I made my first professional film aged just 21 (12 if you count a video on recycling I made my Dad shoot) and I still work freelance in the industry nowadays; juggling it with my blogging career and of course my most important job of all, being a mum to my two gorgeous boys.

As you can imagine, spending over 18 years fully immersed in the film industry means I’m an absolute film geek and there’s nothing more I like, than spending any free time at the cinema, soaking up the latest cinematic release. Sure its a bit of a busman’s holiday, but a great film has the power to transport you to a whole new world – or at least for 90 minutes at the very least.

Summer is great time of year for us movie-buffs, as it is when most studios release their MEGA blockbusters and this summer’s no exception with some mighty fine releases heading to a big screen near you soon.

So here’s a round-up of my must-watch summer movies:

Inside Out

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Up is one of my favourite films ever, a moving, poignant, critically acclaimed film that always makes me cry so I just can’t wait to see what director Pete Docter has in store with his new ground-breaking animation, Inside Out.

Inside Out is centred on the sparring emotions of a teenage girl. When 14 year old Riley is uprooted from her home town in the Midwest when her father gets a new job in San Francisco, she struggles to fit into her new life. Here, and quite innovatively, we catch a glimpse inside her mind and join rival emotions Fear (Bill Hader), Joy (Amy Poehler), Anger (Lewis Black), Sadness (Phyliss Smith) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling). When Joy and Sadness accidentally get lost within the rest of Riley’s Mind we embark on a fascinating journey to amazing places such as Imaginationland and the surreal Abstract Thought.

My eldest Oliver is a huge Pixar fan and is literally chomping at the bit to see their first release in over 2 years and this promises not to disappoint.

Spooks: The Greater Good 

spooks movie

Spooks is frankly one of the finest TV shows ever made so I’m beyond excited to hear this popular BBC series has been made into a movie.

This feature length spin off Spooks: The Greater Good sees the return of everyone’s favourite spy, Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) driving the narrative.

So what’s the plot? When a terrorist escapes custody during a routine handover, Harry takes the blame and appears to commit suicide. Of course in typical Spooks fashion all is not what it seems and it’s down to M15 agent Will Holloway (Kit Harington) to unearth the truth. Expect a thrilling plot with plenty of twists and turns as ever.

Spooks: The Greater Good is out now

Minions

minion filmFinally, everyone’s favourite character from Despicable Me – the Minions – have their own film coming out! This hotly anticipated movie is set in the 1960’s where everyone’s favourite yellow creatures (sorry Simpsons – you’ve been bumped down the list) are in the hunt for a new master to serve. Their quest brings them to New York, where they discover the world’s first female super-villain, Scarlett Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock) and in typical Minion fashion, chaos, bumbling and a whole lot of fun ensues.

So what are you looking forward to seeing at the cinema this summer?

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