‘We will not go quietly into the night!’ blasts the new issue of Empire. Twenty years after President Whitmore’s stirring oratory, Independence Day: Resurgence sets a fresh lot of psychotic aliens upon the human race and once again, things are looking pretty bleak. Our new cover story explores this long-gestating blockbuster and weighs up our chances of surviving another Roland Emmerich firestorm.
There’s giant-sized coverage of The BFG this month, where we get to know fellas like the Meatdripper, the Childchewer, the Fleshlumpeater and the Gizzardgulper, plus one particular giant of an altogether friendlier disposition. We chat to director Steven Spielberg about adapting the Roald Dahl classic – his “first true fairy tale” – and hear from Spielberg’s big friendly star, Mark Rylance.
The theatrical releases having the rule run over them by our crack team of reviewers this month include Shane Black’s gonzo crime caper The Nice Guys, Wall Street thriller Money Monster, X-Men: Apocalypse, Alice Through The Looking Glass and Elvis & Nixon.