Preview Round-Up: Films out soon

There are some big releases headed our way in the coming months so we’re breaking down a few of them for you. There’s epics, political thrillers, sci-fi and lots more…



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Snowden is an upcoming political thriller and part biographical picture of Edward Snowden, who shot to the top of everyone’s radar in 2013 after he leaked classified information from the NSA, revealing first to the Guardian newspaper, and then to the world the nature and extent of (primarily) the US’ intelligence and surveillance services. Directed by Oliver Stone, Snowden is scheduled to be released in September.

Snowden looks promising, Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars and this film, everything else aside, is bound to be thought provoking.


The Free State of Jones

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Due for release in May 2016, The Free State of Jones stars Matthew McConaughey and tells the amazing true story of Newton Knight, a Southern Unionist from Jones County Mississippi, who deserted from the Confederate army  and then fought against them as the leader of The Knight Company, a band of fellow deserters and freed slaves.


The Magnificent Seven


Also due for release in September, The Magnificent Seven looks like a Western that could, at the very least, be great fun. The film is a remake of the 1960 original of the same name which in turn is a re-working of Akira Kurosawa’s legendary samurai flick, Seven Samurai. The central premise is simple, seven mercenary outcasts, each their own unique skills and abilities, assemble to help defend a village and its people from a ruthless group of bandits.

The Magnificent Seven will be criticised for being part of the growing tide of remakes but the films looks like it will be a good, if simple, action romp.


Trainspotting Sequel

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Ewan McGregor on set

Trainspotting burst into cinemas in 1996, shocking and amusing audiences in almost equal measure. It went on to gain both critical and commercial success, and has since gained an impressive cinematic legacy, consistently ranking highly in various “Top Fifty British Films” lists alongside its many quotable lines. A sequel is in the works with a late 2016 or early 2017 release date in mind, with filming having started just last month.

The question will be asked- is this sequel simply looking to cash in on the cult status of the original? Or is there a great new cinematic offering here? Only time will tell.


The Shallows

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Few things can come close to keeping beachgoers out of the water quite like the Jaws series did and The Shallows looks to be a spiritual successor to Jaws. The two trailers currently available make it seem promising so keep an eye out for this one. The Shallows is due for release on June 24th.


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Due to appear in September Rogue One has Star Wars fans wondering- will there finally be a good prequel?

A fear held by some fans is that to make production easier the design team may not try to take influence from either set of films and go ‘rogue’. However, the trailer certainly puts this fear to bed with the distinct 70s sci-fi look of certain characters, such as the Rebel Alliance trooper and his chamber pot helmet, and sets too, for example the not very tasteful panel lit corridors being retained from the original films. Combine this with the more Clone Wars (or even Star Wars Battlefront 2,) look of the dark Stormtroopers and this film looks perfectly placed between the two trilogies.


Ben Hur

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Another re-make joins the charge, (in this case it’s actually a remake of a remake,) in the form of Ben Hur, due for release in August. Morgan Freeman features and the writer has a good record having previously worked on 12 Years a Slave. However elsewhere this looks a bit like a cheap copy of Gladiator. The jury’s out on this one.


Hands of Stone

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Hands of Stone is the first of two promising up-coming boxing flicks covered in our recent previews. Featuring Robert De Niro and Édgar Ramírez this film will look to do better than Southpaw and Creed, recent efforts in the boxing film sub-genre which in some ways fell short of fan hopes.

Hands of Stone, due for release in August, tells the story of Roberto Durán, a former professional boxer from Panama who’s widely regarded as one of the best fighters of all time. The film primarily tells the story of his rivalry with Sugar Ray Leonard who he fought three times.


Bleed for This

Bleed for This

Bleed for This, set for November release in the US, is an upcoming biographical boxing film telling the story of Vinny Paz. The boxer made one of sports’ most remarkable comebacks after suffering a near fatal car crash shortly after claiming the Junior Middleweight World Title. The crash broke his neck and he was informed by doctors that he may never be able to walk again. Only thirteen months after the accident Pazienza took to the ring again in what was perhaps the most amazing comeback in boxing history.


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