Cin­e­matic siz­zlers heat up the sum­mer box of­fice ........

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - CONTENTS - – CARIS BIZ­ZACA

K EEN to es­cape the heat this sum­mer at your lo­cal cin­ema, but not sure what to watch? Here’s a guide to what’s hot on the big screen this silly sea­son.

Fam­ily/an­i­mated

Hol­ly­wood has en­sured there are a cou­ple of good op­tions for the kids this school hol­i­days that par­ents will en­joy, too. Top of that list is the Dis­ney an­i­mated film Wreck-It Ralph. Fea­tur­ing the voices of John C Reilly and Sarah Sil­ver­man, it’s about a bad guy in an ar­cade game who wants to be liked, and is knee-deep in de­light­ful nos­tal­gia for those who can re­mem­ber Sonic the Hedge­hog, Pac Man and Su­per Mario. For a more tra­di­tion­ally themed an­i­mated movie, there’s Rise of the Guardians. Hugh Jack­man gets laughs voic­ing a war­rior-like ver­sion of the Easter Bunny. He, along with fel­low guardians, North (aka Santa Claus, voiced by Alec Baldwin), Tooth the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), the mute Sand­man and newly ap­pointed guardian Jack Frost (Chris Pine) must unite to stop the evil spirit Pitch (Jude Law) and save the won­der, hope and dreams of chil­dren. If you were a fan of Co­ra­line, then you should love Para­Nor­man. De­signed for older chil­dren (it will be too scary for the younger crowd), this 3D stop-mo­tion com­edy thriller features the voice of Aussie ac­tor Kodi Smit-McPhee as main char­ac­ter Norman. A mis­un­der­stood boy who can talk to the dead, he must take on zom­bies, ghosts, witches and grown-ups to save his town from an old curse. For those not keen on an­i­ma­tion, check out Parental Guid­ance. It stars Billy Crys­tal as Ar­tie, who agrees to look af­ter his three grand­chil­dren and in­stead of stick­ing to 21st-cen­tury par­ent­ing meth­ods, switches to the old-school means. Also star­ring Bette Mi­dler and Marisa Tomei.

Com­edy

For fans of Glee or Aussie come­di­enne Rebel Wil­son, check out the fun and silly Pitch Per­fect, about an all-girl a capella singing group of mis­fits com­pet­ing to win the univer­sity na­tion­als com­pe­ti­tion. Filled with pop hits, golden oldies and a tal­ented cast, it’s in­fec­tious with its fan­tas­tic per­for­mances and ex­u­ber­ance. For some more adult hu­mour, there’s This is 40, the kind-of se­quel spin-off to Knocked Up. Set sev­eral years af­ter, it fo­cuses on the lives of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Deb­bie (Les­lie Mann – writer/ di­rec­tor Judd Apa­tow’s wife). More of an ob­ser­va­tional com­edy about fam­ily life and mar­riage, it also features knock­out per­for­mances from Mann and Apa­tow’s two daugh­ters, along­side the likes of Ja­son Segel, Chris O’Dowd and Me­gan Fox. For more ro­mance and drama with your laughs, Sil­ver Lin­ings Playbook stars Bradley Cooper as a former teacher who moves back in with his par­ents (Robert De Niro and Aussie Jacki Weaver) af­ter a stint in a men­tal in­sti­tu­tion. While try­ing to rec­on­cile with his ex-wife, he meets Tif­fany (Jen­nifer Lawrence), an in­trigu­ing girl with prob­lems of her own. Babs is back. Bar­bra Streisand stars in The Guilt Trip as Joyce Brew­ster, whose son, Andy (Seth Ro­gen) takes her on a road trip while he tries to sell his lat­est in­ven­tion.

Ac­tion/ad­ven­ture/ thriller

Box­ing Day will see the high­lyan­tic­i­pated re­lease of The Hob­bit:

An Un­ex­pected Jour­ney and Sir Peter Jack­son’s re­turn to Mid­dle-earth since The Lord of the Rings tril­ogy ended in 2003. Star­ring Martin Free­man as Bilbo Bag­gins, it fol­lows the hob­bit on an ac­tion­packed ad­ven­ture with Gan­dalf (Sir Ian McKellen) and 13 dwarves to help re­turn their king­dom. The first of three Hob­bit films, it also stars Aussies Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weav­ing. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling siz­zled on­screen in Crazy, Stupid, Love and they’ve been paired again in Gang­ster Squad, about the Los An­ge­les Po­lice De­part­ment’s fight to keep mafia-types from the East Coast (like Sean Penn’s Mickey Co­hen) away from their city dur­ing the 1940s and ’50s. There’s been much crit­i­cism from fans about Tom Cruise be­ing cast in Jack Reacher as the 196cm, 99kg, ex-mil­i­tary cop made fa­mous in Lee Child’s book se­ries. But the au­thor has told fans while not phys­i­cally like Reacher, Cruise ‘‘nails it’’ and they should see the film be­fore pass­ing judg­ment. Based on the ninth novel, One Shot, it also stars Aus­tralia’s Jai Court­ney, play­ing against type as a men­ac­ing bad­die.

Hor­ror

Get your DVDs out. There are no hor­ror flicks set for a sum­mer re­lease.

Drama

The in­dus­try is gear­ing for the awards sea­son, so you can ex­pect to see some of the year’s best heavy­weight dra­mas re­leas­ing over the next cou­ple of months as Os­car buzz builds. Think mu­si­cal Les Mis­er­ables star­ring Aus­tralians Hugh Jack­man and Rus­sell Crowe, The Im­pos­si­ble (set dur­ing the 2004 tsunami) star­ring Naomi Watts and di­rec­tor Kathryn Bigelow’s fol­low-up to The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Mean­while, Ang Lee’s clever adap­ta­tion of the book Life of Pi is a gor­geous spir­i­tual film, Hitch­cock shows the mak­ing of Psy­cho with An­thony Hop­kins star­ring as the iconic film­maker, and Django Un­chained is the lat­est from au­teur Quentin Tarantino, re­unit­ing the di­rec­tor with his In­glou­ri­ous Bas­terds vil­lain Christoph Waltz and Pulp Fic­tion star Sa­muel L Jack­son.

TOP: Wreck-It-Ralph

ABOVE LEFT: Rebel Wil­son in Pitch­Per­fect ABOVE: Hugh Jack­man in LesMis­er­ables

LEFT: A scene from Life of Pi

FAR LEFT: Ian McKellen in The Hob­bit

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