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The Master (MA)

This provoca­tive pseudo-his­tory of Scien­tol­ogy stars Os­car-win­ner Phillip Sey­mour Hoff­man as a charis­matic ma­nip­u­la­tor who brings a drifter (Joaquin Phoenix) un­der his wing while cre­at­ing a self-help cult that spreads across ’50s Amer­ica.

They say: A chal­leng­ing work that plays by its own rules, ac­cord­ing to most US crit­ics. Not ev­ery­one’s cup of tea, but any­one on the right wave­length will be riv­eted.

We­say: Di­rected by Paul Thomas An­der­son

( There Will Be Blood, Boo­gie Nights), The Master is Goldilocks bath­wa­ter for cinephiles and fans of idio­syn­cratic char­ac­ter stud­ies. Hugely, highly rec­om­mended. (Re­view, Page 12.) Run­ning time 137 min­utes. The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast.

Robot & Frank (M)

Veteran char­ac­ter ac­tor Frank Lan­gella holds the cen­tre as a near-fu­ture re­tiree with me­mory prob­lems whose kids buy him a but­ler robot. The gim­mick: Lan­gella’s a re­tired jewel thief who re­cruits the robot as an ac­com­plice.

They say: An easy­go­ing, play­ful charmer with great work from Lan­gella and di­rec­tor Jake Schreier’s strong en­sem­ble: Su­san Saran­don, James Mars­den and Liv Tyler.

We­say: A cun­ningly con­structed fan­tasy for se­niors, as well as a timely (and taste­ful) look at age­ing in an era of over­whelm­ing tech­nol­ogy. (Report, Page 10.) Run­ning time 89 min­utes. The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast.

Here Comes the Boom (M)

Portly comic Kevin James plays an ex-wrestler who gets stuck into com­pet­i­tiveMMA­fight­ing to raise money for the school where he teaches.

They say: Boom sticks to the rote Adam San­dler for­mula – James and di­rec­tor Frank Co­raci ( Click, The Water­boy) are both known as­so­ci­ates – and has no place on the big screen.

We­say: It bog­gles the mind that ‘‘Kevin James fans’’ even ex­ist as a de­mo­graphic. Do you know any­one who queues for th­ese things? (Re­view, Page 9.) Run­ning time 105 min­utes. Har­bour Town, Robina, Coolan­gatta, Pa­cific Fair, Aus­tralia Fair, Nerang, Tweed City.

Pitch Per­fect (M)

This breezy teen prod­uct mixes the street-jam groove of the Step Up se­ries with the sing-along fizz of Glee to spin a tale set on the com­pet­i­tive US col­lege a capella singing cir­cuit. Aus­tralian ex­port Rebel Wil­son racks up an­other Hol­ly­wood credit as the comic re­lief.

They say: Di­rec­tor Ja­son Moore (US the­atre and TV) de­liv­ers some great mu­si­cal num­bers and a lik­able cast of quirk­ers. We­say: Un­de­mand­ing teen au­di­ences and fans of Glee and The Voice will be pleased. (Report, Page 9.) Run­ning time 112 min­utes. Har­bour Town, Aus­tralia Fair, Robina, Coolan­gatta, Yatala Drive-in, Tweed City.

The Man With Iron Fists (MA)

Wu Tang Clan mas­ter­mind RZA stars and makes his di­rec­to­rial de­but in this hy­per-stylised mar­tial arts fan­tasy set in 19th cen­tury China. Rus­sell Crowe plays a pi­rate ally.

They say: De­spite RZA’s kitchen-sink ap­proach to di­rect­ing and spots of clum­si­ness, crit­ics just couldn’t bring them­selves to dis­miss the film’s un­abashed en­ergy and pas­sion.

We­say: Just too undis­ci­plined to be con­sid­ered any­thing more than an in­trigu­ing mess, and yes, some­one in the film does in fact wield ac­tual ‘‘iron fists’’. Run­ning time 95 min­utes. Har­bour Town, Pa­cific Fair, Nerang.

Love Story (M)

New Zealand writer/di­rec­tor/star Flo­rian Habicht’s blaz­ingly orig­i­nal ro­mance project in­ter­sperses vox pop in­ter­views with New York­ers about the topic of ro­mance with scenes of him and a Rus­sian ac­tress im­pro­vis­ing a ‘‘love story’’ on the in­ter­vie­wees’ sug­ges­tions.

They say: Most re­view­ers have been struck by the unique struc­ture, while ad­mit­ting the aim­less nar­ra­tive al­most be­gins to grate be­fore the clos­ing cred­its.

We­say: Worth a look – the film won top prize at the New Zealand Film & Tele­vi­sion Awards. Run­ning time 94 min­utes. Cine­max Kingscliff.


Rise of the Guardians (PG)

Turns out Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny have been team­ing up for years to fight off evil/save the day etc. This high-ve­loc­ity 3D school hol­i­day pic, di­rected by Peter Ram­sey (de­but), takes you be­hind the scenes. They say: De­spite good-to-great re­views, Rise of the Guardians per­formed dis­mally at the US box of­fice, sti­fling any chance of se­quels based on the chil­dren’s book se­ries it’s adapted from.

We­say: Creepy char­ac­ter de­signs (Santa looks like a biker hobo) and a gloomy sto­ry­line make us won­der who the tar­get mar­ket is: young enough to be­lieve = too young for the movie? Run­ning time 97 min­utes. Previews to­day un­til Satur­day at Har­bour Town, Robina, Coolan­gatta, Aus­tralia Fair, Pa­cific Fair, Yatala Drive-in, Tweed City.

Love Is All You Need (M)

A Dan­ish can­cer pa­tient, who catches her hus­band hav­ing an af­fair, and a rich wid­ower re­signed to sin­gle life (Pierce Bros­nan) find ten­ta­tive, mid­dle-age ro­mance in Italy.

They say: De­spite the pres­ence of Os­car-win­ning Dan­ish di­rec­tor Su­sanne Bier ( Things We Lost in the Fire), Love Is All You Need was judged an OK, harm­less time-passer. We­say: The ap­peal­ing cast, post­card lo­ca­tions and easy­go­ing drama add up to a taste­ful package for the tar­get mar­ket. Run­ning time 116 min­utes. Previews to­mor­row un­til Sun­day at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast.

Lo­cal cinemas pre­view Rise of the Guardians.

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