Whats On

What's on the big screen this week

A scene from the movie Storks.
A scene from the movie Storks. Warner Bros Pictures

TWO very different movies premiere this week during the September school holidays.

Storks is aimed squarely at those families looking for a few hours of entertainment.

Created by a former Pixar animator, the film is set in a world where storks deliver packages rather than babies.

This week's other new release is the political thriller Snowden, which is based on Edward Snowden's real-life story as a US government whistle-blower.

It will be hard for either film, though. to unseat Bridget Jones's Baby from the top of the Australian box office.

 

Storks (G)

A scene from the movie Storks.
A scene from the movie Storks. Warner Bros Pictures

Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby.

Why you should see it: Not only does this film boast a hilarious voice cast including the stars of comedy sketch series Key and Peele, but it's also from the mind of former Pixar animator Doug Sweetland.
 

Snowden (M)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a scene from the movie Snowden.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a scene from the movie Snowden. Jrgen Olczyk

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays former NSA employee Edward Snowden, who leaked thousands of classified documents to the press.

Why you should see it: Levitt delivers a solid performance in this fact-based drama that should be a thrilling ride but director Oliver Stone plays things a bit safe.

 

Bridget Jones's Baby (M)

Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey in a scene from the movie Bridget Jones's Baby.
Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey in a scene from the movie Bridget Jones's Baby. Giles Keyte

 

British publishing executive Bridget Jones as she enters her 40s and finds herself torn between two men, either of whom could be the father of her unborn child.

Why you should see it: Bridget's latest exploits are laugh-out-loud funny, with director Sharon Maguire recreated the magic fans loved so much in the first film. Read the review.
 

Pete's Dragon (PG)

Oakes Fegley in a scene from the movie Pete's Dragon.
Oakes Fegley in a scene from the movie Pete's Dragon. Contributed

For years, old wood carver Mr Meacham has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods. To his daughter Grace, who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales until she meets a mysterious orphan who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott.

Why you should see it: Full of awe, magic and imagination, Pete's Dragon is ideal for children ranging from aged seven and up with aspects older members of the family also will be sure to enjoy. Read our student reporter's review.


Spin Out (M)

Morgan Griffin and Xavier Samuel in a scene from the movie Spin Out.
Morgan Griffin and Xavier Samuel in a scene from the movie Spin Out. Contributed

Billy and Lucy form one of their town's most formidable Ute driving teams. When Billy takes one risky car stunt too far, Lucy declares she is moving to the city - sending Billy into a spin. Amid the mayhem of the town's annual Bachelors & Spinsters party, Billy only has one night to wake up to his true feelings for his best friend.

Why you should see it: Spin Out isn't the LOL comedy it could have been but as a bit of harmless fun based around something as dinkum as Vegemite on toast, this is a little piece of Straya that we can all relate to. Read the review.

Topics:  bridget jones's, movies, pete's dragon, snowden, storks



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