Noel Clarke’s latest, Melissa McCarthy hits the road and more Bayhem
Director: Noel Clarke || Writer: Simon Lewis || Cast: Noel Clarke, Ian Somerhalder, Brian Cox || Country: UK || Distributor: Universal || Rating: 15
Over the past decade, triple-threat Noel Clarke has been establishing himself as one of the key figures in British independent filmmaking, directing street-teen thrillers Adulthood and 4,3,2,1 as well as contributing story and script to Kidulthood, Fast Girls and Storage 24. His latest is The Anomaly, a high-concept but lo-fi science-fiction thriller about a former soldier (Clarke himself) who wakes up in the back of a van with no memory of how he got there. Throwing in themes of identity and mind control, the film co-stars The Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder and Michael Mann’s Hannibal Lecter Brian Cox.
In wide release
Director: Ben Falcone || Writer: Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy || Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates || Country: USA || Distributor: Warner Bros. Rating: 15
It should go without saying, but American actress Melissa McCarthy is probably the funniest figure in comedy these days – male or female. After co-starring with Jason Bateman (Identity Thief) and Sandra Bullock (The Heat) for shits and giggles, with mixed success, McCarthy now takes the lead for Tammy, a road-trip comedy about a recently fired blue-collar gal who, after finding her husband with another woman, takes the car and her grandmother (Susan Sarandon) for a soul-searching spin. McCarthy co-wrote the screenplay with her husband Ben Falcone – who also directs – while Mark Duplass, Allison Janney, Toni Collette, Nat Faxon and Dan Aykroyd round out the impressive cast.
In saturated release
Transformers: Age Of Extinction
Director: Michael Bay || Writer: Ehren Kruger || Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor || Country: USA || Distributor: Paramount || Rating: 12A
Say what you will about Michael Bay’s Transformers trilogy – the films storm gangbusters at the box-office, despite critical consensus positioning the series as the very worst of what modern cinema has to offer. But, Money Matters, so Paramount have allowed Bay the luxury of overloading our senses for another round of super-sized CG toys clanging at each other while the camera spins around them like Taz on meth. Yet, there are slight changes to the formula – Bay’s Pain & Gain star Mark Wahlberg replacing Shia LaBeouf as the human contingent, along with teens Nicola Peltz (The Last Airbender) and Jack Reynor (What Richard Did), and the much-hyped addition of Dinobots to fight alongside Optimus Prime and co. is just enough to keep the anticipation… middling.
In saturated release from July 10; previews through July 5-9
In limited release
CYCLING WITH MOLIERE (Philippe Le Guay; France; Artificial Eye)
GODDESS (Mark Lamprell; Australia; Metrodome)
A HARD DAY’S NIGHT (1964) (Richard Lester; UK; Metrodome)
HERE AND NOW (Lisle Turner; UK; Wrapt Films)
LOVE ETERNAL (Brendan Muldowney; Ireland; Wildcard Distribution) – Ireland only
THE YEAR AND THE VINEYARD (Jonathan Cenzual Burley; Spain; Matchbox Films)
In wide release
THE HUNDRED YEAR-OLD-MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED (Felix Herngren; Sweden, Croatia; StudioCanal)