While “Batman v. Superman” and “Captain America” are grabbing all the headlines, there are movies flying below (sometimes way below) the radar that also deserve your attention.
The BFG – Steven Spielberg
Spielberg transitions from a Cold War thriller, one of his best recent films, to a movie that mixes live action and animated characters. Based on a book from 1982 by Roald Dahl, author of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, this is the story of an orphan girl who is taken by the Big Friendly Giant. He is an outcast because, unlike other giants, he refuses to eat children. If Spielberg can rekindle here at least some of his magic from similar films, such as E.T., this could be one of the best movies of the summer.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Tim Burton
“Big Eyes”, Tim Burton’s last film, had a great script and cast, but it wasn’t what Burton’s fans grew used to. It’s with great expectation then that these fans await for “Miss Peregrine’s” where Burton goes back to the realm of the fantastical, where he is a master like no other. In the film, Jacob finds a magical place full of children and people with special powers and discovers a mystery that transcends world and time. Burton is in his own playground, and the possibilities here are almost infinite.
Bridget Jones’s Baby – Sharon Maguire
The early 2000s British comedy that stole many hearts is back. “Bridget Jones” used the old romantic comedy formula, but revamped it with clever voice overs and true, honest characters. For any fan of the genre, as well as British television and movie fans, this new film promises to be a must see. We met Bridget as a single woman in her 30s as she looked for love. Now in her 40s, a new life phase awaits for her. The magic of the trilogy has long captivated film audiences and directors. Sometimes trying to complete a trilogy becomes a curse. Let’s hope Sharon Maguire can bring back the magic of the two previous films.
Julieta – Pedro Almodovar
Pedro Almodovar is one of the directors who best understands the feminine mind. His characters seem to pop out of the screen as much as his saturated colors. “All About my Mother” and “Talk to Her” (for which he won an OSCAR and a Golden Globe) are two of his masterpieces. It’s exciting to know that Almodovar is bringing us a new female protagonist: Julieta. When her daughter runs away, Julieta sees how little she knew about Antía. Can “Julieta” be as magic as the greatest films of Almodovar? Regardless of the answer, expect beautiful photography and delightful dialogues here. It’s time to brush up on the Spanish.