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SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS WITH JOANNA BAKER
Release Date: December 26
When a prophecy traps the
kingdom of Arendelle in eternal
winter, fearlessly feisty optimist
Anna (voice of Kristen Bell)
convinces rugged ice-selling
mountain-man Kristoff (voice
of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal
reindeer sidekick Sven to team
up for an epic journey.
The trio survives encounters
with mystical trolls, rabid
wolves, a curiously comedic
snowman named Olaf (voice
of Josh Gad) and Everest-like
conditions, all in the hopes of
finding the Snow Queen, secretly
Anna's sister Elsa (voice of Idina
Menzel) to break her icy spell.
With magic and mayhem at
every turn, Anna and Kristoff
brave the elements and each
other in a race to save the
kingdom from destruction.
From Walt Disney Animation
Studios, which brought us back
to back blockbusters Wreck-It
Ralph and Tangled, Frozen is
a warm hearted and daring
comedy-adventure that is cool
fun for the whole family.
In 1986, hell-raising rough and tumble Texan electrician, Ron
Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is brought to the ground with
a crashing thud after being diagnosed with AIDS and given a
maximum six months to live.
Unwilling to accept the inevitability of his death sentence, dissatisfied
with the medical establishments' endless red tape and the all-powerful
pharmaceutical companies monopoly on what treatments he can and
can't have access to, the wheeling and dealing Woodroof finds a lifeline
in Mexico with an FDA unapproved alternative.
Forming an unlikely partnership with fellow sufferer Rayon (Jared
Leto), Woodroof turns his restorative necessity into a lucrative business.
Smuggling large quantities across the border, the duo establishes a
unique structure in which other patients can join a 'club' to which gains
them access to the supplies they need.
Inspired by real events, Dallas Buyers Club is a heart wrenching story of
necessity proving the mother of all invention. Director Jean-Marc Vallée's
first foray into artistic liberties drives the well-paced story in the right
direction without falling into the trap of false sentimentality.
In a role that deserves attention, McConaughey's portrayal of Woodroof
(who passed in 1992) may finally bring the underrated actor an Oscar
nomination; Leto matches his intensity pound for pound while Jennifer
Garner as Dr. Eve Saks adds emotional layers.
Dallas Buyers Club
Release Date: January 30
Walking with Dinosaurs
Release Date: January 9
Based on BBC Earth's 1999 mini-
series of the same name and pegged
as the greatest 3D event in a hundred
million years, Walking with Dinosaurs
is a family adventure, stylised as a
simulated nature documentary and
populated with artfully detailed CG-
Following the infancy to adulthood
life-cycle of three Pachyrhinosaurus
dinosaurs named Patchi, Scowler,
and Juniper, Walking with Dinosaurs
utilises breakthroughs in computer
animation technology and recent
paleontological discoveries to create
a mesmerisingly surreal visual of the
Late Cretaceous period.
A thrilling stampede of a prehistoric
adventure, viewers are entranced
as an underdog dinosaur triumphs
against all odds to become a hero for
the ages. As the dinosaurs themselves
are depicted as non-speaking
characters, the film is brought to life
through narration from the unique
perspective of an Alexornis bird
named Alex. Its true life setting in
Alaska (close to where is subjects
originally lived) with extra footage
shot in New Zealand adds an extra
level of appeal.
Release Date: January 24
Two hundred years after waking his shocking creation, Dr.
Victor Frankenstein's creature, Adam (Aaron Eckhart) still walks
the dystopic present earth. Caught in the middle of a war over
humanities' fate, both sides of ferocious demons and vigilant
gargoyles race to uncover the secret to Adam's immortality and
the key he may hold that could destroy humankind.
An unwilling hero, Adam must fight, but with so many enemies,
who are his allies and can they be trusted?
Replacing vampires and lycanthrope with gargoyles and
demons, the producers of the hit supernatural saga Underworld
reconvene for action thriller I, Frankenstein. In a desperate to
attempt to replace lagging revenue, the familiar tone, fell and
cinematography is glaringly obvious.
Written and directed specifically for the screen by Stuart Beattie
(writer of each Pirate of the Caribbean instalment) and based on
Kevin Grevioux's graphic novel of the same name, this fantasy
sci-fi is brought to life by a continental assortment of actors.
Release Date: December 12
Busted while on the job, brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld
(Christian Bale) and his equally cunning and seductive British
partner, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) are blackmailed into
working for reckless FBI agent, Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper).
As DiMaso pushes them deeper and deeper into the dangerous
and enchanting world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia, a
passionate yet volatile political climber named Carmine Polito
(Jeremy Renner) becomes the wild card in the mix, getting
caught between the con artists and feds.
But with Irving's unpredictable wife, Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence)
precariously able to pull the single thread that could bring their
entire world crashing down, can they all work the hustle together
before it works them?
Release Date: January 23
Throwing away the walking cane and setting aside the false
teeth, Pittsburgh boxing rivals Billy "The Kid" McDonnen
(Robert De Niro) and Henry "Razor" Sharp (Sylvester Stallone)
are drawn out of retirement by up-and-coming promoter Dante
Slate Jr. (Kevin Hart) for one final grudge match.
Each holding a victory title over the other from their thirty year
past heyday, the all conclusive tie-breaking third match was
cancelled on its eve after the abrupt and unjustified retirement
announcement by Razor, effectively delivering a knock-out
punch to both their careers.
If settling their old score wasn't enough motivation, the dollar
sign dangled by Dante is an offer simply neither can refuse.
After a chance face-to-face encounter for the first time in
decades, their long-festering feud erupts into an unintentionally
hilarious melee, creating a viral social media frenzy and
transforming their local geriatric scuffle into a must-see HBO
event. If they can just survive the training, they may actually
live to fight again.
It's wonderful to see old Hollywood heavyweights making fun
and having a good laugh at themselves.
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