Your Guide To Summer’s Hottest Films

Keeva Stratton

Film Expert

Sometimes it’s seriously hard to escape the summer heat. When you start craving the air-conditioned world of the cinema, we’ve got a list of the coolest films to hit our screens this season.

The Family Fang

(December 1, Cinema Nova)

Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman star in this strange mystery that focuses on family and relationships. It’s funny, a little strange, yet very deep, as this offbeat film brings to life Kevin Wilson’s best-selling novel. 

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Office Christmas Party

(December 8)

To get you in the spirit, Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman lead an all-star cast for a Christmas themed, goofball comedy. A brother and sister will duel it out, when the latter tries to host the most epic office party yet. Expect wicked laughs, as Aniston and Bateman pair up again to deliver them.

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(Boxing Day, December 26)

Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard steam up our screens, with this seductive WWII thriller. Robert Zemeckis has not only successfully summoned the romance of the original Casablanca, he’s also created a film that feels visually epic and wondrous, while keeping you guessing as to how it will end.

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(Boxing Day, December 26)

Redefining the Disney Princess stereotype, Moana is the daughter of a Polynesian Chief with some serious sass. When her island home is under threat by a terrible curse, she summons the demigod to help her put things right. Dwayne Johnson joins newcomer Auli’i Cravahlo in this wonderful animated adventure.

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Red Dog: True Blue

(Boxing day, December 26)

Come Boxing Day, a whole new Aussie adventure will begin. Red Dog: True Blue is the heart-warming story of an 11-year-old and the special friendship he forms with a one-of-a-kind dog. Set in a remote WA Pilbara town, Red Dog: True Blue captures the mateship and larrikinism we’ve come to love from our home-grown films.

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La La Land

(Boxing Day, December 26)

Embracing the spirit of the classic Hollywood musical, La La Land promises to take us on quite the romantic journey. Emma Stone is an aspiring songstress who falls for a struggling jazz musician in Ryan Gosling—need we say more? It promises to be as romantic as it will be reminiscent of the grand old Hollywood of classic years. With Whiplash’s Damien Chazelle at the helm, we’re pretty certain it will hit all the right notes.

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(New Year’s Day, January 1)

As we start the new year, Passengers (starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt) will introduce us to a new generation of sci-fi thriller. As they lay sleeping on a routine journey through space, trouble is brewing with their ship’s engines. Should the ship fail, they face the prospect of spending their entire lives trapped in space; but as their romance blossoms, perhaps this may not be the worst possible scenario?

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(January 12)

We’ve waited a long time for this one, and what a way to start the year of films than with Natalie Portman’s portrayal of Jackie Kennedy (later Onassis). The trailers have already teased us with Portman’s brilliance, and as the weather heats up in Oz, so will the awards season in the US, with this film a front-runner. With a strong focus on the weeks following her husband’s assassination, this is the look into the most iconic First Lady we’ve all been waiting for.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

(November 17)

If you’ve not yet savoured this new taste of Potter magic, it’s time to step away from reality and re-enter JK Rowling’s magical world. This new chapter (a prequel of sorts) will not disappoint, and with JK Rowling responsible for the script, the authenticity is well preserved.

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With so many films releasing over the summer months, there’s sure to be something that you’ll love. Make sure you let us know which films are your favourites, and what you can’t wait to see in 2017.

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