SpongeBob SquarePants has always been aimed much more at childish adults than actual children, and this deranged comical adventure is no exception. Youngsters may giggle at the relentless silliness, but it's the grown-ups who will enjoy the script's continual raucous mayhem, including a stream of innuendo that's genuinely hilarious. This film also manages to bridge the gap between the TV show's hand-drawn style and eye-catching 3D live-action digital animation as our heroes head above the surface for the first time.
It kicks off as usual under the sea in Bikini Bottom, just as the recipe for the town's addictive snack, the Krabby Patty, is stolen. Everyone thinks the villain has to be fast-food rival Plankton (Mr. Lawrence), but Krabby Burger cook SpongeBob (Tom Kenny) believes Plankton is innocent this time. As Bikini Bottom descends into a post-Krabby apocalypse, SpongeBob assembles his pals to set things right, including dimwitted starfish Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke), blustering boss Mr Krabs (Clancy Brown), the clueless Squidward (Rodger Bumpass) and the hyperactive squirrel Sandy (Carolyn Lawrence). On their quest, they get unexpected help from, yes, galactic guardian dolphin Bubbles (Matt Berry) to travel to dry land and confront the thief, an opportunistic pirate named Captain BurgerBeard (Antonio Banderas).
Everything about this film is so completely bonkers that we have little choice but to sit back and just go with it, especially as the screenwriters continually add random elements to get themselves out of various plot corners. For example, to take on BurgerBeard, the team manages to acquire superpowers that lead to a massive Avengers-style action-chase sequence. Not one moment makes even a bit of sense, and yet the film is so cheerful that we can't help but enjoy every random bit of knowing silliness. Even Banderas' hammy, over-the-top performance grows on us as it goes along.
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In the underwater realm of Bikini Bottom, an annual Crabby Patty festival in underway. Yet, when the inhabitants prepare for their delicious tasty meals, they discover that the secret recipe for the patties has disappeared. It turns out that the dreaded pirate Burger Beard (Antonio Banderas) has taken it and begun selling the burgers on the mainland. Now, an elite taskforce of SpongeBob SquarePants (Tom Kenny), Patrick Star (Bill Fagerbakke) and Squidward Tentacles (Rodger Bumpass) must head out of the water to retrieve the secret recipe in order to defeat Burger Beard and restore peace to Bikini Bottom.
When a pirate gets his hands on a long lost magic book in which anything he writes comes true, he thinks he finally has the power to execute his evil plans. However, in order to carry out his dastardly deeds, he needs to get his hands on the final page - unfortunately, that page is dearly protected at the bottom of the ocean by intrepid hero SpongeBob SquarePants. The pirate attacks the town of Bikini Bottom for the page until SpongeBob and his friends are forced to brave the surface in order to win back the book. It's then that they manage to re-write themselves and become superheroes better equipped at defeating their mortal enemy and also impressing the beachside ladies along the way. Can SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward and friends save the world yet again? Or are they finally out of their depth?
Water and Power are twin brothers nicknamed so by their workaholic father; a blue collar worker at the Department of Water & Power of Los Angeles who insisted that you couldn't have one without the other. While Water is rising to the top in his illustrious political career, Power is caught up in a web of criminal deception as a cop in the LAPD, trying to keep the peace in the mean streets and struggling to work out whether he's doing a good job, or whether he is just like the gun-toting felons he's bringing in. After a particularly traumatic night, the pair reunite and find themselves in a motel room where they must join forces to survive - Water and Power have so many differences, but can they find common ground so they can work together just like their father always said they must?
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Phil Broker is an ex-cop sadly widowed and left with his 10-year-old daughter Maddie. The pair decide to move to a beautiful small Southern town with the most stunning lake views, a good size house and plenty of places for quiet horse riding. However, their utopic vision is ruined very soon when a bully targets Maddie at her school. Like her father taught her, she fights back and she and her father find themselves facing the wrath of one unhappy parent with connections to the local drug lord Gator. Soon their lives get very comfortable when Gator begins to torment them by breaking into their house while their out. When he discovers Broker's former occupation, he and his comrades arm themselves and set out to teach this newcomer a lesson. Broker can handle himself, but when his daughter his kidnapped, he finds himself fighting harder than he ever has before.
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Phil Broker is a former DEA agent who moves to a beautiful small town with his 10-year-old daughter Maddie after the death of his wife. It seems like the perfect place to live with its incredible lakes, horses and a large house, but things aren't always what they seem which Phil finds out when his daughter fights back against a bully at school. The mother of that bully takes revenge by getting in touch with Gator; a local drug lord who enjoys subjecting his victims to weeks of fear and paranoia. He breaks into Phil's house while he and Maddie are out and doesn't hesitate to leave a few clues that someone's been there. Phil proves to be able to handle himself, but that only puts him in further danger when Gator and his crew force their way into the house at night armed with guns and try to take his daughter from him.
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Clancy Brown, Heather Graham, Director Ramin Bahrani, Kim Dickens, Maika Monroe and Dennis Quaid - "At Any Price" Los Angeles Premiere held at The Egyptian Theatre - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Wednesday 17th April 2013
Henry Whipple is a highly respected farmer in the world of agriculture and thinks of little else other than expanding his three generation old farming land in Iowa. After watching his favourite son Grant fly the nest as a football star, he does his best to push his youngest son Dean into the family business, understanding that the empire will be lost if he doesn't take on the responsibility. However, Dean has other things on his mind; he wants to be a professional car racer and is already a champion on his local circuit. He is determined to prove his sceptical father wrong by reaching the racing heights of ARCA and NASCAR. Henry, meanwhile, faces big business troubles when his farm is investigated by GMO corn company Liberty Seeds; his whole career hangs in the balance, but he must learn that if he doesn't change the way he is, it won't be the only thing he loses.
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Henry Whipple is an ambitious farmer with high hopes for his promising agricultural family business. His son Dean, however, wants to be a professional racing driver and already looks set to be a huge star with his sport earning him numerous awards. With the Whipple business under threat of breaking down with no heir to carry it on, tensions arise in the household as Henry struggles to put his family's interests before the welfare of his company. Things get even more serious when crisis arises in the business with the threat of exposure that could cost him and his family everything they have including each other.
'At Any Price' is an intense family drama directed and co-produced by Ramin Bahrani ('Goodbye Solo', 'Man Push Cart', 'Chop Shop') following his research into technologically-advancing agricultural businesses in the American Midwest. He also co-wrote the movie with Hallie Elizabeth Newton in her screenwriting debut. It is set to be a touching flick challenging the ethics of these businesses and questioning the happiness of the families involved and has so far been screened at the Telluride Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival and the Venice International Film Festival. It will be released in cinemas later in 2013.
Director: Ramin Bahrani
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Jake Lonergan is a wanted criminal but when he awakes in the middle of nowhere with no memory of his past, he enters the town of Absolution, one of the places that has imposed a bounty Lonergan's capture by Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde, a man who governs with an iron fist.
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In the remake of Wes Craven's classic 1984 horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy Krueger once again haunts the dreams of unknowing teenagers. When a boy named Dean appears to kill himself in his sleep, his friends don't know what to make of it. The group of friends attend Dean's and his girlfriend discovers a picture of the kids together when they were very young. Unable to remember any of this past history, they must retrace their past and find out what horrendous connection the friends share.
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