A far better film that the unfortunate X-Men Origins: Wolverine, this solo jaunt for the steel-clawed X-Man finds Hugh Jackman summoned to Tokyo by a man he saved in the Second World War. Tempted by the aged man’s offer of mortality, he begins to uncover a larger conspiracy on the streets of modern day Japan. Jackman’s as great as ever and his action scenes are some of the best from the entire X-Men series: The Wolverine is a super-solid blockbuster.
Despicable Me 2 (Early Digital Release)
The year’s surprise family hit is now available to buy. Steve Carell returns to voice Gru, the retired super-villain with a heart of gold. When a mysterious bad guy arrives on the scene, he’s asked by the authorities to go undercover at a shopping mall to uncover this deadly new threat. As with the first film, it’s rather sweet and packed with loads of visual gags. And just as before, the hordes of tiny minions end up stealing the show from their big-name co-stars. Highly recommended for families and grown-ups alike!
The Hangover Part III (Early Digital Release)
The bawdy dream team of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis return to Las Vegas for what promises to be the last film of the ‘Hangover trilogy’. While on their way to deliver Alan (Galifianakis) to a rehab facility in the desert, The Wolf Pack are kidnapped by gangster John Goodman who gives them three days to recover $42 dollars from their insane friend Chow (Ken Jeong). If you’ve seen the first two movies, you really know what to expect from this. Watch it now before it’s released on DVD!
Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger (New to Rent)
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).
Shrek the Musical
After a two-year hit run on London’s West End, the musical adaptation of Shrek has come to a close. This may come as bad new to those of you who didn’t get the chance to catch it but –as they say- with every cloud comes a silver lining. Featuring the original Broadway cast, this filmed version of the New York stage show is the closest thing you’ll get to the experience of watching a great musical live. Like the film that inspired it, it’s funny and irreverent. Unlike the film that inspired it, it’s packed with great songs from start to finish. Shrek the Musical is definitely a good option for a family film night!
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