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Rise of the Guardians (PG)
Turns out Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny have been teaming up all those years to fight off evil/save the day etc. This high-velocity 3D kidpic takes you behind the scenes.
They say: Despite good-to-great reviews, Peter Ramsey’s directorial debut performed dismally at the US box office, stifling any chance of sequels based on the kids book series it’s adapted from. (Report, Page 11.)
Wesay: Creepy character designs (Santa looks like a biker hobo) and a fairly gloomy storyline makes us wonder just who the target market for this one is – young enough to believe = too young for the movie? Running time 97 minutes. 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 in an affair and a rich widower resigned to single life (Pierce Brosnan) find tentative middle age romance on the Amalfi coast. They say: Despite the presence of Oscar-winning Danish director Susanne Bier ( Things We Lost in the Fire), Love Is All You Need earned only OK-ish critical word as a 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. The Arts Centre Gold Coast.
The Giants (M)
A couple of rascally Belgian teenagers rent out their grandfather’s home to drug dealers in this picaresque coming-of-age comedy.
They say: European reviews pointed out the film’s mostly successful balance of sometimes grim story material and youthful energy, akin to the ’80s classic Stand By Me.
Wesay: Directed by Bouli Lanners ( Ultranova), The Giants is likable and sometimes touching, but realistically something you’d more like catch Sunday arvo on SBS than the big screen. Running time 84 minutes. Screens at Cinemax Kingscliff.