The mid-year school break is upon us and there is a terrific selection of holiday movies at Reading Cinemas in Rotorua for families, sci-fi action fans, and comedy or drama lovers. Firstly, for the kids…
This is animated PG (bit of violence that might frighten the littlies) that runs 94 minutes. Tarzan and Jane Porter face a mercenary army sent by the evil CEO of Greystoke Energies, the man who took over the company from Tarzan’s parents when they died in a plane crash.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What We Do in the Shadows
This one is a quirky little horror/comedy, written, directed and starring Taika Waititi (Boys) and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords). It is a vampire mockumenatary that unearths a secret, supernatural society in Wellington, where friendship and camaraderie are as important as feasting on the flesh of mortals. It is rated R13 for violence and offensive language and runs 85 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 R13 rating for the frequent strong coarse language, sexual references and drug use but if you like this genre, you’ll have a nice cinematic romp for 112 minutes. Preview below.