Facing a Fresh Future – 2013 New Year’s Day

Time Pieces

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
– Albert Einstein

Last week the New Year was knocking on the front door and casually pressing the door bell but today its got the SWAT team out and they’re about to knock down the door to our lives with a battering ram. The good news is with the New Year upon us, the fresh calendar is like a plowed field ready for planting. Don’t look at the next twelve months as a pioneer looks at the uncleared wilderness, rather change your gaze to be like a developer looking at the land his investment has purchased on the most expensive piece of real estate in Manhatten. Today’s the day you take possession and the future is all yours. The year ahead is clear of bush and rocks providing you with flat fertile soil for the planter and a pristine plot for the builder.

Your years before today have bought the land. The time in your pocket and wrinkles on your brow have decided the purpose of the plan. This is a year to transform dreams to blueprints so that the sand of time become concrete for tomorrow. Its definitely a change of mind that can take the same ingredients and decide whether flour and water produces cookies or glue. So what do you plan to do with your next 365 days that we wrap up and call 2013? Have you already written it off as ‘just another year’ or do you plan to fix it on day one with a two line resolution posted to Facebook and call it quits?

“Your Merry Christmas may depend on what others do for you … but your Happy New Year depends on what you do for others.”
 – Unknown

The truth is that like any farmer taking that field and planting for a his bumper crop, you will have seasons and strategy to get the right result. For the builder, an architect helps coordinate a plan, the project or site manager arranges the contractors and there will be a master builder making sure the structure is plumb and true to be a lasting legacy for a family or owner. So start thinking about it and writing down the steps that you can see being the process of your future.

One line doesn’t make a novel so be willing to write the chapters that will set the plot, introduce the characters, create the suspense and celebrate the finish. Pour your heart into this dream but make sure it has substance by committing it to paper. A New Year’s resolution is only a pithy statement lost in the dust of one month’s days. Instead be willing to record a travel diary of what happens by journalling your way through the year and making notes, ideas and comments about the sights seen and experiences absorbed.

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
Romans 12:1

A key to any building project is to start with a fresh approach. Be willing to walk on to the site with clean sharp tools. Leave the past behind and instead walk out of a period of preparation with new vigor, a strong stance and refreshed body and spirit. Have a look at some of the old attitudes and jaded ideas and ask yourself this question; “If they didn’t work last year, what makes me think they will work in the next?” It should be a wake-up to the old adage that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Don’t be tied down by stakes of dispair and bitterness. Those roots should be removed from your field or building site. They don’t provide foundations, instead they’re a barrier to growth and a stumbling block for your tools.

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 4:32

One of the benefits of a fresh field is you can plow it anyway you like, until you plant in it. On a new building plot you can align the floorplan in any direction it fits until the foundations go down. Be willing to step into a new paradigm and do things in a way you’ve never tried before. Innovation breeds creativity while survival can grow success from seeds of desperation. Get some sleep to allow the brain to be clear and the heart settled. Clear the heart and physical hoarding areas of your life so that you don’t have distractions, obstacles or the trophies of past hurt and failure haunting you. Instead of being slowed down considering the past, replace those memories on the wall with grander plans of the dreams to be built, the places to travel and victories to be won.

If you plan to conquer Everest,
hoist a Flag not a Tea-towel.
– a Pitchford Passing Thought

The purpose of building is to learn through the process so that each structure that comes after it is grander, sturdier and more suited to its purpose than the last. In doing so you move from apprentice to builder and then on from being someone who builds from plans to someone who creates from dreams. As we look at the next year, its an opportunity to learn, to love and to live. The next twelve months aren’t an end in themselves. If your ‘building’ or ‘crop’ project takes one, two or five years to create, then go the distance. Be willing to journey through  and face the future with a glint not a glare.

Have a healthy sparkle of optimism knowing that even if a storm delays your planting or  the rain stops you putting the proverbial roof on your plan, that still you have a dream written down, a journal of memories accumulated and a host of friends who shared your journey. Take a look at the future and see its freshness, the morning dew on your opportunity and feel the crispness in the air that calls out to you like a morning bird call saying “Your time is now”!

