VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS

Release date 03 August

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THE DARK TOWER

Release date 18 August

STARRING: Idris Elba, Matthew

McConaughey, Katherine Winnick

DIRECTOR: Nikolaj Arcel

STARRING: Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan, Ethan Hawke, Clive Owen

DIRECTOR: Luc Besson

Beginning in the early 80s and finished in 2012, Stephen King’s blockbuster Dark Tower series span multiple genres and styles, using characters from his other books, to describe the tale of The Gunslinger and his quest for the Dark Tower. It’s only natural that Hollywood had an interest in bringing the project to the screen, but since 2007, The Dark Tower bounced around from studio to studio, seemingly with no idea how to adapt the complexities of the source material. The answer was simple – instead of adapting the series, film a sequel to it instead. Set after the events of the book series, The Dark Tower stars Idris Elba as the mysterious Gunslinger, protecting the Dark Tower from his nemesis, the Man in Black, played by Matthew McConaughey. The Gunslinger encounters a young boy who dreams of other worlds and together they travel to the Dark Tower in order to not only save the world, but all of existence itself. From the previews, The Dark Tower looks to be a serious, intense action movie with special-effects heavy set-pieces that try to convey the skill of the Gunslinger and the menace he faces. Interestingly, in 2018, a Dark Tower TV series is set for release, reportedly to be an adaptation of the book series. It’s an ambitious plan, but one that will ultimately hinge on the success of this film. It certainly looks promising, but we’ll find out if the franchise can succeed on its release on 18th August.                                                                      

Words: Lee Callaway

In a futuristic city inhabited by species spanning the entire universe, an evil lingers that threatens to bring an end to the peaceful metropolis, Alpha. Obviously, despite the plethora of races, two young humans, Valerian and Laurelain, remain the only hope of everything and must engage imaginative creatures set to spark the imagination of the teenage market

Words: Stephen Coombes

THE HOTMAN'S BODYGUARD

Release date 18 August

STARRING: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek

DIRECTOR: Patrick Hughes

Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds team up for this punchy action comedy as Michael Bryce (Reynolds), the world’s top bodyguard, is assigned to protect hitman Darius Kincaid (Jackson) in the run-up to his testimony at the International Court of Justice. Salma Hayek and Gary Oldman pitch in, as the main pair’s apparent chemistry looks set to secure this as a respectable outing.

Words: Stephen Coombes

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