Films of the Fortnight

Films of the Fortnight: Despicable Me 3, It Comes At Night, The Mummy and more

By Mark Rocks at

Here’s the latest instalment of our regular feature, where we hand-pick a selection of films showing at our only cinema, Vue Altrincham.

Film fan Mark Rocks takes you through them…

For full showing times and to secure your tickets, visit: https://www.myvue.com/cinema/altrincham

Out This Week

The House (15)

There are few things as hit and miss in the world of comedy as movies from SNL alumni. For every Mean Girls and Old School, there’s a Talladega Nights. But with two of the most iconic stars from the show, The House looks set to be a safe bet when it comes to laughs.

Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell star in the movie as a couple who need to think of a way to get cash fast, after destroying their daughter’s college fund. And as this is a Hollywood comedy and not real life, they naturally decide that the best course of action is to open up an illegal casino in their basement.

Poehler and Ferrell are incredibly reliable stars, with the former able to elevate any material with a simple facial expression, and Ferrell becoming sort of a comedy-god for his run of bro-comedies in the mid-2000s, and so The House is undoubtedly going to find an audience, particularly since we’re a little light on the ground when it comes to comedy releases this summer.

Out next week

It Comes At Night (15)

Following the world-conquering success of Get Out earlier in 2017, the gates are wide open for the next horror craze to take centre stage. Enter, It Comes At Night.

After an unnatural threat takes over the world, a family lock themselves in their home to stay safe. But once another family come seeking shelter, the paranoia begins to set in and forces everyone involved to ask themselves whether what’s outside the house is as terrifying as what’s inside the house.

The trailer for It Comes At Night is incredibly effective, and the movie has received critical praise since it was released in America a month ago. So those who want something that shows less than your standard slasher flick, It Comes At Night is the one to choose next week.

Last Chance to See

The Mummy (12A)

Before the Dark Universe creeps into the ever-growing list of cinematic universes which studios are currently craving, now is your last chance to see Universal’s reintroduction to their many movie monsters in The Mummy.

Starring Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe and up-and-comer Sofia Boutella, The Mummy revisits the ancient Egyptian evil seen before across the Hammer horror oldies and the more adventurous 90’s films starring Brendan Fraser. After awakening an entombed and enraged princess, a group of archaeologists must team up with a mysterious organisation who specialise in things that go bump in the night to prevent the modern world from destruction.

With Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and even more Dracula in the pipeline, Universal really want to bring back their monsters in a big, bold new way, so if you want to see the start of this new ‘Avengers of Horror’ franchise unravelling in a pretty manic fashion, get out to The Mummy this weekend.

Family Favourite

Despicable Me 3 (U)

Ah it seems like only yesterday since we got our first glimpse of the now-literally-everywhere phenomenon that is the Minions. The little yellow nuggets shot to fame immediately following the success of Illumination’s animated criminal comedy caper Despicable Me back in 2010. One sequel and even a spin-off later, Gru and crew return to close the trilogy with Despicable Me 3.

Happily married to Lucy (Kirsten Wiig), Gru (Steve Carell) has now turned his back on crime joining the Anti-Villain League. But all ‘good’ things must come to an end as he encounters his long lost twin brother Dru (Also Carrell) as they bond in the only way bad guys can do, doing one last heist. Alongside this, 80’s obsessed super villain Balthazar Bratt (voiced by South Park’s Trey Parker) begins tormenting the world with one rather retro rampage.

The Despicable Me movies at this point always set out to deliver exactly what they promise – laughs aplenty, fun thrills and even more Minion madness. This is set to be one of the biggest films of the year, easily competing with even the biggest blockbusters.

Coming Soon

Cars 3 (TBC)

Despite not being even remotely a bad franchise, I’ve always consider Cars to be the ‘dark horse’ of Pixar’s near spotless record. In its own right, it’s a fun little flick but compared to the master classes on show in Toy Story, Up and Wall-E, it’s hard to stand out. However, with one fantastic trailer under its hood already, Cars 3 looks like the franchise is finally picking up speed.

Once a youngster on the scene, time hasn’t been kind to Lightning McQueen. His glory days are slowly slipping away as he isn’t winning like he used to, especially with new generation of racers, like the arrogant Jackson Storm. In order to get back in the game, McQueen will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Hudson hornet and a few unexpected twists of his own. Think of it as the ‘Rocky Balboa’ of talking car movies.

That traditional Pixar animated is here and it’s stunning to watch, complete with all of the colourful characters from the previous two Cars films. Looks 2017 is ‘the’ year when it comes to vibrant closers to animated trilogies.

For full showing times and to secure your tickets, visit: https://www.myvue.com/cinema/altrincham