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Ab­so­lute De­cep­tion (M)

Aus­tralian-Cana­dian co-pro­duc­tion, filmed on the Gold Coast last year. When a wid­owed re­porter (Cana­dian ac­tress Em­manuelle Vaugier) re­cruits a fed­eral agent (Os­car-win­ner Cuba Good­ing Jr) to in­ves­ti­gate her late hus­band’s se­crets, the two be­come the tar­get of un­known at­tack­ers. Also stars Evert McQueen. (Re­port, Page 9.) They say: Re­leased on DVD in the US, Ab­so­lute De­cep­tion di­vided crit­i­cal opin­ion. Some la­belled the screen­play more tele­movie than big-screen; oth­ers praised di­rec­tor Brian Tren­chard-Smith’s abil­ity to cre­ate some truly sus­pense­ful se­quences. Wesay: An en­ter­tain­ing B-movie that earns a plus for solid per­for­mances by stars Good­ing Jr and Vaugier. Lo­cals will en­joy play­ing spot the lo­ca­tion – and spot the friendly neigh­bor­hood ex­tra. The pro­duc­ers and Tren­chard-Smith (who helms an­other Gold Coast-shot drama, John Cu­sack’s Hard Drive) de­serve sup­port for their con­fi­dence in the lo­cal film in­dus­try. Run­ning time 92 mins. Screens ex­clu­sively at Nerang.

Jobs (M)

Ash­ton Kutcher does his biopic best to play Ap­ple guru Steve Jobs in this by-the-num­ber re­count­ing of the per­sonal com­put­ing mav­er­ick’s nu­mer­ous rises and falls. (Re­port, Page 13.) They say: Di­rec­tor Joshua Michael Stern’s ( Swing Vote) bland, work­man­like bi­og­ra­phy gets the job done with a min­i­mum of style or flair, ac­cord­ing to most US crit­ics. Wesay: Kutcher’s a nice guy but it’s hard to take him se­ri­ously as a dra­matic lead. Ap­ple’s legacy of ex­cite­ment and de­sign in­no­va­tion is un­der­ser­viced by this thor­oughly ‘OK’ ef­fort. Run­ning time 127 mins. Nerang, Har­bour Town, Robina, Pa­cific Fair, Aus­tralia Fair, Coolan­gatta, Kingscliff.

Red 2 (M)

Bruce Wil­lis, John Malkovich and Helen Mir­ren are back in ac­tion as a crew of re­tired spies still able to mur­der and tor­ture with as much gusto as their younger peers. An­thony Hop­kins and Cather­ine Zeta-Jones join the se­quel, di­rected by Dean Parisot ( Galaxy Quest). They say: US box of­fice was tepid and re­views were poor – ‘‘dumb’’, ‘‘over-the-top’’, ‘‘unimag­i­na­tive’’. Wesay: An un­der­achiev­ing big-screen fan­tasy for se­niors that works spo­rad­i­cally but gives its supremely tal­ented cast too lit­tle to do. (Re­port, Page 13.) Run­ning time 116 mins. Har­bour Town, Nerang, Robina, Pa­cific Fair, Aus­tralia Fair, Coolan­gatta. Ro­man­tic drama writ­ten and di­rected by Giuseppe Tor­na­tore ( Cin­ema Par­adiso). Ge­of­frey Rush stars as an ec­cen­tric art auc­tion­eer ob­sessed with a young heiress (Sylvia Hoeks, pic­tured, above) who wants to sell an art and an­tiques col­lec­tion. They say: Great film, a great cast (in­clud­ing Jim Sturgess and Don­ald Suther­land) and a great score by En­nio Mor­ri­cone make this dra­matic mys­tery one of the best of­fers this week. Wesay: Won six David di Donatello Awards (Italy’s Os­cars) in­clud­ing for best film and best di­rec­tor. (Re­port, Page 10.) Run­ning time 124 mins. Har­bour Town, Robina, Pa­cific Fair, Aus­tralia Fair, Coolan­gatta, The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast.

Stoker( MA15+)

Korean di­rec­tor Park Chan-wook’s English-lan­guage de­but stars Aussie Mia Wasikowska as teenager In­dia Stoker, whose mys­te­ri­ous Un­cle Char­lie (Matthew Goode) moves in with her and her mother (Ni­cole Kid­man) af­ter her fa­ther sud­denly dies. They say: This drama/hor­ror/thriller boasts a stand­out per­for­mance from Wasikowska. Wesay: Strong cast in­cludes Jacki Weaver. (Re­port, Page 9.) Run­ning time 99 mins. The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast.

You’re Next (MA15+)

The David­sons come un­der at­tack from a group of sadis­tic mur­der­ers dur­ing a fam­ily re­union get­away. The masked, ax­ewield­ing killers de­scend on their trapped vic­tims, un­aware that one of the guests (Aus­tralia’s Sharni Vin­son) has a se­cret tal­ent for fight­ing back. Also stars Bar­bara Cramp­ton, Amy Seimetz. They say: Re­views were kind, not­ing the thriller was the ob­ject of a bid­ding war back in 2011 be­fore it was shelved again af­ter a run of film fes­ti­val screen­ings. Wesay: Cheap thrills and good fun, You’re Next will prove a hit with its tar­get au­di­ence – young hor­ror lovers. (Re­port, Page 12.) Run­ning time 96 mins. Screens at Har­bour Town, Pa­cific Fair.

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