Penguins of Madagascar
I always wanted to see a film exclusively about the Madagascar penguins because I have always been fascinated with their leader, Skipper. My wish came true with Penguins of Madagascar, which was released just a few days back.
The story is about the origin of the four penguins – Skipper (Tom McGrath), Rico (Conrad Vernon), Kowalski (Chris Miller) and Private (Christopher Knights), who now as grown-ups are on the run to save all the penguins captured by the evil octopus, Dave aka Dr Octavius Brine (John Malkovich), who has developed a serum that would turn all the penguins into hideous monsters. This reminded me quite a lot of Minions, a film that I saw earlier this year.
Dave is doing this in revenge for being replaced by the “cute” penguins at every zoo he went to. But hold on, the penguins face some competition from the elite undercover agency known as North Wind, whose leader, Classified, is voiced by the Sherlock hero, Benedict Cumberbatch.
It was fun to watch how the penguins and North Wind together try and fight Dave and how little Private goes beyond his cute looks to save the penguin clan. This is the best cartoon movie I have seen this year.
Guest review by Syed Bilal Hasan, aged eight
Horrible Bosses 2
Fresh from their plot to murder their bosses, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) decide to free themselves of the constraints of office work by starting their own business. Following betrayal at the hands of a ruthless retail mogul (Christoph Waltz), the trio embark upon a mission to kidnap the executive’s playboy son. The first film was funny, but the jokes tend to run a little thin the second time around, while the big name stars of the original film are present only in fleeting glimpses.
Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank) is a woman making her way in the man’s world that is the 1850s American midwest. She is a hard character eking a profit from even harder land and is chosen by the local farming community to transport three women who have been driven mad back east to a sanatorium in Iowa. As she is preparing to take the pioneer’s trail in reverse, she happens across George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones) and enlists his help for the journey. A gritty film that doesn’t sweeten its subject, drawing exceptional performances from the two leads.
PREVIEW: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) and his by now familiar cohort of living and breathing museum exhibits are back for their third outing. This time the motley crew must travel to the British Museum in order to preserve the magical powers of the Tablet of Ahkmenrah before they disappear forever, taking the security guard’s historical friends
Aamir Khan plays the title role in a political satire about an innocent and inquisitive man whose childlike questions bring catastrophic answers, transforming him into an unlikely social crusader in the process. It is a simple tale of love, laughter and letting go.
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