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Cinemas are finally reopening in the UK, with new releases arriving every week on the big screen, as well as the small screen on Netflix and other streaming services.
With more deals now than at any time over the past year, it can be difficult to know what’s really worth spending your time and money. So which of the new versions should you choose to settle on?
Here’s our handy summary of reviews for the larger versions currently available.
Films released from August 1 to 31
Free Guy (theatrical release August 13)
The real success of free guy lies in the fact that it will appeal to gamers and non-gamers alike. It’s a hilarious and inventive blockbuster, bolstered by an extremely sympathetic cast, which has plenty of surprises in store along the way.
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The suicide squad (cinemas)
Mixing up the big screen show of guardians of the galaxy with the bloody violence and dark humor of James Gunn’s horror work, The suicide squad is sure to end 2021 as the most entertaining blockbuster of the year. It’s Gunn dropping the leash to do whatever he wants creatively – and he’s definitely doing weird stuff.
Read our full review of The Suicide Squad
For its many flaws, however, there is something undeniably fascinating about Old woman, and it all comes down to M Night Shyamalan’s willingness to swing so hard that he might miss it completely every time he walks behind a camera.
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Space Jam: A New Legacy (Cinemas)
Space jam fans are probably best served by watching the first movie again and getting that nostalgic success. Space Jam: a new legacy may have more whimsical effects and fleeting moments of joy, but if you’ve spent 25 years waiting for it, it really wasn’t worth the wait.
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The Water Man (Netflix)
Water man is not as heartbreaking as It’s us, which is a welcome break for those who know and love the show. Unlike other family dramas in which a parent is dying, there is no other evil that the young protagonist has to contend with.
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Street of Fear Part 1: 1978 (Netflix)
Despite some frustrations, this is a testament to the strengths of the first film where you would have wanted to make the trip 1978 even without the cliffhanger like when it’s at its best, Street of Fear Part 1: 1994 is pretty darn fun.
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The War of Tomorrow (Amazon Prime Video)
The war of tomorrow maybe not fully on its brilliant premise, but it’s still an epic, quirky sci-fi journey worth taking.
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America: The Movie (Netflix)
America: the movie is a mad fever dream that seems to never end. For much better examples of absurd satirical humor, watch Fellow detective and Archer in place.
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We know both Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci are great, but even by their high standards they take it to another level in Supernova and say a lot without saying much.
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Fast & Furious 9 (theaters)
This Fast & Furious 9 did not turn out to be one of the highlights of the series is almost questionable. Its release signals that blockbusters are finally back in their place and that means every logic-defying stunt will be as heartwarming as a warm blanket.
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Good on paper (Netflix)
Good on paper – as the title suggests – ticks all the boxes. Fortunately, he goes beyond simply filling out a checklist and plunges his toes pleasantly into the waters of true human exploration.
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Luca (Disney +)
LucaThe story of friendship may be simple and predictable, but it is indeed made and told with a lot of heart. You will laugh, you will cry and you will wish that Portorosso was real so that you could visit it one summer.
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Hitman’s wife bodyguard (cinemas)
Bodyguard of the Hitman’s Wife isn’t a great movie, but there’s probably enough of it for die-hard fans of the first movie to enjoy, thanks to the efforts of the cast. It’s a sequel that repeats the same trick with diminishing returns, even though it wasn’t a flawless trick to begin with.
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Untitled Horror Movie (available to rent or purchase from Amazon Prime Video, iTunes and more)
Untitled Horror Movie Shouldn’t really perform as well as it does, but it’s smart, hilarious, and has a killer cast to take any doubts away.
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