SCHOOL’S nearly out, exams have nearly finished and to celebrate, there’s a bunch of new movies hitting the cinemas. Juliana Mare tells you what’s showing at the box office this Summer.
Skyfall (November 22)
The latest Bond instalment lives up to the expectations set by its predecessors Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008). From the trailer alone, it’s clear this is going to be another film loaded with all the explosions, car chases, fancy gadgets, wit and sex appeal you’ve come to know and love from all Bond flicks. This film centres on Bond tracking down the latest threat to M16, even if it threatens his loyalty to “M”. Daniel Craig reprises his role as James Bond alongside a stellar cast including Judi Dench, Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes. For those who want a supersize dose of 007, IMAX cinema is screening Skyfall in extra-large resolution, offering Bond fans the chance to watch the movie on the biggest screen in Melbourne.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (February 17)
This formidably dark film is a lot more intense than the sugar-coated fairytale we all know and love. Jeremy Renner, who won everyone’s hearts as the bow and arrow wielding Hawkeye in The Avengers, co-stars with Clash of the Titan’s Gemma Arterton in this flick. Together, they play Hansel and Gretel – bounty hunting siblings who spend their time ridding the world of witches. The original plot of the Brothers Grimm fairytale remains intact; the young siblings almost die at the hands of an evil witch with a candy house. But in this modern adaptation, the near-death experience gives the duo a taste of witch blood and spurs them to become badass witch-hunters with a pretty wicked arsenal of weapons.
Jack Reacher (January 3)
In his latest Hollywood flick, Tom Cruise stars as Jack Reacher, an ex-military investigator turned law breaker and all round trouble maker, based on the action hero from New York Times bestselling author Lee Child. When a gunman is accused of killing five men with six gunshots, Reaper shows up to get to the bottom of the case and unravel a tangled web of lies. As with any action film, Jack Reacher has its fair share of car chases, fight sequences, gunfire and explosions; definitely one for the lads this summer.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (November 29)
Emma Watson’s first Hollywood role after the Harry Potter franchise, Perks is a story about an introverted high-school student (played by blue-eyed babe Logan Lerman) as he makes his way through the triumphs and sorrows of adolescence with the company of Patrick (Ezra Miller) and Sam (Emma Watson) . Directed by the same man who wrote the novel, this film has already wowed British and American audiences with its exploration of everything that makes teenagers tick in high-school – sex, drugs, college and of course, drama.
The Hobbit (December 26)
A prequel to one of the highest-earning movie trilogies of all time, The Hobbit tells the story of Bilbo Baggins and his quest alongside 13 dwarves and Gandalf the Grey to the Dwarf Kingdom. This film also shows us how Bilbo originally came into the possession of the ring he later gives to Frodo Baggins, the one ring to rule them all. This film, like the LOTR trilogy, has an all-star cast including both headliners from BBC’s Sherlock, Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom and Elijah Wood. The flick will impress LOTR fans with reappearances from goblins and Orcs, giant spiders and landscapes from Middle Earth that they know and love.
Monsters Inc. 3D (December 26)
Everybody’s favourite monsters are returning to the big screen, in 3D! Set in Monstropolis, James “Sully” Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman) and Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) go on a wild goose chase when a human child from the real world sneaks into the monster world. Needless to say, chaos ensues. It’s one of Disney/Pixar’s most loved animated flicks and it’s back to bring out the child in all of us.
Diana Vreeland: The eye has to travel (November 22)
This is one for all the fashionistas out there; a documentary of the life of one of fashion’s most memorable names, the “one and only” Diana Vreeland. Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland (Diana’s grandson’s spouse), this film features real-life archived footage of the late fashion great from her time at Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, across Paris, New York and London – a career spanning over five decades. The doco also features interviews with some of the biggest name designers of today including Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta and Manolo Blahnik.
Paul Kelly: Stories of Me (October 18)
Aussie music fans, prepare for the first ever documentary about the man who brought you songs like “Dumb Things”, “To Her Door” and “Before Too Long”, Mr Paul Kelly himself. In a tell-all insight into the life of one of Australia’s greatest song writers, ‘Stories of Me’ includes archived footage, never-before-seen live performances and interviews from ex-band members, family and other Aussie musicians such as Megan Washington and Casey Chambers. With nearly 40 years of music under his belt and an impressive 350 songs, there’s bound to be a Paul Kelly song you know and love.