Sometimes, movie remakes and sequels disappoint and lead us to conclude that even classic franchises have a sell-by date. Other times, we welcome their return like long-lost friends.
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is such a cause for celebration. Based on the 1990s TV comedy, the comeback of decadent fashionista buddies Edina and Patsy seems long overdue. Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley have lost none of their appeal, and a cast of celebrities from Kate Moss to Joan Collins has jumped at the chance to be included in selfmocking cameo roles. Affection, gratitude and respect for an entertainment brand that’s given us endless laughs.
Ghostbusters is a reboot of the 1984 supernatural comedy blockbuster starring Bill Murray. It marks more ’girl power’ as funny women, including Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, take the previously-male leads as New York’s paranormal investigators.
Also showing on board is Finding Dory, the acclaimed spin-off to Pixar’s popular 2003 animation Finding Nemo. It tells the story of a forgetful fish who, while journeying to be reunited with her parents, becomes captured in an aquarium. Combining 3-D computer brilliance, wit, humanity and voice-overs by stars from Ellen DeGeneres to Diane Keaton, this movie is part of a franchise that’s set to keep on giving.
So too is Star Trek Beyond, the latest from a sci-fi institution that’s been a hit since the late 1960s. Chris Pine’s Captain James T. Kirk and Zachary Quinto’s Commander Spock are keeping alive the adventures of the USS Enterprise crew for a new generation.
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Star Trek Beyond