12th August: Out This Week in Cinemas!

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The Smurfs


Cert: U

Running Time: 103 mins

Year Produced: 2011

Director: Raja Gosnell

Cast: Jayma Mays, Neil Patrick Harris, Katy Perry, Sofia Vergara, Anton Yelchin, Hank Azaria, Alan Cumming, George Lopez

The little blue creatures are back – and this time they’re in 3D! Watch this film-long adventure that follows the adventures of a race of little blue creatures as they once again battle it out against the evil wizard Gargamel.

While fleeing Gargamel, Papa Smurf, Smurfette, and all the gang end up getting sucked into a giant vortext and transported to modern day New York.

Here they meet a married couple who allow them stay in their apartment, and end up helping them defeat Gargamel and find the spell that will take them back home.

Mixing animation and live action doesn’t always work, and brands like Yogi Bear have shown that having a big name doesn’t guarantee a success. If initial reviews are anything to go by, sadly this film seems unlikely to buck the trend.


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Rise of the Planet of the Apes


Cert: 12A

Running Time: 103 mins

Year Produced: 2011

Director: Rupert Wyatt

Cast: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Frieda Pinto, Tom Felton

This highly anticipated science-fiction thriller serves up a visually stunning prequel-come-remake of the 70s franchise. Scientist Will Rodman (James Franco) is testing a potential cure for Alzheimer’s on baby chimpanzee, Caesar.

As an unexpected side effect, Caesar gains a human-like intelligence at an astounding rate. The mood swings from excitement to terror as Caesar breaks free and releases the ‘cure’ among thousands of resentful apes.

Rodman desperately fights to undo his actions, but the world is soon on the brink of a revolution like no other.

Iconic ancestry, amazing special effects and a leading role for FILMCLUB favourite and Harry Potter star Tom Felton make this survival of the smartest epic an entertaining ride.

Fascinating Fact: The visual effects production that worked on this film – WETA Digital – also played a major role in the astonishing design of Avatar.

Related Films: Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey, One Million Years BC, A Serious Man, Planet Of The Apes


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