Wednesday 13th May 2015
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Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Quvenzhane Wallis
For fans of: Annie, High School Musical, Hairspray, Oliver!, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Updated to modern day New York, Annie is a plucky 10-year old living a hard-knock life in Harlem under the cruel watch of failed pop-star Miss Hannigan. Drinking through her misery she constantly reminds Annie and her friends that she is only looking after them for the money.
Desperate to get away Annie’s luck changes when she is saved from being run over by local businessman Will Stacks. In the running for Mayor, Stacks and his advisors seize the opportunity to use Annie as a way to earn more votes.
With the well-known story and songs given a contemporary twist this is a much more glossy and schmaltzy version that doesn’t quite stand up to the charm of the original.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (12A)
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly
For fans of: The Lord Of The Rings – The Return Of The King, Pan’s Labyrinth, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, X-Men: Days of Future Past
This week sees us pay our final visit to Middle Earth, as The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies makes its way to DVD. The concluding part of Peter Jackson’s epic prequel, this final instalment sees all the plot strands come together for one final battle, and sets many events in motion that ultimately lead into The Lord of the Rings.
Expanding Tolkien’s slim novel into a three-film saga to mirror the earlier Lord of theRings films was always a hugely ambitious task. Audiences finally have the chance to fully judge whether Peter Jackson’s gamble has paid off with this final chapter. Jumping straight into unfinished business from the previous movie with Smaug the dragon, the series concludes with an extraordinary battle, dwarfing everything that has featured in the Middle-Earth series.
As always, time is found amidst the chaos for intimate character moments, an approach that has always been crucial to the films’ success and the adoration they inspire amongst the legions of devoted fans.
Exodus: Gods and Kings (12)
Starring: Christian Bale, Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver, Joel Edgerton
For fans of: Ben Hur, Gladiator, The Ten Commandments, Cleopatra, Noah
Gladiator director Ridley Scott returns to the ancient world with a grand biblical epic. Here, the Old Testament story of Moses leading the Hebrew people out of Egypt is brought to life with a star studded cast and spectacular visual effects.
Scott’s interpretation of the story sees Moses as a powerful Egyptian general, fighting alongside Ramses in battle until he discovers the truth about his origins and is called upon by God to free his people.
The subsequent fighting and terrifying plagues take some liberties with the source material but are visually arresting, recalling Hollywood epics of a bygone era.
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (U, 2014)
Starring: Mae Whitman, Lucy Liu, Pamela Adlon
For fans of: Peter Pan, Spirited Away, Tinker Bell, FernGully – The Last Rainforest, Tangled
Fawn is an animal-mad fairy always getting into trouble for leading with her heart, rather than her head. She knows everything about the animals living in Pixie Hollow apart from this new creature she has just discovered. Big, hairy, with green eyes and fangs, it looks pretty scary but Fawn wants to befriend it.
Unfortunately when the Scout Fairies hear about the creature they realise it is the Neverbeast, a monstrous animal that could destroy Pixie Hollow if they don’t capture it. Trusting her judgement, Fawn must enlist the help of Tinkerbell and her friends to save it in this action-packed fairytale.
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