23rd September: Out This Week in Cinemas!

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We’ve got three family films out this week, and they all come with the stamp of approval from our friendly film experts at the film education charity FILMCLUB. So what’s first?

Soul Surfer

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Cert: [PG]

Duration: 106 mins

Year Produced: 2011

Director: Sean McNamara

Cast: AnnaSophia Robb; Dennis Quaid; Helen Hunt; Carrie Underwood; Ross Thomas; Lorraine Nicholson; Kevin Sorbo

Fighting for your dreams is taken to astonishing levels in this inspirational sports drama, based on the true story of American teen surfer Bethany Hamilton. Set in a visually lush Hawaii, it opens with the 13-year-old heading confidently towards a professional career riding waves, after winning several contests. But then one Halloween morning, the unthinkable happens: while surfing with her best mate, Bethany is attacked by a 14-foot-long tiger shark that horrifically bites off her left arm. Despite massive blood loss, she miraculously survives, and is determined to get back on her board and return to competitions. What follows is a heart-tugging, though predictable, journey from tragedy to triumph, strengthened by great performances, exhilarating action footage and some extremely convincing CGI.

Fascinating Fact:

–          The real-life Bethany Hamilton performed many of AnnaSophia Robb’s surf stunts.

–          It took more than 750 visual effects to make actress AnnaSophia Robb look like she’d really lost an arm, with technicians having to digitally remove her arm in post-production and then insert her character’s at-the-shoulder stump into each individual shot required.

Like this? Then also try these great films: Jaws (1975, PG); Bend it Like Beckham (2002, 12); Million Dollar Baby (2004, 12); Rio Breaks (2009, 12); Riding Giants (2004, 12)

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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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Here’s the next…

Speedy Singh (Breakaway)

Breakaway-2011

Cert: [TBC]

Duration: 100 mins

Year Produced: 2011

Director: Robert Lieberman

Cast: Vinay Virmani, Russell Peters, Rob Lowe

It’s not unfair to think of Bend Like Beckham when it comes to this cheerful Canadian film. Once again we have a member of a traditional Sikh family living in the West who doesn’t dare tell their parents that all they want to do is play a sport. Being Canada, the sport is ice hockey and our hero is 21-year-old Ravyeer (Virmani), who ends up recruiting a team who all share the surname Singh. The film mixes action on the ice with clashes between cultures and parents and kids plus a bit of romance and some big Bollywood style song and dance moments.

Like this? Then also try these great films: Bend It Like Beckham (2002, 12), Dodgeball (2004, 12), Shaolin Soccer (2001, 12), Bad News Bears (1976, PG)


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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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This final film for the week is action-packed!

Warrior

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Cert: [12A]

Duration: 140 mins

Year Produced: 2011

Director: Gavin O’Connor

Cast: Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Nick Nolte

Brandon is a teacher desperate to earn some extra money to keep his family afloat. Tommy is war hero back from Iraq and looking to begin his life again. They are brothers from a family that has long since been torn apart. Both of them end up in the same big mixed-martial arts (otherwise known as cage fighting) tournament. Be aware, the fight scenes can be very upsetting.

Like this? Then also try this great film: Rocky (1976, PG)

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