Davis: Join the Croods as they embark on world’s first family road trip

The Croods tells the story of a stone age family that predates even The Flintstones.

From the director of How to Train Your Dragon comes the latest from DreamWorks Animation.

Featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Cloris Leachman, The Croods tells the story of a stone age family that predates even The Flintstones.

After their cave is destroyed, The Croods must embark on the world’s first family road trip into strange and spectacular territory in search of a new home.

Already out of their element, their situation goes from bad to worse when they encounter an imaginative nomad.

The Croods started life at Aardman Animation co-written by Monty Python alumn John Cleese and was going to be stop motion until DreamWorks took over the project and made it with CGI animation. How to Train Your Dragon was a spectacular 3D adventure and hopefully the director has created another fun and colourful comedy-adventure.

Olympus Has Fallen looks to be an exciting action-thriller from director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Basset, Melissa Leo and Ashley Judd.

The Secret Service code for the White House is Olympus and when it is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the president (Eckhart) is kidnapped, a disgraced former secret service agent (Butler) is himself trapped within the building.

While outside forces scramble to respond, they must rely on the agent’s inside knowledge of the White House to save the president and avert an even bigger disaster.

Olympus Has Fallen is not to be confused with the upcoming White House Down (opening June 28), which has a very similar story starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx and directed by Roland Emmerich (2012, Independence Day).

Hot on the heels of the finale of Tina Fey’s TV show 30 Rock, she stars in Admission as a straight-laced Princeton University admissions officer.  But her “by the book” philosophy is tested when she makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school overseen by her former college classmate (Paul Rudd), who thinks his gifted yet unconventional student is actually the son that she gave up for adoption years earlier.

Based upon the critically acclaimed novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz, it is directed by Paul Weitz, best known for directing American Pie, About a Boy and Little Fockers.

Producers Ridley Scott (Prometheus) and his late brother Tony (Unstoppable) present Stoker, a psychological thriller starring Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland), Matthew Goode (Chasing Liberty) and Nicole Kidman.

After India Stoker’s father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother.

Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him.

Critics have heaped praise on Korean director Park Chan-wook’s English-language debut, calling it dark and atmospheric, populated by mysterious characters. It opens exclusively at the Paramount Theatre.

And opening next Thursday is G.I. Joe: Retaliation, with advance screenings on Wednesday night.

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