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15 Films Not To Miss This Summer

By Hana Okada
23rd Dec 2016

2016 has been a hectic one, but now it’s time to relax. Although there’s sun to tan under, bars to tick off and cafes to ‘gram, you need to make time for these stellar new films coming this summer. There’s something for everyone, because, let’s face it, we all need a little escape from reality sometimes. Grab some popcorn and get ready to watch the magic unfold—you can come out a new, worldly version of yourself in less than two hours!

Pork Pie

This is a classic remake of the iconic 1981 film Goodbye Pork Pie, with perfectly modern twists. Two nobodies steal a car, pick up a girl, and begin a nationwide police chase. This classic story is incredibly kiwi, and will warm your cockles and have you laughing all the way home.

La La Land

You know this with this duo, it’s going to be a good one. We fell in love with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s chemistry in Crazy, Stupid, Love and now they’re back again in La La Land. It tells the story of a musician and wanna be actress who fall in love but the cracks start to show as the realities of life—bills, career failures—start to pile up and they go their separate ways. Do they stay apart? You’ll need to see it to find out!


If you only have the chance to see one film this summer, make it Trolls. This animated film brings to life your favourite childhood toys and follows the optimistic Polly and brother Branch as they embark on their quest to find their family and save their village from destruction. Dreamworks has delivered another stunner with an insane cast—Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel and Russell Brand!

Fifty Shades

Back again in time for Valentine’s Day, summer is about to get reaaaal saucy. The sequel to this guilty-pleasure franchise returns to crank up the heat. Watch Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele’s errr, complex, relationship unfold yet again. Perfect for a date with the girls or maybe even your loved one—if you dare.

Collateral Beauty

“We long for love, we wish we had more time and we fear death.” Howard Inlet, a successful advertising executive suffers a tragedy and as he detaches himself from his friends and family, he begins to write. Not to people, to things—Love, Time, and Death. From these letters, come Howard’s realizations… and oh, and tears. Make sure you bring some tissues.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

Our favourite magical setting is back to amaze us once again. This prequel to the Harry Potter series follows Newt Scamander, the future author of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry standard textbook of the same name as this movie. Newt is a magizoologist and travels with his Fantastic Beasts… until they go astray. Just as big, magical and wonderful as the Harry Potter series, this one is a must-watch.

The Girl On The Train

If you’ve read the book, watch the movie. If you haven’t read the book, still, watch the movie. Unable to trust her own memory, Rachel Watson begins her own investigation about something she saw in her backyard… Just as you thought you were safe, there are gripping twists and turns in this tense thriller based on the acclaimed novel of the same name.


Usually of a comedic vain, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt bring together their incredible talent in this new sci-fi. Two passengers wake up 90 years too early on their routine journey to space as their ship malfunctions. It’s these two against the dangers of space to save 5000 other sleeping passengers. Definitely not bad eye candy, either.


This is no ordinary war film. Set in 1942, intelligence officer Max Vatan meets French Resistance fighter Marianna Beausejour who is on a life-threatening mission over enemy lines. Back in London, their relationship is put to the test as the war takes a toll on the city.

A United Kingdom

In a time of tumultuous racial tension, this is a true story about Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana and his marriage to a white English woman in 1948. This inspirational story fights love against all odds—a ban on interracial marriage in apartheid South Africa, as well as disapproval from multiple governments and militaries. This story shook the world, and it will move you to no ends.


Based on a true story, Lion follows Saroo Brierley, who becomes lost from his family at the age of five in Calcutta and is adopted by an Australian family. As he begins to remember his childhood, his search for his biological family begins… with Google Earth. A stellar cast featuring Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), Nicole Kidman (Strangerland), and Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) means it’s a big Oscar contender, and you can’t miss this one—especially ‘cause it only has one viewing at Rialto Newmarket on January 19.

The Edge Of Seventeen

This is an easy-watching, loveable coming-of-age film about the awkwardness of the dreaded teenage years. Break-ups, new friends, and lots of growing up, Nadine’s totally relatable high-school life is one to watch—it’ll be sure to put a smile on your face.

Hidden Figures

With all of the odds against them in the 1970’s—being female and African-American— three mathematicians working at NASA helped fuel one of America’s greatest space endeavours of launching astronaut John Glenn into orbit. Crossing all lines of gender, race and stereotypes, this is an inspirational movie that’ll inflate your heart.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Set directly prior to 'A New Hope', this epic spin-off to the iconic saga follows Jyn Erso and her team's efforts to retrieve plans for the Galactic Empire's super-weapon the Death Star. Unanimously praised by critics worldwide for its darker tone, superb cast and story, this is one you don't want to miss. 


The legendary Natalie Portman stars in this intimate insight into one of histories most iconic women. Following the assasination of President Kennedy, the movie takes the viewer on a journey through  Jacqueline Kennedy's grief, battle with her faith, and her husband's legacy. Earning Portman a Golden Globe nomination, this movie is set to be a career best for the actress and is definitely not one to miss. 


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