Each week FILMCLUB’s experts in film pick a selection of their favourite cinema releases for young kids to teens, under the age of 18.
FILMCLUB recommended age Rating: 14+
Running Time: 141 mins
Year Produced: 2011
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone
Described by director Zack Snyder as “Alice in Wonderland with machine guns”, this thrilling action-fantasy is about teenager Babydoll, who’s been shut up in a mental institution by her cruel step-father.
She creates an alternate world with her vivid imagination as an escape from her reality and there, she bands together with four other gutsy girls to fight for their freedom against all kinds of fantastical foes, as the line between reality and imagination blurs.
It’s not just brawn with no brains as, guided by a Wise Man, the girls must decide what’s worth sacrificing to stay alive.
Like this? Try: Bridge to Terabithia, Pan’s Labyrinth, Girl, Interrupted, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Donnie Darko
FILMCLUB recommended age Rating: 5+
Running Time: 95 mins
Year Produced: 2011
Director: Tim Hill
Cast: Maria Barli Djongo, Renaud Barret (voice), Cubain Kabeya, Vincent Kenis, Paulin Kiara-Maigi, Roger Landu
This comic blend of animation and live-action centres on teenage rabbit E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand). He’s set to take over from his dad as the Easter Bunny, but leaves for Hollywood to chase his dream of being a drummer in a band instead.
When he’s hit by a car he feigns injury so Fred – the unemployed slacker who was driving – will take him in while he recovers. Plenty of laughs follow as Fred struggles to tolerate the world’s worst houseguest.
Both learn a thing or two about growing up when Easter’s threatened by the evil scheming of an Easter chick named Carlos.
Like this? Try: The Nightmare Before Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Scrooged, Ratatouille, Bolt
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