FILM: ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT (3-D)
In ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’, Scrat’s nutty pursuit of the cursed acorn, which he’s been after since the dawn of time, has world-changing consequences – a continental cataclysm that triggers the greatest adventure of all for Manny (Ray Romano), Diego (Denis Leary) and Sid (John Leguizamo). In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny, and the herd encounters a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home.
This all-new chapter in one of the most successful film franchises of all time brings together the visually epic and the emotionally powerful; the humorous and the heartfelt – plus the world’s most beloved prehistoric squirrel-rat and the ultimate unconventional herd of this or any Age.
Joining the familiar ‘Ice Age’ friends and family (Romano, Leguizamo, Leary, and Queen Latifah) for the new film are some of the entertainment world’s brightest talents, including hip hop sensations Nicki Minaj and Drake, and global crossover star Jennifer Lopez.
The magical ingredient of the franchise is its focus on family.
This provides the stories’ rich emotional underpinnings, as well as much of their comedy and adventure. “‘Ice Age’ has always been about family,” says Lori Forte, who has produced the entire series and co-wrote the story for ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’.
“No matter what the plot is of a given ‘Ice Age’ film, it still comes down to family – and about how Manny, Diego, Sid and the now-extended clan look out for one another. That kind of storytelling and humour appeals to everyone, everywhere.”
“From the very beginning this was a franchise defined by its heroes – three animals from different species, with different experiences.
They are strangers when they meet and family when we leave them,” adds co-screenwriter Jason Fuchs. “Each film explores what it really means to be a family. Is it just something you’re born into? I think all our characters grapple with that question. And I think it’s Diego who has sort of the essential line of the film when he’s asked, kind of dismissively, what’s the difference between a pack and a family? Diego replies, ‘We have each other’s backs.’ And that’s what it means to be a family, and that’s the heart of this movie and of this franchise.”
Interwoven with these epic tales of family exploits are the continuing adventures of Scrat, whose sole purpose in life – whose very existence – revolves around an acorn as elusive as it is cherished. Scrat’s quest for the nut has had consequences; in the first ‘Ice Age’ Scrat’s obsession triggered the Ice Age itself.
In ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’, Scrat and the object of his pursuits are nothing less than the catalyst for a cataclysm.
Forget what you’ve learned in geology about the continents forming as a result of massive tectonic turbulence and volcanic eruptions tearing land masses apart. ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’ reveals that these seismic shifts came about from Scrat’s misadventures.
VOICE CAST: RAY ROMANO, JOHN LEGUIZAMO, DENIS LEARY, JENNIFER LOPEZ, QUEEN LATIFAH, SEANN WILLIAM, JOSH PECK, NICKI MINAJ, DRAKE, PETER DINKLAGE, KEKE PALMER, KUNAL NAYYAR
Director: MICHAEL THURMEIER, STEVE MARTINO
FILM: GIRL IN PROGRESS
Grace (Eva Mendes) is a single mom. She is too busy juggling work, bills, and the very married Dr. Harford (Matthew Modine), to give her daughter, Ansiedad (Cierra Ramirez) the attention she desperately needs.
When Ansiedad’s English teacher, Ms. Armstrong (Patricia Arquette), introduces her students to classic coming-of-age stories, Ansiedad is inspired to skip adolescence and jump-start her life without mom. While Grace becomes preoccupied with the increasing affections of her co-worker (Eugenio Derbez), Ansiedad enlists the help of her loyal friend, Tavita (Raini Rodriguez), to plot her shortcut to “adulthood”. But as her misguided plan unravels, Ansiedad and Grace must learn that sometimes growing-up means acting your age.
CAST: Eva Mendes, Matthew Modine, Cierra Ramirez, Patricia Arquette, Eugenio Derbez, Raini Rodriguez, Russell Peters, Landon Liboiron, Brenna O’Brien
DIRECTOR: Patricia Riggen