There is a terrific selection of holiday movies at Event Cinemas in Darwin for families, sci-fi action fans, and comedy or drama lovers. Firstly, for the kids…
It’s a jungle out there! Rated G and running 101 minutes, Rio 2 – Blu, Jewel and their three kids are hurtled into the wild of the Amazon and Blu meets the most fearsome adversary of all, his father-in-law.
How to Train Your Dragon 2
This one gets its PG rating because of mild fantasy themes and violence… a nice animated adventure for the family. It runs 102 minutes.
Tinker Bell: The Pirate Fairy
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, it is rated G and 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. Rated M, it runs 97 minutes.
The Fault in Our Stars
This one is simultaneously sad and inspirational - a real tear jerker that knows which strings to tug. Take a box of tissues. For many it will be the most memorable movie of the year. Rated M it runs 126 minutes.
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Rated M but not for ‘memorable’ on the movie scale for plot and character development BUT you get big budget action for 165 minutes. Fans know what to expect and they get it in spades.
Edge of Tomorrow
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. It is rated M for science fiction violence and infrequent coarse language and runs 133 minutes.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
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. Rated M, it runs 131 minutes.
This one’s PG is for sexual references and crude humour but you would be pretty straight-laced to be offended. Think of it as a chick-flick rom-com with an edge. 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.
22 Jump Street
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. Preview below.