There is a smorgasbord of holiday movies at Cronulla Cinemas for families and teens, sci-fi action fans, and comedy or drama lovers.
Tinker Bell: The Pirate Fairy (G)
The title and the rating pretty much says it all – it’s a cinema outing for families with littlies who just need an entertaining animated diversion. Naturally it is from Disney and it runs 78 minutes.
Also from Disney, this one is a tad darker in themes and is a great Mum and teen daughter flick. Apparently it is Angelina Jolie’s biggest box office success to date and could be one that sees her winding up her acting career as she moves to the other side of the script and camera, writing and directing. It runs 97 minutes
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG)
This one gets its PG rating because of mild fantasy themes and violence… a nice animated adventure for the family. It runs 102 minutes.
This one’s PG is for sexual references and crude humour. Nice to see the chemistry between Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler. After a bad blind date the man and woman find themselves stuck together at a family resort and the relationship grows. Running time 117 minutes.
The Fault in Our Stars (M)
This one is sad/uplifting and a real tear jerker. Your blogger’s teenage daughter saw it and was still reaching for the tissues a couple of hours after. For many it will be the most memorable movie of the year. 126 minutes.
Transformers: Age of Extinction (M)
Probably not big on the ‘memorable’ movie scale for plot and character development BUT big budget action for 165 minutes on the ‘rollercoaster’. Fans know what to expect and they get it in spades
Edge of Tomorrow (M)
This one is a real sci-fi ‘action’ blockbuster with Tom Cruise driving the plot – a soldier in a war against aliens find himself in a time loop of the last day in the battle – but when he returns each day, he has more skills. M for science fiction violence and infrequent coarse language and runs 133 minutes.
The Trip to Italy (M)
This one is an Italian road-trip – part documentary and part comedy that relies on the charisma and chemistry of the two leads, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, 103 minutes.
22 Jump Street (MA)
This is the surprise package for mine – a sequel that beats the original and nothing gets in the way of milking a joke. Great work from the lead duo Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum – it deserves the MA+ for the frequent strong coarse language and sexual references and if you like this genre, you’ll have a nice cinematic romp for 112 minutes.
Grace of Monaco (PG)
Not wonderful reviews and it certainly nowhere as bad a movie as some have made out – it’s a chic-biopic that has a couple of fine performances, one of them being Nicole Kidman staring as Princess Grace of Monaco - and as the Sydney Morning Herald said, it’s a Disney princess flick for grown-ups. 103 minutes.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (M)
Any movie that has Hugh Jackman with a fist full of steel can’t go wrong for fans of sci-fi action. Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Jennifer Lawrence round out an excellent cast. 131 minutes.
Rydges Cronulla is next door to Cronulla Cinemas for a pre-movie drink, meal or an overnight stay.
Here's the 22 Jump Street trailer (also rated MA+):
There’s certainly something for everyone with the movies at Cronulla Cinemas this weekend.
There’s Disney’s Maleficent – it might be a bit dark for some littlies but it’s a nice Mum and daughter movie that features Angelina Jolie’s giving a strong performance, supported by her impossibly wonderful cheekbones.
And I will give another plug for The Grand Budapest Hotel because it is still fresh in my mind several weeks after seeing it.
There’s also the guaranteed heart-string-pulling-tear-jerker The Fault in Our Stars.
We have Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman doing battle under the same roof again – Tom in the mega-million dollar blockbuster, Edge of Tomorrow and Our Nic as Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco. Nicole hasn’t fared well with the critics but fans should enjoy it. Looks like Tom will come out best because according to Rotten Tomatoes it looks like Tom is driving a winner and Nicole is driving badly down a winding road. The ‘Tomatometer’ (critics) give Tom’s flick 95% and Grace of Monaco just 4%.
Also showing – the action movies X-Men: Days of Future Past and Godzilla, the pleasant comedy The Trip to Italy and the gross but funny Bad Neighbours. And speaking of gross/funny...
One I haven’t but is almost tempting me is Seth McFarlane’s raunchfest, A Million Ways to Die in the West. Blood, guts, bodily fluids, foul language and bad taste have a place in movies and I am curious to see whether it is rewarding or revolting. The trailer below pretty much sums it up I guess, but I’m wondering if it is a teaser or the deliverer of best bits. A wee warning, the language in the trailer may render it not fit for work or with the kiddies in the room.
With the days getting shorter and colder a bit of cinematic escapism a great way to spend a couple of hours and Cronulla Cinemas is next door to Rydges Cronulla for a pre or post-movie drink, snack or meal.