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X-Men: First Class


Cert: 12A

FILMCLUB recommended age Rating: 11+

Running Time: 131 mins

Year Produced: 2011

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne

The producers have decided the time has come to rewind the whole X-Men saga and go back to the start of Charles Xavier’s school for mutants. The year is 1963, which lets director Matthew Vaughn go for a different look and feel to the previous films.

We’re in the middle of the so-called Cold War between the US and the Soviet Union, and the mutants are considered as potential weapons of great value. Meanwhile, Xavier and his friend Erik Lehnsherr (aka Magneto) start their long argument about the relationship between the mutants and other humans.

Of course, there are also plenty of spectacular action scenes, too!

If you like this, why don’t you try – X-Men (2000, 12), Spider-Man (2002, 12), Batman Begins (2005, 12), Mystery Men (1999, PG), Star Trek (2009, 12)




Cert: 12A

FILMCLUB recommended age Rating: 11+

Running Time: 104 mins

Year Produced: 2010

Director: Asif Kapadia

Cast: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis

At FILMCLUB we enjoy a good sports documentary like When We Were Kings and Fire In Babylon, so we were excited to hear about this thrilling, adrenaline-fuelled doc by London-based director and friend of FILMCLUB, Asif Kapadia.

It charts the professional life of legendary Brazilian Formula One racing car driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his tragic death in a track accident aged just 34.

The film spans the decade from his entry into Formula One in the ‘80s to his becoming a revered global superstar, and zeroes in on his intense, bitter rivalry with French world champ Alain Prost.

It’s pieced together entirely from old news, TV and home video footage, with plenty of speeding driver-perspective shots from in-car mini-cams sure to have you gripping your seat.

If you like this, why don’t you try – TT3D: Closer to the Edge (2011, 15), The World’s Fastest Indian (2005, 12), Duel (1971, PG), Bullitt (1958, PG), Speed Racer (2008, PG)




Cert: U

FILMCLUB recommended age Rating: 9+

Running Time: 104 mins

Year Produced: 2011

Director: Joe Nussbaum

Cast: Aimee Teegarden, Thomas McDonell, DeVaughn Nixon, Danielle Campbell, Yin Chang, Jared Kusnitz, Nicholas Braun

If you love movies like High School Musical then this cute and energetic rom-com will be right up your street!

Tipping its hat to the classic teen flicks of the ‘80s, the predictable yet fun confection follows a typical bunch of American students as they prepare for the biggest night of their high school careers: that OTT extravaganza, the prom.

With everyone from unfaithful jock Tyler to desperate-for-a-date nerd Lloyd obsessed with who’s going with whom and what people are wearing, drama and dilemmas naturally abound.

At the centre of the rising tension, prom committee head Nova finds her dreams of creating the perfect event threatened when she starts falling for charismatic bad boy (and young Johnny Depp look-alike) Jesse, who doesn’t share her aims.

Fascinating Fact: To get the right tone for his film, director Joe Nussbaum sent his cast three iconic teen movies to study: Pretty in Pink, Say Anything, and The Breakfast Club.

If you like this, why don’t you try – Pretty in Pink (1986, 15), Grease (1978, PG), Say Anything (1989, 15), The Breakfast Club (1985, 15), American Teen (2008, 15)



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