17th June: Out This Week in Cinemas!

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Each week FILMCLUB’s experts in film pick a selection of their favourite cinema releases for young kids to teens, under the age of 18.

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Life in a Day


Cert: 12A

FILMCLUB recommended age Rating: 11+

Running Time: 95 mins

Year Produced: 2011

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Cast: Cindy Baer, Moica, Drake Stratton, Matthew Irving

What were you doing on 24 July 2010? Don’t remember? Well, thousands of people do because they were filming their lives and submitting the results to Kevin McDonald (via YouTube).

He and his team then pieced together hundreds of moments to create this fascinating snapshot of life on earth in the early 21st century.

There’s not much that would make the news, but there’s a lot that’s touching or just brings out the nosey parker in us all. And the production team have done an incredible job to make it look like a proper – often beautiful – movie, rather than a random bag of half-visible amateur fumblings.

Some critics have said that makes it less authentic, but it also makes it watchable.

Related Films: Babies (2010, U), Koyaanisqatsi (1982, U), Night On Earth 1991, 15), La Jetee and Sans Soleil (1962, PG)


The Green Lantern


Cert: 12A

FILMCLUB recommended age Rating: 11+

Running Time: TBC

Year Produced: 2011

Director: Martin Campbell

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong

Not to be confused with 2011’s other superhero movie with the word ‘green’ in its title (The Green Hornet). In fact, this could hardly be more different from that comedy action film.

Our reluctant hero is Hal Jordan, given an alien ring with incredible powers. That’s just as well, because he has to save the world and keep peace in the universe, something he’s not sure he’s equipped to do.

Eventually, he realises he has to give it a go.

A big, shiny state-of-the-art adventure built around a decent performance by Ryan Reynolds as a rookie superhero.

Related Films: Batman Begins (2005,12), Mystery Men (1995,PG), Superman (1978, PG), Spider-Man (2002, PG), Hellboy (2008, 12)


Born to be Wild (3D)


Cert: TBC

FILMCLUB recommended age Rating: 7+

Running Time: 40 min

Year Produced: 2011

Director: David Lickley

Cast: Birute Galdikas, Daphne Sheldrick, Morgan Freeman

“Awww” is the unavoidable response to this warm and captivating nature documentary, which focuses on the work being done to save endangered animals in two very different parts of the world.

Famous scientist Birute Mary Galdikas raises young orangutans left orphaned by the destruction of the lush rain forests of Borneo, while Daphne Sheldrick fosters baby elephants whose mothers have been killed by poachers in Kenya.

Both ultimately aim to return their charges to the wild.

Narrated by actor Morgan Freeman, the film’s impressively shot, with effective use made of 3D – the elephants trunks look particularly impressive!

Related Films: Grizzly Man (2005, 15), Into The Wild (2007, 15), Two Brothers (2004, U), March of the Penguins (2005, U), Gorillas in the Mist (1998, PG)




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