Here’s a toast to the future, A toast to the past, And a toast to our friends, far and near. May the future be pleasant; The past a bright dream; May our friends remain faithful and dear.
– Irish Toast (by Anonymous)

At the close of 2011 I wrote about looking at the year through a rear vision mirror. Like a skipper, the navigation through life is best done by knowing where your starting marker is. While our trail of experience gives us the strength, wisdom and hopefully a greater sense of gratefulness, we won’t have momentum for the future unless our eyes are facing straight ahead, lifted to the horizon and looking for land.

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Movie Review: Rise of the Guardians

Rise of the Guardians

The Rise of the Guardians movie brings together the fantastical skills of five of our imagination’s heart loved characters to fight fear on behalf of the children they love and protect. Initially Team Fantasy is headed up by Santa Clause, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and the Sandman. Eons have passed with the children of the world enjoying peaceful sleep and celebrations through the year but this year someone is again fighting back and the surface of dreamland could be cracked open.

Everyone knows that to have the best kind of villain you need an English accent but this was still a surprise for me when this animated feature had their choice of Jude Law as Pitch Black. This personification of fear has some issues and he sadly wants to shares his nightmares with the world. Law is superb in the role with just enough dastardly to bring the character to life. However his character’s onscreen performance is outdone by the black night’mares’. These horses of death are built on the corrupted sands of our Sandman and are probably a good enough reason for this to be a cautionary film for any parent taking children under 12. Once they start to fill the screen it could be overwhelming for a young viewer.

As our team mount a rescue response to save the children they quickly recognise they can’t do it alone. The ‘Man in the Moon’ who has appointed each of them as guardians now chooses a new Guardian in the form of Jack Frost. This is where the story brilliantly talks through our search for significance through the eyes of Jack Frost. The misunderstood character enjoys life’s play time and taking risks and is seen by the other characters as dangerous and flighty. Chris Pine of the Star Trek reboot fame voices the character and through Jack’s journey we see a young man with great courage learning who he really is.

The storyline revolves around Jack’s connection with a ‘real life boy’ called Jamie Bennett played by Dakota Goyo. This seemingly incidental character quickly becomes a focal point as it’s through Jamie that our story will find a solution and Jack step up to be a part of the team. There must be a real connection for Dakota with Australia as this is his second outing with Hugh Jackman as they worked together when Goyo played the young Max Kenton in Real Steel. He also starred with Australian Chris Hemsworth as the young Thor in the first Marvel Thor episode. Next he connects to be on screen with another Aussie leading man when he is alongside Russell Crowe as the young Noah in the upcoming 2014 release.

While the Isla Fisher sweeter than treacle voiced character of the Tooth Fairy gives Jack his first touch of courage it’s the Easter Bunny who really has to transform his relationship with Jack. Hugh Jackman plays an Aussie bunny who could be forgiven for being a Kangaroo stretched into Thumper’s skin. It’s the Easter Bunny who is most vocal about his mistrust for Frost but through the movies journey it is the bunny who eats a healthy slice of Bacon and Easter Egg humble pie before drawing Jack into the team.

Visually one of the great characters on screen was Santa Clause otherwise nicknamed as ‘North’ and played by Alec Baldwin with a slight Muscovite accent. Santa is seen as tough on the outside and soft on the inside. A brilliant allegory played out later in the picture through Matryoshka dolls. I loved the forearm tattoos of ‘Naughty’ and ‘Nice’. While each of our characters has their mode of transport you still can’t beat Santa’s sleigh. I love the fact that despite many onscreen versions of the big man’s red runner the retro version is always best.

This Dreamworks movie was directed by Peter Ramsey who has 26 titles to his record in art department work as wide as Godzilla and Men in Black through to Fight Club. This is his second directing outing since the made for TV movie Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space. It is however his time on work like Shrek the Halls, Shrek the Third that have brought his skills brilliantly to the fore in this production.

A great movie which was thoroughly enjoyed by myself, a fourteen year-old girl and two twelve year-old boys for a fun movie outing. I’m giving Rise of the Guardians a 4 out of 5 popcorns.

Little Signs with Big Meaning

Seeing Signs in Life

God shows us signs all around but if we are too busy looking for what we have predetermined is ‘the sign’ do we miss every other signpost on the road? Sometimes we’re so focussed on the huge that we miss the little signs with big meaning. Men are notorious for driving ahead almost blindly looking for something they remember. They are living in hope they won’t have to humble themselves and ask their wife or a stranger for help. Hopefully they can rely on their own resource and recognise something from a previous experience to point the way and then “we’ll be right”.

