What’s opening . . .
Rags-to-riches tale stars James Corden as Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts. Tale follows his transformation from bullied shop assistant into reality TV phenomenon. David Frankel ( The Devil Wears Prada) directs. (Report, Page 13.) Also stars Julie Walters, Colm Meaney, Jemima Rooper and Simon Cowell. Screens at Robina, Pacific Fair, Australia Fair, Coolangatta, Tweed City, Harbour Town, Nerang and The Arts Centre Gold Coast.
Directed by Kimberly Peirce ( Boys Don’t Cry). Drama/horror reimagining of Stephen King’s novel, made famous by Brian De Palma’s iconic 1976 film, stars Chloe Grace Moretz as Carrie, the shy, bullied daughter of a deeply religious woman (Julianne Moore). Pushed too far by classmates, she unleashes her newly developed telekinetic powers. (Report, Page 9). Screens at Robina, Pacific Fair, Australia Fair, Tweed City, Nerang and Harbour Town.
White Lies (M)
New Zealand period drama based on the novella Medicine Woman, penned by Witi Ihimaera, author of The Whale Rider. Directed by Dana Rotberg. Stars Whirimako Black, Rachel House, Antonia Prebble, Nancy Brunning, Elizabeth Hawthorne. Screens at Pacific Fair.
star Whirimako Black Hardworking, well-liked Portuguese couple, who have lived in Paris for 30 years, dream of going home. The dream could become a reality when they inherit a vineyard, but they are secretly undermined by well-meaning friends and neighbours who want them to stay. Warm-hearted, cross-cultural comedy, penned and directed by Ruben Alves, was a hit in France. Stars Rita Blanco, Joaquim de Almeida, Roland Giraud. Advance screenings Friday, Saturday and Sunday at The Arts Centre Gold Coast.
Young Canadian doctor divides her time between Ramallah, where she works with the Red Crescent, and Jerusalem, where she lives next door to her friend Ava, a young Israeli soldier. Increasingly sensitive to the conflict, Chloe goes daily through the checkpoint between the two cities to work in a refugee camp. Moving tale of a woman’s daily encounter with war directed by Anais Barbeau-Lavalette ( Le Ring). Stars Evelyne Brochu and Sabrina Ouazana. Screens atKingscliff.
Hamlet: UK National Theatre (E)
Following celebrated performances at the National Theatre’s Burnt by the Sun, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Philistines and The Man of Mode, Rory Kinnear plays Hamlet in a dynamic new production of Shakespeare’s complex and profound play about the human condition. Nicholas Hytner directs. Also stars Clare Higgins, Patrick Malahide, David Calder, James Laurensonand Ruth Negga. Screens at Kingscliff.
The Bolshoi Ballet: Spartacus (E)
Grandiose epic recounts the exploits of the legendary slave who became the gladiator, Spartacus. Considered one of the greatest ballets in the Bolshoi repertoire. Stars Mikhael Lohukhin, Anna Nikulina, Vladislav Lantratov. Choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich. Screens at Kingscliff and Pacific Fair.
The Gruffalo & Gruffalo’s Child (CTC)
Don’t you know? There is such a thing as a Gruffalo. And at the cinema he will be. Oh you must must come and see. The loveable monster and his awesome DVD adventures get a bigscreen outing in this special treat for children. Opens Saturday at Robina and Pacific Fair.
Fireman Sam: The Great Fire of Pontypandy
This telemovie adventure of Fireman Sam is transported larger than life on to the big screen in a special treat for tiny tots. Screens Saturday and Sunday at Tweed City.