8th July: This Week’s Family DVD Releases

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Each week FILMCLUB’s experts in film pick a selection of their favourite DVD releases for young kids to teens, under the age of 18.

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The Adjustment Bureau


Cert: 12

FILMCLUB recommended age Rating: 11+

Running Time: 106 mins

Year Produced: 2011

Director: George Nolfi

Cast: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Terence Stamp, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery

Unseen forces control human destiny in this slick and suspenseful thriller. Loosely based on a short story by celebrated sci-fi author Philip K Dick, it sees US congressman David Norris’ world turned upside-down by a chance meeting with contemporary ballet dancer, Elise. He falls for her immediately, but when he tries to take things further, mysterious agents dramatically step in to prevent the romance.

The men belong to the sinister ‘Adjustment Bureau’, which works to ensure that every person’s life follows a pre-ordained path – a master plan that dictates that David and Elise must stay apart. However, David is reluctant to abandon the only woman he’s ever loved, forcing him into agonizing decisions when he learns exactly what fate holds for him.

Related Films: Alphaville (1965, PG), Blade Runner (1982, PG), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004, 15), Minority Report (2002, 12), Renaissance (2006, 15)


Cheaper By The Dozen


Cert: U

FILMCLUB recommended age Rating: 7+

Running Time: 86 mins

Year Produced: 1950

Director: Walter Lang

Cast: Myrna Loy, Clifton Webb, Jeanne Crain, Barbara Bates

If you’ve got more than one sibling, you’ll know that big families can be lively, but imagine 11 brothers and sisters all competing for their parents attention!

That’s the situation in this comforting family comedy, based on the exploits of the real-life Gilbreth family as they travel from Rhode Island, to New Jersey in the early 20th century.

If you like watching Myrna Loy on screen (she plays the mother), be sure to check out the role for which she’s most famous – as a wisecracking detective in The Thin Man (1934).

Related Films: Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), The Thin Man (1934, U), Home Alone (1990, PG), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, U), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, 15)


Fair Game

Fair Game Movie

Cert: 12

FILMCLUB recommended age Rating: 11+

Running Time: 108min

Year Produced: 2010

Director: Doug Liman

Cast: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Sonya Davison, Khaled El Nabawy

Straddling the line between fact-based biopic and tense political thriller, this film is based on the separate memoirs of former CIA agent Valerie Plame and her husband.

Her professional commitment clashed with her conscience when she was given the 2002 assignment of investigating the nuclear and biological weapons programs of Saddam Hussein.

Finding extensive evidence these weapons of mass destruction were not being developed in Iraq, her conclusions were overridden by a government desperate for political ammunition.

The film grips both through its portrait of a work-pressured marriage at unravelling point and its unsettling portrayal of corruption in high places.

Related Films: Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004, 15), Syriana (2005, 15), Wag the Dog (1997, 15), The Insider (1999, 15)




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