Alan Dee’s film preview: Frozen aims to give you a nice warm feeling

With the next slab of The Hobbit lurking in the wings, new releases this week are on the lightweight side.

Wednesday, 4th December 2013, 10:29 am

Frozen is being given the biggest marketing push as we head into the family film season.

It’s a PG-rated Disney animated adventure in which a feisty young heroine battles to save her kingdom from a permanent big freeze.

Kristen Bell provides the voice of the central character of this warmed-over reworking of the Hans Christian Andersen Ice Queen tale, but there aren’t many other big names in the cast list.

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However, it’s confidently billed as coming from the creators of the well-regarded Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph and has been building up an impressive amount of buzz ahead of release.

Homefront isn’t a big-screen DIY show – it’s the latest Jason Statham vehicle trundling off the production line.

The action man of the moment is a dad forced to take on an evil drug lord.

As it happens, as well as being a dad he’s a former undercover agent specialising in taking down evil drug lords, so that comes in handy when he comes up against James Franco. According to promo material, it’s been adapted by Sylvester Stallone from the novel by Chuck Logan. Don’t expect sensitive.

There’s also Nebraska, a generation gap road comedy shot in black and white with Bruce Dern the grumpy old man who has apparently won a lottery jackpot, even though his son insists it is a scam. They set off for the HQ of the lottery firm in the isolated state of the title, and heartwarming comedy ensues.