Each week we look at the DVD releases for young kids to teens, under the age of 18.
Some massive films out this week, and the first stars the very funny Jim Carrey…
Mr Popper’s Penguins
Running Time: 94 mins
Year Produced: 2011
Director: Mark Waters
Cast: Jim Carrey, Angela Lansbury, Carla Gugino, Ophelia Lovibond, Madeline Carroll
Jim Carrey makes his return to family-friendly movies in this fun tale based on a beloved 1938 children’s book. Mr Popper – divorced and increasingly absent from his children’s lives – is a successful but lonely New York Businessman. This changes dramatically when he inherits six penguins from his explorer father. Showing great care and attention to the arrivals – including the transformation of his expensive apartment into a snowy winter wonderland – Popper finally takes off his work tie and re-learns the joy and importance of parenthood. The penguins – a mixture of live-action and seamless CGI – are undeniably adorable and easily put an unusually restrained Carey in their shadow.
Like this? Then also try these great films: Babe (1995, U), Doctor Dolittle (1967, U), March of the Penguins (2005, U), Happy Feet (2006, U), The Cat Returns (2002, U)
It’s another action-packed film from Marvel!
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Running Time: 110 mins
Year Produced: 2011
Director: Supert Wyatt
This highly anticipated science-fiction thriller serves up an amazing prequel 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 amazing 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. A leading role for FILMCLUB favourite and Harry Potter star Tom Felton make this survival of the smartest epic an entertaining ride.
Like this? Then also try these great films: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, U), Planet of the Apes (1968, PG), One Million Years BC (1966, PG), Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956, PG).
Running Time: 112 mins
Year produced: 2011
Director: J.J Abrahams
Cast: Noah Emmerich, Ron Eldard, Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Amanda Michalka
Joe (Joel Courtney) and his friends like nothing more than summer, bike riding and making their own movies. In fact they’re in the middle of shooting a zombie spectacular when a train crashes in front of their very eyes (and camera). This crash unleashes all manner of weirdness in their small mid-West town and only these kids have the wherewithal to get things back to normal. This 1979-set film is strongly reminiscent of 80s classics like The Goonies and ET, and like his hero Spielberg, director J J Abrhams knows how to produce both genuine scares and sweet, low-key moments. Entertaining from start to finish, this is a kid’s movie that will please absolutely everyone. Keep an eye out for 13-year-old Elle Fanning in a performance that’s bound to make her a star.
Like this? Then also try these great films: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977, PG), ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982, U), The Goonies (1985, 12) Son of Rambow (2007, 12), Africa United (2010, 12)