpool: After the misstep of his appearance X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Wade Wilson / Deadpool gets the film he deserves. Devastatingly funny at times, it could be this year’s Kingsmen.
Concussion: True story of the doctor who discovered the link between concussion and brain damage in American Football players. The film is a little flat but Will Smith is great.
A Bigger Splash: Remake of La Piscine (1969). The cast (Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson) are all excellent, particularly Fiennes. Intriguing but doesn’t reach the level it is aiming for.
Triple 9: Heist movie centred around corrupt cops and the Russian Mob. Topped and tailed with great action scenes but a little flabby in the middle.
Secret in Their Eyes: Remake of the Argentinean Oscar winner from 2009. The top cast does a good job but the film lacks both the suspense and the context of the original, the post-9/11 setting feels a little forced.
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