Holiday Viewing: Best Australian Films

Most are out on DVD, some are still at the cinema.
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RATATOUILLE. Voiced by Peter O'Toole and Ian Holm. Directed by Brad Bird. Rated G. 96 mins.

We are introduced to one of the most genial of rats, Remy, who has a gourmet gift of smell and taste for good food. Funny and fast paced.

BEE MOVIE. Animation film voiced by Jerry Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, John Goodman, Kathy Bates. Directed by Simon J. Smith and Steve Hickner. Rated G. 90 minutes.

A film for the whole family. Interesting ideas and good social commentary. The bee gets and A.

SHREK THE THIRD. Voiced by Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas. Directed by Chris Miller. 93 minutes. Rated PG.

Not nearly as engaging for adults as the first and second installments were. The good news is that children seem to enjoy the continuing story of the escapades of the green slimy swamp creature.

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHONEIX. Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson. Directed by David Yates. 138 minutes. Rated M (moderate themes, stylised violence).

Returning to a fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry is becoming man. Best of the series so far.

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS. Starring Will Smith and Jarden Smith. Directed by Gabriele Muccino. Rated M (infrequent moderate coarse language). 117 mins.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Heartbreakingly beautiful story of a father's love for his son.

HAPPY FEET. Animation film voiced by Robin Williams, Hugh Jackman, Elijah Wood, Nicole Kidman and Hugo Weaving. Directed by George Miller. Rated G. 108 minutes.

An exuberant film with an ecological message. Bright and breezy with the camera continually on the move, the screenplay full of songs and quite a lot of happy feet tap dancing.

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