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New Releases Monday 21 July 2014

The Lego Movie leads the new Releases at blinkbox this week

(image: Warner Bros.)

The Lego Movie (New to Rent)

After the family entertainment juggernaut that was Frozen, parents everywhere are now faced with yet another movie that their kids will want to re-watch ad infinitum. The good news for them is that The Lego Movie is actually a proper movie: full of characters, story and all that other good stuff.

Written and directed by the guys who brought you Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 22 Jump Street, it’s set in a dystopian world made entirely out of interlocking bricks!

Emmet is just a regular lego man with a job as a construction worker. He does what he’s told, eats what everyone else eats, and listens to the same song everyone else listens to (the dangerously catchy earworm, ‘Everything is Awesome’). Everything changes however, when he’s singled out as ‘The Chosen One’ by a group of elite ‘master builders’. (It’s basically the plot of The Matrix)

This is so densely packed with visual jokes and great writing that you probably won’t mind having to watch this the first dozen times with your kids. And if you don’t have children, you’ll still enjoy this genuinely funny movie.

(image: eOne)

(image: eOne)

Need for Speed (New to Rent)

Aaron Paul, Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad, headlines his first Hollywood blockbuster. He plays Tobey Marshall, a prodigious street racer just paroled after a spell in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. In order to get back at the man who framed him (Dominic Cooper), Tobey enters a high stakes cross-country race. Tempering the macho vibe of this race film is Imogen Poots, who joins him on this hair-brained revenge mission.

Based on the popular video game series of the same name, Need for Speed takes a number of cues from the Fast and Furious franchise. Petrolheads will especially thrill at the high-end cars and spectacular stunts on display.

 

(image: Sony Pictures)

(image: Sony Pictures)

The Zero Theorem

Terry Gilliam, the acclaimed director and member of Monty Python, revisits the Orwellian dread of Brazil with this new dystopian fantasy. An incredibly bald Christophe Waltz plays a nervous computer programmer who’s working on a theory to determine whether life holds any meaning.

Sure, the concept seems all high-faluting, but Gilliam can build fictional worlds better than almost any other director. Just by reputation alone, you know that The Zero Theorem is going to be a quirky, and darkly comic affair. But if that doesn’t sell it to you, consider the supporting cast: David Thewlis, Matt Damon and Tilda Swinton are just the tip of the iceberg.

 

(image: Paramount)

(image: Paramount)

Labor Day (Early Digital Release)

At the age of just 36, director Jason Reitman has already amassed a fantastic back catalogue of comic-dramas. His previous movies Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air and Young Adult are the kinds of smart, crowd-pleasing films that are much too rare these days. With his latest effort, Reitman has taken a step in a more serious direction.

Set in the late 80s, Kate Winslet plays a single mother who befriends a convicted killer on the run from the authorities (played by Josh Brolin). As the convict hunkers down and lays low with Winslet, a complicated romance sparks between the pair of them.

 

(image: 20th Century Fox)

(image: 20th Century Fox)

Bad Ass 2 (New to Rent)

You may have missed the original Bad Ass, but don’t let that stop you from checking out the sequel. All you need to know is that Danny Trejo (Machete) is an OAP Vietnam vet who goes all Charles Bronson and becomes a vigilante. In the sequel, he continues his mission to clean up the streets. But this time, he’s got a new partner, in the form of Danny Glover - a man who’s probably ‘too old for this s***‘.

 

(image: Lionsgate)

(image: Lionsgate)

The Legend of Hercules (Early Digital Release)

As it happens, there are two Hercules movies being released in 2014. Just to be clear, this one isn’t the one that stars The Rock. Instead, it features Twilight’s Kellan Lutz as the legendary demigod.

In this version, Hercules is a mighty soldier who gets sold into slavery and is forced to become a gladiator. You can see that the makers of this movie have been heavily influenced by a certain Russell Crowe movie, not to mention the recent TV version of Spartacus. In fact, Liam McIntyre (Spartacus himself) has a supporting role in this!

The Legend of Hercules is directed by Renny Harlin, whose previous credits include bona fide blockbusters like Die Hard 2.

 

(image: Metrodome)

(image: Metrodome)

We are the Best! (New to Rent)

Director Lukas Moodysson (still best known for his art house hit Lilya 4-Ever) has created this charming coming-of-age comedy set in 1982 Sweden. Three young girls –all of them outcasts of sorts– decide to form a punk band, despite their lack of talent and the waning popularity of punk. As they prepare for their debut live gig, they encounter the sorts of scrapes all young people get into: squabbling over boys and making enemies (of sorts).

This is a heart-warming, nostalgia filled movie that’s packed with more laughs than we expected. It comes heartily recommended!

 

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(image: Freemantle Media)

(image: Freemantle Media)

WWE Extreme Rules 2014

What do they mean by ‘extreme rules’? Could it be that the WWE are finally tightening up the regulations regarding the illicit use of chairs, hammers and steel steps? Well, no. It’s just a cool title for a Pay per View event.

Highlights here include a 6-man tag team between The Shield and Evolution; Bray Wyatt and John Cena in a steel cage match; and Daniel Bryan defending his WWE championship belt against Kane.

 

Family Guy Series 12

With Seth Macfarlane’s iconic show having made over 200 episodes, you’d think that the writers of Family Guy would’ve stopped trying new things a long time ago. However, in an early episode from this season, one of the show’s main characters gets killed off in a plot twist that ended up as headline news! But apart from that, you know what to expect: gag-a-minute comedy that pushes the limits of taste, plus the occasional celebrity cameo!

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