For the Family

The Nut Job

Film info

Director: Peter Lepeniotis
Cast: Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Liam Neeson, Brandon Fraser
86mins, 2014

From ToonBox Entertainment comes , a fun, super-comedy adventure of nutty proportions! The movie kicks off in idyllic "Liberty Park," an oasis nestled within the sprawling 50’s metropolis of fictional Oakton City. The park is host to varieties of winged and footed creatures - mice, ground hogs, rats… and of course, squirrels. Lots of squirrels. follows the travails of Surly, a mischievous city park squirrel and his rat friend Buddy, who plan an outrageous nut-store heist and unwittingly get embroiled in a human bank robbery! Don’t let this simple concept fool you, this squirrel movie really packs a punch… this is big! Full of heroes and villains, daring rescues, comic mix-ups and classic slapstick, boasts an exciting cast of characters and a thrill-ride ending sure to satisfy audiences.

Edited by Paul Wadey

Dino Time

Film info

Director: Choi Yoon-suk and John Kafka
Cast: Melanie Griffith, Jane Lynch, William Baldwin, Stephen Baldwin, Rob Schneider
85mins, 2012

Ernie needs an escape. His mum, Sue, is a strict disciplinarian, his little sister, Julia, rattles on him every chance she gets, and he just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Ernie visits his neighbour Max, who with the help of his genius father, has invented a sleek, egg-shaped contraption that he believes can travel through time. Suddenly, Julia bursts in to bust the two boys again, and in the ensuing chaos, the time machine whirs to life and closes its doors on the three arguing kids. After a violent jolt, the hydraulic doors hiss open to reveal a gorgeous green valley, covered with lush jungle untouched by mankind. A shadow passes overhead, and the kids look up to see the bewildered face of a living, breathing Tyrannosaurus Rex. Max and Julia are scared stiff, but as long as they’re not being eaten Ernie welcomes the vacation from his mother’s authority. The time machine has lost a vital component in the crash, and the three kids can’t get home without it. Unfortunately, when a group of egg-poaching dinosaurs sneak away with the time machine, the trouble really begins.

Edited by Paul Wadey

How to Steal a Dog

Film info

Director: Kim Sung-ho
Cast: Lee Re, Kim Hye-ja, Choi Min-soo, Kang Hye-jung
109mins, 2014

Since her family went bankrupt and her father ran off, schoolgirl Ji-so (Lee Re) has been living with her mother (Kang Hae-jung) and her brother (Hong Eun-taek) in a pizza van. Deeply embarrassed by her situation, Ji-so desperately wants to live a normal life in a house but her mother is barely making ends meet in her job as a waitress. When Ji-so finds a poster offering a $500 reward for the return of a lost dog, she believes the money would be enough to buy exactly the type of house she yearns for. So, she and her school friend Chae-rang (Lee Ji-won) hatch a plan to steal the dog owned by her mother’s rich employer (Kim Hye-ja) and claim a similar reward for its return. However, the old woman’s nephew, Soo-young (Lee Chun-hee), is also trying to steal the dog to get his hands on his aunt’s inheritance. Korean film fans will likely recognise director Kim Sung-ho from his classic horror (2003) and with he shows that he is also an expert in humour filled family fun.

By Paul Quinn