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[FILM REVIEW] THE CROODS: A NEW AGE Review (2020)

Summary: The Croods better the Betterman family but is their way of living really as good as what they believe it is.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 16th December 2020 (Australia), 26th November (Thailand), 25th November (USA), 5th February 2021 (UK)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Joel Crawford

Screenwriter: Paul Fisher, Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Bob Logan

Cast: Nicolas Cage (Grug), Kailey Crawford (Sandy (voice)), Peter Dinklage (Phil Betterman (voice)), Clark Duke (Thunk (voice)), Gabriel Jack (Young Guy (voice)), Catherine Keener (Ugga (voice)), Cloris Leechman (Gran (voice)), Leslie Mann (Hope Betterman (voice)), Ryan Reynolds (Guy (voice)), James Ryan (Sash (voice)), Chris Sanders (Belt (voice)), Emma Stone (Eep (voice)), Kelly Marie Tran (Dawn Betterman (voice))

Running Time: 95 mins

Classification: PG (Australia), G (Thailand), PG (USA)

OUR THE CROODS: A NEW AGE REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ The Croods: A New Age Review:

The Croods! Easily the best family to come out of prehistoric times since The Flintstones and they are back in the new animated family film The Croods: A New Age. It is hard to believe that it has been seven years since the first film in the franchise was released – but then as a film itself The Croods did some pretty unbelievable things in its time.

Remember back to 2013 – The Croods was never expected to become the Oscar-nominated hit that it was. Realistically it was supposed to be an alternative to the all conquering animated series of the day – films like Toy Story and Ice Age. Those films were filled with star power, The Croods was not. This cave-dwelling family was being voiced by star on the rise Emma Stone, the man who had become a B-Grade-straight-to-video guy – Nicolas Cage – and Ryan Reynolds who was licking his wounds after the flop that was Green Lantern.

Somehow though The Croods not only became a successful film but it gained a legion of fans, received a Best Animated Film Oscar nomination and managed to make a tidy $187 million at the Box Office. A sequel was always going to arrive it was just a matter of when the three leads would find time to find work on it.

Well now the sequel has landed in cinemas and picks up pretty much straight after the events of the first film. Grug (Cage – Gone In Sixty Seconds) is still protecting his family from all matter of creatures while disapproving of the relationship that he can see developing between his teenage daughter Eep (Stone – La, La Land) and the new comer to their ‘family’ the adventurous Guy (Reynolds – Deadpool).

But the entire family’s lives changes forever when on Guy’s search for tomorrow they suddenly come across a farm being run by the more sophisticated Bettermans. And while the father, Phil (Peter Dinklage – Game Of Thrones) is eager to learn more about The Croods and his daughter, Dawn (Kelly Marie TranStars Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker), quickly becomes friends with Eep, the mother, Hope (Leslie Mann – Knocked Up) wants all of The Croods, bar Guy, gone as fast as possible.

Yes, the plot of The Croods: A New Age is pretty thin. It is a story that has been done so many times on screen that most audience members will see where it is heading pretty early on. A family from the wrong side of the tracks meets a family who believes they have it all figured out – if you’ve watched shows like Keeping Up Appearances or Married With Children you will have seen this play out a million times before.

What keeps the film interesting though is the work of the screenwriting team that is led by Kevin and Dan Hageman (the guys behind the highly successful The Lego Movie franchise) who have delivered an absolutely hilarious script that keeps the audience laughing throughout. To their credit they don’t just deliver one or two funny lines every now and then they keep the humour coming at a fast pace and that helps the audience forget that the storyline is very, very predictable.

Likewise director Joel Crawford (Trolls Holiday) appears to have learnt from his time spent in the Trolls universe as he brings bright and flashy colours to this film – a stark difference to the first film which used a much duller palate as it strove to capture the greys and browns of prehistoric times. Crawfords take on The Croods sees a lot of musical numbers and quick moving montages that move the story along nicely without ever over-staying there welcome. In a year where cinema has been all over the place it is quite refreshing to be able to once again visit the world of The Croods. While The Croods: A New Age does take the original story in a whole new direction it also reminds us all just how fun this family is and is the perfect film for people of all ages this holiday season.

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The Croods: A New Age (2020) on IMDb

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You can find our review of The Croods: A New Age that appeared in The Phuet News right here – https://www.thephuketnews.com/the-croods-make-a-comeback-78289.php

Trailer:

The Croods have survived their fair share of dangers and disasters, from fanged prehistoric beasts to watching their daughter get heart eyes over a new boyfriend. But now they face something that will shake their pack to its core and make them reconsider everything they hold true: another family.

The Croods need a new place to live. So, the first prehistoric family sets off into the world in search of a safer place to call home. When they discover an idyllic walled-in paradise that meets all their needs, they think their problems are solved … except for one thing. Another family already lives there: the Bettermans.

The Bettermans (emphasis on the “better”)—with their elaborate tree house, amazing inventions and irrigated acres of fresh produce—are a couple of steps above the Croods on the evolutionary ladder. When they take the Croods in as the world’s first houseguests, it isn’t long before tensions reach a breaking point.

Just when all seems lost, a new threat will propel both families on an epic adventure outside the safety of the wall, one that will force them to embrace their differences, draw strength from each other and forge a future together.

