Film round-up: 01/06/2015 – 07/06/2015

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The first week of June sees the release of the prequel to 2010’s Insidious with Insidious Chapter 3, Idris Elba starring in Second Coming, and Jude Law and Melissa McCarthy as an unlikely crime-fighting duo in comedy Spy. Peruse the details of this week’s releases below.

June is kickstarted with the release of 1971, a documentary film that focuses on the notorious 1971 activist burglary of an FBI office which led to the Bureau’s numerous abuses against nonconformists being exposed.

Black Coal, Thin Ice is a Chinese thriller film that follows an ex-cop and his partner as they decide to follow up an investigation on a series of murders that ended their careers and shamed them. As their investigation progresses, identical murders begin to crop up.

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild Untold Story of Cannon Films, written and directed by Mark Hartley, is an Australian documentary film that tells the story of The Cannon Group. Through interviews and other forms, it focuses on the two men who (for better or worse) are said to have changed film forever.

Set in South Africa’s Cape Flats is Four Corners. The film centres on the unique and volatile sub-culture dominated by two ‘Number gangs’, 26 and 28. Gang war threatens to override all future prospects for the fatherless Ricardo Galam, who was raised by his grandmother in the area.

Insidious Chapter 3 is a prequel to Insidious, set before the haunting of the Lambert family. It reveals how the gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a supernatural entity.

Listen Up Philip follows Philip, an author awaiting the publication of his second novel. The comedy drama unfolds as Philip, overwhelmed by anger at his current situation, takes the opportunity to seek refuge in an isolated summer home in order to focus on himself.

Queen and Country is a sequel to 1987’s Hope and Glory. The film’s central character, Bill Rohan, has grown up and is drafted into the army. Bill and the eccentric Percy battle their superiors to escape base in order to look for love in the town.

Idris Elba and Nadine Marshall star as a married, middle-class couple in Second Coming. They are blessed with the surprise conception of a baby, but on the realisation that the timescale does not add up for the child to belong to her husband, but she has not had intercourse with another man, confusion arises.

Set in November 1985, Shooting for Socrates unfolds on the troubled streets of Belfast, during the riots that shook the city. It focuses on a young boy named Tommy, who, amongst the rioting, can only think of one thing- the forthcoming World Cup.

Jude Law and Melissa McCarthy star alongside each other in Spy. McCarthy portrays Susan Cooper, the brains behind the actions of James Bond wannabe Bradley Fine, who finds herself thrown away from the safety of her desk and into the action in order to save society from an impending disaster.

Survivor focuses on Foreign Services Officer Kate Abbott as she is forced to go on the run after being framed for crimes that she did not commit following a terrorist attack in New York.

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