10 Films to Check Out Before Mid-Semester Break

Words by Sarah Lee Jian Yun

After a whole month off, dragging yourself back to campus may not exactly be on top of your to-do list right now. With the Mid-Semester Break scheduled to be only after Week 9, I think it’s safe to say the semester is going to be a terrifyingly long one. To ease this painful thought, here are 10 films to get you going until Mid-Semester Break. There is literally a new movie every week, so mark your calendars!

Disclaimer: This list is not conclusive and there may well be other films to your liking that will be released in the coming weeks.


Mission Impossible posterMission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Release date: 30 July 2015

The fifth instalment of the Mission Impossible film series sees IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) returning to take down the Syndicate, a rogue organisation. Nothing much to say here, other than that it should be a swell time for fans of the series and moviegoers in general. J. J. Abrams is at the helm producing, so it’s bound to be a good time.



The Fantastic Four posterThe Fantastic Four

Release date: 6 August 2015

Don’t be surprised if you don’t see Chris Evans or Jessica Alba in this one. This here is a reboot of the Fantastic Four film franchise featuring a brand new cast (Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell). While these are Marvel characters, don’t expect them to be making an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe you’re familiar with – at least not any time soon – as the rights for the Fantastic Four films is owned by 20th Century Fox, not Walt Disney Studios.


The Man from U. N. C. L. E. posterThe Man from U. N. C. L. E.

Release date: 13 August 2015

In other words, Henry Cavill’s audition for James Bond. Based on the 1960s television show of the same name, it follows American agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and Russian agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) teaming up under U. N. C. L. E (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement) to stop a criminal organisation that is looking to proliferate nuclear arms. It should be interesting seeing the CIA and the KGB working together, especially since the movie is set during the peak of the Cold War.


Inside Out posterInside Out

Release date: 20 August 2015

It baffles me why this has yet to air in Malaysia, especially since popular films tend to be released here a day before the United States. This means the likelihood of running into spoilers in the Internet is ever so high. My advice is to stay away from anything Inside Out- related until you actually see the movie – that includes articles, videos and reviews. Take it from someone who has already had the displeasure of coming across a spoiler. The buzz is that this is one of Pixar’s finest in a while and an almost-guaranteed cry fest. Not surprising at all, given that it’s a movie about five personified emotions in the mind of a young adolescent.


Absolutely Anything posterAbsolutely Anything

Release date: 27 August 2015

I’ve singled this one out because it’s Robin Williams’ final posthumous role on the big screen, albeit as a voice actor. If you’re a fan of Monty Python, this should also be a reason to watch, as it is the first movie to feature all living Monty Python members since Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life in 1983. The film is about Neil Clarke (Simon Pegg), who suddenly finds that he has been given extraordinary powers – unbeknownst to him by a group of aliens (John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin) as a test on the quality of man, which will determine if Earth should be kept alive or destroyed. Robin Williams makes an appearance as Dennis the Dog, Clarke’s trusty canine companion who guides him through all the mishaps.


RegressionRegression poster

Release date: 3 September 2015

Yay, a film with Emma Watson in it! This is probably one of Emma Watson’s darker films, which narrates the story of Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke), who is tasked with investigating the case of a girl (Emma Watson) who accuses her father of a crime he cannot remember. Kenner’s investigation soon leads him to unravel a larger nationwide mystery.


The Visit posterThe Visit

Release date: 10 September 2015

Okay, so M. Night Shyamalan doesn’t exactly have a good track record when it comes to movies. The Sixth Sense was groundbreaking, but most of his work since has been less than critically acclaimed. In his latest endeavour, Shyamalan moves in the direction of many horror films by employing the found footage technique. In The Visit, two children visit their grandparents for a week. Things take a turn for the worse when they notice a change in their grandparents’ behaviour, at which point a disturbing tale starts to unfold. Say what you want about Shyamalan, but you’ve got to give props to the man for consistently coming up with original content.


Maze Runner-The Scorch Trials posterMaze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Release date: 17 September 2015

Based on the second book in The Maze Runner series, Scorch Trials is the follow-up to the 2014 film The Maze Runner. Set in the dystopian future, this latest chapter chronicles the lives of a group of youths known as Gladers in the aftermath of their escape from the Maze. Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Ki Hong Lee and Thomas Brodie-Sangster return in their starring roles.


Pawn Sacrifice posterPawn Sacrifice

Release date: 17 September 2015

You don’t really see Tobey Maguire much on the silver screen nowadays, but rest assured, the former web-slinger is making his return in this biopic about American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) who competes against Russian player Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber) in a chess match that was at the time publicised as a Cold War confrontation between the two superpowers. The film also explores Fischer as he battles paranoia and faces backlash due to several controversial remarks.


Everest posterEverest

Release date: 24 September 2015

Based on true events, this disaster film follows the journey of two expedition groups as they brace snow and the high altitude to make the climb to the top of Mount Everest. A blizzard strikes, resulting in several deaths. Cast includes Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Sam Worthington, Robin Wright and Keira Knightley.
Movie posters above were mostly sourced from Wikipedia and Google Images.

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