Signs don’t have to be about just direction. They can be reminders of God’s presence or the past seasons of faithfulness, fruitfulness and joyous memories. One thing I’m trying to train myself to do is look for the beauty and the positives in every situation. A friend of mine gave me an interesting illustration a few weeks ago. He pointed out that some of us spend our time expecting or wishing to move from a ‘valley’ to a ‘mountain top’ and in doing so we miss the beauty around us. Our life may be living with family, friends and those who live with us in a desert of plains that have seasons of beauty.

Does the person who lives in the cold and ruggedness of Scandinavia or the deserts and mountainous regions of North Africa pine for the beaches of Tahiti? It seems we could erode a life of potential by spending its precious minutes looking over a fence to a grass that is only greener for one month in the year. Does the villager on the idyllic beaches of a Pacific island cry out for the inland plains of the Australian wheat fields while in the midst of a cyclone that dumps months of rain in a day destroying crops, homes and memories? There is no doubt that a season in life can destroy and lay waste the work of a generation. That event doesn’t predetermine our future. It was an event. It is past and the future is in how we see with our eyes the signs of a new season dawning.

Even in the jungle the light penetrates the darkness to deliver small message beams of hope that tell us we are heard.
A Pitchford Passing Thought

Sometimes a simple lesson happens in your own backyard. Yesterday I was tired after we’d had a few guests over and the heat of the day had caused the afternoon siesta to kick in. A few of us retired to have a rest but I felt the inside of the house was too stuffy so I grabbed my headphones, iPhone, pillow and a blanket and headed to the back lawn under our beautiful backyard tree. The heat was still there but a breeze created the right ‘heat to cool’ ratio that made the atmosphere relaxing and refreshing.

Signs in Backyard Sun Beams

While listening to my Sanctus Real Pandora station I started to appreciate the peace I had in my own backyard. Looking up into a tree is always a great revelation of life, growth, stature and seasons. I loved seeing the light beaming through the green dancing leaves. There were times that the light could hardly be seen and then a breeze would blow the branches in such a way that a bough would bend in just the right way to let the light bounce through. It was a reminder that God is always there its just sometimes life, our judgement or the cloud of one day can block our connection. Thankfully we can train ourselves to see the signs so that we recall that as surely as day follows night He is there and his faithfulness will continue to lead, sustain and protect us.

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations
Deuteronomy 7:9

Every time I’m taking an evening drive with the family I love to point out God’s gallery in the evening sunset sky. If an unusual cloud formation paints a picture I like to sit back and see the design and texture. Life offers more beauty than the best galleries of the world and more drama, romance and comedy than the Oscars of Hollywood could produce.

Walk through life with your eyes open to see Little Signs with Big Meaning.

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Movie Review: Parental Guidance

Parental Guidance

I’ve just discovered the ‘must see’ movie of the holiday season and despite the play on words “Parental Guidance” is fun for the whole family. My wife and youngest two kids (12yo and 14yo) went to see Billy Crystal’s new movie on Wednesday night and we’re giving it more than two thumbs up. The kids pushed through the initial shock factor when we told them they were seeing the voice of Mike Wazowski (Monsters Inc) in real life and we all settled in to an enjoyable night.

The 64yo Crystal is joined by the ageless Bette Midler as the ‘other Grandparents’ who are called on to help their ‘successful’ daughter get a much needed break. These modern parents have kept each of their unique kids in line with a plan for success but have since become disconnected from the grandparents. Next we find a serendipity of events brings everybody together where some wisdom and age are able to bring the family together with some old fashioned common sense.

Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a justification for the ‘old ways’. The heart of this movie comes from Billy Crystal being able to put himself at the centre of the humour. The opening story shows Crystal’s character as a Baseball game announcer who loses his job. Just when our empathy level is reasonably reaching its peak we also see the thoughtlessness and selfish stupidity that also needs to be brought into check. The whole script is a brilliant vehicle for Billy Crystal and you would think you were attending a 100min long introduction to the Oscars he is so famous for hosting. Bette Midler keeps guiding Crystal and the rest of the family through the experience and thankfully we also got an opportunity to hear her sing as well as matching Billy Crystal’s comedic genius with a glint and a glare. The screenplay itself centres around the family’s patterns and schedules. It’s a sugar free environment that needs care and control, two factors that will be missing in order to stir up a recipe for bedlam. A classic piece involves Crystal trying to get out of his parental duties to audition as an announcer for the X-Games where Tony Hawk is in a cameo role skating a half-pipe and putting him at the centre of a recipe for disaster. The comedy and consequences are brilliant as the entire story comes together.

Marisa Tomei gave a superb performance as a Mum stressed to ‘burn-out’ with a heart of gold. Her husband Phil the electronics genius is played by Tom Everett Scott who brings the calming influence to the story apart from when his alter-ego ‘Nigel’ appears on the scene. The real joy though comes from the three grandchildren, Harper, Turner and Barker. Bailee Madison brings a long list of credits to the role of Harper a tense young 12yo violinist who needs to let go and live life but wants to please her Mum in pursuit of a music scholarship. Her younger brother Turner is the speech impaired 8yo played by Joshua Rush. The irony of this role for this young actor is that he has quite a number of acting credits particularly as a voice actor for animated performances but it’s in this role that he hits a ‘home run’ in the closing scenes. Cutie pie award however goes to Kyle Harrison Breitkopf who plays the precocious 5yo Barker. The red head is dynamite and lace on screen. Add to that his acting sidekick character of Carl the imaginary kangaroo friend and you’ve got quite a team. One of the best scenes of the movie involves Carl and Gedde Watanabe in the role of family friend and ‘Pan Asian’ restaurant owner Mr Cheng. The emotion and laughs from these few minutes is worth the movie ticket alone.

As we talked about Parental Guidance on the way home we all agreed this was a movie that had a laugh for everybody and a message for every age group. The grandparents learned to contribute their time and wisdom as well as to roll in the mud with the grandchildren. For the parents it was time to relax and let their Mum and Dad take the reins and the kids picked up a few pointers on life from the mistakes and lessons learned by their elders as well as the love and confidence a family can bring.

Parental Guidance needs no excuse for anyone in the family. Take the 6 year old, the teenagers, bring Mum and Dad to pay for popcorn and the grandparents to buy the ice-creams on the way home. 4 out of 5 popcorns.

10 Romantic Comedy 2013 Movies to see (Trailer Collection)

Thanks to these Romantic Comedy 2013 Movies why wait for February 14th when you can have Valentines Day all through the year. Enjoy a laugh while they pull on the heart strings of cupid’s bow. Sadly this set of 2013 movies hasn’t released the same number of trailers as our other genre lists. We will update this post as we see them released. If we’ve missed one please add it in our comments.

Romantic Comedy 2013 Movies

 

Admission

Plot: A Princeton admissions officer who is up for a major promotion takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound alternative school kid who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption.
Cast: Paul Rudd, Michael Sheen, Tina Fey and Lily Tomlin

 

The Big Wedding

Plot: A long-divorced couple fakes being married as their family unites for a wedding.
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Robin Williams, Robin Williams, Topher Grace, Ben Barnes and Diane Keaton

 

The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman

Plot: A guy falls for a woman who’s claimed by a violent crime boss.
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Aubrey Plaza, Evan Rachel Wood and Mads Mikkelsen

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Married and Cheating

Plot: A romantic comedy centered on three different couples with one thing in common: infidelity. Their stories connect over a long weekend in New York and Paris.
Cast: Brendan Fraser, Eva Longoria, Sarah Jessica Parker and Veronica Ferres

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Bridget Jones’s Baby

Plot: The continuing adventures of British publishing executive Bridget Jones as she enters her 40s.
Cast: Colin Firth, Hugh Grant and Renée Zellweger

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Her

Plot: A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly-purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.
Cast: Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix and Samantha Morton

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Are We Officially Dating?

Plot: Three Manhattan bachelors make a pact to have as much fun as possible while remaining single.
Cast: Zac Efron, Imogen Poots, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan

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Can a Song Save Your Life?

