October’s already here (hello, warmer weather – we’ve missed you!) and we’re excited, because there’s a whole heap of amazing titles ready and raring to hit library shelves across Australia!
It’s a big, biiiig month for young adult titles, with the first season of Riverdale coming out in just a couple of days, as well as Descendants 2, and the latest season of Adventure Time – which is a hit with younger kids too…and even adults! Plus, there’s the new Spider-Man film, Homecoming, in which Peter Parker has to keep New York safe…while attending high school.
We’ve also got two hotly anticpated drama titles coming out really soon – My Cousin Rachel, based on the Daphne du Maurier novel, as well as The Beguiled, which stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and more. Plus, just in time for Halloween, there’s a new Chucky film to scare the absolute socks off a whole new generation of fans.
As always, choosing just ten titles to feature wasn’t the easiest of tasks – but nonetheless, here are our Top Ten for October, in no particular order… Continue reading →
As far as school holidays go, the third term holidays are pretty much the worst of the lot. Not only are they frustratingly close to the end of the year, but the weather’s still a little too unpredictable for making plans outside.
Librarians, we know you’re superheroes all year round, but here’s your chance to save the day yet again for busy parents and bored kids. We’re declaring these school holidays a boredom-free zone – and we’ve selected twelve of our most popular movies and TV shows, just for kids. Continue reading →
Pinch and a punch for the first day of the month, no returns!! Welcome to September, welcome to Spring – and welcome to our monthly Top Ten New Releases post. We’ve got some great new movies and TV shows we can’t wait to share with you. Ready? Let’s take a look at just a few of our newest additions coming out in September – as always, they’re in no particular order…Continue reading →
Where is the year going? With August just around the corner (already?!) it’s time to take a look at what’s coming out on DVD this month…and, spoiler alert, it’s a pretty impressive selection! Somehow, we’ve managed to whittle it down to a top ten.
Here are just some of the movies and television shows coming out on DVD in August that we’re looking forward to watching. As always, they’re in no particular order, and you should definitely check out the August New Releases category on our website to see what we’ve missed!
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action
Classification: M Audience: Adult Release Date: August 23
Set to the sounds of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage.
Finally, the sequel to one of the very best sci-fi comic book adaptations ever is here, and it’s just as exciting and action packed as the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, with a cracking retro soundtrack that will have you tapping your feet.
Make sure you watch the end credits, which features Groot (everyone’s favourite, right?) dancing – a CGI motion capture sequence that took the visual effects team nearly two years to create. Talking of special effects, we don’t want to give anything away, but there’s a planet in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 that’s considered the most complex visual effect ever made.
Classification: MA15+ Audience: Adult Release Date: August 9
Now that Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents stage of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behaviour as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries leads him to a truth that he could have never imagined.
Get Out was made on a budget of five million dollars, and after spending the first two months of its release in the US box office Top Ten, it’s managed to earn well over $175 million dollars.
The film was inspired by Eddie Murphy’s famous Eighties stand-up routine, Delirious. Riffing on horror films, Murphy joked that it’s only ever white people who decide to remain in a haunted house – black people hear “get out” and make a run for it. Debut director, Jordan Peele, wanted Eddie Murphy to play the lead character, Chris, but eventually had to concede Murphy was too old to play the role.
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama
Classification: MA15+ Audience: Adult Release Date: August 16
Neolution is pushing the boundaries of science beyond what anyone thought possible. But at what cost? For Sarah and her sisters, this is the start of a deadly endgame that will have extreme consequences – not just for them, but for the entire human race. Can they finally expose the terrifying secrets at the heart of this corrupt corporation?
Orphan Black centres around Sarah Manning, played by Canadian actress, Tatiana Maslany, and her many clones – who are also played by Tatiana Maslany! There’s so much more to Orphan Black than amazing acting, cool special effects and thrilling sci-fi action though. It’s also heaps of fun! With the fifth and final season of Orphan Black coming out on DVD, now is the perfect time to join the Clone Club!
After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily persuades her ultra-cautious mother, Linda to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realise that working through their differences as mother and daughter – in unpredictable, hilarious fashion – is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into.
Fifteen years. That’s how long it’s been since comedy legend, Goldie Hawn has starred in a film. In fact, the studio executives backing Snatched took a little convincing that Hawn was right for this role, prompting co-star, Amy Schumer to threaten to leave the film unless Hawn was cast. The pair had never met before they were introduced by the film’s producer, Paul Feig. Not only is the resemblance between Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer striking, the instant rapport the two stars formed on set shines through every scene.
Classification: PG Audience: General Release Date: August 9
A Dog’s Purpose shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.
This heartwarming movie is a must for animal lovers. It’s based on the bestselling novel of the same name, written by W. Bruce Cameron. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wag your tail. Perfect family viewing.
Classification: M Audience: Adult Release Date: August 23
Tony Webster’s reclusive, quiet existence is disrupted by long-buried secrets from his past that force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago.
