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Movies – April 2009

April, 2009
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Earth

An obvious choice for family viewing, Earth is Disney’s answer, follow up and companion to March of the Penguins. It’s based on the TV show Planet Earth, and like March of the Penguins is a paean to mother earth and her allegedly disappearing bounty. Earth the movie has a grander scope than Penguins, following three families of animals as they move about the planet in search of a better life for their children. Sound familiar? Yes, merely watching the trailer for this one has been known to reduce this jaded editor into fits of tender sobbing, so come packing those tissues.

Director: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield
Starring: Patrick Stewart, James Earl Jones
Rating: G

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Battle for Terra

The Terra of the title here has little to do directly with our planet, but that’s the whole point of this long overdue re-release. It has been a while since we were so psyched over an animation product, and Battle for Terra is where it’s at. The story is a science fiction classic – alien invasion, with the humans playing ruthless invaders as they show up above peaceful, yet somewhat oppressive planet Terra. What ensues is immediately both predictable and irresistible, a tale of compassion, tough choices and some eye-popping sci fi action. We can’t wait, particularly since this time out Terra receives the full 3D treatment.

Director: Aristomenis Tsirbas
Starring: Luke Wilson, Danny Glover, Justin Long, Mark Hamill, Evan Rachel Wood
Rating: PG

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X Men Origins: Wolverine

There’s no getting around this movie, it’ll be pretty big, and unlike the excellent-looking Terminator Salvation, rated for teens, so probably more of a family affair. You may have guessed this from the title, but Wolverine promises to be the beginning of a rejuvenated X Men series of movies, each focusing on a different character and their rise to mutant power. The first revolves around grungy antihero Wolverine, whose life of travails and suffering has made him a perfect candidate for the Weapon X program – hence his amazing powers. The film sees Logan go from perfect soldier to revenge seeker, as he takes on the military and pretty much everyone else. 

Director: Gavin Hood
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston
Rating: PG-13

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Star Trek

Not sure about this one, but we must recommend it for sheer cultural significance, as it is a reboot of the Star Trek franchise. And if you want to get more involved in the cultural upbringing of your kids, you can’t afford to have them unaware of that classic. The issue we have with this Star Trek, done by Lost creator J.J Abrams, is that it purposefully turns its back on Star Treks past. One of the taglines is “this isn’t your father’s Star Trek”, which, having grown up on the originals, we frankly find insulting! Alas, the effects look nice, the stylization intriguing, and the story at the very least entertaining. Plus, it’s Star Trek, and maybe despite the intentions of the producers, can offer a golden opportunity for cross-generational bonding over a cherished favorite.

Director: J.J Abrams
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban
Rating: PG-13

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Terminator Salvation

We couldn’t help ourselves here. The newest Terminator movie also looks like it’ll be the finest, hopefully ousting Terminator 2 and finally alleviating the shame of the third installment. One of the reasons we say this is that Salvation promises to return to the series’ R rated origins – parents take note. Another reason is the rich story, rippling with doomsday antics, cybernetic intrigue and desperate sacrifice. This one has epic written all over it, and it’ll even have cameos by both Arnold and Linda Hamilton. 

Director: McG
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Ironside, Anton Yelchin, Sam Worthington
Rating: R

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Nursery University

Among all these huge blockbusters with their flashy visuals and highly invested sets, Nursery University sure stands out. It’s another re-release, having come out late last year but now receiving a wider audience. And it’s all about parents on the hunt for exclusive nurseries so their children may later venture forth into successful lives. Set in New York, this documentary is insightful as it is witty, and we believe many of you will feel right at home with the families on the screen. Recommended, and now on DVD.

Director: Marc H. Simon
Rating: Unrated

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