Plot: A dejected music business executive forms a bond with a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan.
Cast: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Mos Def, CeeLo Green, Hailee Steinfeld and Aya Cash

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The Spectacular Now

Plot: A high school senior who decides to woo a social outcast as an experiment slowly realizes he has the power to permanently impact someone’s life.
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kyle Chandler, Bob Odenkirk, Miles Teller and Brie Larson

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Wonderful Tonight

Plot: The film chronicles the relationship between a confirmed bachelor and a young woman, after their one-night stand leads to an unplanned pregnancy and a surprising love affair.
Cast: Amanda Seyfried and Patrick Dempsey

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10 Drama 2013 Movies to see (Trailer Collection)

In our 2013 Movies the drama rises with a mix of historical and action scripts amongst some of the leading releases. While crime is always a drama movie staple there are some new plots to ponder in this years stable and we can definitely look forward to two big picture releases with Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street and Baz Lurhman’s The Great Gatsby.

Drama 2013 Movies

 

The Place Beyond the Pines

Plot: A motorcycle stunt rider considers committing a crime in order to provide for his wife and child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician.
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Rose Byrne, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta and Ben Mendelsohn

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Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

Plot: A marriage counselor’s personal and professional life becomes complicated after she enters into a relationship with one of her clients.
Cast: Eric West, Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Williams, Jurnee Smollett, Brandy Norwood, Lance Gross and Robbie Jones

 

The Great Gatsby

Plot: Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby’s circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan

 

Now You See Me

Plot: FBI agents track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg and Mélanie Laurent

 

Promised Land

Plot: A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.
Cast: Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, Hal Holbrook, Terry Kinney and Joe Coyle

 

Phantom

Plot: The haunted Captain of a Soviet submarine holds the fate of the world in his hands. Forced to leave his family behind, he is charged with leading a covert mission cloaked in mystery.
Cast: Ed Harris, David Duchovny, William Fichtner and Lance Henriksen

 

The Wolf of Wall Street

Plot: A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration.
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bernthal, Jon Favreau, Kyle Chandler and Shea Whigham

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Paranoia

Plot: An entry-level employee at a powerful corporation finds himself occupying a corner office, but at a dangerous price: he must spy on his boss’s old mentor to secure for him a multi-billion dollar advantage.
Cast: Gary Oldman, Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Julian McMahon, Amber Heard, Josh Holloway and Lucas Till

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Captain Phillips

Plot: A chronicle of captain Richard Phillips and his crew’s encounter with Somali pirates.
Cast: Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Michael Chernus, Max Martini and Christopher Stadulis

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Gravity

Plot: Astronauts attempt to return to earth after debris crashes into their space shuttle, leaving them drifting alone in space.
Cast: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney

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10 Fantasy 2013 Movies to see (Trailer Collection)

While many Tolkien fans will be waiting patiently for the end of 2013 to resume their Hobbit quest there are more high calibre fantasy based 2013 movies in this year’s journey if these are any example. Take a step into your dreams and enjoy the work of some master story tellers.

Fantasy 2013 Movies

Jack the Giant Slayer

Plot: A modern day fairy tale in which the long-standing peace between men and giants is threatened, as a young farmer leads an expedition into the giants’ kingdom in hopes of rescuing a kidnapped princess.
Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Ian McShane, Warwick Davis, Bill Nighy, Stanley Tucci and Raine McCormack

 

OZ: The Great and Powerful

Plot: A stage magician is hurled into a fantasy world, and must use his wits to stay ahead of three enchantresses who have plans for him.
Cast: Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, James Franco, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff and Abigail Spencer

 

Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters

Plot: In this dark spin on the fairy tale, siblings Hansel and Gretel are a formidable team of bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world.
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Zoe Bell and Peter Stormare

 

Dorothy of Oz

Plot: Back in Kansas, Dorothy Gale decides to return to Oz in order to help her friends.
Cast: Patrick Stewart, Lea Michele, Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd, James Belushi, Kelsey Grammer, Oliver Platt, Bernadette Peters and Brian Blessed

 

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Plot: In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends head into the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece.
Cast: Logan Lerman, Sean Bean, Nathan Fillion, Alexandra Daddario, Daniel Cudmore and Stanley Tucci

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Plot: The continuing adventures of Katniss Everdeen, which take place in a futuristic dystopian world, as she prepares for the Quarter Quell.
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Jena Malone, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland, Lenny Kravitz and Jeffrey Wright

