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The Croods (PG)

A fam­ily of cave­men (cavepeo­ple?) trek across pre­his­toric earth in search of shel­ter, fire etc in this an­i­mated romp voiced by Ni­co­las Cage, Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone. (Report, Page 12.) They say: Di­rec­tor Chris San­ders ( How to Train

Your Dragon)’ s lat­est has earned very solid early re­views, par­tic­u­larly for an an­i­mated film, ahead of a global re­lease next week­end.

We­say: The fresh cave­man set­ting, some clever gags and the sweetly drawn characters (it’s a sappy tale of fam­ily, af­ter all) add up to a lively package for kids and adults alike. What Cre­ation­ists will make of it is any­one’s guess. Run­ning time 92 min­utes. Screens at Pa­cific Fair, Aus­tralia Fair, Robina, Coolan­gatta, Har­bour Town, Nerang, Tweed City, Har­bour Town, Yatala Drive-in.

G.I. Joe: Re­tal­i­a­tion (M)

with Sam Cleve­land Dwayne ‘The Rock’ John­son and Bruce Wil­lis report for duty in this high-tech mil­i­tary fan­tasy based on the ’80s toy line. This time around Co­bra, hav­ing taken con­trol of the US government, moves to an­ni­hi­late the Joes. They say: Early re­views al­most unan­i­mously peg the film, di­rected by Jon M.

Chu ( Step Up 2 the Streets), as a snappy step up from the 2009 fran­chise founder. We­say: The first one was loads of fun and the fol­low-up is a sim­i­lar serve of hard rock pop­corn non­sense. Go, skip the 3D, have fun. (Report, Page 11.) Run­ning time 94 min­utes. Screens at Pa­cific Fair, Aus­tralia Fair, Robina, Coolan­gatta, Har­bour Town, Yatale Drive-in, Nerang, Tweed City.

The Host (M)

Twi­light au­thor Stephe­nie Meyer’s sci-fi tale grafts a teen love story to the

Bodys­natch­ers for­mula. Saoirse Ro­nan ( Atone­ment) plays a young girl strug­gling to con­nect with her boyfriend from within a ‘‘snatched’’ body.

They say: The eerie quiet on the re­view front is a bad sign for a project of this promi­nence. (Report, Page 10.)

We­say: With cere­bral Kiwi di­rec­tor An­drew Nic­col in the mix, it’s tough to com­pletely write the film off de­spite its baf­fling trailer and over­cooked con­cept. Run­ning time 125 min­utes. Screens at Robina, Pa­cific Fair, Aus­tralia Fair, Coolan­gatta, Har­bour Town, Yatale Drive-in, Nerang, Tweed City.

Re­turn to Nim’s Is­land (G)

Bindi Ir­win makes her big-screen de­but in this mod­estly bud­geted fol­low-up to the 2008 hit, tak­ing over the na­ture girl ti­tle role from US kid ac­tress Abi­gail Bres­lin. The eco-themed fam­ily pic was shot at Mag­netic Is­land and on the Gold Coast at Vil­lage Road­show Stu­dios. (Report, Page 8.)

They say: Di­rected by Bren­dan Ma­her (Aus­tralian TV), early re­views reg­is­tered pleas­ant sur­prise at this ami­able film’s heart and mo­ral.

We­say: If your kids love an­i­mals or na­ture, move quick be­cause Nim’s 2 will put in a short spell at cinemas be­fore it finds its au­di­ence on DVD. Run­ning time 90 min­utes. Screens at Robina, Aus­tralia Fair, Pa­cific Fair, Coolan­gatta, Har­bour Town, Nerang, Tweed City.

Hyde Park on the Hud­son (M)

This light his­tor­i­cal romp de­picts the first meet­ing, on the eve of World War II, be­tween US Pres­i­dent Franklin Roo­sevelt (Bill Mur­ray) and King Ge­orge VI. (Report, Page 12.)

They say: In­ter­na­tional crit­ics came away dis­ap­pointed, par­tic­u­larly given the solid cast and novel trans-At­lantic mi­lieu.

We­say: Mur­ray’s fun in the lead, but the over­all package from di­rec­tor Roger Michell ( Not­ting Hill) is so harm­less as to be dis­pos­able. Run­ning time 95 min­utes. Screens at the Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast, Har­bour Town, Coolan­gatta, Pa­cific Fair.

Rust and Bone (MA)

Os­car-win­ner Mar­ion Cotil­lard stars in this French drama as a wheelchair­bound whale trainer who strikes up a po­tent re­la­tion­ship with a rough­neck sin­gle fa­ther.

They say: A tightly ob­served, near-piti­less char­ac­ter study from Jacques Au­di­ard, the di­rec­tor of A Prophet, with a su­perb cen­tral per­for­mance from Cotil­lard.

We­say: Some­times harsh but al­ways alive, Rust and Bone is a re­ward­ing film for ad­mir­ers of cut­ting edge Euro­pean drama. Run­ning time 122 min­utes. Screens at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast.

Ad­ven­tures in Zambezia (G)

A gutsy lit­tle fal­con leaves his home in the desert to for ad­ven­ture in the bird city of Zambezia in this mid-bud­get kid car­toon voiced by Abi­gail Bres­lin, Sa­muel L. Jack­son, Jeff Gold­blum and Leonard Ni­moy.

They say: Early re­views have largely wrapped the film up as a sprightly kid­pleaser with­out much juice for adults.

We­say: See Oz The Great and Pow­er­ful and The Croods first. Di­rected by Wayne Thorn­ley (de­but). Run­ning time 84 min­utes. Screens at Har­bour Town, Robina, Aus­tralia Fair, Pa­cific Fair, Coolan­gatta, Nerang.

Es­cape From Planet Earth (PG)

Scorch Su­per­nova, a gung-ho alien space hero voice by Bren­dan Fraser, finds him­self trapped on Earth with his mil­que­toast brother his only hope of res­cue in this colour­ful kid car­toon.

They say: Not-great overseas box of­fice and not-really-great-at-all re­views. We­say: We saw kooky CG aliens in Mon­sters Vs Aliens and fish-out-of-water space­man in Toy Story, which leaves Es­cape From Planet Earth all out of cards. Di­rected by Cal Brunker and Bob Barlen (de­but). Run­ning time 89 min­utes. Screens at Har­bour Town, Robina, Aus­tralia Fair, Pa­cific Fair, Coolan­gatta, Nerang, Tweed City.

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