From the family fun of an orange ball of fluff and a lad who really loves his Christmas, to sexy gambling folk and offensive young offenders basically offending the hell out of everyone, we’ve got great films for the kids this week, and a couple of top new titles for you to enjoy when the young ‘uns finally leave you in peace. Read on!
Don’t be a litterbug or feed goldfish marshmallows. Never hit bears with hammers or chop down trees. Above all else, under no circumstances should you expand your business at Mother Nature’s expense. These are just five of the many lessons contained within The Lorax, an ecologically sound fairy tale with bouncy songs and a wise orange blob voiced by Danny De Vito. The tale of a lad motivated by love to explore beyond the limits of his artificial town, to seek knowledge of trees, of their terrible fate and of how to restore his world to its former, leafy splendour, this is an amusing, eccentric, stylised, tuneful ‘toon.
Featuring the upbeat vocal talents of James McAvoy, Arthur Christmas is a likeable family offering from Aardman Animations, a computer generated adventure that blows the lid off Santa’s magical, mercurial gift delivery. Offering solid, seasonal fun for the kids, it’s lively, imaginative and pleasingly British. If you’re a Blockbuster by post customer and can’t wait for this in-store Exclusive to become available online, you can rent it for half price, on Blu-ray and DVD, at your local Blockbuster store.
A small but satisfying comedy drama from director Stephen Frears, Lay the Favourite tells a lively tale of gambling folk with a cracking quartet of stars at its heart: Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rebecca Hall and Fringe’s Joshua Jackson. Smart and sassy with a brisk pace and appealing visuals, it’s definitely the horse to back. Buy or rent it now on Blu-ray and DVD, in store or online from blockbuster.co.uk.
A provocative, action-packed revenge thriller, Offender is a tough-as-nails cross between Drive and Scum, a slick and shamelessly entertaining Britflick set against the London riots that offers an unflinching view of young offenders doing what they do best: offending. Rent it now on DVD, in store and online, exclusively from blockbuster.co.uk.