6:00 PM, 15th May, 2010
Based on best-selling novelist Nicholas Sparks’s (“A Walk to Remember”, “The Notebook”) forthcoming novel, The Last Song is set in a small Southern beach town where an estranged father (Kinnear) gets a chance to spend the summer with his reluctant teenaged daughter (Cyrus) who’d rather be home in New York.
He tries to reconnect with her through the only thing they have in common – music – in a story of family, friendship, secrets and salvation, along with first loves and second chances. Nicholas Sparks has a good track record with his novels and subsequent movie adaptations. The Last Song is no exception.
It was nice to see Miley Cyrus without her father and the Hannah Montana wig in her first attempt to break out into other roles. This movie also stars ‘Australia’s own’ Liam Hemsworth, who some may recall from “Neighbours”. Apparently he and Miley are now dating so the chemistry between them must have been good! That’s certainly one way to get your name known in Hollywood. Good career move, Liam!
8:00 PM, 15th May, 2010
Tim Burton works his gothic magic over one of the best loved stories of all time... Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There’.
In this version Alice attends a party at a Victorian estate only to find she is about to be proposed to in front of hundreds of snooty society types. Off she runs, following a white rabbit into a hole and ending up in Wonderland, a place she visited 10 years before yet doesn’t remember.
Canberra’s own Wasikowska plays Alice, and she does an excellent job. In addition, Burton’s ‘crew’ is back again. Depp is the Mad Hatter, a part tailor-made for him. And of course we have Bonham Carter (aka Mrs Tim Burton) as the Red Queen. Burton fans can be sure to look out for the same cartoon traits as his earlier masterpiece The Nightmare Before Christmas. Be prepared for the usual Burton-esque ghoulishness, but kids should be able to handle it.