After over a decade, Pixar returns to the world of Monsters Inc. for this surprisingly whole-hearted prequel. Taking place years before, we find Mike and Sully (Billy Crystal and John Goodman) as freshers in Monstropolis’ premier scaring programme. While one-eyed Mike has to struggle with the fact that he’s inherently unscary, Sully is gifted scarer who beliebes he can simply sail through life on talent alone. Both facing the threat of being flunked, they’re forced to join a fraternity of loser monsters. Taking a cue from frat comedies like Animal House and Old School, our heroes have to overcome the odds and find a way to stick it to the jocks.
Guillermo del Toro’s ode to Japanese kaiju films like Godzilla, Pacific Rim comes blasting in this week. When a portal to another world opens up on the ocean floor, the countries of the world find themselves coming together, building giant robots called Jaegers to fight monsters emerging from the hole. Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam plays Raleigh Becket, a battle hardened pilot who’s called out of retirement when a new threat arrives. With an international cast that includes Ron Perlman and Idris Elba, this is the film that Transformers could have been all along: big, exciting and thrillingly creative.
This is the End
Seth Rogen makes his directorial debut with this star-studded comedy. During a wild party at actor James Franco’s house, Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel and Danny McBride (all playing exaggerated versions of themselves) find themselves trapped indoors after The Rapture. Hoarding supplies and fending off attacks from Emma Watson, cracks begin to form in their celebrity friendships. All you need to know is this: the film is laugh-out-loud funny and provides one of the few opportunities you’ll ever have to see Michael Cera impaled through the chest.
Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger
A sequel to 2009’s Nativity! this holiday comedy boasts a number of new cast members, almost certainly thanks to the fact that Martin Freeman –who starred in the original- is a little bit on the busy side these days.
Taking over the lead role, David Tennant plays the new teacher at St. Bernadette’s and he’s a man under a lot of pressure: his wife is pregnant, the kids in his class are out of control and his teaching assistant (Marc Wootton) is more of a burden than a boon. So when Wootton enters his class into a national Christmas song contest, Tennant stress levels go through the roof. And things can only get worse when he discovers that their main competition is a posh school that’s being mentored by his twin brother, a successful composer (Tennant in a duel role).
Largely improvised under the guidance of director Debbie Isitt, Nativity 2 could be the perfect way to kick start the holiday season (two months before Christmas Day).
Tina Fey is an admissions officer at the prestigious Princeton University who struggles to balance a fulfilling personal life with her demanding job. Tired of battling a generation of ‘millennial parents’ who will stop at nothing to get their kids into the school, she finds herself at a backwaters developmental school headed by a former classmate (Paul Rudd). He introduces her to one of his students, a prodigy who may or may not be her son and it sparks a massive change in the way she views her life and her job.
You couldn’t ask for more charming leads than Fey and Rudd and the film’s a nice change of pace from the recent trend of more profane comedies. Check it out, why not.
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