|Tom Cruise gets ready to die, again and again, in Edge of Tomorrow.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (K12)
Given the recent furor regarding director Bryan Singer and allegations of rape and scandal, it’s been easy to forget that the new X-Men movie is also about to land in cinemas. And what will it be like? Well, early word has fans salivating over this latest installment that brings together the two X-Men worlds for what promises to be the most satisfying installment yet.
Well, at least according to Hollywood studio execs, quivering in their boots given the timing of Singer’s scandal and its potential sabotage of box office receipts. Anyway, this time around sees Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and the rest of the mutants working alongside younger versions of themselves to alter the course of the future by reshaping a crucial historical event. With the next sequel already in development, it remains to be seen what the Singer scandal has on the future years of, um, Future Past.
Premieres 23 May
Edge of Tomorrow (K12)
Ever wanted to see Tom Cruise die? How about repeatedly? Yes? Well, then this sci-fi outing might just be the flick for you! Here Cruise’s soldier lives out the last day of his life over and over again. From director Doug Liman, who brought us The Bourne Identity, Mr & Mrs Smith and Go, things are looking promising. While the plot hook seem to contain more than a whiff of Source Code and Bill Murray classic Groundhog Day, here Cruise is joined by the omnipresent Emily Blunt and unsung cinematic hero Bill Paxton in an effort to attract punters with its intriguing mix of players.
Premieres 28 May
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Was 2102’s Ted your kind of flick? Can’t help chuckling when The Family Guy is on the box? Then prepare to have your funny bone tickled relentlessly as Seth MacFarlane follows up his Oscars hosting gig of last year with a turn as a hapless farmhand in the Old West. Losing his girl (Amanda Seyfried) when he chickens out of a fight, soon he is clawing back his respectability and being taught how to shoot by Charlize Theron, the wife of Liam Neeson’s gunfighter. With Ted 2 slated for release next year, it seems that MacFarlane’s acquired taste will be lingering in the mouths of cinemagoers for some time yet.
Premieres 30 May
The Double (K12)
Here Brit comedic fave Richard Ayoade’s adapts Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novella. Jesse Eisenberg’s meek office drone bumbles his way through the motions everyday, whilst pining for a pretty girl (Mia Wasikowska) who lives close by. Working hard for a boss (Wallace Shawn) who doesn’t see any of his accomplishments, his life receives a jolt when he crosses paths with a co-worker who happens to be a spitting image of himself. However, not only is he his doppelganger, but this newfound twin also possesses all the confidence and charm lacking in our protagonist. Soon they are best of friends, as he begins to fear he’s becoming just another pawn in his mirror image’s relentless self-interests.
Premieres 22 June