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New films and DVDs for October 2016

Written by · Published Sep 30, 2016

Alice Through the Looking Glass, Warcraft and Central Intelligence

The Angry Birds Movie

Clay Kaytis directs this animated children’s feature based on the popular mobile app game.

Angry birds Red (voice of Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad) and Bomb (Danny McBride) live on a remote island populated by other flightless birds. Used to being shunned by their fellow birds, outsiders Red, Chuck and Bomb have learned to take care of themselves. When King Pig Leonard (Bill Hader) and his crew arrive onto the island shrouded in mystery and secrets, it is clear something is being planned and the three outcasts decide to try to figure out what’s going on. The all-star cast also includes Peter Dinklage, Ike Barinholtz, Maya Rudolph and Kate McKinnon.

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter reprise their roles in this fantasy adventure sequel based on Lewis Carroll’s novel, directed by James Bobin and produced by Tim Burton.

Alice (Wasikowska) finds herself in a mysterious, alternate world after going through a mirror and emerging on the other side of the glass. While there she discovers that the Mad Hatter (Depp) is in danger and that Wonderland could be turned into a wasteland by the evil Time (Sacha Baron Cohen). As Alice tries to turn back time in order to save her friend she once again comes face-to-face with the Red Queen (Bonham Carter).

The film also stars Anne Hathaway as the White Queen and Matt Lucas as Tweedledee and Tweedledum while the voice cast includes Alan Rickman as the Caterpillar, Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat and Michael Sheen as the White Rabbit.

Me Before You

Thea Sharrock directs this adaptation of the novel by Jojo Moyes. Emilia Clarke stars as Louisa ‘Lou’ Clark, a quirky, cheerful waitress who suffers a crisis when she loses her job.

Struggling to find a position in her area of expertise, Lou reluctantly applies for a job as a carer for a wheelchair-bound man called Will (Sam Claflin). After a motorbike accident left him paralysed, Will has found daily tasks difficult and often wonders why he tries to carry on, but when Lou enters his life, both lost souls find common ground and help each other see the light at the end of the tunnel. The cast also includes Jenna-Louise Coleman, Charles Dance, Matthew Lewis and Janet McTeer.

The Conjuring 2

Horror sequel written and directed by James Wan.

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprise their roles as demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren, who are called in to investigate a series of unsettling events at a home in Enfield, London. The pair come to the aid of single mother Peggy Hodgson (Frances O’Connor), after she claims her two daughters are being tormented by an evil spirit. Not long after moving in to the house, the Warrens begin to experience some terrifying phenomena of their own, with the demonic entity seemingly intent on forcing them out. Plagued by hideous visions, physical attacks and even possession, the couple become embroiled in a deadly fight to survive as they attempt to conclude their investigation.

Central Intelligence

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart star as high school buddies on a mission for the CIA in this action comedy.

When former bully victim and current CIA agent Bob Stone (Johnson) returns home for a high school reunion, he seeks out the help of former popular student Calvin (Hart). Now a successful accountant, Calvin’s expertise are needed to help Stone uncover the mastermind behind a plot to steal classified national security codes. Before Calvin realises what he’s got himself into, the unlikely duo set off into a world of espionage, double-crosses and shootouts. The movie also stars Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul and Megan Park.

Warcraft: The Beginning

Duncan Jones co-writes and directs this big-budget adaptation of the Warcraft franchise.

The fantasy adventure follows the initial encounters between the humans and orcs as Azeroth stands on the brink of war. When a dark portal is opened that connects the human-inhabited Azeroth with Draenor, home of the orc clans, the peace of both lands is disrupted. The warring orcs, whose world is dying, travel to Azeroth to conquer the kingdom of King Llane Wrynn (Dominic Cooper), who must attempt to make peace with this hostile, destructive force.

Leader of the human forces Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel) and his orc counterpart Durotan (Toby Kebbell) are sent to do battle in an epic clash which will come to shape the futures of their people and their worlds. The cast also includes Paula Patton, Ben Foster and Daniel Wu.

Brandon King

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