The Sense of an Ending is based on the Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Julian Barnes, published in 2011. The director of the film, Ritesh Batra, met with Julian Barnes to discuss his adaptation, but Batra was so nervous about meeting Barnes that he forgot the entire conversation, apart from Barnes’s joking final words: “Go ahead and betray me”. Critic Stephen Romei, writing for The Australian, calls The Sense of an Ending “…a quiet film, but it will make a lot of noise inside your head, inside your heart”. As for whether it betrays its source material…you’ll have to decide for yourself.
Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchanan butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.
Get into your red swimming costume, because it’s time to head back to the 90s! A “reboot and sequel” to the original series, the Baywatch movie stars Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron and Bollywood actress, Priyanka Chopra as the film’s antagonist, a role originally written for a male actor. After meeting Chopra, director Seth Gordon changed the script for her. Slight spoiler alert: keep an eye out for cameos from Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff!
Genre: Crime, Drama
Classification: Ma15+ Audience: Adult Release Date: August 2
In the tranquil seaside town of Monterey, California, nothing is quite as it seems. Doting mums, successful husbands, adorable children, beautiful homes: what lies will be told to keep their perfect worlds from unravelling? Told through the eyes of three mothers, Big Little Lies paints a picture of a town fuelled by rumours and divided into the haves and have-nots, exposing the conflicts, secrets and betrayals that compromise relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and friends and neighbours.
Originally envisaged as a feature film, Big Little Lies is a small screen adaptation of Australian writer, Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel; the subject of a bidding war between Netflix and HBO. Star Nicole Kidman came to Australia to meet Moriarty and secure the rights to the book in person. Since working on Big Little Lies together, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon have become best friends, and together they’ve obtained the rights for another of Liane Moriarty’s novels, Truly Madly Guilty. In the meantime, will there be a second series of Big Little Lies? Liane Moriarty thinks so – as do the show’s stars. Fingers crossed…
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Classification: MA15+ Audience: Adult Release Date: August 16
The young Arthur runs the back streets of Londinium with his crew, not knowing his royal lineage until he draws the sword Excalibur from the stone. Instantly confronted by the sword’s influence, Arthur must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern, who murdered his parents and stole his crown – and become king.
Directed by Guy Ritchie – best known for Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels – Legend of the Sword is a bold retelling of the classic King Arthur story, with a gritty urban setting and fast-paced action. It stars Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Eric Bana, Djimon Hounsou…and, surprisingly, soccer legend, David Beckham as a disgruntled knight. If you loved Legend of the Sword, you’re in luck – it’s the first of a projected six film series!
Classification: M Audience: Adult Release Date: August 2
Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game, the crew can finally live normal lives. But when a mysterious cyberterrorist seduces Dom into working with her and betraying those closest to him, Dom and his team will face trials that will test them as never before.
The eighth film in the Fast and the Furious franchise, Fate of the Furious stars the usual suspects: Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Ludacris…and Helen Mirren? In an uncredited role, Mirren plays the mother of series bad guys, the Shaw brothers, played by Jason Statham and Luke Evans. After attending the London premiere of Fast and the Furious 7, she literally begged Vin Diesel for a role in the next film. If you think I’m making this up…frankly, I wouldn’t blame you. There’s proof over at Buzzfeed.
That’s it for August’s top ten! What are you most looking forward to watching in August? And what would you like us to review in the next few weeks? Let us know in the comments!
When we sat down to take a look at some of the films and TV shows that are coming out in July to include in our Top Ten New Releases post, the discussion got so animated that we were sorely tempted to throw in a few extras. Maybe even make our Top Ten a Top Twenty!
It took a while, but eventually we managed to whittle our selections down to a final ten. Phew. Decisions are difficult!
In no particular order, here are ten of the new release DVD titles we’re most looking forward to in July…
Classification: PG Audience: Junior Release Date: July 12
A suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co. With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, The Boss Baby is an authentic and broadly appealing original comedy that’s certain to delight.
Starring the vocal talents of Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Tobey Maguire – and, of course, Alec Baldwin in the title role, The Boss Baby is Dreamworks’ 34th feature film. Sharp-eyed adults will spot parodies of films from The Hunt for Red October to Raiders of the Lost Ark to The Matrix and beyond. Kids will find The Boss Baby hilarious too! It’s got something for everyone.
Genre: Action, Science Fiction Classification: M Audience: Adult Release Date: July 26
In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: a perfect, cybernetically enhanced soldier, designed to hunt down the world’s most dangerous criminals. When a new terrorist threat arises, Major is the perfect choice to stop it – but as she prepares to face her enemy, she uncovers secrets from her past that leave her reeling.
Ghost in the Shell is based on a manga series that dates back to the late 1980s. The 1995 version is widely regarded as one of the greatest anime films of all time, inspiring sequels, a television series and more. This new live action film is an original story, but contains a number of visual and musical references to the classic 1995 version. Plus, it was filmed just over the ditch, in Wellington, New Zealand!
