epic (u) 3/5 attention, parents. There's a good reason why you should encourage your kids to see Epic. Not because it's brill; it isn't, although it has a certain charm. No, you should make them watch out of pure self-interest.
Based on the children's book The Leaf Men And The Brave Good Bugs, by William Joyce, Epic could inspire your young ones to swap their video games for an invigorating spot of housework.
Chris Wedge's computeranimated film reveals a longstanding feud between tiny eco-warriors called Leaf Men, who protect Mother Nature and are invisible to humans, and an army of evil-doers called Boggans, who are armed to the sharpened teeth with infectious mould. In order to protect our parks and forests, and restore sunshine to our gloomy technologydriven society, the dirt and decay must be banished forever.
With some gentle verbal prompting from resourceful mums and dads, the Boggans could be sucked up by vacuum cleaners, dusted off shelves and washed down bathroom sinks in no time at all.
Even the wanton bribery of pocket money shouldn't enter into the conversation with your kids, as Wedge's film makes it abundantly clear success relies on everyone pulling together.
Epic is a journey of discovery which will inspire pangs of nostalgia for parents who fondly remember the late-80s Disney romp Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. The 3D format is employed to startling effect during airborne chases, the camera swooping under and over branches at dizzying speed.
Vocal performances are almost as lively as the pristine animation.
deadfall (15) 2/5 set largely during a blizzard along the Michigan-Canadian border, Deadfall sends a chill of disappointment down the spine.
Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky, who won an Oscar for his 2007 film The Counterfeiters, abandons the subtleties of that picture for the cliches and contrivance of this disjointed crime thriller, penned by first-time screenwriter Zach Dean.
The script is a mess, ricocheting between four narrative threads that only come together in the film's violent closing act. That haphazard structure prevents Ruzowitzky from building up any dramatic momentum or forging strong emotional ties between us and the characters.
A car crash opens the film with a crash and a bang, and a subsequent snowmobile chase between two cops and a robber across undulating terrain has a satisfyingly grisly and bloody resolution.
Addison (Eric Bana), his sister Liza (Olivia Wilde) and an accomplice pull off a casino heist and speed away along treacherous, snow-laden roads, bound for the Canadian border. The getaway car swerves to avoid a deer and ends up on its roof. Addison and Liza stumble out of the wreckage with the loot, determined to evade the cops by hitchhiking separately to the border. Deadfall is a peculiar mish-mash of genres, spiked with graphic violence and gratuitous nudity.
Dialogue doesn't flow naturally and, adding to that feeling of artificiality, some of the snow appears to be computer-generated.
The shifts in tone between black comedy, romance and suspense are often jarring and Dean's script fails to seamlessly weave together its themes of incest and redemption.
bachelorette (15) adapted by writer-director Leslye Headland from her stage play of the same name, Bachelorette is a raunchy comedy about girls behaving very badly.
Becky (Rebel Wilson) invites her long-time friend Regan (Kirsten Dunst) to lunch, where she reveals that she's getting married to her boyfriend, Dale (Hayes MacArthur).
Secretly jealous of Becky's good news, Regan fakes a smile and relays the impending nuptials to their other friends, Gena (Lizzy Caplan) and Katie (Isla Fisher). Six months later, with the big day on the horizon, the four women meet at a hotel in Los Angeles for Becky's hen party.
A hit of cocaine, supplied by Katie, spices up the evening's festivities, which include an unexpected encounter with Gena's ex- boyfriend Clyde (Adam Scott). As the night progresses, Becky abandons the party early, leaving Regan, Gena and Katie to continue the debauchery.
Unfortunately, their reckless behaviour has dire consequences and they must scour the city for a new wedding dress before Becky discovers that the original has been torn.
sharknado (15) yup, it's yours to own. Fin (Ian Ziering) owns a bar on the Los Angeles beachfront, which is completely destroyed by a tornado containing hundreds of man-eating sharks, that have been sucked into the whirling vortex of water. As the destruction moves inland towards the Hollywood hills, Fin, plucky waitress Nova (Cassie Scerbo) and best friend Baz (Jaason Simmons), leap into a jeep and head into the eye of the storm to rescue Fin's estranged wife April (Tara Reid) and teenage daughter Claudia (Aubrey Peeples).
Unfortunately, the sharks are loose in standing water on the streets and they are hungry for human flesh in this low budget made- for-TV B-Movie. ? .M:
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