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The Hang­over Part III (MA)

One minute there was a noth­ing-to-write­home-about frat­boy com­edy called The Hang­over . . . and now there are three! While the en­tire cast re­turns, this time around the hang­over for­mula is put aside in favour of that other sit­com sta­ple – the road trip. (Re­port, Page 11.) They say: The film has been kept un­der tight wraps ahead of a global launch this week­end. Which could mean any­thing . . . Wesay: Based on the just-OK trail­ers, this third trip to the well main­tains the first two films’ some­what mean-spir­ited hu­mour, an ac­quired taste to build three films around. Fans will have a fair idea what to ex­pect, but why di­rec­tor Todd Phillips is wast­ing his time here (money?) is be­yond us. Run­ning time 100 min­utes. Screens at Pa­cific Fair, Aus­tralia Fair, Robina, Coolan­gatta, Tweed City, Nerang, Har­bour Town, Yatala Drive-in.

The Odd Life of Ti­mothy Green (G)

Dis­ney fam­ily fan­tasy about a child­less cou­ple (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edger­ton) who bury a box in their back­yard con­tain­ing all of their wishes for a son. One stormy night, a child is born, though young Ti­mothy Green is not all that he ap­pears. (Re­port, Page 12.) They say: From di­rec­tor/writer Peter Hedges ( Dan in Real Life, What’s Eat­ing Gil­bert Grape?). Wesay: Garner and Aussie every­where man Edger­ton lead a strong cast that in­cludes Ron Liv­ingston, Rose­marie De­Witt, Dianne Wi­est, Michael Ar­den and Com­mon. Run­ning time 104 min­utes. Screens at Pa­cific Fair.

Dead Man Down (MA)

Colin Far­rell and Noomi Ra­pace, the orig­i­nal Girl With a Dragon Tat­too, team for this hard-edged noir thriller as a cou­ple of dam­aged-goods des­per­a­does plot­ting re­venge against a ruth­less crim­i­nal syn­di­cate. They say: Gloomy and stylish with a strong cast, but un­done by too many plot twists and an air of se­ri­ous­ness in­ap­pro­pri­ate for such pulpy ma­te­rial. Wesay: Plenty of grit, but only a so-so English lan­guage de­but for Niels Ar­den Oplev, di­rec­tor of the Swedish ver­sion of The Girl With the Dragon Tat­too. Run­ning time 117 min­utes. Pa­cific Fair, Aus­tralia Fair, Robina, Coolan­gatta, Tweed City, Nerang, Har­bour Town.

Cheer­ful Weather for the Wed­ding (M)

A young woman’s wed­ding day is thrown into chaos by the ar­rival of a for­mer lover in this spir­ited ’30s-set adap­ta­tion of the Ju­lia Stra­chey novel from de­but di­rec­tor Don­ald Rice. They say: Pretty, but not ter­ri­bly orig­i­nal. Wesay: De­spite some light mo­ments and rea­son­ably con­vinc­ing pas­sion, the film looks glossy and su­per­fi­cial next to slick TV fare such as Down­ton Abbey. Run­ning time 93 min­utes. Screens at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast.

The Great Gatsby M

Di­rec­tor Baz Luhrmann ( Moulin

Rouge!) adapts F. Scott Fitzger­ald’s ro­man­tic mas­ter­piece for the big screen. The A-list cast in­cludes Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mul­li­gan, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher, Joel Edger­ton and Gemma Ward. Run­ning time 142 min­utes. Chicks at The Flicks ad­vance screen­ings Mon­day at 6.45/7pm at Aus­tralia Fair, Coolan­gatta, Pa­cific Fair, Robina ahead of the film’s re­lease on May 30.

An­drea Bo­celli: Love in Portofino (G)

Backed by a 40-piece orches­tra, An­drea Bo­celli plays an in­ti­mate, one­off con­cert at the Pi­azzetta in Portofino, cov­er­ing the world’s most fa­mous love songs. Fea­tures mu­si­cal host David Foster, Caro­line Camp­bell on vi­o­lin, Ger­man star He­lene Fis­cher and Brazil­ian singer-song­writer Sandy on vo­cals, Chris Botti on trum­pet, and a duet by Bo­celli and his fi­ancee Veron­ica Berti and an in­ter­view with Bo­celli and fam­ily filmed at his Ital­ian home. Re­turns to the big screen by pop­u­lar de­mand for three shows only. Run­ning time 96 min­utes. Screens Satur­day, Sun­day and Wed­nes­day at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast.

The War Of The Worlds – Alive On Stage! (CTC)

Liam Nee­son, Marti Pel­low, Ja­son Dono­van, Kerry El­lis, Ricky Wil­son, Will Sta­ple­ton, Anna-Marie Wayne, Michael Fal­zon and Lily Os­borne star in Jeff Wayne’s epic mu­si­cal ver­sion of

The War of The Worlds – Alive on Stage! This mu­si­cal multi-me­dia pro­duc­tion, filmed at a sold-out show at Lon­don’s O2 Arena, fea­tures the holo­graphic and filmed per­for­mance of Nee­son as Ge­orge Her­bert, The Jour­nal­ist. Run­ning time 118 min­utes. Screens to­mor­row at 6.45pm at Pa­cific Fair and Robina.

Bag It (G)

This right-minded en­vi­ron­men­tal doc­u­men­tary shines a light on the stun­ning vol­umes of plas­tic, par­tic­u­larly in shop­ping bags, con­sumed and utilised by hu­mans. Ta­nia Potts from Yeskan­doo will lead an au­di­ence Q&A af­ter the film. Bag It will be the last film screened by the Mon­day Night Movies Group at the Man­dala Arts Cafe, with news of a new venue ex­pected soon. Screens Mon­day at 6.30pm at Man­dala Arts Cafe, Mer­maid Beach.

LOL Com­edy Fes­ti­val (M)

This big-screen ex­per­i­ment col­lects nine award-win­ning short com­edy films from around the world, in­clud­ing one from Aus­tralia, for a fea­ture-length sam­ple of global comic tal­ent. Run­ning time 90 min­utes. Screens Mon­day at Pa­cific Fair.

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