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British Films for Summer 2017 Take Audiences Back in Time

Summer is prime movie season in part due to the lovely air-conditioned darkness that can transport you to different places and eras.

And it would appear that this summer, British films will be doing just that. The offerings range from the Victorian era to the Cold War and beyond. With an impressive list of actors paired with the many compelling, and often true, stories on offer, I predict you’ll want to make a point to see at least a few of these films.

British Film Directors You Should Know

The cast of Gareth Edwards' "Star Wars" prequel "Rogue One" (Photo: Lucasfilm)

So the 2017 awards season has come to a close with that wild finale of an Oscars ceremony no less! While no British directors were nominated for an Academy Award this year, there are plenty working today who are making their presence felt in the UK and around the world. Veterans like Ken Loach, Mike Leigh, Stephen Frears and Oscar-winner Danny Boyle are active and continue to tell important and innovate stories. For this post, however, I’d like to concentrate on a younger generation of influential British filmmakers you may want to check out. Here are five under 50 that you might see holding that golden statuette one day.

"Me Before You" starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. (image courtesy of Alex Bailey, Warner Bros.)

Summer Films with a British Flavor

Summer is unofficially here and that means so is the summer movie season. Our blogger Carmen has compiled a list of British films to keep you entertained (and inside a nice cool theater) throughout the hot and muggy months ahead.

‘Absolutely Fabulous’ is Coming Back as a Movie. But Should It?

Eddie and Patsy are coming back on the big screen. (Photo: Fox Searchlight/BBC Films)

It’s official, sweetie darlings: Absolutely Fabulous is coming soon to a cinema near you.

Yes, the long-rumored, frequently assumed to be mythical feature film version of ridiculous adventures of desperate to be hip PR agent Edina Monsoon and her chain-smoking, hard-partying best friend Patsy Stone is finally arriving on the big screen. It will be titled, simply, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.

We don’t know a lot about the film’s plot just yet, though Entertainment Weekly reported that the story finds Edina and Patsy reeling from “a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party” and decamping to the French Riviera. 

British Movies You Can Stream to Get Into the Holiday Mood

Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon in "Love Actually". (Photo: Universal/Studio Canal)

Now that we're into December, I feel we can safely proceed full-steam towards all things Yuletide. If you need a little nudge to get you into the spirit of the season, here are a half a dozen films you might want to try out. The bonus is they’re British so you can enjoy Christmas number ones, those little paper crowns and a healthy helping Father Christmas!

Watch James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe in 'Victor Frankenstein' Trailer

The trailer for upcoming film Victor Frankenstein features several things that are awesome – including James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe as the titular mad scientist and his loyal sidekick, a pretty terrifying monster (even if you only see it for like three seconds), and the most amazing hair cinematic hair accessory you’ve seen in years.

Plus, it also just looks like an interesting twist on the Frankenstein story. (But, seriously! This wig!)

Are You Ready for Some Football? Five Soccer Movies You Can Stream Today

This Saturday (August 8) is the beginning of the Premier League football season. The Premier League is the top level of England’s professional men’s football association and it’s comprised of twenty clubs.

For those new to the concept of the English football system (and I’m not far ahead, I can tell you) here are a few of the very basics you should know.

The Full Trailer for ‘Spectre’ is Pretty Awesome Actually (And Andrew Scott is In it!)

The full trailer for upcoming James Bond film Spectre is here and it’s definitely worth the wait.

Stars Daniel Craig, Ben Whishaw, Naomi Harris and Ralph Fiennes are all back for this latest 007 adventure, joined by a bunch of fresh faces, including the clearly villainous Christoph Waltz and two new Bond girls in the form of Monica Belluci and Léa Seydoux.

Spectre will be the twenty-fifth installment in the Bond franchise and, thus far, appears to be director Sam Mendes biggest/most dramatic entry yet - and that’s kind of saying something, after Skyfall – if the trailer is anything to go by. (Mendes has said this will be his last go-round with James Bond in the director’s chair, so it seems he’s aiming to go out on a high note.)

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