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OLD DOGS, NEW TRICKS

Alex Cross (M)

US comic Tyler Perry, an un­known in Aus­tralia, in­her­its the role of crim­i­nal psy­chol­o­gist Alex Cross from Mor­gan Free­man ( Kiss the Girls, Along Came a

Spi­der). This re­boot pits a younger ver­sion of the char­ac­ter against a psy­chotic mob hit­man.

They say: Crit­ics were bru­tal and au­di­ences stayed away in droves, taint­ing Alex Cross a fail­ure. We­say: Di­rected by Rob Co­hen ( The Fast and the

Fu­ri­ous, Stealth), Perry makes for a largely un­charis­matic lead­ing man and the grimy, sadis­tic script seems hope­lessly out­dated. A dud. Run­ning time 101 min­utes. Har­bour Town, Pa­cific Fair, Aus­tralia Fair, Robina, Coolan­gatta, Tweed.

Search­ing For Su­gar Man (M)

Di­rec­tor Ma­lik Bend­jel­loul’s doc­u­men­tary de­but fol­lows South African fans as they try to track down a for­got­ten US singer, Ro­driguez. The gifted, Mex­i­can­born, singer-song­writer played a hand­ful of small clubs in his home town of Detroit in the 1970s, re­leased two al­bums and then dis­ap­peared for good. Or did he? (Re­port, Page 11.) They say: Ro­driguez was un­aware his de­but record, Cold Fact, was a mon­ster seller in South Africa al­most a decade af­ter it sur­faced – and was part of the sound­track for the anti-apartheid move­ment. Also fea­tures Eva Ro­driguez, Clarence Avant, Stephen Segerman.

We­say: A su­perb doco about life’s sec­ond chances. A must-see for those who bought Cold Fact, saw Ro­driguez play 2007’s By­ron Bluesfest or plans to see him when he tours Aus­tralia next year. Run­ning time 86 min­utes. Pa­cific Fair.

Seven Psychopaths (MA)

A huge indie cast (Christo­pher Walken, Sam Rock­well, Colin Far­rell, Woody Har­rel­son, Tom Waits and Aus­tralia’s Ab­bie Cor­nish) share screen time in this glee­fully de­mented crime com­edy cen­tring on the theft of a crime boss’s beloved pet shih tzu.

They say: In-the-know re­view­ers say the film, di­rected by Martin Mc­Don­agh ( In Bruges), hits a fine bal­ance of black com­edy, un­pre­dictable thrills and post­mod­ern savvy. (Re­port, Page 12.)

We­say: The trail­ers don’t re­ally give away what the movie’s about be­cause the movie’s got a lot more on its mind than can be summed up in two min­utes. Strongly rec­om­mended for lit­er­ate au­di­ences. Run­ning time 106 min­utes. Har­bour Town, Pa­cific Fair, Aus­tralia Fair, Robina, Coolan­gatta, Nerang, Tweed City.

The Ses­sions (MA)

Indie favourite John Hawkes ( East­bound & Down, Win­ter’s Bone) stars as a 38-year-old poet de­ter­mined to lose his vir­gin­ity af­ter liv­ing his life within an iron lung. He­len Hunt and Wil­liam H. Macy co-star as the en­ablers – his ther­a­pist and his pri­est.

They say: A mi­nor mas­ter­piece ap­par­ently, with crit­ics backflipping for the film’s ten­der han­dling of the real-life sub­ject mat­ter and lightly comic touches. (Re­view, Page 10.)

We­say: With great per­for­mances put to­wards a well-judged ex­plo­ration of some fairly unique themes, this is a sur­prise pack­age from di­rec­tor Ben Lewin ( Pa­per­back Ro­mance) from start to fin­ish. Run­ning time 98 min­utes. The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast, Pa­cific Fair.

You Will Be My Son (M)

Set in the pic­turesque vine­yards of Saint-Emil­ion, this force­ful fam­ily drama pits a mas­ter vint­ner against a son with­out pas­sion for his fa­ther’s craft. The ap­pear­ance of a suc­ces­sor from out­side the fam­ily thick­ens the plot.

They say: English-lan­guage crit­ics have been im­pressed by the French film’s fresh in­sight into fa­ther/son dy­nam­ics and tex­tured snap­shot of a world-renowned in­dus­try.

We­say: It’s a sim­ple for­mula: strong drama and ter­rific per­for­mances play­ing out against gor­geous coun­try­side al­ways makes a win­ning film. Run­ning time 97 min­utes. Cine­max Kingscliff.

Alex Cross.

Tyler Perry in­her­its the role of crim­i­nal psy­chol­o­gist Alex Cross from Mor­gan Free­man in the re­boot

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