Next door to Rydges Cronulla there is currently a cinematic smorgasbord at Cronulla Cinemas with movies for all ages and tastes.
…One for the kiddies, rated G is FreeBirds – with the tagline ‘The Greatest Turkey Movie of All Time’, two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks put aside their differences to team up to travel back in time and change the course of history… and rated PG there’s the Golden Globe winning Frozen, the super realistic Walking with Dinosaurs and Saving Mr Banks. This one is arguably the pick of the family movies - Tom Hanks is excellent as Walt Disney, negotiating the movie rights to Mary Poppins with Australian author P.L. Travers, played by Emma Thompson.
Also rated PG but much, much darker is The Book Thief, featuring another great performance from Geoffrey Rush. The story focuses on a young girl, Liesel, who finds solace in WWII Germany by stealing books and sharing them with others, including a Jewish refugee who is being sheltered under the stairs by her adoptive parents (trailer below). The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is also rated PG but both will go over the heads of some children.
Philomena is one of those gems that only the Brits can make a movie and it is brilliant – humour abounds in a rather dark plot as we follow the journey of Philomena Lee (Judi Dench) to search for the child she was forced to give up for adoption some fifty years before. Gripping, moving and memorable - rated M.
The other movies rated M include Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Anchorman2. These are sequels so fans will know what to expect and will be rewarded as they are all good.
Three other movies that pack a punch, albeit in different ways, are the very moving Railway Man (M), the very funny American Hustle (MA) and the very tight family comedy/drama with Merryl Streep and Julia Roberts, August: Osage County.
If you would like to combine your movie entertainment with a night at Rydges including breakfast, check out this package.
Here is the official trailer for The Book Thief:
One Direction is in Australia and tens of thousands of screaming, crying teenage girls are beside themselves – which makes the din twice as loud. Makes one wonder if they would even notice if the boys hit any bad notes.
If you haven’t got tickets to the live Sydney shows at Allphones, second prize will have to be the movie, One Direction: This Is Us. The documentary is now playing at Cronulla Cinemas. In a nutshell – it is slick, fun and rewarding for the fans. The lads have heaps of energy, enthusiasm, charm, warmth and, dare I say, talent. Non-fans will stay away in their droves and there won’t be any Oscars up for grabs but the loyal fan base alone will ensure a commercial success.
The band has certainly headed in only one direction since winning X-Factor in the UK – up – but, as they say, what goes up, must come down. I’m not being pessimistic for the boys, just realistic methinks – but you can’t knock them - they really are at the top of their game at present.
Django Unchained, now showing at Cronulla Cinemas (right next door to Rydges!)
The 'D' is silent. Payback won't be.
I guess some people have to be a Quentin Tarantino fan to enjoy his work. Your humble blogger became one during Pulp Fiction and cemented that 'fanship' with Kill Bill.
Too much violence? Maybe.
Over the top? Absolutely.
Brilliant? You bet.
To me Tarantino looks on filmmaking as art as well as craft. When you see a good Spielberg movie you nod and acknowledge his amazing film craft. It’s not ‘art’. Tarantino could sign his movies bottom right corner and whack them in a frame. Except that he’d probably sign it top left corner just to be different. Here are reviews of Django Unchained from some of the top print critics in the United States…
Like "Inglourious Basterds," Django Unchained is crazily entertaining, brazenly irresponsible and also ethically serious in a way that is entirely consistent with its playfulness. (A.O. Scott, New York Times)
In "Django," Tarantino is a man unchained, creating his most articulate, intriguing, provoking, appalling, hilarious, exhilarating, scathing and downright entertaining film yet. (Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times)
The most consistently entertaining movie of 2012. It's 165 minutes long and shouldn't be a minute shorter, a film of surprises, both in story and in casting, and of moments of agonizing, teased-out tension. The dialogue is dazzling. (Mick Lasalle, San Francisco Chronicle)
The film doesn't play it safe, so neither will I. Instead, I'll say that it finds Mr. Tarantino perched improbably but securely on the top of a production that's wildly extravagant, ferociously violent, ludicrously lurid and outrageously entertaining, yet also, remarkably, very much about the pernicious lunacy of racism and, yes, slavery's singular horrors. (Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal)
The movie Quentin Tarantino has written and directed is corkscrewed, inside-out, upside-down, simultaneously clear-eyed and completely out of its mind. (Wesley Morris, Boston Globe)
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