Some dates to put in your diary…
Out 1 July
Michael Mann’s big-screen version of Miami Vice got a mixed reception, but anticipation is nonetheless keen for his account – co-written by Ronan Bennett – of the life and times of Depression-era wiseguy John Dillinger, played by Johnny Depp. Marion Cotillard plays his girlfriend Billie Frechette; Stephen Graham plays Baby Face Nelson, and Christian Bale is the implacable FBI man Melvin Purvis.
Out 10 July
Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t the only Austrian to make it big in Hollywood: there is also a certain horrific fashion correspondent called Brüno, with a gift for asking precisely the most inappropriate question. Sacha Baron Cohen unveils his latest situationist prank-persona, astonishing and annoying the great and good in the glitzy world of fashion. Are these soft targets? And are they in on it anyway? Who knows? Laughs are pretty well guaranteed.
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
Out 10 July
Rebecca Miller adapts her own novel to create a droll, serio-comic movie about an older, successful publisher, played by Alan Arkin, and his much younger wife, Robin Wright Penn. She is uneasy when he insists that they up sticks to a suburban retirement community, and begins a flirtation with a younger man (Keanu Reeves).
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Out 15 July
We are now nearing the end of the most extraordinary epic in popular storytelling. Harry Potter, played by an increasingly rangy and grown-up Daniel Radcliffe, begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, and though he is now captain of the Quidditch team, the young wizard is suffering various romantic agonies and tensions relating to a certain book of spells. Dumbledore is rumoured to face a terrible fate.
Coco Before Chanel
Out 31 July
Audrey Tautou gets a chance to deepen and broaden her gamine image in this biopic of the fashion legend Coco Chanel, wittily suggesting that her childhood in a Catholic orphanage influenced her later, simple designs. Tautou has won much praise for this film, which shows Chanel’s hectic, glamorous life as an adult in 20s Paris – but the film stops short of the second world war.
Out August 28
Pedro Almodóvar’s latest will entrance his fans, and very possibly bring fresh believers to the congregation, though it perhaps does not offer anything madly new. The dependably gorgeous Penélope Cruz plays the mistress of a wealthy financier and film producer, whom she drives into a jealous rage by falling in love with her director.