5 movies to see
in Montreal this summer

Several highly anticipated productions screened this summer in local cinema theatres

Comedies, dramas, horror movies, and superheroes, movies are coming to Montreal between now and August. But what’s to see? Here for you are a few indie favorites from festivals like Sundance and TIFF entering the marketplace, alongside massive Hollywood blockbusters.

On Chesil Beach

Now playing
Drama / 110 minutes
Director: Dominic Cooke
Featuring Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle

In 1962 England, a newly married couples, Florence Ponting (Saoirse Ronan) and Edward Mayhew (Billy Howle), honeymooning at a seaside hotel on Chesil Beach in Dorset, find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night when things go terribly wrong. Based on the novella On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan, whose novel Atonement was previously made into an Oscar-winning movie starring Saoirse Ronan.

 

Leave No Trace

To be released in July
Drama / 110 minutes
Director: Debra Granik
Featuring Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie

Will (Ben Foster) and his 13-year-old daughter, Tom (Thomasin McKenzie) live an idyllic existence in the forest of Portland, Oregon. When they are noticed by the authorities, they’re taken into custody and Will’s parenting is questioned. However, it soon becomes clear that Tom is well educated by her father and that other than the fact that they were living in a national park, they have broken no laws. They are given a trailer home to live in and Tom is sent to school, while Will, a military vet with PTSD, is put to work planting trees, but he’s unhappy with this new existence. Tom enjoys going to school and doesn’t have any trouble adapting, so when Will tells Tom to pack her things, she resists. Based on Peter Rock’s novel.

 

Don’t worry, he won’t get far on foot

To be released in July
Comedy / 113 minutes
Director: Gus Van Sant
Featuring Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara and Jack Black

Even after nearly dying in a car accident on a night of drinking, John Callahan has no intention of quitting drinking. However, he ends up in detox, supported by his girlfriend  (Rooney Mara) and a charismatic mentor (Jonah Hill), and then discovered an unexpected gift… He discovers he has surprising talent, drawing macabre illustrations of everyday life, with black humor, satirical and insolent, which will earn him an international success as soon as they are published. In drawing, Callahan discovers a new way of seeing life. Inspired by the true story of John Callahan, and his memoir, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot.

 

Eight Grade

To be released in July 2018
Comedy / 94 minutes
Director: Bo Burnham
Featuring: Josh Hamilton, Elsie Fisher and Emily Robinson

A teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade at school before leaving for high school. Kayla (Elsie Fisher) has an online blog in which she tries to help other kids like herself navigate the social ins and out of being a teen. MUBI Audience Favourite Award 2018 Sundance Film Festival – London.

 

Papillon

To be released on August 24, 2018
Drama / 133 minutes
Director: Michael Noer
Featuring Charlie Hunnam, Rami Malek, and Eve Hewson

Henri Charriere, known as “Papillon”, a small-time thug in the Paris underworld of the 1930s, is sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder he did not commit. He is sent to the notorious penal colony on Devil’s Island, Guyana. Determined to regain his freedom, Papillon forms an unlikely alliance with quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega (Rami Malek), who in exchange for protection, agrees to finance Papillon’s escape. Inspired by real facts and Henri Charriere’s book Papillon.

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