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The Coun­selor

Peak vi­su­al­ist Ri­d­ley Scott ( Blade Run­ner, Gla­di­a­tor) di­rects the first orig­i­nal screen­play from revered nov­el­ist Cor­mac McCarthy, au­thor of Blood Merid­ian and No Coun­try for Old Men. Hot tal­ent Michael Fass­ben­der leads the thriller as a lawyer in well over his head with a crim­i­nal syn­di­cate; Javier Bar­dem, Cameron Diaz and Brad Pitt co-star. Rec­om­mended for dis­cern­ing au­di­ences as sleek, sly and sexy adult en­ter­tain­ment. (Re­port, Page 11.) Run­ning time 111 min­utes. Screens at Pa­cific Fair, Aus­tralia Fair, Robina, Coolan­gatta, Har­bour Town, Tweed City, Nerang, Yatala Drive-in.

In­sid­i­ous Chap­ter 2 (MA)

Rose Byrne re­turns in this haunted house thriller as the head of the Lam­bert fam­ily, a clan with deeply spooky con­nec­tions to the spirit world. Ac­cord­ing to ma­jor­ity crit­i­cal word, the nov­elty and tech­nique that made the first In­sid­i­ous (a sur­prise smash made on the cheap) so un­nerv­ing have been re­placed in the se­quel with cheap thrills and too much back­story. (Re­port, Page 9.) Run­ning time 105 min­utes. Screens at Robina, Pa­cific Fair, Aus­tralia Fair, Tweed City, Nerang, Har­bour Town.

Blan­canieves (M)

A gothic melo­drama in­spired by the Brothers’ Grimm tale, this drama/fan­tasy stars Mari­bel Verdu, Daniel Gime´ nez Ca­cho and ngela Molina. Once upon a time there was a lit­tle girl who had never met her mother, and she grew up be­ing hated by her evil step­mother. She learned her fa­ther’s art, a fa­mous bull­fighter, and one day she ran away to be­come a leg­end. Set in 1920s south of Spain, Blan­canieve is a trib­ute to silent films. Run­ning time 104 min­utes. Screens at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast.


Tilt Ac­tion Sports Fes­ti­val

Event Cine­mas goes ex­treme with five days of ac­tion sports dou­ble fea­tures on the big screen. Mon­day’s snow fea­ture is McCon­key. Tues­day’s skate films are Wait­ing for Light­ning and the iconic Bones Brigade. Wed­nes­day’s retro surf dou­ble is Serendip­ity and In­ter­sec­tion: Black. Novem­ber 14’s win­ter ex­treme ses­sion is See Few Words and Into the Mind. The fes­ti­val wraps on Novem­ber 15 with the surf films Fan­ning the Fire and Miss­ing.

The Habit Of Art (CTC)

Dirty Danc­ing (PG)


Tilt dou­ble fea­tures screen nightly at 7pm from Mon­day to Novem­ber 15 at Pa­cific Fair and Coolan­gatta.

´A UKNa­tional The­atre pro­duc­tion, writ­ten/di­rected by Alan Ben­nett, stars Richard Grif­fiths and Alex Jen­nings. Ben­nett’s play is as much about the the­atre as it is about poetry or mu­sic. It looks at the un­set­tling de­sires of two dif­fi­cult men, and at the ethics of bi­og­ra­phy. It re­flects on grow­ing old, on cre­ativ­ity and in­spi­ra­tion, and on per­sist­ing when all pas­sion’s spent: ul­ti­mately, on the habit of art. Screens Satur­day, Sun­day and Wed­nes­day at 12.40pm at Cine­max Kingscliff. Palazzo Ver­sace’s new sea­son of Palazzo Pic­tures, the haute ho­tel’s open-air movie nights on Thurs­days, con­tin­ues with Pa­trick Swayze’s 1987 mu­sic/dance ro­mance Dirty Danc­ing tonight and Ed­ward Scissorhands next week. Tick­ets are $40 and in­clude a pic­nic ham­per to en­joy in lounges or pri­vate ca­banas un­der the stars. Run­ning time 100 min­utes. Screens tonight at 7pm at Palazzo Ver­sace, Main Beach.

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