New movies to watch in July
WEEK OF JULY 2
The Amazing Spider-Man (PG)
Fanboys and girls are excited for this darker reboot of the Spider-Man movie franchise where Peter Parker’s search for his parents’ identities leads him to Oscorp and The Lizard. But we’ll be catching it to see the chemistry between real-life couple Andrew Garfield (who won us over in The Social Network) and the very likeable funny girl Emma Stone.
Good Deeds (NC16)
Tyler Perry’s back with a feel-good, moral-espousing movie. This time he plays businessman Wesley Deeds who always does what’s expected of him, including taking care of his delinquent brother, until he meets a struggling single mum (Thandie Newton) who causes him to question his life and his impending marriage.
Spirit (PG13, in Malayalam)
Banker-turned-journalist Raghunadan has to finally face up to his demons as he battles alcoholism while holding on to his day job as a TV anchor interviewing the rich and famous.
WEEK OF JULY 9
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (NC16)
How exactly did America’s most beloved president become a vampire hunter? It’s all thanks to novelist Seth Grahame-Smith who imagined the biography of a Lincoln bent on revenge after his mother is killed by vampire blood in his fictional work. Such a script was begging for a movie adaptation (with Tim Burton as producer), of course, and now you can see new actor Benjamin Walker as the titular character and hot Brit Dominic Cooper as partner-in-crime Henry Sturgess.
It’s 1987 and rebellious Danielle (played by rising star Juno Temple) has been sent to special ed class because of her tendency to make inappropriate comments during sex education lessons (“Nobody likes a dirty girl,” warns her principal). There, she befriends the bisexual Clarke (Jeremy Dozier) who has issues of his own, dealing with a homophobic father, and they set off on a cross-country journey to find Danielle’s biological dad
Painted Skin: The Resurrection (NC16)
The ethereal Zhou Xun plays a fox spirit revived after centuries of being trapped under an icy lake while Zhao Wei is a princess caught in a deadly pawn game. Look out for eternally handsome singer/actor Fei Xiang as the rather interesting-looking wizard who conspires with the Queen to get the princess’ heart, literally.
Stricken (R21, in Dutch)
How does a husband cope with a wife suffering from breast cancer? And how does she, in turn, deal with his cheating and drinking ways? This film, based on the novel by Ray Kluun, explores a once-happy relationship overturned by cancer.
Bol Bachchan (in Hindi)
Abbas (Abishek Bachchan) and his sister move to a new village where it’s guaranteed he’ll find a job working for Prithviraj (Ajay Devgn). In a strange twist of fate, he breaks the lock of an ancestral temple to save a child and then has to cover up the deed by pretending to have a twin brother. Hilarity ensues as Abbas is forced to take on dual roles.