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Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (G)

The colour and flair of the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil comes to the big screen in a cu­ri­ous mix of 3-D nar­ra­tive fan­tasy and for­mal stage show.

They say: Re­views have been luke­warm, with the loose plot fail­ing to hold in­ter­est and the cast’s ac­ro­batic feats los­ing im­pact in the trans­la­tion from the­atre to screen. We­say: Di­rec­tor An­drew Adam­son’s ( The Lion,

The Witch and The Wardrobe) over­hyped con­cert film doesn’t have enough ‘movie’ to sup­port the stun­ning – as al­ways – cir­cus el­e­ments. Run­ning time 97 min­utes. Screens at Har­bour Town, Tweed City, Robina, Pa­cific Fair, Aus­tralia Fair, Nerang.

The Last Stand (MA)

Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger’s plays an aged small-town sher­iff fac­ing off against a vi­cious Mex­i­can drug king­pin on the run for the bor­der af­ter es­cap­ing US cus­tody.

They say: A com­mer­cial flop in the US, de­spite not-bad crit­i­cal ap­proval as a lively bit of non­sense.

We­say: Arnie plays it very smart, re­cruit­ing rock ’n’ roll Korean di­rec­tor Jee Woon-Kim ( The Good, The Bad and

The Weird) and a strong sup­port­ing cast (Luis Guz­man, For­est Whi­taker, Johnny Knoxville) for a good blend of com­fort and nov­elty. (Report, Page 8.) Run­ning time 107 min­utes. Screens at Robina, Pa­cific Fair, Aus­tralia Fair, Coolan­gatta, Har­bour Town, Yatala Drive-in, Nerang.

Beau­ti­ful Crea­tures (M)

Film adap­ta­tion of The Caster Chron­i­cles (spooky teen books rid­ing Twi­light’s coat-tails) fol­lows young lovers Ethan and Lena, off­spring of ri­val black magic clans in the gothic Amer­i­can south.

They say: Mostly su­per­fi­cial. Suf­fers from an overly de­signed sub-Tim Bur­ton look. The young leads and strong sup­port­ing cast (Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, Vi­ola Davis) are ap­peal­ing.

We­say: Cookie-cut­ter stuff di­rected by Richard LaGrave­nese ( Free­dom Writ­ers) that will prob­a­bly work for young girls and no one else. (Report, Page 10.) Run­ning time 124 min­utes. Screens at Robina, Pa­cific Fair, Aus­tralia Fair, Coolan­gatta, Har­bour Town, Tweed City, Yatala Drive-in, Nerang.

Amour (M)

A de­voted cou­ple in their eight­ies find their love and re­la­tion­ship tested by the an­guish of de­men­tia in this poised drama from Michael Haneke ( The White Rib­bon, Funny Games).

They say: Crit­i­cal ado­ra­tion and Os­car nominations in­clud­ing Best Pic­ture, Best Ac­tress for Em­manuelle Riva and Best Di­rec­tor for two-time Palmes d’Or win­ner Haneke.

We­say: Among the most in­ti­mate dra­mas ever filmed but a frankly dev­as­tat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, par­tic­u­larly for cou­ples. Haneke is our quiet tip for an up­set Best Di­rec­tor Os­car win. Run­ning time 128 min­utes. Screens at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast.

STEVEN Spiel­berg goes into the Os­cars with the most nominations for his pres­i­den­tial Lin­coln, but the mo­men­tum is all with Ben Af­fleck’s thriller Argo in the Academy Awards home straight.

The Hol­ly­wood veteran and the young di­rec­tor vie for the best pic­ture crown. Other fron­trun­ners are hot on their heels, in one of the least pre­dictable Os­car races in re­cent me­mory.

Tai­wan-born Ang Lee’s 3D spec­tac­u­lar Life of Pi, Osama bin Laden man­hunt movie Zero Dark Thirty and rom­com Sil­ver Lin­ings Playbook could all be a chance for an Os­car, the cli­max of Tin­sel­town’s an­nual awards sea­son.

Spiel­berg and Lee are fron­trun­ners for best di­rec­tor, while Lin­coln star Daniel Day-Lewis is con­sid­ered a shoo-in for best ac­tor. For best ac­tress the hot money is on Jes­sica Chas­tain for her role in Zero Dark Thirty or Hunger Games star Jen­nifer Lawrence.

But Af­fleck’s Iran hostage drama, de­spite only win­ning seven nominations – against 12 for Lin­coln, 11 for Life of Pi and eight each for Sil­ver Lin­ings Playbook and Les Mis­er­ables – has an edge for best pic­ture. It won top prizes at a string of key awards shows in­clud­ing the Golden Globes, the Screen Ac­tors Guild (SAG), Pro­duc­ers Guild of Amer­ica (PGA), the Direc­tors Guild of Amer­ica (DGA) and Bri­tain’s BAFTA.

Nom­i­nees pre­sent­ing in­clude Chas­tain – best ac­tress fron­trun­ner for play­ing a re­lent­less CIA agent on the hunt for bin Laden, in Os­car-win­ning di­rec­tor Kathryn Bigelow’s con­tro­ver­sial Zero Dark Thirty. But Lawrence, star of the Hunger Games could also win the cat­e­gory for her por­trayal of mixed-up Tif­fany to Bradley Cooper’s bipo­lar ex-teacher in Sil­ver Lin­ings Playbook.

Cooper vies for best ac­tor, as does Aus­tralian Hugh Jack­man for Les Mis­er­ables, Joaquin Phoenix for The

Master and Den­zel Washington for Flight – but Day-Lewis is forecast for a record third Os­car for Lin­coln.

For best di­rec­tor, 66-year-old Spiel­berg will hope for his first Os­car since Sav­ing Pri­vate Ryan in 1999. He is up against Lee – whose Broke­back

Moun­tain won best pic­ture in 2006 – Michael Haneke for his Cannes-win­ning Amour, David O Rus­sell for Sil­ver

Lin­ings Playbook and Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the South­ern Wild.

Chan­nel 9 and NBN tele­cast the 85th Academy Awards live from Hol­ly­wood, on Mon­day from 11.30am with a re­play at 9.30pm.

Os­cars day opens with a spe­cial edi­tion of morn­ing show To­day with Lisa Wilkin­son, Richard Wilkins and Richard Reid re­port­ing from the red car­pet. Wilkins files re­ports on Morn­ings and through­out the day lead­ing up to an Os­cars edi­tion of Ex­tra at 11am and the Os­cars tele­cast at 11.30am.

On Tues­day, To­day’s Wilkin­son, Wilkins and Reid will report live on a post-Os­cars wrap with Aussies in Hol­ly­wood.

Em­manuelle Riva stars in di­rec­tor Michael Haneke’s Os­car-nom­i­nated drama Amour.

Daniel Day-Lewis

Life of Pi’s Su­raj Sharma

Hugh Jack­man

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