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SPRING BLOCKBUSTERS WITH JOANNA BAKER
Release Date: September 13
There was a time when Brooklyn
mafia boss Giovanni Manzoni
(Robert DeNiro) had it all. He
thought he was untouchable, but
turning snitch on the mob has a
funny way of changing things.
Placed into witness protection,
despite the best efforts of CIA
Agent Stansfield (Tommy Lee
Jones) to keep them in line and
alive, old habits die hard for this
Relocated regularly due to
reverting back to handling issues
the old fashioned "Family" way;
the now Blake Family - Fred, his
wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer)
and their children Belle (Dianna
Agron) and Warren (John D'Leo)
- can't help but stand out for all
the wrong reasons.
But when former mafia cronies
track them down, chaos is
unavoidable as old scores are
settled in the unlikeliest of
A darkly funny film by writer/
director Luc Besson (Taken,
Transporter) based on Tonino
Benacquista 2010 book
Malavita, The Family boasts not
only a stellar cast but a unique
comical slant on a serious story.
Definitely one to add to the must
see list this spring.
Returning home after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games,
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and partner Peeta
Mellark (John Hutcherson) can't seem to shake the feeling that
the odds will never been in their favour.
Doing their duties, the forced-couple leaves behind the only people they
can trust to embark on the "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Smiling and
posing, the pair attempts to calm the palpably rebellious discord but as
it progresses from simmering to boiling, one simple action tips emotions
over the edge.
A symbol of freedom, Katniss and the remaining victors pose a grave
threat to President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and The Capitol's
overarching oppression of the districts. In an attempt to prove they are
still very much in control, Snow adds his own orchestrated stipulation
to the all-important 75th Annual Hunger Games known as The Quarter
Quell that will see the irradiation of strong victors and change Panem
One of the most anticipated movies of the year, part two of The Hunger
Games series, Catching Fire is destined for big box office bucks. By
taking mild creative licence from the phenomenally successful books and
not giving to much away in early trailers, the plot behind this instalment
is blatantly known but the frugal retelling looks to inject fresh suspense.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Release Date: November 22
Release Date: November 1
Billy (Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert De
Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam
(Kevin Kline) have been best friends since
childhood. But when the group's dedicated
bachelor Billy proposes to his thirty-
something girlfriend, they head off to Las
Vegas in a last ditch attempt to relive the
glory days and stop acting their age.
Upon arrival however, the now geriatric
'boys' realise that Sin City has evolved
over the decades. Long gone are the Rat
Pack blues lounges, and in their wake an
offensive array of tantalising extremes that
will test their friendship and stamina in
ways they never could have imagined.
An over-the-hill, not-so-mature version of
The Hangover, director Jon Turteltaub's
Last Vegas headlines four Academy Award
winners in their funniest roles yet.
Release Date: September 27
Muscle bound, New Jersey bartender Jon
Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) values few things
in life; his body, his pad, his ride, his family, his
church, his boys, his girls and his porn. Although
he sees more than his fair share of action, and
nicknamed "Don Jon" by friends for his efforts,
this modern day lothario prefers porn to the real
thing -- well at least until he meets her.
A proper "10", Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett
Johansson) is a bright, beautiful, good old
fashioned girl, that isn't going to make it easy.
Swept up in the idea of finding her Prince
Charming and riding off into the sunset just like
in Hollywood movies, competing expectations
of the opposite sex collide as Jon and Barbara
struggle against a media culture full of false
fantasies to find true intimacy.
An unexpected comedy written, directed and
starred in by transitioned child star Gordon-
Levitt, Don Jon has the potential to be an
unconventional rom-com classic.
Release Date: November 1
In the near future, a hostile alien race (The Formics) attack
Earth. All would have been lost if not for the legendary heroics of
International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley).
Determined to be prepared for the inevitable next attack,
the International Military lead by the esteemed Colonel Graff
(Harrison Ford) begin to train the best young children looking to
find a future Mazer.
Plucked from his school to join the elite, the shy but strategically
brilliant Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), quickly and easily
masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself
and winning respect amongst his peers.
Release Date: September 20
In the glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, two of the
greatest rivals the world has ever seen became legend. Both
on and off the track, cocky English playboy, James Hunt
(Chris Hemsworth) and his meticulously exceptional Austrian
opponent, Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) could not be more
Hunt's flashy public persona naturally clashes with Lauda's
reputation for strict perfectionism but bound together by their
undeniable stature amongst the best drivers ever to grace the
racetrack, they fuel each other's need to push the breaking
point of physical and psychological endurance.
But when a horrific crash during the Nürburgring based 1976
grand prix nearly claims Lauda's life, a grudging respect
develops and Hunt realises just how devoted his greatest
adversary is to the sport they both love.
A biographical drama directed by Academy Award-winner Ron
Howard, Rush is a powerful story.
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