On January 15th 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 took off from LaGuardia Airport. In less three minutes, the plane hit a flock of geese, resulting in multiple birdstrikes on the engines, which ceased to function. The pilot, Chesley Sullenberger and his first officer Jeffrey Skiles, managed to glide the Airbus A320 onto the freezing Hudson River for a textbook water landing. Passengers and crew exited the slowly sinking plane. Some went into the river and were plucked to safety by rescue services.
Greta Driscoll is 14-years-old. Her family have recently moved into their new Adelaide home. Her mother, father and older sister appear to be settling in well, but life feels harder for Greta (Bethany Whitmore). She hasn’t made any friends at her new school, apart from weird, nerdy Elliott (Harrison Feldman) and she is doing everything she can to avoid the attentions of mean girl sisters, the triplets, Jade, Sapphire and Amber. Unfortunately, her mother Janet (Amber McMahon) thinks the occasion of Greta’s 15th birthday should be a kind of “coming-out” for her reclusive daughter.
Robert Mazur is a US Customs special agent. He regularly goes under cover to make drug stings. When we first see him, Mazur (Bryan Cranston) is in the middle of a bust. There’s trouble, but his professionalism carries the day. He wraps up the case and destroys his fake IDs as a kind of end ritual. He’s proud of the work he does, but he is glad to leave his sketchy undercover persona behind, so he can return to his wife and his kids. Mazur is presented as a straight arrow whose essential squareness sometimes threatens the believability of the phony characters he plays when building a case.
John Link (Mel Gibson) is an ex-con making his way as a tattooist working from a worn-out old trailer in a small town in the California Desert. His neighbours are mostly loner men living out their existence far from the pressures and expectations of city life. John’s closest friend is Kirby, (William H. Macy) his AA sponsor and a man well-accustomed to dealing with Link’s moody personality. One day, Link gets a call from out of the blue. It’s Lydia (Erin Moriarty) his estranged 17-year-old daughter, who’s been missing for some months.
I was with everyone else who, when hit with the news of a BEN-HUR reboot, simply said “WHY?!” But did I speak too soon?
He’s the man you love to hate….David Brent I mean (though some will argue Ricky Gervais himself also fits this description!). King of the cringe David Brent is back, but this time on the big screen.
December 11, 2005. In the seaside suburb of Cronulla, there’s a race riot on the beach. White Aussies versus Lebanese. Australia is shocked. Politicians and the media rush to condemn the violence. This is not how Australia is supposed to be, is the general consensus.
David Packouz (Miles Teller) is a young Miamian who is college educated and yet has found employment difficult to hold on to. He is now a massage therapist. It is 2005 and he admits in the brief and painless opening narration, that he is lost. He meets up with an old high school friend, Ephraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill). He quickly discovers that Ephraim, by contrast, has a very strong sense of direction. He had been working with his uncle in an online business selling second-hand firearms. This went well until he and his uncle had a falling out.
A mere 200 yards from shore, surfer Nancy is attacked by a great white shark, with her short journey to safety becoming the ultimate contest of wills.
Amy (Mila Kunis) is the mother of two and the part-time sales executive at a hipster coffee company. Her marriage to Mike (Brad Walton) has seen better days and because she is always multi-tasking for three other people, she is never on time for her job, nor any of her kids’ many extra-curricular activities. To make matters worse, at her children's school, she runs into numerous problems with a fearsome trio of perfectionist PTA moms led by Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate).