Thursday Movie Club


Keen to escape the heat this summer for your local cinema, but not sure what to watch? Don't fret, because here's a guide to what's hot on the big screen this silly season.


For fans of Glee or Aussie comedienne Rebel Wilson, check out the fun and silly Pitch Perfect, about an all-girl a capella singing group of misfits, who are competing to win the university nationals competition. Filled with pop hits, golden oldies and a talented cast, it's infectious with its fantastic performances and exuberance.

For some more adult humour, there's This is 40, the kind-of sequel spin-off to Knocked Up. Set several years after, it focuses on the lives of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann - writer/director Judd Apatow's wife). More of an observational comedy about family life and marriage, it also features knockout performances from Mann and Apatow's two daughters, alongside the likes of Jason Segel, Chris O'Dowd and Megan Fox.

For a bit more romance and drama with your laughs, Silver Linings Playbook stars Bradley Cooper as a former teacher who moves back in with his parents (Robert De Niro and Aussie Jacki Weaver) after a stint in a mental institution. While trying to reconcile with his ex-wife, he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), an intriguing girl with problems of her own.

Babs is back. Barbra Streisand stars in The Guilt Trip as Joyce Brewster, whose son, Andy (Seth Rogen) takes her on a road trip while he tries to sell his latest invention.


Boxing Day will see the highly-anticipated release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Sir Peter Jackson's return to Middle-earth since The Lord of the Rings trilogy ended in 2003. Starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, it follows the hobbit on an action-packed adventure with Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) and 13 dwarves to help return their kingdom. The first of three Hobbit films, it also stars Aussies Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling sizzled onscreen in Crazy, Stupid, Love and they've been paired again in Gangster Squad, about the Los Angeles Police Department's fight to keep mafia-types from the East Coast (like Sean Penn's Mickey Cohen) away from their city during the 1940s and `50s.

There's been much criticism from fans about Tom Cruise being cast in Jack Reacher as the 6-foot-5, 99kg, ex-military cop made famous in Lee Child's book series. But the author has told fans while not physically like Reacher, Cruise "nails it" and they should see the film before passing judgment. Based on the ninth novel, One Shot, it also stars Australia's Jai Courtney, playing against type as a menacing baddie.


Get your DVDs out. There are no horror flicks set for a summer release. 


The US is gearing up for the awards season, so you can expect to see some of the year's best heavyweight dramas releasing over the next couple of months as Oscar buzz builds. Think musical Les Miserables starring Australians Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, The Impossible (set during the 2004 tsunami) starring Naomi Watts and director Kathryn Bigelow's follow-up to The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

Meanwhile, Ang Lee's clever adaptation of the book Life of Pi is a gorgeous spiritual film, Hitchcock shows the making of Psycho with Anthony Hopkins starring as the iconic filmmaker, and Django Unchained is the latest from auteur Quentin Tarantino, reuniting the director with his Inglourious Basterds villain Christoph Waltz and Pulp Fiction star Samuel L Jackson.

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