Genre: Action Classification: M Audience: Adult Release Date: July 19
A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific. Venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, they must fight to escape a primal Eden.
Like Ghost in the Shell, Kong: Skull Island is a story with a long history. The original King Kong was released in black and white back in 1933, and formed the inspiration for the physical appearance of Kong in Skull Island. Standing at a staggering 31 metres tall, the version of Kong in this film is the biggest ever. If you don’t believe us, take a look at the trailer. He’s seriously huge.
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Television Series Classification: MA15+ Audience: Adult Release Date: July 26
Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna are back for the highly anticipated sixth and final season of Girls, the award-winning hit comedy/drama series that follows the humiliations and triumphs of a group of friends in their mid-twenties, each facing new challenges in life and love in New York.
It’s time to say goodbye to the characters you’ve loved (and maybe even sometimes hated?) since 2012. The final season of Girls is set six months after season five, and sees Hannah and her friends embarking on new adventures that will carry them through the rest of their lives. It’s been a journey, and this is a fitting end.
Genre: Documentary Classification: M Audience: Adult, Young Adult Release Date: July 5
Growing up isn’t easy for anyone – but it’s especially tough for Zach, who is making the transition from boy to man in both the modern world and his ancient culture. Pressures from his loving, but staunch father, the temptations of city life and the ever-present spectre of racism all take their toll. Ultimately Zach must embrace the traditions and knowledge of his ancestors and awaken the warrior within.
Zach’s Ceremony is an extraordinary, feature-length documentary captured over ten years that explores family, connection, and what it means to be a modern man belonging to the oldest living culture on earth. It’s a must-watch for all Australians.
Genre: Television Series, Fantasy, Drama Classification: R18+ Audience: Adult Release Date: July 19
On a road trip across America, Shadow Moon discovers that his companion, Mr Wednesday is one of the old gods brought to this country by settlers long ago. He warns of a war brewing between the forgotten old gods of myth and the new American gods of money, technology and media. As Shadow finds himself embroiled in this world of gods among men, he has a choice to make. Should he follow Mr Wednesday into battle or attempt to reconcile with his recently deceased wife, who has now returned from the grave?
Based on the bestselling novel by Neil Gaiman, American Gods features an impressive cast, including Emily Browning and Gillian Anderson. The series was created by Bryan Fuller – the writer/director behind Hannibal and cult favourites, Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies. It’s no wonder this series has everyone talking…
Six scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form – the very first evidence of life beyond Earth. However, they eventually realise that this life form caused planet-wide extinction on Mars – and now it’s threatening not only the crew, but all life on Earth. It’s up to them to stop it.
Life was inspired by the original Alien film, released in 1979. The film’s release date was actually moved forward to avoid premiering around the same time as Alien: Covenant. There’s also a weird fan theory circulating that Life is actually a prequel to Venom – a Spider-Man spin-off film that’s due for release next year. Only time will tell…
Genre: Drama Classification: M Audience: Adult, Young Adult Release Date: July 5
In the dead of night during the scorching summer of 1969, Charlie is woken by mixed-race outcast, Jasper Jones outside his window. Jasper leads him deep into the forest and shows him something that will change his life forever, setting them both on a dangerous journey to solve a mystery that will consume the entire community. In an isolated town where secrecy and gossip reign, Charlie faces family breakdown, finds his first love, and discovers what it means be truly courageous.
Finally, one of Australia’s most beloved novels comes to the screen. Written by Craig Silvey, Jasper Jones is considered an Australian classic, tackling racism and small town bigotry head on. It’s a gritty, hard-hitting story, with incredible humour and characters you won’t forget.
Genre: Drama Language: Swedish, with English subtitles Classification: M Audience: Adult Release Date: July 19
59-year-old Ove is the block’s grumpy man. Several years ago, he was deposed as president of the condominium association, but still looks over his neighbourhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family move into the terraced house opposite Ove and accidentally back into Ove’s mailbox, it’s the beginning of an unexpected friendship.
It seems to be a month for book adaptations! Before it was a hit movie, A Man Called Ove was a book by Fredrik Backman – a bestseller not only in Sweden but around the world. It’s been translated into 25 different languages. A Man Called Ove was nominated for two Oscars, including Best Foreign Language Film, and it’s the third most watched Swedish film of all time.
Genre: Drama Language: French, with English subtitles Classification: M Audience: Adult Release Date: July 5
Set during the turmoil and despair of World War II, A Bag of Marbles is the remarkable tale of two young French Jewish boys, as they attempt a perilous journey to the southern Free Zone to escape the impending Nazi occupation. With the aid of a helpful priest the boys are driven to step out of the shadow of evil and use their wits and charm to remain one step ahead in order to survive.
A Bag of Marbles is a true story, based on Joseph Joffo’s autobiographical novel, published in 1973 to critical acclaim. This is the second time A Bag of Marbles has been brought to the screen: it was first adapted for film back in 1975. The new version, directed by Canadian, Christian Duguay, brings this moving, epic story of friendship and survival to a new audience.