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Following on fairly quickly from the last review, and with the help of this useful article from Den of Geek, a few more trailer reviews:

Jupiter Ascending. From the Wacka-Wacka-Wacka-Wachowskis, this appears to be a bit of a fantasy tale, albeit crossed with a lot of science fiction. Mila Kunis plays a cleaner, who it turns out is some form of royalty, and endowed with special powers. Channing Tatum plays the alien that tells her. Why it might succeed: it's written and directed by the Wachowskis (let's just ignore their rather mixed career), appears to have some story, and some great special effects. Why it might fail: Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum seem odd choices for anything other than fluff science fiction, and is the story going to be of any substance? Out 25th July in the UK. Trailer.

Lucy. Written and directed by Luc Besson, it tells the story of Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), who is abducted and used as a drug mule. She is operated on, and the drugs are stored inside her. When the package is unintentionally ruptured she gains both physical and mental superhuman skills, and goes after those who tried to use her. Why it might succeed: well it's both written and directed by Luc Besson (again, let's ignore his rather mixed career), has some acting kudos in the form of Scarlett Johansson, the seed of an interesting story, and some great special effects. Why it might fail: the story again looks weak based on the trailer, and it uses the same old scientific myth that humans only use 10% of their brain. Out 22nd August in the UK. Trailer.

Monsters: Dark Continent. This follows on from the 2010 film, which I had mixed feelings about. This time the action has moved from South America to the Middle East. The trailer shows the central character of presumably a US soldier fighting against some other human aggressor, and then we're teased with a brief show of the aliens from the first film. Why it might succeed: that similar lo-fi feel, perhaps a good story, and the unusual aliens. Why it might fail: for the same reasons as the first film, a lack of story, cohesion, and likeable characters. Out 26th September in the UK. Trailer.

The Rover. Set in a dystopian future Australia, the trailer shows a car robbery that goes wrong, where two brothers are separated. Why it might succeed: although the emphasis is on the fiction much less so than the science it appears to have a strong story and characters (with Guy Pearce headlining, and playing an actual Australian), and isn't relying on special effects. Why it might fail: if the story just isn't interesting enough. Out 15th August in the UK. Trailer.
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Jupiter Ascending had scenes shot in Ely Cathedral, some months ago!

Quite a lot seems to be shot there!

Yeah :-) The King's Speech and the upcoming version of MacBeth have both been filmed here, whilst I've lived here. I think The Other Boleyn Girl and the second Elizabeth were both filmed here too.

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