Basel Kino August 2017 - It's Open Air Time

It's Open Air Cinema now on the Münsterplatz, and the screenings run from 3rd till 27th August. The hot summer selection in Basel theatres includes ...

Baby Driver, directed by Edgar Wright and starring Ansel Elgort as Baby Driver. This brilliant, cool, fast-cut car heist thriller has the teenage driver working for Kevin Spacy, the clever Doc gangster boss, who organizes the teams and bank jobs. There's also Jon Hamm (Mad Men) as Buddy and his badass girlfriend played by Eiza Gonzalez and there's Jamie Foxx, the nasty toughguy Bats. Baby relies on his iPod and some old classic soundtracks to help him with his tinnitus. There are highly choreographed moments in the film, either body movements walking the streets or stunt-driving the getaway cars after the robberies. Baby is forced to visit a diner that has memories for him; here he meets and falls for a young waitress and things speed up the chase, the music and razzle-dazzle - highly entertaining.

Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan (Inception, Interstellar, The Dark Knight) stars Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Brannagh, Mark Rylance. The war film that remembers not D-Day in June 1944, but the evacuation of Dunkirk between 26 May and 4 June 1940 when 338,226 allied French and British soldiers were successfully rescued off the beaches of France by an armada of private boats. An excellent, nailbiting, tension-filled film.

War for the Planet of the Apes, directed and co-written by Matt Reeves. This is a war film, like the old school war films, only with a big difference: the very plausible ape characters and their simian world. The military leader ape is called Caesar and is played by Andy Serkis, along with a host of motion-capture technology. Woody Harrelson is the arch-enemy in the conflict, the sinister human Colonel seeking to enslave all the apes.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, a summer sci-fi big screen blockbuster directed by Luc Besson. Stars include Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, Rihanna, Rutger Hauer and Cara Delavigne who are trying to keep the intergalactic peace. It's based on the French magazine Pilote with a comic strip called Valerian and Lauraline, the sci-fi heroes. This is Besson's third sci-fi movie since 5th Element and Lucy (which did very well at the box office). Valerian features hundreds of alien species and spectacular off-world landscapes thanks to months of blue screen editing and advanced CGI.

Gifted, directed by Marc Webb (he also directed Andy Garfield in the Amazing Spider Man 2). Stars Chris Evans (Captain America) who plays the dad and McKenna Grace who plays his daughter, a seven-year-old maths genius.

The Art of Life is a documentary of David Lynch - his Films, Music and Art. Eraserhead (1977), The Elephant Man (1980), Blue Velvet (1986), Wild at Heart (1990), The Twin Peaks TV series (1990), Mullholland Drive (2001). Proving that Lynch is more artist than Hollywood film director.

Look out for The Party, directed by Sally Potter and starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall and Bruno Ganz.

The Circle, directed by James Ponsoldt, stars Emma Watson and Tom Hanks about a young woman who gets a job in a powerful social media tech company that has a vision of the future that goes magical, where the possibilities are endless, knowing is good but knowing everything is better. Do you behave better or worse when being watched? It's all filtered now...

Miss Sloane is a Washington DC political thriller directed by John Madden, starring Jessica Chastain who plays an ice-cool, tough lobbyist. With John Lithgow and Sam Waterston.

And for Stephen King fans, there's the The Dark Tower, an intense thriller based on the book by Stephen King, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey.