Dr Seuss’s The Lorax

   Directors: Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda, Rated G, 86 Mins

If ever there was an animated movie made for children it is the adaptation of one of the renown Dr Seuss’ books, ‘The Lorax’ whose main theme relates to the environment.
Dr Seuss’s The Lorax
   The story begins with 12 year old Ted (New Year’s Eve’s - Zac Efron) wanting to win the affection of his dream girl Audrey (played by singer Taylor Swift) and whose greatest wish is to see a real tree.
   But Ted must first discover the story of the Lorax, a grumpy yet charming orange creature (voiced by Solitary Man’s Danny DeVito) who speaks for the trees against the greedy Once-ler (Hangover’ s Ed Helms).
   Having seen the desolated wasteland caused by the anti-environmentalist Once-ler, Ted is determined to restore the once beautiful land including the return of the truffula trees-and the Lorax.
   This latest Dr Seuss adaptation is one that most children’s movie will enjoy especially DeVito’s characterisation of the Lorax.

VIC'S VERDICT:         3 Rubber Stamps

Mirror Mirror

   Director: Tarsem Singh, Rated PG, 106 Minutes

While sticking to the same storyline, Indian director Tarsem Singh (Immortals) provides his updated rendition of the classic fairytale of “Snow White and the Seven
Mirror Mirror
Dwarfs” with Oscar winner Julia Roberts (Erin Bockovich) playing the evil queen Clementianna and Lily Collins (The Blind Side) the beautiful Snow White, banished to a nearby forest for fear of attracting the charming prince Alcott (Armie Hammer - J.Edgar) in whom the queen herself is interested in marrying.
   In the forest, Snow White is befriended by seven caring dwarfs and with their help moves to rid the kingdom of the queen as well as win back the heart of her prince.
   Singh’s take on the timeless fairytale is both entertaining and refreshing with Roberts stealing the show with her witty performance.
   Mirror Mirror is a magical adventure that should appeal to both adults and children alike ensuring that the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs continues to captivate a new audience in the future.
VIC'S VERDICT:         3 ½ Rubber Stamps

The Pirates: Band of Misfits

   Directors: Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt, Rated PG, 88 Minutes

The Pirates-Band of Misfits
The Wallace and Gromit filmmakers Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt have created a swash-buckling pirate movie featuring Hugh Grant (Did You Hear about the Morgans) in the animated role of the beared but effusive Pirate Captain who together with his motley crew are determined to win the prized possession of the Pirate of the Year Award-having failed and been humiliated on earlier attempts.
   In particular the Captain’s main objective is to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven - RocknRolla) and Cutliss Liz (Salma Hayek - Puss in Boots).
   This is a fun movie for young and old alike with plenty of high seas adventure and wonderful performances not only from Grant, Piven and Hayek but also from Brendan Gleeson (The Guard) voicing the character of the Pirate with Gout and Brian Blessed (Re-Evolution) as the Pirate King.

VIC'S VERDICT:         3 Rubber Stamps

Wrath of the Titans

   Director: Jonathan Liebesman, Rated M, 99 Minutes

Exhilarating action and spectacular special effects are the key elements in this stirring sequel to the Clash of the Titans (2010) featuring Aussie actor Sam Worthington (Avatar)
Wrath of the Titans
returning as Perseus, the son of Zeus (portrayed again by Liam Neeson - Unknown) who is called upon by his father to help him fight a greater danger to humanity - the release of Kronos, the monstrous father of Zeus from his underworld prison by Zeus’ hateful brother Hades (played again by Ralph Fiennes - Harry Potter) and his jealous son Ares (Edgar Ramirez - Che), who earlier captured Zeus in an attempt to drain him off his godly powers.
   Ably assisted by warrior queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike - Johnny English Reborn) and another demigod Agenor (Toby Kebbel - War Horse) Perseus embarks on his greatest challenge to date, surpassing his earlier exploits.
   Though not as exciting as the first, director Jonathan Liebesman has still made an entertaining movie, casting it in 3D to ensure a thrilling ride for Greek mythology fans and others alike.
VIC'S VERDICT:         3 Rubber Stamps

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