Weekend Movie Roundup

December 1, 2011


It’s nearly the weekend, so sit back, relax and let us guide you through this week’s biggest movie releases.

Christmas is fast approaching, and so returns the season of the family film. Those with children have a wealth of movies to choose from this week, with Hugo and Happy Feet Two both guaranteed to keep those little eyes entertained.

But if gooey family fayre isn’t your thing, you can go and see… ahem… THE Thing, which also makes its theatrical debut this week.


Directing legend Martin Scorsese is back this week with his first-ever 3D film: Hugo. Based on the New York Time’s bestseller by Brian Selznick, the film tells the story of a wily and resourceful boy, trying to unlock (quite literally) a secret left by his father.

Scorsese knocks this one out of the park, and even though this is his first venture into the third dimension, the skill of his storytelling never falters. Definitely one to go see.

Happy Feet Two

Staying in the family genre for now, we head to chilly Antarctica for the eagerly anticipated sequel to Happy Feet.

We encounter Mumble once again as he tries to get his son, Erik, to overcome his fear of dancing. However, when Erik meets the mighty “flying penguin” Sven, Mumble finds himself in a struggle to become a decent role model for his son. But, of course, everything sorts itself out when Mumble saves the day (yet again) and earns his son’s respect.

Is it as good as the original? Of course not, but it’s sure to keep the little ones entertained for a wee while. Just don’t expect to have your mind blown.

The Thing

Prelude to the classic 1982 film, The Thing follows palaeontologist Kate Lloyd as she heads to Antarctica to inspect an extra-terrestrial life form found in the ice.

Unluckily for her and her crew of other explorers, the life form is actually an alien parasite that is able to imitate anything it touches. Bad times.

The problem with basing a film on a legendary movie is that it is always going to be compared to the original. This may be a good enough film in its own right, but it is nothing compared to John Carpenter’s classic.  Definitely good for a cheap thrill, though.

What films are you going to see this weekend? Let us know in the comments section below!


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