The Croods: A New Age features the voice talent of returning stars Nicolas Cage as Grug Crood, Catherine Keener as Ugga Crood, Emma Stone as their daughter, Eep; Ryan Reynolds as Eep’s boyfriend, Guy; Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine) as Thunk and Cloris Leachman as Gran. They’re joined by new stars Peter Dinklage (HBO’s Game of Thrones) as Phil Betterman, Leslie Mann (Blockers) as Hope Betterman, and Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: Episode VIII-The Last Jedi) as their daughter, Dawn.

The film is directed by Joel Crawford, who has worked on multiple DreamWorks Animation films, including Trolls and the Kung Fu Panda franchise, and is produced by Mark Swift (Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted).

 

 

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Picture

The Hot Tub Time Machine 2 trailer has landed.

Paramount Pictures have also given us a sneak peek at the synopsis saying – In the sequel, when Lou (Rob Corddry) finds himself in trouble, Nick (Craig Robinson) and Jacob (Clark Duke) fire up the hot tub time machine in an attempt to get back to the past. But they inadvertently land in the future. Now they have to alter the future in order to save the past… which is really the present.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 will be released in Australia on the 15th January, 2015.

A.C.O.D.

If you’re looking for a laugh then you may want to check out A.C.O.D. when it is released in Australia on 26th Feb (DVD) and 12th March (Blu-Ray). A.C.O.D. stars Adam Scott, Amy Poehler, Jane Lynch, Clark Duke, Jessica Alba and Richard Jenkins.

 

Kick-Ass 2

Summary: Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) – reborn as The Mother F%&*^r – only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 22nd August, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: United States, United Kingdom

Director: Jeff Wadlow

Screenwriter: Jeff Wadlow, Mark Millar (comic book), John Romita Jnr. (comic book)

Cast: Amy Anzel (Mrs. Zane), Lee Asquith-Coe (Officer Barnhart), Lindy Booth (Night Bitch), Garret M. Brown (Mr. Lizewski), Yancy Butler (Mrs. D’Amico), Jim Carrey (Colonel Stars & Stripes), Morris Chestnut (Detective Marcus Williams), Enzo Cilenti (Lou), Cinna (Eisenhower), Trenyce Cobbins (Coach Podell), Samantha Coughlan (Apocalypse Meow), Elles Crewe-Candy (Pimp Daddy), Clark Duke (Marty/Battle Guy), Robert Emms (Insect Man), Donald Faison (Dr. Gravity), Tanya Fear (Harlow), Lyndsy Fonseca (Kate Deauxma), Iain Glen (Uncle Ralph), Angelica Jopling (Lois), Daniel Kaluuya (Black Death), Olga Kurkulina (Mother Russia), Claudia Lee (Brooke), John Leguizamo (Javier), Chuck Liddell (himself), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Chris D’Amico/The Motherfucker), Chloe Grace Moretz (Mindy Macready/Hit-Girl), Wesley Morgan (Simon), Andy Nyman (The Tumor), Amanda Piery (Moon Bird), Augustus Prew (Todd/Ass Kicker), Ella Purnell (Dolce), Parker Sawyers (Blast Hammer), Stewart Scudamore (Eyal), Matt Steinberg (Mr. Radical), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass), Dimitri Vantis (Tony), Benedict Wong (Mr. Kim), Sophie Wu (Erika Cho), Tom Wu (Genghis Carnage)

Runtime: 103 mins

Classification:MA15+

OUR REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES’:

David Griffiths: Stars(3)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Kick-Ass 2’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Greg King: Stars(3)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Kick-Ass 2’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

 

Nick Gardener: Stars(3)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘Kick-Ass 2’ that is available on ‘The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show’ Episode #46

 

Adam Ross: Stars(3)

Please check Adam’s review of ‘Kick-Ass 2’ that is available on ‘The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show’ Episode #46

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

IMDB Rating:  Kick-Ass 2 (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Kick-Ass 2′: Please check Episode 46 of ‘The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show’ for more reviews of ‘Kick-Ass 2’.

Trailer:

Identity Thief

Summary: Horrible Bosses’ Jason Bateman and Bridesmaids’ Melissa McCarthy lead the cast of Identity Thief, an all-star comedy in which a regular guy is forced to extreme measures to clear his name. With everything to lose after his identity is stolen, he’ll find out how crazed you can get trying to settle a bad credit score.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 4th April, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Seth Gordon

Screenwriter: Craig Mazin, Jerry Eeten (story)

Cast: Brett Baker (Alec), Jonathan Banks (Paolo), Jason Bateman (Sandy Patterson), Matthew Burke (Ken Talbott), Morris Chestnut (Detective Reilly), John Cho (Daniel Casey), Kevin Covais (Kevin), Jason Davies (Kyle), Clark Duke (Everett), Lori Beth Edgeman (Arlene), Ben Falcone (Tony), Jon Favreau (Harold Cornish), Morgan Hinkleman (Young Diana), Maggie Elizabeth Jones (Jessie Patterson), Mary-Charles Jones (Franny Patterson), Melissa McCarthy (Diana), Colton Medlin (Neil), Carlos Navarro (Luis), Robert Patrick (Skiptracer), Amanda Peet (Trish Patterson), Genesis Rodriguez (Marisol), Eric Stonestreet (Big Chuck), T.I. (Julian), Steve Witting (Carl)

Runtime: 111 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Identity Thief’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Identity Thief’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Identity Thief′: Check Episode #27 (will be available on April 11th) of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Identity Thief’.

Rating: 2.5/5

IMDB Rating:Identity Thief (2013) on IMDb