Team shortlist13 Jul 2017 AT 11:28 AM

4 films in UAE cinemas this week

The Hunter's Prayer and more!
Team shortlist13 Jul 2017 AT 11:28 AM

War for the Planet of the Apes (15)
This is the third and final chapter in the rebooted series that seems to mutate as rapidly as the beasts in question. This time, we’re being asked to very much side with the apes as they, led by Caesar (Andy Serkis), embark on a deadly conflict with humans – which, to be honest, is one that most species have tried and failed to wage since we stood upright and started sharpening things. Their foe is Colonel McCullough (a lip-curling Woody Harrelson) and as dozens from each side are cut down, it leads to a final confrontation that will determine the fate of the planet. The plot might be simplistic but there’s no denying the incredible skill and scope on display in both the direction and the rendering of the stars. It really is one of the best, most engaging and thoughtful blockbusters you’ll see in many a summer.
In cinemas from July 20


The Bad Batch
Model Suki Waterhouse shows off her acting skills in writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour’s latest creation. The violent (to say the least) film follows Arlene’s (Suki) quest of finding freedom, and ultimately herself. Be prepared for some gory scenes as the so-called freedom she’s trying to find is from cannibals, one of which is played by future Aquaman, Jason Momoa.  
In cinemas now

The Hunter’s Prayer
Sam Worthington’s (Avator, Clash of the Titans and Man on a Ledge) latest flick sees him take on the role of a hired hitman who suddenly finds himself unable to do the task after meeting his latest “job” Ella Hatto (Odeya Rush of The Giver fame). Aside from ample brooding on Worthington’s part, expect the usual car chases, show downs and “twists” currently associated with the action-thriller genre.
In cinemas now


Baby Driver (18)
Baby Driver takes those relatable daydreams, the ones where you’re the lead character in a movie based on your own life that you pathetically entertain whenever you listen to a particularly cinematic song – and actually makes a whole movie out of it.
Director Edgar Wright conceived the idea more than 20 years ago, having had his mind blown by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion song “Bellbottoms” and vividly visualising the film’s opening scene. Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a gawky getaway driver for a rotating group of bank robbers (including Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm), and he’s very good at it.
Not just “can reliably drive a car pretty fast” good, but “can pull up the handbrake, skid between a freeway of oncoming traffic and park it precisely between your fingertips, in time to whatever tune he’s cranking” good.
He drives like he’s doing extremely impressive kung fu with a car in an extremely overambitious music video. Gradually though, the body count racks up and the ultra-slick blinkers fall off as Baby realises he’s not actually living in a video game, but falling backwards into an oven and scalding himself very badly. Albeit a lot more cinematically. Great stuff.
In cinemas from July 20


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