At first glance, the idea of Natalie Portman playing Jackie Kennedy seems like stunt casting. Although she has played numerous roles in her long career, nothing about Portman suggests the former First Lady. The process of using a well-known movie actor to play another famous person is always something of a trick. The substitution of one famous set of features for another requires the skill of the filmmaker and the suspension of an audience’s disbelief. It helps if there is some similarity in the shape of the face. Faye Dunaway eventually morphs into Joan Crawford in MOMMIE DEAREST (1981).
It is the future. Jim Preston (Chris Pratt), a passenger on the spaceship Avalon, wakes up from his sleep pod. The ship is on a 120 year journey to a colonisation planet called Homestead 2. The Avalon is a state-of-the-art sleep ship with 5000 passengers in a state of suspended animation. Jim’s pod has malfunctioned and he has woken 90 years early. The pod is constructed to keep Jim asleep, but not to put him back under if he wakes up. As the ship’s computer explains to him, it is impossible for a sleep pod to malfunction.
Ned and Barb Fleming, and their 15-year-old-son Scott visit their eldest child, 22-year-old Stephanie in California, where she goes to college. The family live in Grand Rapids, Michigan where Ned runs a printing business. The Flemings expect to spend some family time with their daughter for Christmas, but from the moment they land, plans change. Stephanie introduces them to her new boyfriend Laird. He is immature, swears continuously and is a Silicon Valley multi-millionaire. Laird insists the Flemings stay in his hi-tech mansion and immediately he puts Ned off-side.
Trickster demigod Maui is powerful. He discovers the secret of fire. He hauls up islands from the sea using his magical fishhook. He snares the sun to make it travel slower. Finally, he steals a greenstone “heart” that belongs to the goddess Te Fiti in order to give it to humanity. Here he goes too far and is attacked by the lava demon Te Ka. Maui loses the heart and his fishhook in the ocean. He is left powerless, stranded on land.
From the studio that brought you Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets, comes the new star-studded feel good movie to entertain kids and adults from this Boxing Day.
In 2011, the film RED DOG was released in Australia to good reviews and box office success. It told of an ownerless dog, a kelpie cross, who was beloved by the people of Western Australia’s Pilbara region. Based on the true story of a dog who was known to wander vast distances in the 1970s, Red Dog became something of a legend. Pilbara dwellers and travellers would try to piece together where Red Dog had come from and where he journeyed. This history with gaps is part of the fascination that Western Australians have had with the tale.
When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society.
The Rebel Alliance makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow.
The trailer of LA LA LAND got me excited. Raised on the likes of SINGING IN THE RAIN, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, CABERET, CALAMITY JANE and everything Gilbert and Sullivan, musicals are close to my heart. So how did LA LA LAND rate with this old fashioned musical fan?
In 1942, an intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.