THE new movie releases this week are:
¦ Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (3D):
The world is changing faster than ever before for everyone's favourite prehistoric creatures, as Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon yet another adventure in the latest Ice Age instalment.
In Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, the unlikely heroes find themselves on their biggest adventure yet, after their continent is unexpectedly set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world of melting continents and new divisions.
The film brings back the voices of Ray Romano, Denis Leary and John Leguizamo in the second instalment to use digital 3D.
The film is packed with laughs and animated action sequences, and even introduces a new love interest for the brutish Diego.
A decade after the first Ice Age film hit screens, the saga is set in the hearts of a generation and children will revel in following Scat and his nutty pursuit of the cursed acorn.
Ice Age 4 opens today.
¦ Painted Skin: The Resurrection (3D)
Combining fantastical action and scenic beauty, Painted Skin: The Resurrection (CTC) delivers a far-fetched feast for the eyes.
As the sequel to Painted Skin (2008), the Chinese supernatural fantasy film delivers the unrestrained visual creativity of a big-budget spectacular.
Set in the mythological period, the film follows a classic Chinese ghost where the performances run surprisingly deep.
As a love story with a romantic hero, the film will likely appeal to female viewers and features four strong and powerful women characters who essentially run the show.
Directed by Wu Ershan, the film is carried by extraordinary animation and visual sequences. Painted Skin: The Resurrection opens today.
¦ Where Do We Go Now?
A group of Lebanese women try to ease religious tensions between Christians and Muslims in their village, in the heartbreaking comedy by writer and director Nadine Labaki.
Where Do We Go Now? (M) is a laugh-out-loud film about sectarian violence, telling the story of a remote, isolated unnamed Lebanese village inhabited by both Muslims and Christians.
The village has experienced periods of sectarian peace and violence, and appears to be a national allegory.
Labaki explores broader universal themes and, in many ways, the film asks us to imagine the village is Lebanon.
As the village is drawn into greater secular violence, the women (who get along beautifully) conspire together to keep their town from fighting, even hiring Eastern European dancers to entertain their men.
Through a clever and, at times heart-wrenching story, the film also celebrates the music, food and good humour of Lebanese culture.
Where Do We Go Now? opens in select cinemas today.