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The summer movies you need to watch if you're not a blockbuster fan


Love movies, but not a blockbuster fan? There are plenty of alternative choices on offer at Cineworld this summer. Here are five of the best.

The Beguiled

Opens: July 14

The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation and The Bling Ring director Sofia Coppola became only the second woman ever to win the Best Director award at Cannes with this much-acclaimed southern gothic period drama.

If the title seems familiar, that's because it uses the same source material as Don Siegel's 1971 film starring the young Clint Eastwood. Coppola brings her own unique style to Thomas P. Cullinan's source novel and reworks it to place greater emphasis on the women's viewpoint.

Colin Farrell takes the Eastwood role as a charming, wounded Yankee solider who's rescued and nursed back to health by the women of a "seminary for young ladies". Nicole Kidman is cast as the headmistress, Kirsten Dunst plays a teacher and Elle Fanning is a teen with raging hormones.

Among those beguiled by The Beguiled was Rolling Stone's Peter Travers, who described the film as "a hothouse flower of startling power and intimacy".

The Big Sick

Opens: July 28

A sweet and uplifting romantic comedy with a twist, this classy charmer is based on a real-life multicultural romance and written by the couple involved.

When Pakistani-American stand-up comedian Kumail Nanjiani (playing himself) falls for affectionate heckler Emily Gordon (played by Zoe Kazan), he faces just one little tiny problem. He knows his strict Muslim family would be aghast if they learned he was dating a white American woman. This creates a certain tension in their relationship, but worse is to come. When Emily contracts a mystery infection, Kumail finds himself obliged to meet her parents (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) causing further complications.

Produced by Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-old Virgin, Knocked Up), who knows a thing or two about modern romantic comedy, The Big Sick benefits from the unmistakable ring of truth and is unafraid to go to some dark places when occasion demands.

Annabelle: Creation

Opens: August 11

The Conjuring spin-off Annabelle was a huge box office hit back in 2014. Now the creepy, demonic doll is back in a prequel that uncovers her sinister origins.

Back in the 1950s, dollmaker Sam Mullins (Anthony LaPaglia) and his bedridden wife Esther (Mirando Otto) are still struggling with the loss of their beloved daughter, Annabelle, in a tragic accident 12 years earlier. To help cope with their grief, the couple offer shelter in their sprawling farmhouse to a group of disadvantaged young girls from a nearby Catholic Orphanage. The new arrivals are cautioned never to enter Annabelle's old room…

David Sandberg is at the helm of this one. And as he proved with the terrifying Lights Out, he's a dab hand at scaring the willies out of us, making Annabelle: Creation a worthy addition to one of the most popular franchises in modern horror.

Rough Night

Opens: August 25

Looking for a great girls' night out movie? You can't go wrong with this raunchy comedy boasting a stellar cast - namely Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer and Zoë Kravitz. They play a quintet of former college plas who reunite ten years on for a wild bachelorette party in Miami. Alas, their outrageous night of fun results in the death of a male stripper. Not for nothing has this bawdy laugh riot been described as a blend of Bridesmaids, The Hangover and Very Bad Things.

Logan Lucky

Opens: August 25

A heist comedy from Ocean's Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen director Steven Soderbergh featuring another A-list ensemble cast? Bring it on!

Rather than being cunning criminal masterminds, siblings Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) are a pair of dimwits who hatch a plan to rip off the takings during a big speedway race. To achieve this, they need to spring expert safecracker Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) from jail.

Seth MacFarlane, Hilary Swank, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes and Sebastian Stan are also along for this comedy fun ride which reunites Soderbergh with Magic Mike star Channing. Hell, it's worth the price of admission for Craig's good ol' boy accent and peroxide hair alone!

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