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

I Give it a Year

Aus­tralian ex­port Rose Byrne pairs off with punchingabove-his-weight Brit Rafe Spall in this cut-above ro­man­tic com­edy that charts the cou­ple’s rocky first year of mar­riage.

They say: Mixed re­views, with the naysay­ers wor­ried the film’s high quo­tient of spiky re­al­ity doesn’t sit right next to the funny bits.

We­say: Di­rected by Dan Mazer ( Bruno) with enough edge and wit to set it well ahead of the rom-com pack. A skill­ful cast, all in on the joke, make I Give it A Year easy date fare. (Report, Page 11.) Run­ning time 97 min­utes. Pa­cific Fair, Aus­tralia, Robina, Coolan­gatta, Tweed City, The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast, Nerang, Har­bour Town.

Cloud Atlas

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The Wa­chowksi sib­lings ( The Ma­trix, Speed Racer) team with Ger­man ace Tom Tyk­wer ( Run Lola Run, Per­fume) for this am­bi­tious an­thol­ogy telling six in­ter­lock­ing sto­ries across six time pe­ri­ods – from the 1800s to the dis­tant fu­ture. Heavy­weights Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant and Jim Broad­bent take mul­ti­ple roles.

They say: Bril­liant, epic, pre­ten­tious, unique, too many ideas, daz­zling, too big, too this, too that – Cloud Atlas scored re­views across the spec­trum.

We­say: An enor­mous achieve­ment that’s maybe more of an ex­pe­ri­ence than a film (at least on ini­tial view­ing).

Cloud Atlas will di­vide au­di­ences as ei­ther passionate devo­tees or frus­trated head-scratch­ers. (Report, Page 12.) Run­ning time 163 min­utes. Nerang, Har­bour Town, Robina, Pa­cific Fair, Aus­tralia Fair, Coolan­gatta.

Save Your Legs!

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The mem­bers of a sub­ur­ban cricket club up stumps and strike out on their dream tour of In­dia in this easy-breezy Aus­tralian com­edy star­ring David Lyons, Bren­dan Cow­ell and Stephen Curry. They say: Early re­views have mostly writ­ten off Save Your Legs! as an un­am­bi­tious lark for cricket trag­ics. We­say: A thor­oughly not-bad lit­tle ef­fort with, wisely, no ob­vi­ous am­bi­tions to set the world on fire. Di­rected by Boyd Hick­lin (de­but). (Report, Page 11.) Run­ning time 91 min­utes. Pa­cific Fair, Aus­tralia, Robina, Coolan­gatta, Tweed City, Har­bour Town.

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