Avatar, Bowie doco, children’s movies and some horror.

As the second half of 2022 rolls on, so does the talk of the Oscars.

We have already witnessed the glory and glamor at the Cannes Film Festival in May, and we look forward to great moments at the upcoming Venice Film Festival starting on August 31, where many stars and their films will rehearse for the 95 th edition of the Academy Awards early next year. .

Although the best films of the race have not yet reached our screens (White noise, Avatar: The Way of WaterMartin Scorsese Moonflower Assassins to name a few), the big movie theater chains are putting us in the mood.

Director James Cameron has remastered his award-winning 2009 original Avatar sci-fi thriller for a limited showing on the big screen ahead of the December release of its sequel.

Starring Australian actor Sam Worthington as paraplegic Marine Jake Sully, we look back on his journey to Pandora with co-stars Zoe Saldana, Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver.

We’ll be experiencing the incredible visual feast for almost three hours (162 minutes) and hopefully the sequel, starring Kate Winslet, lives up to the hype.

If you’re not a fan of the AFL or NRL, and the football finals in September are off your radar, Avatar lands in the middle of the school holidays, as does a smorgasbord of other children’s movies, including DC League of Super Pets (voiced by Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart) and The Curious Case of Dolphin Bay (rated G).

There’s a documentary on the landmark decision on the Franklin River in Tasmania and an immersive David Bowie experience for those who remember the 1970s.

Let’s start with the genius though, that’s Australian film director George Miller.

Three thousand years of longing – September 1

Australian director George Miller’s genie in a bottle movie, starring Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton, has been described as “Aladdin for grown-ups,” says Screen Rant.

Dr. Alithea Binnie (Swinton) is a somewhat reclusive academic on her way to a conference in Istanbul, visiting the bazaar like she does in Turkey.

Everyone knows the story… she buys a little bottle, rubs it and a genie comes out –or a Djinn (Elba)– who offers her three wishes in exchange for her freedom.

”This presents two problems. Firstly, she doubts that he is real, and secondly, as she is a student of history and mythology, she knows all the cautionary tales of wishes gone wrong,” reads the official Roadshow synopsis. .

The Djinn pleads his case by telling him fantastic stories from his past. Eventually, she is fooled into making a wish that surprises them both.”

An Associated Press review says it is “a patient and occasionally dazzling fantasy about love, myth, hope, companionship, and perhaps most of all, about storytelling.”

Miller plays across a wide range of cultures as the djinn jumps through time, “all with their own bright palettes and fairytale hyper-realism,” says AP, adding that “it’s a good reminder that Miller is a man who can address both Mad Max: Fury Road Y Girl: Pig in the City”.

after always happy – September 8th

This is a romance with all the usual complicated baggage that young couples endure, including desire, disappointment, love, and loss.

Not to be confused with the Netflix movie, Afteron which the first adaptation of Anna Todd is based, after always happy It is the fourth in its series.

Starring Hero Fiennes Tiffin as Hardin and Josephine Langford as Tessa, the story comes full circle from the moment they met as sweet, simple young people to, well, complicated adults.

Worth seeing? ticket to paradise it was expected to come out later this year, but is already earmarked for a national release in mid-September. Photo: Twitter

ticket to paradise – September 15

After filming on Hamilton Island (also known as Bali) in tropical North Queensland, Academy Award winners George Clooney and Julia Roberts can now finally see each other at full throttle in this romantic comedy adventure story.

The story goes that as exes, they find themselves on a shared mission to prevent their lovesick daughter from making the same mistake they once did: getting married.

They try to steal the wedding rings, embarrass their daughter at a pre-wedding party, and have some nostalgic fun about the good old days along the way.

It hasn’t been picked up by a streamer like Netflix or HBO Max.

Little Monsters (Finnick) – September 15

This is the story of Finnick, a young Finn, who doesn’t seem to mind his responsibility to make his house a home. Everything changes when a new family arrives at his house and Finnick’s tricks don’t work at all. He meets Christine, 13 years old, and inexplicable events begin to happen in the city.

It is a mixture of Home alone satisfies Ghostbusters satisfies Casper the Friendly Ghost.

Moon Age Reverie – September 15

It was part of the official selection line-up at Cannes, and now we can all immerse ourselves in the Brett Morgen-directed Bowie documentary, which is described not as such, but as “a genre-defying cinematic experience.” .

Bowie, who died at the age of 69 in 2016 from liver cancer, is once again immortalized in Moon Age Reveriewhere fans will reconnect with their alt-egos of Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, the Thin White Duke, and space invader Major Tom.

Interspersed with his own voiceovers, an up close and personal look, it’s a classic reminder of how the music of the 1970s and 1980s was heavily anchored in the rock icon that was Bowie.

The film has the full support of Bowie’s estate and features many of his best songs, as well as never-before-seen concert footage.

The return of the railway children – September 15

A heartwarming English film (and follow-up to the 1970 classic) that follows the story of a group of children who are evacuated to a Yorkshire village during World War II, where they encounter a wounded African-American soldier who, like them, is far away. From home.

The year is 1944, and the first half hour “is a nice set of hi-jinx: shenanigans with chickens, mud, secret hideouts, and run-ins with locals throwing conkers and coal,” he reported. online empire.

That is, until they run into the soldier, who tells them a story about being on a secret mission, before they help him escape across the fields back to where he came from.

Sam Worthington in the original 2009 film. Now 46. He will return as Jake Sully in the Avatar continuation. Photo: Getty

Avatar – September 22

According to Los Angeles-based entertainment website, the relaunch gives Avatar the “opportunity to extend your advantage over avengers endgame as the highest grossing movie of all time.

Cameron released a new trailer for the film’s return to the big screen, and it’s presented in 4K HDR (high dynamic range) and will be available to watch in all major formats, including how we saw it in 2009, using 3D glasses in theaters. .

”Despite End of the game broke the film record near the end of its own theatrical run in 2019, Avatar finally reclaimed the box office crown in 2021 thanks to a re-release in China… presumably this is also why Disney+ has temporarily removed Avatar from their streaming library, though that and End of the game both are Disney releases,” reported superherohype.

Avatar has a limited duration and will be followed by Avatar: The Way of Water on December 16.

FallSeptember 22

Look away if you don’t like heights.

This movie is about two young mountain climbers who meet again after a tragic accident and go on a road trip together to climb a really tall tower in the middle of the desert somewhere.

Of course, things go wrong, and they will cause seeing Sylvester Stallone in climactic moment back in 1993.

The Curious Case of Dolphin Bay – September 22

This is the curious story of 15-year-old Quinn Perkins, who meets her best friend Daniela and her marine biologist father Charlie. They haven’t seen each other since Charlie inherited a research facility in Dolphin Bay, Australia, where she studies unnatural change in the local reef’s biodiversity.

With Great Barrier Reef bleaching and climate change in the news, this one is good for tweens as it’s a bit of goonies-style treasure hunt, a stolen diary and action.

If you loved the 2021 movie Finding Ohanathis is another treasure.

Smile – September 29th

The trailer is scary, I’m just saying.

After witnessing a strange and traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon) begins to experience terrifying events she can’t explain.

As overwhelming terror begins to take over her life, Rose must confront her haunting past in order to survive and escape her horrific new reality.

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