Team shortlist25 Jul 2017 AT 07:06 PM

4 films in UAE cinemas this week

The Dark Tower and more!
Team shortlist25 Jul 2017 AT 07:06 PM

The Dark Tower (18)
Before we all sit down to watch It, there’s another Stephen King adaptation to get our teeth into. Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey star in this weird sci-fi cowboy Lord of the Rings mashup about the fate of the world. Somehow it works. Just.
In cinemas from July 27


It Comes at Night (18)
The title sort of flags it, doesn’t it? This horror-drama, though, is a couple of notches above your usual slasher flick, with its themes of survival and trust played out between two couples trying to survive a deadly plague.
In cinemas from July 27


Dunkirk (18)
The schedule of Oscar-winner Mark Rylance has at last been synchronised with that of Harry Styles – surely his equal as one of the finest actors of our time.
At long last, they can appear in the same motion picture. Rejoice! It’s a biggie too: the classic story of the evacuation of Allied forces from the beaches of Dunkirk in the summer of 1940 as they were being pursued by the advancing (and vastly superior) German war machine – a tale that has been envisaged by everyone’s favourite writer/director Christopher Nolan. Phwoar.
Now, look, we all need a big war film every so often, don’t we? A big, soapy all-consuming war film to get lost in, to obliterate the banality of the everyday. There’s absolutely no shame in that. There’s no shame in wanting to lose yourself in the bullets. And there’s no shame in wishing you could have proved your mettle with a helmet and a bayonet. Sssh. It’s all right. Hacksaw Ridge, Unbroken, the Iwo Jima thingies… they were all great and putting you in the protagonist’s pants and allowing to see whether you could have done the same. (Hint: you probably couldn’t.)
In Dunkirk, there’s no shortage of Hollywood bro talent on display to help tell this most compelling of stories, either: Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Cillian Murphy, are all there doing their best frowns as they seek to escape the clutches of the Nazis. No need to glower, boys – you’re in Nolan’s hands. And dependable hands they are. The soft, warm hands of an auteur.
In cinemas from July 27


Jab Harry Met Sejal (18)
Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma star in this road-trip romance as Harry and Sejal travel across Europe in the hunt for the latter’s engagement ring – which, in turn, helps Harry understand more about love and loyalty.
In cinemas from July 27


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