The Dark Knight Rises
It’s the summer movie so big that no other significant release dares to open on the same day. Batman is back! Woooo! Yeah! Batman! For the third and final instalment in Nolan’s trilogy Batman is joined by Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman (though never called Catwoman), and most excitingly Joseph Gordon-Levitt as some policeman. It’s dark. It’s gritty. It’s a little bit self-important. It’s Batman. Only one question remains; will Nolan finally use the Batman theme song?
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (limited release)
Ice-T directs a documentary on the history of rap. Everyone is involved; Bun B, B-Real, Busy Bee, Grandmaster Caz, Ice Cube, Chuck D, Mos Def, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Big Daddy Kane, Ras Kass, Kool Keith, KRS-One, MC Lyte, Marley Marl, Melle Mel, Q-Tip, Redman, Puerto Rico, Chino XL, Xzibit, Immortal Technique, Baggy Trousers, Flat White, House MD, Green-T, Kumquat, IPATD-256, Lemonhead, and Mild Concern.*
In Your Hands (limited release)
Kristin Scott Thomas continues to star in Frenchy films. This time she is a kidnapped woman who gets a small dose of Stockholm Syndrome. Someone on IMDb says, “you feel that the not untold story anyway is told one too many time.” What more could I possibly say?
Revenge of the Electric Car (limited release)
5+ years ago Chris Paine made the intriguing documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? which looked at the strange events surrounding the death of the electric car as major companies recalled electric models and had them destroyed for no reason other than to maintain oil companies dominance in the fuel market. Now with electric cars back on the rise Chris Paine documents this resurgence and we all feel a little bit less uneasy.
Swandown (limited release)
Documentary following Andrew Kötting and Iain Sinclair as they pedal a plastic swan 160 miles from Hastings to Hackney. Sounds like fun.
Lola Versus (limited release)
Indie flick about a woman called Lola, played by mumblecore queen Greta Gerwig, who breaks up with her fiancé three weeks before her wedding. Reviews aren’t great but what really matters is that the film’s website has an infographic telling you how to survive a break-up. Bookmark it now.
The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best (limited release)
What seems like a three star film in which “a singer-songwriter hits the road with a self-appointed music revolutionary.”
I Am Bruce Lee (limited release)
It’s a documentary about Bruce Lee. Obviously.
Interview with a Hitman (limited release)
“An elite hitman returns to erase his past only to find that somebody has messed with his future.” Sadly I don’t think this involves any time travel. For a film about time travel and assassins we’re going to have to wait for Looper.
*I only made up some of those.