The Pursuit of Happyness is a rags-to-future-riches story of exceptional perseverance starring Will and son Jaden Smith. After an erroneous investment into a large stock of bone density scanners, Chris Gardner’s (Smith Sr.) life starts spiraling down when he discovers that his investment is hard to sell and is barely making ends meet. Chris’s life really hits the pits when wife Linda (Thandie Newton) leaves him and he is left with his son Chris (Smith Jr.) and no money. Chris’s inspiration for success comes in the form of a six month internship at brokerage firm Dean Witter, where he is accepted but to his dismay finds out that it is unpaid and his chances of selection are one in twenty. During this period Chris is forced to live in shelters, toilets and dodgy motels as he struggles to keep himself and his son happy and inspired.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest hits the ground running in stupendous fashion in Gore Verbinski’s follow up to Disney’s smash hit of 2003 – Curse of the Black Pearl. The action sequences, special effects and overall epic elements have been raised a notch in the middle installation of the planned Pirates trilogy. Most of the cast of the first film return in the same roles with a few new faces, human and alien alike.
American Dreamz is a multi-layered comedy that satires American politics, talent search shows and the way in which the media moulds and represents its talent through clever marketing and manipulation. The film is effective in achieving this and laughs can be found aplenty, but on occasion it feels like the story drags on.
Kokoda pays tribute to Australian soldiers caught on the hellish terrain of the infamous Kokoda track, fighting a faceless enemy whilst the untrained soldiers discover comradeship under the most malignant circumstances.
V for Vendetta is the latest offering from writers Andy and Larry Wachowski (of the Matrix Trilogy fame) and based on the graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. Originally released in the early eighties, V for Vendetta tells the story of the enigmatic anti-hero “V” (Hugo Weaving) and his battle against the stronghold of the totalitarian style government that has encumbered the people of Great Britain.
The Passenger is a visually complex look into the deeper understanding of the human condition and the compromising notion of self. David Locke (Jack Nicholson) is a famed British-American journalist. Whilst on location in Africa trying to shoot a political documentary, Locke discovers the deceased body of David Robertson (Charles Mulvehill), a drifter with seemingly no family or relative connections. Locke takes this opportunity to switch identities with Robertson, and taking on the stiff’s organized repertoire, begins a suspenseful journey on the run from a tiresome job, rocky marriage, and ultimately himself.
Syriana is a perplexing look into the global oil trade, told from multiple perspectives; lawyers, CIA operatives, oil-traders, humble workers and a contingence of supporting roles. Syriana has the look and feel of ‘real-time’ oil trading with the biggest players in the field and the consequences that follow.
Football fever has hit Australia with the Socceroos making the World Cup, and now the release of cinema’s first football blockbuster, Goal! Directed by Danny Cannon and starring up and coming Latino actor Kuno Becker, Goal! follows the story of Santiago Munez’s (Becker) dream of becoming a professional football player and the trials and tribulations that go with it.
Walter Goodfellow (Rowan Atkinson) is the blundering vicar of the parish of Little Wallop. Always so busy tending to the townspeople and now obsessing over writing the perfect sermon, Walter remains oblivious to his wife Gloria’s (Kristin Scott Thomas) secret meetings with her suave golf instructor Lance (Patrick Swayze); his daughter Holly’s (Tamsin Egerton) new-found interest in exploring her libido with several young men; and his son Petey’s (Toby Parkes), bully problem.
Chris Brander (Ryan Reynolds) is a hot-shot L.A. music executive. He has the money, the looks and the charm to lure many women. Chris’s latest project is to turn ex-girlfriend and crazy socialite Samantha James (Anna Faris) into the newest pop sensation. Samantha’s lack of talent and intelligence sees the two end up in Chris’s old town of New Jersey after an unexpected plane mishap en route to Paris.