FILMCLUB: New In Cinemas – Percy Jackson, Planes, The Lone Ranger

Over the past few weeks some brilliant films have hit cinemas and our friends at FILMCLUB have the scoop on all of them!


Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (PG, 2013)

Director: Thor Freudenthal

Cast: Logan Lerman, Brandon T Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Leven Rambin, Douglas Smith, Sean Bean, Stanley Tucci

Percy Jackson is a teen demigod that regularly comes across peril as he searches for the legendary Golden Fleece in this second film.

Located in the treacherous Sea of Monsters, the magical ram’s coat is the key to saving Percy and pals’ safe haven, Camp Half-Blood, after it comes under attack.

Zombies, sharks and giant metallic terrors are among the challenges standing in the way, along with an ancient evil that will destroy his world if Percy’s quest fails.

Fast-paced and full of thrilling action, this imaginative, modern spin on Greek mythology provides fun with a Harry Potter vibe.

If you like this, why not try these other great films with similar themes? Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (PG, 2010); Jason and the Argonauts (1963, U); Clash of the Titans (1981, 12)


The Lone Ranger (12A, 2013)

Director: Gore Verbinski

Cast: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, Harry Treadaway, Ruth Wilson

Many of the team behind Pirates of the Caribbean reunite for this mega-budget Western, based on a long running radio and television show.

Johnny Depp plays Tonto, an eccentric Native American loner searching for the men responsible for destroying his village, teaming up with John Reid, a lawyer soon to morph into the lone ranger.

Against a backdrop of spectacular landscapes, this film touches on the railroad’s role in America.

If you like this, why not try these other great films with similar themes? Pirates Of The Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (12, 2003); The Searchers (U, 1956), The Mask of Zorro (PG, 1998); Rango (PG, 2011); The Amazing Spider Man (12, 2012)


Planes (U, 2013)

Director: Klay Hall

Cast: Val Kilmer, Teri Hatcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese

For an aeroplane that dreams of becoming a world champion racer, a fear of heights can be a big disadvantage. That is just one of the problems faced by Dusty, a plucky little flyer who seems to have no chance of realising his ambitions.

Though built as a crop duster (a type of plane designed to fly low and spray plants with water and fertiliser), Dusty believes that, with some assistance from his supportive helpers, he can compete against his racing heroes. Fans of Pixar’s Cars films will almost certainly enjoy this animated comedy, which celebrates bravery, friendship and difference.

If you like this, why not try these other great films with similar themes? Cars (PG, 2006); Porco Rosso (PG, 1992); Eleanor’s Secret (U, 2009); Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (U, 1965); Dumbo (U, 1941)


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