This month’s best kids movies reviewed with Into Film!

Wednesday 13th May 2015

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Far From The Madding Crowd (12A)

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Juno Temple, Tom Sturridge

For fans of: Pride and Prejudice, Far From The Madding Crowd, Great Expectations, Jane Eyre, Jude

This adaptation of the classic Thomas Hardy novel sees Carey Mulligan take on the role of Bathsheba Everdene, the spirited, headstrong heroine who becomes the focus of three men’s affections.

The beautiful Dorset countryside provides a stunning backdrop to the dramatic plots turns that complicate Bathsheba’s romantic life as well as her efforts to run a successful farm.

Commanding performances and swift pacing make this a lively, absorbing film that should please fans of the book as well as engage audiences new to costume drama.

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Woman In Gold (12A)

Starring: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl

For fans of: Philomena, The Monuments Men, Schindler’s List, Lore, The Book Thief

Based on the true story of an Austrian woman who tried to reclaim a painting stolen from her family by the Nazis.

Maria Altman’s family, like many Jewish families during World War Two, were forced to separate and had any valuable possessions distributed illegally across the high rankings of the Nazi party. Maria escaped persecution to start a new life in Los Angeles and now, in her senior years, is determined to claim justice for her family.

She hires struggling lawyer Randy to reclaim the “Woman In Gold”, a painting by artist Gustav Klimt that used to hang in her family home but now hangs in Vienna’s Belvedere Gallery. The Austrian Government considers the painting a national treasure, and Randy and Maria end up entangled in a lawsuit that is tougher than either of them ever imagined.

Two by Two: Ooops The Ark Has Gone (U)

Starring: Dermot Magennis, Callum Maloney, Tara Flynn, Ava Connelly, Aileen Mythen, Paul Tylak, Patrick Fitzsymons, Alan Stanford, Chris Evans

For fans of: Finding Nemo, Rio, Dinosaur, Bambi, Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

A flood is coming and Lion announces an ark has been built to save two animals from every species – as long as they are on the list to be saved. Unfortunately, Dave and his son Finny are peculiarly rare Nestrians that are not allowed on board.

They team up with a mother and daughter but the children get separated from their parents leaving them stranded. It’s then a race against time as Finny and Leah try everything to get back to the ship and their parents.

A fresh and funny take on a well-known tale, this European animation celebrates uniqueness and the importance of friendship.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (12A)

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen, James Spader, Jeremy Renner

For fans of: Avengers Assemble, Iron Man 3, Captain America – The Winter Soldier, X-Men: Days of Future Past, AI: Artificial Intelligence

Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow and a bewildering array of other Marvel characters are back in this epic sequel to the gigantic Avengers Assemble. With S.H.I.E.L.D. destroyed and the Avengers on hiatus, Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program named Ultron, a self-aware artificial intelligence.

Inevitably, things go seriously wrong, with Ultron emerging as a villainous threat that will put Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to the ultimate test, leaving the fate of the planet in the balance. Unexpected alliances are forged and a host of new characters introduced, setting the stage for the next phase of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.

Joss Whedon directs, ensuring that character and wit are incorporated into the film as much as the gargantuan set-pieces.

The Last Five Years (12A)

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan, Natalie Knepp, Nic Novicki

For fans of: Pitch Perfect, One Day, Once, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, West Side Story

Based on a successful stage show, this largely dialogue free musical looks back over a love affair and marriage as the two central characters – a successful young novelist and a struggling actress – attempt to work out what went wrong.

Set in modern-day New York, the film is full of energetic, Broadway style song-and-dance numbers, using bold storytelling techniques to tell the story of their romance from the beginning and the end simultaneously.

This low budget romance plays around with conventions of time and point-of-view, adding unexpected emotion and charm to the well-known story trope of when love goes wrong.

A Little Chaos (12A)

Starring: Kate Winslet, Matthais Schoenaerts, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Helen McCrory

For fans of: Dangerous Liaisons, Marie Antoinette, A Royal Affair, The Duchess, Elizabeth

The lavish French court of Louis XIV forms the backdrop for this entertaining romantic drama. Following the King’s demands for a more extravagant garden at the palace of Versailles, designer Sabine De Barra is employed to bring her unusual ideas to a new outdoor ballroom.

Her status as a single woman proves both intriguing and problematic in the daunting social world of the royal court as, through her work, her life becomes enmeshed with those of eccentric aristocrats.

Some pleasingly camp performances and rich production design enliven this costume drama even when it treads familiar ground.

Project Almanac (12A)

Starring: Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Sam Lerner, Virginia Gardner

For fans of: Super 8, Groundhog Day, The Time Machine, Edge of Tomorrow

When a group of high school boys discover some secret plans for a time machine, they seize the chance to go back in time and relive their teenage years the way they think they should have!

After having some real fun, things start to go seriously wrong, and they boys are soon faced with the challenge of putting right the things they have done that will change the course of their futures forever.

Filmed as though you are there with them, this film has a really interesting story, which might make you think twice about wanting to go back in time!

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