There are a few new movies at Cronulla Cinemas, each of them rewarding in different ways - Ant-Man, Paper Towns and Ruben Guthrie.
Con man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his Ant-Man suit, which gives its wearer the ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength. At a time when most Super-Hero movies go for bigger, bolder, tougher and louder it is nice to have a twist on the genre where the hero is smaller, clumsier and, well, much funnier…
Life is good for ad man Ruben Guthrie - he leads a party boy lifestyle, has a model fiancée and lives in a house on the water. He’s at the top of his game, until some drunken skylarking lands Ruben at the bottom of his infinity pool, lucky to be alive. His mum hits the panic button, and then his fiancée leaves him, but not before issuing him one final challenge: If Ruben can do one year without a drink, she’ll give him another chance… Ruben Guthrie is the story of one man not only battling the bottle, but the city that won’t let him put it down. There’s good comedy with some biting satire on booze being ingrained in Australian culture.
Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green ("The Fault in Our Stars"), Paper Towns is a coming-of-age story focussing on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbour Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears… leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship... and true love. Not as teary as The Fault in Our Stars but there is a similar ‘feel’.
And coming soon – Mr Holmes
In 1947, Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen), long-retired, lives in a sleepy Sussex village with his housekeeper and her amateur-sleuthing son. But far from living out a peaceful retirement, he is haunted by an unsolved case from fifty years ago. He remembers only fragments: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife. With his legendary mental powers on the wane, and without his old sidekick Watson, Holmes is faced with the toughest case of his life - a case that might finally reveal to him the mysteries of the human heart. Based on the novel by Mitch Cullin, "A Slight Trick Of The Mind".
There are a number of great holiday movies at Cronulla Cinemas over the festive season. Mind you, there are a few that aren’t actually suitable for the kiddies…
Movies currently showing include Nightcrawler (MA15+), Exodus: Gods and Kings (M), The Water Diviner (M), Interstellar (M), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (M), Annie (PG), Penguins of Madagascar (G) and the oddly titled Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (PG).
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A couple of recent releases include:
Horrible Bosses 2
The comedy stars Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine & Christoph Waltz.
Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don't go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme. MA 15+ for strong sex scenes, sexual references and coarse language. Runs 108 minutes.
And one very good flick for the children (and the young at heart). This family film runs 95 minutes. A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realise that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family, who read the label around his neck ('Please look after this bear. Thank you.') and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist (a villain role for Nicole Kidman!)
For all your accommodation needs Rydges Cronulla is right next door to Cronulla Cinemas and handy to all the main attractions.
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.