by David Michael Brown

As COVID-19 continues to dominate our lives, here are five unmissable flicks to help you forget, albeit for a couple of hours, what we are going through. Stay safe and enjoy.

Alieu the Dreamer: Buy or Rent on Digital Now

If the lockdown happened in the future, you wouldn’t be able to escape it in your dreams. Well, not according to director, writer and composer Quincy Ledbetter and his dystopian sci-fi mind-bender. In Alieu the Dreamer, mankind hasn’t dreamt for three decades. Black Panther star Denzel Whitaker, landing a dream role, plays the man from the projects who changes everything. When Alieu drifts off to sleep, his mind races into dreamland, where he finds himself pursued by the government and a mysterious cult leader. Suddenly life is not a dream after all.

Georgetown: Buy or Rent on Digital Now

Inspired by a real-life high society wedding that ended in murder, the directorial debut from Django Unchained star Christoph Waltz is a slow-burning drama rich in intrigue. The starry cast, including Vanessa Redgrave, Annette Bening and Corey Hawkins, give their characters depth and detail. Waltz takes on the role of Ulrich Mott, a debonair con man with his sights on the bank account of a wealthy widow and turns on the slippery charm. They marry. She is found dead. No wonder The New York Times branded the actual couple “The Worst Marriage in Georgetown”.

Gully: Buy or Rent on Digital from August 4th

Kelvin Harrison Jr., Charlie Plummer and Jacob Latimore headline this gritty urban nightmare as a trio of juvenile delinquents, who rebel against the cards they have been dealt with in life. All three are victims of extreme childhoods and react in the only way they know how – by heading out on a drug-fuelled non-stop party. The frenetic hedonism soon turns to angry violence and brutal murder. All set to a soundtrack featuring songs by Travis Scott, 2 Chainz and Dua Lipa. With a supporting cast that also boasts Amber Heard, Terrance Howard and John Corbett, this is one drama that packs a punch.

The Space Between: Buy or Rent on Digital from August 11

This tale of an aging rocker who has reached an artistic plateau will be music to the ears of anyone stuck in lockdown. Set in a sun-kissed Los Angeles, the film stars Kelsey Grammer as Micky Adams, the reclusive formally successful musician who has retreated from the spotlight. A million miles from his uptight Dr. Frasier Crane persona, Grammer has a ball in the role. Obviously, his record company is not happy with the situation with their former multi-million album selling cash-cow and send mail-room employee Charlie Porter (Jackson White) to sever ties with the eccentric singer. With songs from Weezer singer Rivers Cuomo, rock-com The Space Between is as grizzled and charismatic as its rocking protagonist.

Infinite: Buy or Rent on Digital from August 11

What better way to blow out the COVID-19 lockdown cobwebs than watch action man Mark Wahlberg blow things up in a mind-boggling high-octane sci-fi thrill fest full of eye-popping explosive spectacle? In Infinite he plays Evan McCauley, a schizophrenic criminal who discovers that he has lived and died a thousand times. He is an Infinite. And bad guy Bathurst 2020 (Chiwetel Ejiofor), wants the information in McCauley’s head full of memories. This adaptation of the D. Eric Maikranz’s 2009 novel The Reincarnationist Papers is directed by The Equalizer helmer Antoine Fuqua. Heady-concepts, bone-crunching action and plenty of bang for your buck.


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