Movies 334

28 Aug 2014
POSTED BY Y Magazine

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet

Jean-Pierre Jeunet makes a triumphant return from the directing wilderness with this visually impressive drama based on Reif Larsen’s 2009 novel.



T.S. (Kyle Catlett) is a 10-year-old boy with a unique gift for science who lives on a ranch in Montana with his eccentric parents (Helena Bonham Carter and Callum Keith Rennie), who have largely ignored him since the death of his brother. 

When one of his inventions is awarded a prestigious prize by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, the young T.S. decides to board a freight train and travel across the United States to the country’s capital to claim what’s his.  

Jeunet faithfully reproduces the visual elements of his source material, creating an offbeat world with the kind of trademark magic that made earlier films such as Amélie and Micmacs so endearing.

All in all, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet is a fantastic cinematic experience with colourful characters and a warm heart. It’s perfect viewing for the whole family.

Review by Matt Blackwell

Belle and Sebastian 

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Set in the French Alps during the Second World War, this film follows the unbreakable bond created between lonely six-year-old Sebastian and a wild dog, Belle. Despite repeated warnings from villagers, friendship blossoms between the pair and ultimately they become pivotal in the successful escape of refugees fleeing Nazi Germany. On the surface, it might look like a clichéd cross between Lassie and The Sound of Music, but it’s actually a touching tale of innocence and companionship.

The 7th Dwarf

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When Bobo, the youngest of the seven dwarves, accidentally sends Princess Rose – and the entire royal household – into a century-long slumber, he and the other six dwarves embark on a quest that brings them face to face with an evil witch, Dellamorta, to put things right. A mildly amusing romp through just about every fairytale you’ve ever read, with a few catchy songs thrown in for good measure. The only problem? Shrek did this first.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Producer Michael Bay breathes new life into the beloved 1980s franchise as the Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles come to the big screen for the fourth time. Leonardo (Johnny Knoxville), Michelangelo (Noel Fisher), Donatello (Jeremy Howard), and Raphael (Alan Ritchson) are four genetically engineered turtles who use the wisdom of their sensei, Splinter (Tony Shalhoub), and the help of intrepid reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) to take on villain Shredder (Tohoru Masamune) and his Foot Clan, who are threatening to hold New York City to ransom.

The Single Moms Club

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If your little ones have been wearing you out over the summer break, then join the club! Tyler Perry’s comedy follows five struggling single mothers who have to work together to plan a fundraiser after their children are caught vandalising school property. They put aside their differences and form a support group to voice their problems and collectively overcome them.


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