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The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - CONTENTS - with Sam Cleve­land

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.

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