The Man from U.N.C.L.E
The hugely popular 60s television series has been given a revamp as Guy Ritchie brings the action to the big screen, along with a healthy dose of nostalgia for older viewers.
The 2015 adaptation stars Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo, the CIA’s finest, who is forced to put aside his Cold War prejudice and join forces with his opposite number in the KGB, Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer), as the pair attempt to infiltrate a criminal organisation and avert an international nuclear catastrophe that could lead to World War Three.
Solo oozes suave charm, which contrasts Kuryakin’s utilitarian approach to his work and combines to produce moments of laugh-out-loud comedy in this action spy flick.
Escapism at its finest, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is sure to provide anyone who remembers the original with a pleasant pastiche, while introducing the world of international espionage, fast cars and slick suits to a whole new generation.
From graceful action scenes to clever dialogue, Ritchie and his cast have produced a movie that is effortlessly cool and a joy to watch.
THE NUTCRACKER SWEET
On the eve of Christmas, Marie and Fritz are presented with an early gift from their godfather – a nutcracker that turns out to be alive. After rallying the toy soldiers to fight a battle against a legion of mice, the Nutcracker transports everyone back to the toy kingdom. But when the evil mice infiltrate the kingdom, Marie and Fritz must help the Nutcracker fight them off. Apart from the odd seasonal setting, The Nutcracker Sweet is a suitable introduction to a classic tale that will be enjoyed most by the youngest of young viewers.
Loveable simian outsider Edouard (voiced by the film’s director Jamel Debbouze) is banished from the treetop kingdom and as he wanders the plains, he learns to walk upright, discovers the secret of fire, meets Lucy (voiced by Melissa Theuriau) and sets about establishing a more advanced society. The film is relentless in its delivery of gags, some of which work, while others don’t, but the main thing is there’s enough crammed in there to get even the parents smirking from time to time.
Illegally imported fertiliser seeps into the ground during an upper class garden party, mutating a local colony of killer wasps into two-metre tall predators with a taste for human flesh. It falls to Paul (Matt O’Leary) and Julia (Jessica Cook), two of the catering staff, to battle the buzzing behemoths and lead a group of survivors to safety.
Y’s choice for kids:
If your son or daughter would rather major in head-banging over history or instruments over algebra, then they need to see the 2003 musical comedy, School of Rock. After being kicked out of his band, Dewey Finn (Jack Black) poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school and quickly notices the musical talent of his fourth-grade students. He instructs them in the ways of rock as he attempts to pull together a group that can challenge his former band in an upcoming local showcase.