Mon 11 July
“Who you gonna call?” [Journalist cliché #2506] Whether you’re excited or dreading the reimagining of this supernatural comedy classic, there’s no denying you’re not interested. Now the ladies are in charge of dealing with New York City’s hauntings. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones form a capable cast which undoubtedly do the original proud. After landing prestigious teaching position at Columbia University, a writer’s book about ghosts resurfaces and she is forced out of academia. When ethereal invaders hit Manhattan, she unites with a fellow author, a nuclear engineer and a subway worker to save the world from a mysterious evil and powerful demon. The purists might sneer, but there’s plenty to love here.
The third instalment in The Purge sci-fi horror series sees us return to its totalitarian version of the future, where America’s basest desires are allowed loose for one night a year. Promoted as a cathartic process, this night of violence has boosted the country’s prosperity at the expense of the vulnerable. Police sergeant Leo Barnes is back, this time looking after a promising Presidential candidate. She wants to end the Purge, after losing her family to it 15 years earlier. But the country’s New Founding Fathers aren’t going to give up this effective method of population control willingly. A violent futuristic take on 70s siege thrillers, it turns the spotlight away from lowly criminals to the privileged, and throwing in America’s issues with gun control for good measure.
With a screenplay by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, this epic space-exploration drama gets another outing. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto reprise their roles as Captain Kirk and Commander Spock, with Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella joining the crew. Directed by Justin Lin, who helmed three The Fast and the Furious titles, it carries on with JJ Abrams’ bold reboot of the series. The USS Enterprise’s crew are halfway into a five-year mission, when they are attacked by an unstoppable wave of aliens. Forced to abandon ship, its crew find themselves stranded with no means of rescue. To make matters worse they clash with a ruthless enemy, who has a hatred of the Federation and all it stands for.
Matt Damon takes a break from being the go-to guy if you need an abandoned astronaut, to reprise his incredibly popular intelligence operative role. Several years after he exposed the CIA programme that created him, Jason Bourne resurfaces. But now the world is faced with unprecedented instability, and only our protagonist kicking some bad guys in the head will bring about a solution. This sequel also sees the return of the sublime Paul Greengrass. it’s going to be another non-stop thriller packed with running, jumping, punching and shooting, only letting up for the occasional meaningful stare. The team who completely redefined espionage thrillers are back, and there’ll be little let-up for anybody involved.