Summer 2017’s best movies: from Scarlett Johansson’s hen night to Morrissey’s teen years
Pops great miserablist gets a biopic, Scarlett Johansson has stripper trouble, Charlize Theron explodes into ultraviolence, and Union deserter Colin Farrell shakes up a girls school during the US civil war
The first of the years two biopics about Sir Winston. The autumn will see Gary Oldman offering blood, sweat, tears and toil in Darkest Hour, but this take on the great man focuses on a less glorious period in his life: the run-up to D-day, when his misgivings about the invasion of Normandy were swept aside. Brian Cox makes for an impressively fragile, self-doubting Churchill, approaching his own political Waterloo at the 1945 general election.
16 June in UK; out now in US and Australia.
Whitney: Can I Be Me
Nick Broomfield gives Whitney Houston the Amy treatment in a documentary that traces the singers remarkable rise and premature demise. Knitting together archive and home video footage with testimony from figures close to Houston, Broomfield interrogates the circumstances that contributed to her troubled life, from her alleged bisexuality to her drug and alcohol addictions and difficult marriage to Bobby Brown. Its likely to make for stark, sobering viewing. 15 June in Australia; 16 June in UK.
The Graduate: 50th Anniversary 4k Restoration
Half a century on, Mike Nichols fable of suburban angst and inter-generational alienation looks just as relevant in its anatomy of a directionless, self-involved twentysomething baffled by life. It was a film that made a huge star of Dustin Hoffman and showcased some soon-to-be-classic Simon and Garfunkel; what perhaps gets lost at this distance is what a monster commercial hit this was in 1967. It really hit a nerve.
23 June in UK.
The British artist and film-maker Andrew Ktting is probably best known for his 1996 coastal trip Gallivant, or the 2012 Iain Sinclair collaboration Swandown, in which the pair rode a swan pedalo from Hastings to Hackney. This latest work travels from Waltham Abbey to St Leonards-on-Sea for a spectral reunion of Harold Godwinson, defeated by William the Conqueror at Hastings, and his wife, Edith Swanneck, commemorated by a statue in St Leonards.
23 June in UK.