7th 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!

The Lion King 3D

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Cert: [U]

Running Time: 89 mins

Year Produced: 1994

Director: Rob Minkoff Roger Allers

Cast: Rowan Atkinson, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick, Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones

We have lots of favourite Disney movies at FILMCLUB, but The Lion King is one of our favourite favourites, so we were delighted to hear we’d get another chance to see it in the cinema – and this time in 3D. This animated epic is not only beautiful visually, but the story is equally captivating. Lion cub Simba runs away from his pride, believing he caused the tragic death of his beloved father King Mufasa. With Simba away, his evil uncle Scar can become king. But while wandering in the African wilderness, Simba meets Pumba and Timon, two colourful characters, whose friendship gives him the strength to face his destiny. Whether you think the 3D thing is an improvement or a gimmick, the film itself certainly stands the test of time.

Like this? Then also try these great films: Two Brothers (2004, U), Duma (2005, U), The Bear (1988, PG), The Jungle Book (1967, U), Born Free / Living Free (1972, U)

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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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George Harrison: Living in The Material World

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Cert: [12A]

Running Time: 209 mins

Year Produced: 2011

Director: Martin Scorsese

Cast: George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Eric Idle, Ringo Starr

George Harrison was always talked about as the ‘quiet Beatle’. But that didn’t mean he was dull: he invented the big rock charity gig with the Concert For Bangladesh in 1971, produced the Monty Python films and even funded a political party based on yogic principles. Legendary director Martin Scorsese doesn’t try anything too fancy with this documentary biography, which has the usual mix of footage from the time and new interviews with Harrison’s friends and family. If you’re a Beatles fan or interested in the history of rock, this is great stuff.

Like this? Then also try these great films: The US vs John Lennon (2006, 12A), A Hard Day’s Night (1964, U)

Click here to return to the Fun Kids FILMCLUB section for more news, reviews and interviews!

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…

Johnny English Reborn

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Cert: [PG]

Running time: 101mins

Year produced: 2011

Director: Oliver Parker

Cast: Rowan Atkinson, Dominic West, Gillian Anderson, Rosamund Pike, Ben Miller

The fact that his was released in many other countries before the UK says a lot about Rowan Atkinson’s popularity around the world, but also goes to show that this will be a mass-audience targeted crowd-pleaser, focusing more on physical than verbal comedy. Thankfully, rubber-faced Atkinson is one of the most gifted physical comedians around, so we are in safe hands. There have been as many Bond spoofs as Bond movies, but that doesn’t stop this one from being an enjoyable and somewhat daft diversion.

Like this? Then also try these great films: Our Man in Havana (1959, PG), Sherlock Jr (1924, U), Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982, PG), Spy Kids (2001, U), Dr No (1962, PG)

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…

Midnight In Paris

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Cert: [12A]

Running Time: 94 mins

Year Produced: 2011

Director: Woody Allen

Cast: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Kathy Bates

Woody Allen is mostly known as a prolific director of relationship comedies, but every now and again he makes a playful fantasy like FILMCLUB favourite The Purple Rose of Cairo, or Midnight In Paris. Owen Wilson plays Gil, an American tourist in Paris with a relationship that’s struggling. One night he decides to take a lonely wander and stumbles across a porthole that leads to 1920s Paris  – a glamorous time populated by many of his favourite artists. But is it a better time to be alive than his own? There’s lots of fun to be had in this movie as well as some interesting musings on nostalgia. Look out for FILMCLUB Ambassador Michael Sheen as Gil’s pompous love rival.

Like this? Then also try these great films: The Wizard of Oz (1939, U), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985, PG), Pleasantville (1998, 12), A Kid in King Arthur’s Court (1995, PG), Everyone Says I Love You (1996, 12)