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New films and DVDs for April 2017

Written by · Published Apr 4, 2017

Rogue One, Moana, Sully: miracle on the Hudson

Rogue One: a Star Wars story

“Gareth Edwards directs this sci-fi adventure set in the Star Wars universe, featuring a standalone story written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy.

“After being recruited by Rebel Alliance leader Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly), former criminal Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) is tasked with stealing the plans for the Death Star so that the weapon can be destroyed before it causes damage to the galaxy. Teaming up with Rebel Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), master swordsman Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen) and a band of hardy freedom fighters, Jyn takes on the might of the Empire in a challenge tougher than anything she could have imagined.”

Moana

“Disney animated adventure set in ancient Oceania. When a fiery ocean demon threatens her peaceful island home, teenage Princess Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) vows to fulfil her heroic destiny and save her people.

“Putting her navigation skills to the test, Moana sets out on a daring sea voyage to find the once-mighty demi-God Maui (Dwayne Johnson), the legendary creator of the Pacific Islands and the only one who can help her with her quest. Together, they traverse the treacherous open waters, encountering difficult conditions and dangerous creatures along the way, as Moana searches for the mythical island which holds the key to completing her mission.”

Sully: miracle on the Hudson

“Clint Eastwood directs this drama based on the autobiography of Chelsey Sullenberger.

“Tom Hanks stars as pilot Chelsey ‘Sully’ Sullenberger and Aaron Eckhart as his co-pilot Jeff Skiles, who were at the helm of Flight 1549 in 2009 when, shortly after take-off, the plane hit a large flock of birds which disabled both engines. In the face of immediate danger, Sully took the decision to make an emergency landing on the Hudson River and successfully managed to save the lives of everyone on board.”

Ballerina

“Children’s animation that follows an aspiring ballet dancer in France and features the voice talents of Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan and Carly Rae Jepsen.

“In 1879, poor orphan Félicie Milliner (Fanning) leaves her orphanage in Brittany with her best friend Victor (DeHaan) and moves to Paris where she dreams of becoming a professional ballerina. She enrols as a ballet pupil at the Paris Opera and is taken in by its kind caretaker Odette (Jepsen) but despite trying to achieve her dreams Félicie finds life tough at her prestigious and competitive dance school. With the help and support of Victor and Odette, will Félicie be able to realise her dreams in the big city?”

Brandon King

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