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Arietty

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Cert: U

FILMCLUB recommended age Rating: 5+

Running Time: 94 mins

Year Produced: 2011

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Cast: Saorise Ronan, Mark Strong, Tom Holland, Oliva Colman

Mary Norton’s popular story, The Borrowers, gets the Studio Ghibli treatment, with all the beauty and charm of the studio’s previous films. Arrietty’s family are Borrowers – tiny people who quietly “liberate” their human neighbours’ everyday objects and find alternative uses for them.

But when Arrietty is discovered by Sho, a human boy, a new friendship blossoms, threatening their peaceful existence.

Like Chihiro in Spirited Away, Kiki in Kiki’s Delivery Service and Sophie in Howl’s Moving Castle, Arrietty is a typically strong Ghibli heroine who learns life lessons in the face of great adversity.

The exquisite animation and lively score combine to create an exciting, fantastical backdrop for this classic story.

Related Films: The Borrowers, Stuart Little, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbour Totoro, Honey, I Shrunk The Kids

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Captain America: The First Avenger

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Cert: 12A

FILMCLUB recommended age Rating: 11+

Running Time: 124 mins

Year Produced: 2011

Director: Joe Johnston

Cast: (voices) Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, Samuel L. Jackson

In the midst of World War II, weedy Steve Rogers (Evans, who you might recognise from the Fantastic Four films) is told he is not fit to enlist in the U.S. Army.

Instead, he is conscripted into Project: Rebirth, a top-secret military experiment, which involves him undergoing a dramatic transformation into a muscle-bound superhuman. He is dispatched to take on the Nazis, led by the Red Skull (Weaving).

The Captain America character first appeared in 1941 and has been one of Marvel’s most popular heroes ever since.But does such a patriotic character make sense in the modern age? Watch it and let us know what you think.

Related Films: The Incredibles, Superman, Hellboy, The Rocketeer, Raiders of the Lost Ark

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Horrid Henry: The Movie

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Cert: U

FILMCLUB recommended age Rating: 7+

Running Time: 90 mins

Year Produced: 2011

Director: Nick Moore

Cast: Anjelica Huston, Richard E. Grant, Parminder Nagra, Theo Stevenson, Noel Fielding

With 19 books published and over 100 animated television episodes made about him, it is no surprise that Henry – the exquisitely mischievous schoolboy – has now brought his devilish pranks to the big screen. In this 3D outing Henry continues his constant but war on the teachers and girls of Ashdown Primary.

Rival school headmaster Vic Van Winkle poses a whole new irritation altogether however. With Winkle hatching a devious plot to have Ashdown closed, Henry attempts to win a kids’ television show competition that just might save the day.

Fun cameos and young lead actors with sharp comedy timing make this a sure-bet to entertain Horrid Henry fans.

Related Films: Matilda, Where The Wild Things Are, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Son of Rambow, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off​

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Zookeeper

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Cert: PG

FILMCLUB recommended age Rating: 7+

Running Time: 101 mins

Year Produced: 2011

Director: Frank Coraci

Cast: Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb, Nick Nolte, Sylvester Stallone

Griffin Keyes plans to leave his job as a zookeeper for a higher-paid car salesman position in a bid to win back his shallow ex-girlfriend. In fear of losing him, the zoo’s animals break their code of silence and offer an alternative – tried and tested courting techniques from the animal kingdom. Cue Griffin spending a day practicing growling like a bear.

Whilst the plot is predictable and the slapstick more miss than hit, this good-natured comedy finds laughs in the unlikely bond between Griffin and Bernie the Gorilla; a fun friendship that sees them dine together in a restaurant chain and even take part in an impromptu hip-hop duet.

Fascinating Fact: This film features a host of famous voices – including Sylvester Stallone as Joe the lion, Ben Stiller as Donald the monkey and Nick Nolte as Bernie the Gorilla.

Related Films: Doctor Dolittle (1967), Night At The Museum, Madagascar, Babe, Animal Farm​

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