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Plot: The Dwarfs, Bilbo and Gandalf have successfully escaped the misty mountains, but BIlbo has gained the one ring. They all continue their journey to get their gold back off the Dragon, Smaug.
Cast: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood and Christopher Lee

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I, Frankenstein

Plot: Frankenstein’s creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans.
Cast: Yvonne Strahovski, Bill Nighy, Aaron Eckhart, Jai Courtney, Miranda Otto and Caitlin Stasey

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Nephilim

Plot: An animated feature. Nephilim begins with the first signs of warfare evolving between good and evil. Set in modern times, two archangels, an atypical priest, an ex-homicide detective and a resurrected spirit form an unlikely alliance to unite against an insurgence of fallen angels and the termination of free will.
Cast:  Victor Alfieri, John Savage, Gulshan Grover, Yuval David and Ina-Alice Kopp

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10 Kids 2013 Movies to see (Trailer Collection)

Children are in for another fun-filled year as animations abound, some old classics like Star Wars are released in 3D and there is fresh fantasy for everyone. We couldn’t contain all the great kids 2013 Movies but we think we’ve given you a great selection.

Update: 22/12/2012 Added the newly released “Turbo” trailer.

Kids 2013 Movies

Escape from Planet Earth

Plot: Astronaut Scorch Supernova finds himself caught in a trap when he responds to an SOS from a notoriously dangerous alien planet.
Cast: Brendan Fraser, Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker, James Gandolfini, Kaitlin Olson, Jane Lynch and Rob Corddry

 

The Croods

Plot: The world’s very first prehistoric family goes on a road trip to an uncharted and fantastical world.
Cast: Nicholas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman

 

Jurassic Park 3D

Plot: The 1993 release is out in 3D just prior to the Jurassic Park IV for 2014. During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.
Cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Samuel L. Jackson, Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello

 

Epic

Plot: A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group characters in order to save their world — and ours.
Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Pitbull, Beyoncé Knowles, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, Christoph Waltz and Josh Hutcherson

 

Monsters University

Plot: A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at the University of Fear — when they weren’t necessarily the best of friends.
Cast: Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Dave Foley and Julia Sweeney

 

Despicable Me 2

Plot: Gru, the girls, the unpredictably hilarious minions and a host of new characters return.
Cast: Al Pacino, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand and Steve Coogan

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The Smurfs 2

Plot: The Smurfs team up with their human friends to rescue Smurfette, who has been kidnapped by Gargamel since she knows a secret spell that can turn the evil sorcerer’s newest creation – creatures called the Naughties – into real Smurfs.
Cast: Neil Patrick Harris, Anton Yelchin, Christina Ricci, Alan Cumming, Hank Azaria, Katy Perry, George Lopez and Jonathan Winters

 

Turbo

Plot: A garden snail with dreams of becoming the fastest snail in the world experiences a freak accident that might just allow him to realize his goal.
Cast: Snoop Dogg, Paul Giamatti, Bill Hader, Ken Jeong, Maya Rudolph, Ryan Reynolds, Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Peña and Samuel L. Jackson

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Mr Peabody and Sherman

Plot: A young boy and his dog, who happens to have a genius-level IQ, spring into action when their time-travel machine is stolen and moments in history begin to be changed.
Cast: Ty Burrell, Stephen Colbert, Ellie Kemper, Allison Janney and Ariel Winter

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Frozen

Plot: A mountain climber and a young girl named Anna journey through snowy peaks and dangerous cliffs to find the legendary Snow Queen and end the perpetual winter prophecy that has fallen over their kingdom.
Cast: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff

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10 Thriller 2013 Movies to see (Trailer Collection)

We know we will still be seeing 2013 Movies on the edge of our seats with some great thrillers lined up for the year. With some great plots delivered through both the young and the restless. Through the year we will see old hands like Robert De Niro ply their craft against up and comers like Channing Tatum. Some of these movies are yet to release trailers so we will keep updating the page. I’m sure the plot lines below will give you a taste of some great movies for the year.

