new releases

October 4: Submarine is a coming-of-age comedy set in Wales during the early ‘80s, telling the story of 15-year-old Oliver Tate and his trouble with women. The first is his mother. She seems to be bored of his father and to falling for a schmarmy neighbour. The other is Jordana, the odd girl he has managed to convince into a relationship. Coming-of-age films are hard to nail. There has to be just the right amount of nostalgia to counter the obnoxious narcissism of adolescence, and while movies like Juno and Easy A are fun, teenagers are rarely that witty.

August 2: Bright, colourful and dazzling, Rio is sure to delight the young ones. Directed by Carlos Saldanha (the man behind the Ice Age series), Rio tells the story of Blu, a macaw that grows up in Minnesota. A visiting Brazilian birdman tells Blu’s owner Linda that the bird is extremely rare and convinces her to bring Blu down to Rio, in hopes he’ll breed with a wild beauty named Jewel. Once in Rio, things are not as they seem, and the birds plan an escape with the help of various animal helpers.