WHETHER it’s aliens, dinosaurs or wizards that pique your attention, there’s a movie due to hit cinemas in the next two months that will be well worth the price of an admission ticket. Juliana Mare fills you in on the autumn flicks we’re most looking forward to.
The Company You Keep (April 18)
Far from the teenager who saved the world in the Transformers franchise, Shia LeBeouf returns to cinemas as a young, stubborn journalist who goes on the hunt for members of a radical terrorist organisation. From the trailer alone, it’s pretty clear this thriller will keep audiences enthralled with an FBI instigated manhunt, chase sequences aplenty and jaw-dropping secrets revealed at every opportunity. Also starring Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon and Anna Kendrick, The Company You Keep is a must-see for all the mystery film buffs out there.
Oz the Great and Powerful (March 7)
Munchkins, the famous yellow brick road and the emerald city of Oz – things we are all familiar with from the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz. In 2013, audiences will be cast back into the magical land alongside Oscar Diggs, played by James Franco, the man who later becomes the great and powerful Wizard of Oz. On his way to fulfilling the prophecy of becoming the almighty wizard Oz, Oscar is forced to unravel the mystery of who’s good and evil and save the land from its current problems. The amazing technicolour world of Oz is back, this time in 3D and showing at Melbourne’s IMAX theatre from March 7.
Jurassic Park: The IMAX 3D Experience (April 4)
Remember how epic it was when Sam Neill distracted a T-Rex with a lit flare to stop it chowing down on innocent kids? Well now you can re-live that scene and every other badass dinosaur escape scene from the 1993 action flick Jurassic Park in 3D at IMAX. Sure, a theme park full of carnivorous dinosaurs seemed like a good idea, until the power goes out and everyone on the island is on the run for their lives. It’s so dangerous that some guy even gets chomped on while he’s sitting on the toilet which is just plain unlucky. For a bit of 90’s nostalgia, Jurassic Park is screening at IMAX from April 4.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (March 28)
This film is packing some serious muscle with returning cast member Channing Tatum working alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Bruce Willis. Basically, after being sacked, the G.I. Joe team fight back against home-grown threats from inside the American Government. No doubt the sequel will have just as much, if not more heavy artillery, hand-to-hand combat and macho bravado as its predecessor. If explosions, car chases and fight sequences suspended mid-air are your thing, then Retaliation will definitely not disappoint.
The Host (March 28)
Irrespective of whether or not you love or despise The Twilight Saga, ignore the fact that the book which inspired this movie was written by Stephenie Meyer because it’s hard to believe the same woman wrote both stories. The Host is an adult sci-fi novel about an alien sharing her human host’s body with the original soul who didn’t quite fade away after death. Reuniting with her old family becomes a struggle and sure enough, passion, drama, violence and a love triangle ensue. The movie, starring Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons and Jake Abel is directed by Andrew Niccol and will no doubt have sell-out opening sessions.
Star Trek: into Darkness (May 16)
While this last movie isn’t due for release until May 16, anticipation and eagerness has pushed it onto this list. Star Trek: Into Darkness is the sequel to the 2009 remake of the franchise, starring Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto and the newest cast member – BBC’s Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch. From the socially awkward, genius detective from Sherlock to Hollywood’s latest villain, Cumberbatch is causing a stir online with fans ogling over the latest theatrical trailer. Spaceships, aliens, super cool advanced weaponry and now a British villain whose eyes may just be bluer than Pine’s – what more could you possibly want from a movie?
Are there films you think should be included in this list? What movies are you looking forward to catching this season? Share with us in the comments section below.