Update: 06/01/2013 “Dead Man Down” trailer added

 

Thriller 2013 Movies

Side Effects

Plot: A woman turns to prescription medication as a way of handling her anxiety concerning her husband’s upcoming release from prison.
Cast: Steven Soderbergh directs Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Rooney Mara and Catherine Zeta-Jones

 

The Company You Keep

Plot: A thriller centered on a former Weather Underground activist who goes on the run from a journalist who has discovered his identity.
Cast: Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, Sam Elliott and Brendan Gleeson

 

Welcome to the Punch

Plot: When a notorious criminal is forced to return to London, it gives a detective one last chance to take down the man he’s always been after.
Cast: James McAvoy, David Morrissey, Mark Strong, Andrea Riseborough and Peter Mullan

 

Broken City

Plot: An ex-cop trailing the wife of New York City’s mayor finds himself immersed in a larger scandal.
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kyle Chandler, Barry Pepper, Natalie Martinez and Justin Chambers

 

Dead Man Down

Plot: In New York City, a crime lord’s right-hand man is seduced by one of his boss’s victims, a woman seeking retribution.
Cast: Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper, Terrence Howard, Isabelle Huppert and Armand Assante

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Hummingbird

Plot: The story of an ex-Special Forces soldier who has found himself homeless on the streets.
Cast: Jason Statham, Siobhan Hewlett, Vicky McClure and Benedict Wong

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Malavita

Plot: The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.
Cast: Luc Besson directs Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron and Ricardo Cordero

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Closed Circuit

Plot: Ex-lovers find themselves placed on the defense terror in a terrorism trial.
Cast: Rebecca Hall, Eric Bana, Ciarán Hinds and Jim Broadbent

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Olympus has Fallen

Plot: A former Secret Service agent works to prevent a terrorist attack on the White House.
Cast: Gerard Butler, Angela Bassett, Morgan Freeman, Dylan McDermott, Ashley Judd and Aaron Eckhart

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The Loft

Plot: Five friends who share a loft for their extramarital affairs begin to question one another after the body of an unknown woman is found in the property.
Cast: Karl Urban, Wentworth Miller, James Marsden, Isabel Lucas, Rachael Taylor and Eric Stonestreet

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10 Action 2013 Movies to see (Trailer Collection)

With Arnold Schwarzenegger back to keep Sylvester Stallone honest our 2013 Movies series has a plethora of Action movies to be launched. With more “Punch”, “Kick” and “Kapow” than Burt Ward could muster here are some of the best you will see through the year.

Update: Pain & Gain trailer added 20/12/2012

Action 2013 Movies

Gangster Squad

Plot: A chronicle of the LAPD’s fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s.
Cast: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Giovanni Ribisi, Robert Patrick, Nick Nolte, Anthony Mackie and Michael Peña

 

Bullet to the Head

Plot: After watching their respective partners die, a cop and a hitman form an alliance in order to bring down their common enemy.
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Momoa, Christian Slater and Sarah Shahi

 

Snitch

Plot: A father goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his son who was imprisoned after being set up in drug deal.
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Barry Pepper and Benjamin Bratt

 

Parker

Plot: A thief with a unique code of professional ethics is double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuming a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijack the score of the crew’s latest heist.
Cast: Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte and Michael Chiklis

 

Zero Dark Thirty

Plot: A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.
Cast: Kathryn Bigelow directs Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Mark Strong and Jennifer Ehle

 

The Heat

Plot: Uptight FBI special agent Sarah Ashburn is paired with testy Boston cop Shannon Mullins in order to take down a ruthless drug lord. The hitch: neither woman has ever had a partner — or a friend for that matter. Action comedy that could be the female answer to Rush Hour.
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Kaitlin Olson, Melissa McCarthy, Michael Rapaport and Taran Killam

 

Pain & Gain

Plot: A pair of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Rebel Wilson, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris and Ken Jeong

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White House Down

Plot: A Secret Service agent is tasked with saving the life of the U.S. President after the White House is overtaken by a paramilitary group.
Cast: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Jason Clarke, Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Woods

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Rush

Plot: A biography of Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda and the 1976 crash that almost claimed his life. Mere weeks after the accident, he got behind the wheel to challenge his rival, James Hunt.
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde, Natalie Dormer and Daniel Brühl

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The Tomb

Plot: When a structural-security authority finds himself incarcerated in a prison he designed, he has to put his skills to escape and find out who framed him.
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel, Vincent D’Onofrio, Sam Neill and Vinnie Jones

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