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My Most Anticipated Movies: July-Sep 2016

After last week’s round-up of my most anticipated movies (Apr-Jun) here, I thought I’d post again, but this time (for the much more movie heavy summer season).

Again, if you think there should be movies on here which don’t appear, feel free to tweet me on twitter (@annalisebooks) or comment below!

July 2016

Now You See Me 2

One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, The Four Horsemen resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry, a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.  

Now You See Me (1) was a surprise 2013 summer hit, which I loved. It was clever, funny and mind-boggling brilliant. Now You See Me 2 (unfortunately not called ‘Now You Don’t) appears to follow up well (although Isla Fisher (who I love) has been replaced with Lizzy Caplan (who I also love)). Daniel Radcliffe also adds to the star-studded cast, in perhaps his second most famous foray into magic 😉

Released: 4 July 2016 (UK)

Ghostbusters

30 years after Ghostbusters took the world by storm, the beloved franchise makes its long-awaited return. Director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today.  

Now I love Ghostbusters (1 & 2) and so I was naturally excited to hear about a reboot (but this time with women scientists! Yay!), and this looks good. Except for the part where the black woman in the quartet is all ‘street’ and doesn’t know about the ‘science stuff’. It would have been so much cooler if she was a scientist too! The cast looks good, but interestingly it has 4x as many downvotes on YouTube as upvotes.

Released: 15 July 2016

August 2016

Suicide Squad

A secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency.

I’ve been excited about Suicide Squad for a while – the trailer is seriously amazing. Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) looks set to dominate this movie, which is impressive considering it has a squad of brilliant actors playing interesting, dark characters. The premise is new and exciting (bad guys doing good) and it looks to take the superhero industry by storm.

Released: 5 August 2016

September 2016

Bridget Jones’ Baby

The continuing adventures of British publishing executive Bridget Jones as she enters her 40s.

No trailer for this one yet – if you haven’t watched the first two films, go watch them pronto (they’re seriously very very good). This film won’t be following the plot of Helen Fielding’s third novel (Mad About the Boy) where (spoilers ahead) Mark Darcy had devastatingly perished before the book picks up. Mr Darcy will be alive and kicking in this film, with Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) missing and replaced by a McDreamy Patrick Dempsey. One trailer I can’t wait for!

Released: 16 September 2016

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.

I haven’t read Miss Peregrine (and I kind of don’t want to) but this trailer really hooked me in. I love Tim Burton movies, and this was filmed quite close to where I live. This movie looks so interesting and detailed, I can’t wait to see what future trailers will bring.

Released: 30 September 2016

That’s it from me – I may update this post later when release dates have been moved around/trailers have been released.

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Annalise x

Review: Sofia Khan is Not Obliged

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I saw this book at WHSmith at Luton Airport in Departures, and thought about it all weekend before I rushed to get it at Arrivals the next today, so I’d say the cover and blurb (and feature on BuzzFeed) all drew me in pretty successfully.

‘Sofia Khan is Not Obliged’ has been described as the ‘Muslim Bridget Jones’ and I’d say that’s pretty accurate.

Sofia Khan is a book publicist, newly single after dumping her fiance for refusing to move out of his parents home. Fresh on the Muslim dating scene, her boss convinces her to write a ‘dating guide for Muslims’. Through weddings and babies, Sofia battles being the ‘single’ friend and the expectations placed on her by her family.

I really enjoyed Sofia’s character, and an insight into her life as both a Muslim and a single woman. It’s really important that minority characters and authors have a voice, and Sofia is a unique and welcome addition to the romance market. The book is told through a diary format and so naturally feels very Bridget Jones-esque, but rest assured that the characters and world are very well developed, and the book feels thoroughly modern.

Overall, a really enjoyable read and a much-needed addition to the market. I very much look forward to Ayisha Malik’s future books.
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