5 Must See Movies For Summer

5 Must See Movies For Summer

During summer, we talk about trips to the beach and spending time outdoors, but one thing I love to do is head on into popular Independent cinema, the Nova in Lygon Street to catch a movie.   I often go during the heat of the day, or at night, followed by a sumptuous lunch or dinner and prosecco at my favorite restaurant in Carlton, Doc’s Espresso. 

As the kids are on school holidays, we have included some movies you will love to go and see as a family.  

Here are our picks of movies from Independent cinemas.


1    Wonder

If you are like my son James and I, who loved the book Wonder, you will love this movie.  Like the book, you will laugh and cry, emotionally be a wreck, but the beautiful story behind this film will leave you on a high.

Starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as the parents, and gorgeous Jacob Trembley (of Room fame) as beautiful Auggie, a boy born with a facial deformity and has had over 27 surgeries to survive.  

The story is about Auggie fitting into a new school, and how he makes everyone understand he is another ordinary child and that beauty isn’t skin deep.

2. Breathe

An inspirational true love story of Roby and Diana Cavendish.

After contracting polio at the age of 28, Robin Cavendish is confined to a bed and given only months to live. With help from his wife Diana and her twin brothers and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall, Cavendish emerges from the hospital ward and devotes the rest of his life to helping fellow patients and the disabled.

One for the heartstrings, staring one of my fav’s, Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy and Hugh Bonneville.

Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic material including some bloody medical images.)

3. Detroit

A horrific period of American history with an exploration of the 1967 Detroit riots.

Not a happy movie, but this is real, it happened.  50 years ago, (I know, the year I was born), in Detroit, Michigan, task-force raid the Algiers Motel in search of a sniper.  When they couldn't find the sniper, the guests were subjected to horrifying race-hate and violence.

Directed by Oscar-winning Kathryn Bigelow, this movie has brilliant actors, including John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, and Algee Smith.  

Rated MA15+

4. Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman

We always say that behind every great man, there is a better woman.  Harvard psychologist and inventor, Dr. Willian Moulton Marston has a good fortune, (well, we can debate this) of having two supportive women, his wife Elizabeth and their mutual lover Olive Burne.

These two women inspire him to create one of the greatest female superheroes of all time, the one, and only comic book character, Wonder Woman.

Starring: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, and Bella Heathcote.

Drama/Biography Rated: R for strong sexual content including brief graphic images, and language

5. The Ornithologist

While on a bird surveying trip, Fernando, a solitary ornithologist's boat capsizes and rescued by two female Chinese pilgrims, who force him into extreme behavior to survive a series of brutal tests.

Gradually Fernando becomes a different man: inspired, multifaceted, and finally enlightened.

Love Actually

And as an extra, my all-time favorite Christmas movie “Love Actually” – which is an annual family tradition to view at Christmas for the Rowland family – is playing at Cinema Nova 8 pm Christmas Eve.

Every year we sit as a family to watch this movie.  Every year my children complain.
Every year they enjoy it!

“Kids, don’t buy drugs.  Become a pop star, and they give them to you for free!” – the classic line that no matter how many times we hear it, we still laugh!

Of course, let me know what movies you will be seeing, or did see over summer.

Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist.  Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.

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