KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
2016, Focus Features, 101 min, USA, Dir: Travis Knight

Laika animator Travis Knight’s feature directorial debut is this magic-filled, stop-motion adventure set in ancient Japan. Aided by his friends Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey), young Kubo (Art Parkinson) must reassemble the missing pieces of his samurai father’s armor to protect himself from his evil aunts and his grandfather, the Moon King (Ralph Fiennes). “A dark yet thrilling adventure quest that stands as the crowning achievement in Laika's already impressive oeuvre.” - Peter Debruge, Variety.


MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
2015, Warner Bros./Village Roadshow, 120 min, Dir: George Miller

More than 30 years beyond THUNDERDOME, George Miller (Academy Award nominee for Best Director) revisits his post-apocalyptic demolition derby. Tom Hardy takes the reigns as drifter ex-cop “Mad” Max Rockatansky, whose wasteland survival skills are matched by those of Charlize Theron as Furiosa; together they hope to liberate the wives of the tyrannical Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne – original MAD MAX baddie The Toecutter) in Miller’s critically acclaimed, non-stop thrill ride.


YOUNG ADULT
2011, Paramount, 94 min, USA, Dir: Jason Reitman

JUNO director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody reteam for this biting comedy about Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron), who writes novels for young adults without fitting into either demographic. When she learns that old high school boyfriend Buddy (Patrick Wilson) and his wife (Elizabeth Reaser) just had a child, Mavis takes it as a cue to return to her Minnesota hometown and try to win the man back. Patton Oswalt is wonderful as the former classmate who tries to talk some sense into her.


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