Once the gifts under the precisely decorated tree have become a sea of scattered torn wrapping paper and the Christmas feast turns into a heaped pile of dirty dishes - well, it's Boxing Day, which in a Australia has become synonymous with a trip to the cinema. This year the feature films to be released on Boxing Day, (which falls on a Sunday), will be released over two days - the 26th and 27th. New Years Eve (which falls on a Friday), will also see a couple of anticipated film releases. Here is a rundown of what is to be released in Australian Cinemas this festive season!
Return to Jellystone Park with Yogi Bear (2010), as the classic Hanna-Barbera character comes to the big-screen in this live-action/CGI animated feature film from Warner Bros. Studios. Dan Aykroyd provides the iconic voice for the character of Yogi Bear, while Justin Timberlake voices Boo-Boo Bear. Tom Cavanagh and Anna Faris portray Ranger Smith and Rachel respectively. This family film is directed by Eric Brevig, who previously directed the 3-D adventure film Journey to the Center of the Earth in 2008. View the latest trailer for this feature film here. This feature film is not yet rated. Released on December 26, 2010.
Based on a graphic novel, Stephen Frear's latest directorial effort Tamara Drewe (2010) was unveiled at this years Cannes Film Festival. The film stars Gemma Arterton as the title character, who returns to her home in Dorset, England after her mother's death. She unwittingly becomes the center of town gossip after it is revealed the formerly shy, awkward Tamara, is now a confident young woman, who has scandalously had a nose job. The British comedy also stars Dominic Cooper and Tamsin Greig. View the latest trailer for this feature film here. This feature film is not yet rated. Released on December 26, 2010.
Directed by Tom Hooper, this historical drama has the impressive ensemble cast of Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. The King's Speech (2010) details the relationship between King George VI (portrayed by Firth) and his speech therapist Lionel Logue (portrayed by Rush). View the latest trailer for this feature film here. This feature film is not yet rated. Released on December 27, 2010.
The Tourist (2010) is the Hollywood remake of the 2005 French thriller Anthony Zimmer, which was directed by Jérôme Salle and starred Yvan Attal and Sophie Marceau in the lead roles. The American version (which initially was to star Tom Cruise and Charlize Theron) stars Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie and is directed by German filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Unlike the French feature film which was a thriller with a romantic subplot, the American remake according to the latest trailer amps up the action and comedy. This feature film is not yet rated. Released on December 27, 2010.
It was bound to happen, Little Fockers follows the trials of the hapless Gaylord 'Greg' Focker (Ben Stiller) and his father-in-law, retired CIA agent Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro), following the events of Meet the Parents (2000) and Meet the Fockers (2004). This time around Greg and Pamela (Teri Polo) are the proud parents of 5-year old twins and Jack and Dina (Blythe Danner) are ecstatic grandparents. Along for the ride are Owen Wilson, Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand, who all reprise their roles and new additions to the cast, including Jessica Alba, Harvey Keitel and Laura Dern. View the latest trailer for this feature film here. This feature film is not yet rated. Released on December 27, 2010.
Jack Black returns in Gulliver's Travels (2010) a 3-D action adventure family film. Directed by Rob Letterman, the feature film is a modernised version of Johnathon Swift's 1725 novel of the same name. The film also stars Emily Blunt, Jason Segel and Amanda Peet. View the latest trailer for this feature film here. This feature film is not yet rated. Released on December 27, 2010.
Blue Valentine , a romantic drama is receiving a lot of Oscar buzz after screening at this years Cannes Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Derek Cianfrance and starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, this gritty romance follows the trials of young lovers over several years. The film received unwelcomed attention recently as Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) certified the film with a NC-17 rating. In Australia this feature film is not yet rated. View the latest trailer for this feature film here. Released on December 27, 2010.
13 (2010) is another remake of a French feature film - this time, Géla Babluani's 2005 relentless crime-drama 13 Tzameti. The Hollywood remake is also directed by Babluani and features a stellar cast; Sam Riley as the youth at the center of the film, alongside Mickey Rourke, Ray Winstone, Jason Statham, 50 Cent, David Zayas, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgård and Ben Gazzara. This feature film is not yet rated. View the latest trailer for this feature film here. Released on December 31, 2010.
The major International release of the film season is Vincere (2009), an Italian production from director Marco Bellocchio. The feature film details the life of Ida Dalser, the first wife of Benito Mussolini. The film stars Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi, Michela Cescon and Fausto Russo. This feature film is not yet rated. View the latest trailer for this feature film here. Released on December 31, 2010.