Out This Week: 11 July 2019

The summer roller-coaster continues with another low this week (followed by another high next week).

This weekend we have a diverse group of smaller releases (two of them are starring Dave Bautista) vying for your attention before the next weekend when Disney’s The Lion King steals everyone’s lunch. Let’s see what’s in store for us this time around.


Directed by: Michael Dowse
With: Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, and Mira Sorvino  
What is it about: A detective recruits his Uber driver into an unexpected night of adventure.
Heads Up: This action comedy is taking the old trope of pairing two mismatched people and have them stuck with one another for a day of adventure. This one has two good lead actors, but the reviews are mostly negative. This is a film I won’t be rushing to see in cinema, but I might catch up with it later in the comfort of my home.


Directed by: Alexandre Aja
With: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, and Ross Anderson
What is it about: A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a Category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators.
Heads Up: Directed Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Mirrors, Piranha 3D) doesn’t make great films per se, but they are usually campy fun. If you enjoyed Piranha 3D then this might be similar, only with alligators. personally, I’m all for summer a trash like this one, and I like its lead actress Kaya Scodelario. And considering the options of films coming out this weekend, this one certainly goes to the top of the heap.

The Extractors

Directed by: John Herzfeld
With: Sylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista, and 50 Cent
What is it about: After security expert Ray Breslin is hired to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Hong Kong tech mogul from a formidable Latvian prison, Breslin’s girlfriend is also captured.
Heads Up: The third in the Escape Plan series is about breaking-in instead of breaking-out of a jail. It looks like a B-movie, it is a B-movie, and it is already out on VOD. There is no reason for you to go out of your way and watch it in cinema.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Directed by: Stacie Passon
With: Taissa Farmiga, Alexandra Daddario, Crispin Glover, and Sebastian Stan 
What is it about? Merricat, Constance and their Uncle Julian live in isolation after experiencing a family tragedy six years earlier. When cousin Charles arrives to steal the family fortune, he also threatens a dark secret they’ve been hiding.
Heads Up: Based on a novel by Shirley Jackson (most famous for The Haunting on Hill House), this horror film has very strong reviews and a good cast. Would be nice to see a good spooky horror film in-cinema even though it’s already available on VOD platforms.

Super 30

Directed by: Vikas Bahl
With: Hrithik Roshan, Mrunal Thakur , Pankaj Tripathi, and Nandish Singh
What is it about? Based the life of a genius mathematician Anand Kumar who changed the lives of many kids appearing for the entrance exam of IIT. Each of those kids he coached are now working in all parts of the world in the biggest positions making a difference..
Heads Up: Hrithik Roshan‘s first film in two years! Here he is playing an everyman in a role I have not seen him doing before, and something that doesn’t rely on his looks or physique. This is an interesting looking film that intrigues me. I am very much in for this one, despite its excessive running time. Most important to note: the movie went through a production upheaval when the director was ousted midway through production on #MeToo accusations. (Anurag Kashyap stepped in, uncredited, to help with the edit).

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Abdullah Y is based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He is an avid consumer of everything Pop Culture; movies, TV, music, photography, podcasts, and social media. He loves to travel and to share his experiences.