The Fifth Estate
Based on real events, the film dramatises the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organisation. Stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl, Carice van Houten. (Report, Page 11.) Running time 128 minutes. Screens at Pacific Fair.
Mr Pip (M)
Hugh Laurie, Xzannjah, Healesville Joel and Eka Darville star in this drama set as a war rages on in the province of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea. A young girl becomes transfixed by the Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations, which is being read at school by the only white man in the village. Directed by Andrew Adamson. Running time 115 minutes. Screens at The Arts Centre Gold Coast.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Johnny Knoxville stars as 86-year-old Irving Zisman, who is on a journey across America with the most unlikely companion – his eight-year-old grandson, Billy – in this Jackass spin-off. Directed by Jeff Tremaine, the roadtrip and people the pair meet (and shock) are all captured by hidden cameras. Stars Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll, Georgina Cates. (Report, Page 9.) Running time 92 minutes. Screens at Yatala Drive In, Robina, Pacific Fair, Australia Fair, Coolangatta, Nerang, Harbour Town, Tweed City.
Enough Said (M)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays divorced and single parent Eva, who’s dreading her daughter’s departure for college and doesn’t realise the man she’s begun dating (James Gandolfini in his final film role) is the ex-husband of her new friend. Directed by Nicole Holofcener. Also stars Toni Collette. (Report, Page 12.) Screens at The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Pacific Fair and Harbour Town.
Tilt Film Festival
The inaugural Tilt Action Sports Film Festival, which serves up Australian premieres of the biggest surf, skate and snow films from around the globe continues tonight and tomorrow in selected Australian cinemas including Pacific Fair and Coolangatta. Snow sports-themed films screen tonight from 7pm. The first, Few Words, is a look at the life of French professional skier Candide Thovex. The second, Into the Mind, assumes the perspective of a common skier as they brave ski mountains in Alaska, Bolivia, the Himalaya and beyond. The festival closes tomorrow at 7pm with the keenly awaited premiere of Fanning the Fire, which celebrates the life and times of Australian world champion surfer Mick Fanning. The twotime world surfing champion’s autobiographical epic takes him out of competition on a 21-day life-changing global adventure filmed by Taylor Steele. Tickets $20 adults, $15 students.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (PG)
Starlight and Reading Cinema Harbourtown host a Starlight Movie Day fundraiser featuring a special screening of the iconic ’80s blockbuster to help raise much-needed funds for seriously ill and hospitalised children in the community. All funds raised go to helping seriously ill and hospitalised Starlight children and their families. Tickets $7.50. Screens Saturday at 10.30am at Harbour Town.
The Met Opera: The Nose (E)
Edward Scissorhands (PG)
Palazzo Versace’s new season of Palazzo Pictures, the haute hotel’s open-air movie nights on Thursdays, continues with the drama/fantasy/romance Edward Scissorhands tonight and Fargo next week. Tickets are $40 and include a picnic hamper to enjoy in lounges or private cabanas under the stars. Running time 105 minutes. Screens tonight at 7pm at Palazzo Versace, Main Beach.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Mr Pip William Kentridge stormed the Met with his inventive production of Shostakovich’s opera, which dazzled opera and art lovers alike in its inaugural run in 2010. Now Paulo Szot reprises his acclaimed performance of a bureaucrat, whose satirical misadventures in search of his missing nose are based on Gogol’s comic story. Valery Gergiev conducts. Screens Saturday and Sunday at 11am at Pacific Fair and Cinemax Kingscliff. Directed by Francis Lawrence. Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem in this sequel to the box-office smash original. Running time 146 minutes. Advance screenings Wednesday at Harbour Town, Tweed City, Coolangatta, Robina, Pacific Fair, Australia Fair.
Bougainville schoolgirl Xzannjah stars in