21st October: Out This Week in Cinemas

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We’ve got lots of great family films out this week, all with the thumbs up from our Filmclub experts!

Contagion

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Cert: (12A)

Running Time: 106 mins

Year Produced: 2011

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Cast: Marion Cotillard; Matt Damon; Laurence Fishburne; Jude Law; Gwyneth Paltrow; Kate Winslet; Bryan Cranston; Jennifer Ehle; Sanaa Lathan

One touch is all it takes to cause a global pandemic in this smart yet ultra-scary thriller tracing the effects of a lethal virus. From peanuts and door handles to lift buttons and handshakes, death lurks everywhere, as A-list actors cough and splutter their way through a realistic nightmare that will make you think twice about the sniffles…

An international traveller is the first to die, leaving behind not only a grief stricken husband but also countless other victims that she’s unwittingly infected during simple, everyday interactions.

With the numbers multiplying rapidly from London to Tokyo, experts race to control the disease and create a potential vaccine. However, public panic and paranoia are spreading equally fast, bringing social breakdown that adds to the devastation.

Fascinating Fact: World-class experts in infectious disease shared their expertise and research to ensure that the film was solidly grounded in reality – meaning that while the virus in the feature is fictional, it is apparently “biologically possible”.

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Each week we look at the cinema releases for young kids to teens, under the age of 18.

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Monte Carlo

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Cert: (PG)

Running Time: 108 mins

Year Produced: 2011

Director: Thomas Bezucha

Cast: Selena Gomez, Katie Cassidy, Leighton Meester, Cory Monteith, Andie MacDowell

Grace (played by Wizards of Waverley Place star, Selena Gomez) has saved for years to pay for a dream trip to Paris. So when she finally arrives, with her friends Emma and Meg in tow, she’s disappointed to find a squalid hotel room and weather that’s far from idyllic.

Things take a turn for the better when she is mistaken for wealthy British heiress Cornelia Winthrop-Scott and begins leading the life of a princess – especially once handsome Theo arrives on the scene.

This is a daft, cheerful, mistaken identity caper with lashings of glamour and romance.

Like this? Then also try these great films: An American in Paris (1951, U), It Happened One Night (1934, U), Roman Holiday (1953, U), Bande A Part (1964, PG), The Princess Diaries (2001, U)

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Each week we look at the cinema releases for young kids to teens, under the age of 18.

Missed a previous week? Then click here for more releases.

Click here for more film news, interviews and updates.

Here’s the next…

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

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Cert: (PG)

Running time: 91 mins

Year produced: 2011

Director: John Schultz

Cast: Jordana Beatty, Heather Graham, Preston Bailey, Parris Mosteller

The spunky heroine of Megan McDonald’s books is looking forward to a “thrilladelic” summer with her best friends when she suddenly finds herself facing a lonely holiday with only her younger brother Stink for company.

Enter wacky Aunt Opal, dead set on making this the best summer ever for her young charge. But will moody Judy let her…?

Those not familiar with the flame haired (and fiery-tempered) Judy won’t be too out of step with this, it’s pretty universal stuff: irritating younger siblings, the fear of dull holidays and the joy of a batty relative intent on cheering you up. Good, if forgettable, fun.

Like this? Then also try these great films: Harriet the Spy (1996, PG), Uncle Buck (1989, 12), Matilda (1996, PG), The Parent Trap (1998, PG)

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