Cinema summer: All the latest movies playing in Belgium


Brussels’ leading film critic James Drew looks ahead to films that will adorn the cinema screens in Belgium.

An American-Australian thriller film directed by Paul Currie and written by Nathan Parker and Todd Stein.  Dylan Branson (Michiel Huisman) is a man whose life is permanently derailed when an ominous pattern of events repeats itself in exactly the same manner every day, ending at precisely 2:22 pm. When he falls for Sarah (Teresa Palmer), a beautiful woman whose life is threatened by these strange events, Dylan must solve the mystery of 2:22 to preserve a love whose second chance has finally come. One senses a touch of Last Year at Marienbad (1961) here – what do you think?
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War of the Planet of the Apes
Here we are on the third time around for the second/third cinema reboot of The Planet of the Apes (1968) and its sequels, and how much more do they have to add, really? Or am I just a cynic? Anyway, following the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), Caesar and the apes are embroiled in a war against an army of humans, surprise, surprise. As the apes suffer heavy losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts as he resolves to avenge his kind. The war pits Caesar against the humans’ leader, a ruthless Colonel, in a battle that will determine the fate of their species and Earth’s future. Look, it will probably be OK, just don’t quote me, OK?
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Now, at least here is one we can all get our teeth into – please God, don’t let it be as absolutely rubbish as was Pearl Harbour (2001) but, somehow, I don’t think it is gonna be.  A group of very brave allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, Canada, and France are surrounded by the German Army on the beaches of Dunkirk and evacuated in Operation Dynamo between 26 May and 4 June 1940, during the early stages of the Second World War. But here is the good news – it is directed by Christopher Nolan, who has not put a foot wrong since emerging as one of the best directors of the new century, and it stars Kenneth Branagh. What else do you want?
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Cars 3
Pixar to the rescue again then – this animation company has not made a bad film, tell me I am wrong? Anyway, in this one, after losing his racing title to Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer), along with a new generation of high tech racers, many begin questioning if the famous Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) will retire after he endures a terrible crash. McQueen’s sponsor, Rust-eze, is bought by Sterling (Nathan Fillion), who wants to turn him into a racing brand. Lightning asks for a chance to race in the Florida 500 and begins to train with race technician Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo), who’s always had her own racing dreams. Enjoy.
109 mins.

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