THE long-running animated TV series Teen Titans Go!, a tongue-in-cheek spin-off from the DC Comics universe, makes its big-screen debut with a grin-inducing flourish thanks to co-directors Peter Rida Michail and Aaron Horvath.
IN 1996, when a fresh-faced, 30-something Tom Cruise accepted his mission to revamp the classic 1960s TV series, it's unlikely he envisioned that he would still be breaking sweat as gung-ho IMF agent Ethan Hunt more than two decades later.
TOWARDS the gently effervescent conclusion of director Genndy Tartakovsky's computer-animated sequel, a DJ attempts to break the evil spell that has enslaved a kraken by blasting out Bobby McFerrin's upbeat anthem Don't Worry, Be Happy.
I HAD a dream that writer-director Ol Parker's sequel to the feel-great ABBA jukebox musical Mamma Mia! would recapture the giddy abandon of the first film, which smashed box office records in the summer of 2008 and had me dancing with fellow audience members of my local multiplex.
SCREENWRITER Sergio G Sanchez, who penned the script to the 2007 Spanish horror The Orphanage, makes his directorial debut more than a decade later with a supernatural period thriller, which delights in confounding expectations when we least expect it.
THIRTY years after Bruce Willis defied logic and gravity to thwart Teutonic terrorists in Die Hard, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson performs similar acts of vertiginous heroism in writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber's high-rise, lowbrow adventure.
THE odds of a lightning strike on the same spot, 14 years apart, are astronomical so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that the long-awaited sequel to Disney Pixar's masterpiece falls tantalisingly short of the genius of its predecessor.