Film Reviews by Adam Ray Palmer

I’d love to do an intro this month, but there’s no time! Four films to cover in 350 words; impossible! I will add though; the next edition will be a Venice special!
Final Portrait
One of my favourites back in Berlin was this 90-minute beauty. It tells the story of Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush, in sublime form) who befriends American writer, James Lord (Armie Hammer, also in majestic form). The film documents Alberto’s closest and most bizarre relationships a few years before his passing. Stanley Tucci, behind the camera here, brings us an immaculate script and delivers a punchy masterpiece.
Out: 18th August 2017

Logan Lucky
What a treat Logan Lucky is. The Logan siblings (Adam Driver, Channing Tatum and Riley Keough) attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina during Memorial Day weekend. Supporting roles come in the form of Daniel Craig, Seth MacFarlane and the talented Katherine Waterston. In the director’s chair is Steven Soderbergh who’s not shot-called since 2013. This is a summer film you don’t want to miss.
Out: 25th August 2017

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
It wouldn’t be summer without a glossy and explosive sci-fi thriller, would it? Enter Luc Besson’s Valerian and we have a winner. When a dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets, special operatives Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) must race to save the future of the universe. All I can say is, Besson had $200 million to spend here… and boy has he spent well. On a side note, DeHaan is a class act from start to finish. Miss it if you dare.
Out: 2nd August 2017

Detroit
What do you get when one of the best directors today makes a film with some of the freshest talent around Hollywood? You get Detroit of course. Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker fame) has been away for five years, but is now back with John Boyega, Will Poulter, Jack Reynor and Anthony Mackie in tow. The film focuses on the Detroit Rebellion in 1967 where three young African American men were murdered at the Algiers Motel. With such a talented cast and the most delicate and heartfelt of touches from Kathryn, Detroit will get your heart pumping. A must-see.
Out: 25th August 2017