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.