From a tale of art and war through to film festival entries and a 1980s classic, local big screens offer plenty of variety for movie buffs this week
THE MONUMENTS MEN (M)
Australia Fair, Coolangatta, Pacific Fair, Robina, Harbour Town, Yatala Drive-in: Based on a true story, George Clooney directs and stars as the leader of a World War II platoon which is given the task of rescuing priceless stolen art from the Nazis and returning it to all the rightful owners. Also starring Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Cate Blanchett. Opens today.
NEED FOR SPEED (M)
Pacific Fair, Australia Fair, Robina, Coolangatta, Harbour Town, Yatala Drivein: The highly successful video game franchise is brought to life on the big-screen, with Aaron Paul starring as Tobey, a street racer fresh out of prison, who was framed by a business associate (Dominic Cooper). With revenge in mind, he joins a cross-country race, but his expartner puts a bounty on his head as it begins. Opens today.
RISE OF THE ECOWARRIORS
Kingscliff, Murwillumbah: Follows a group of passionate and adventurous young people who leave their known worlds behind to spend 100 days in the jungles of Borneo. Their mission is to confront one of the great global challenges of our time, saving rainforests and orang-utans. Their task is enormous and the odds are against them. Cathy Henkel directs. Closed the recent Byron Film Festival. Screens Kingscliff tomorrow until March 19 and screens Murwillumbah on Sunday.
Pacific Fair, Australia Fair, Robina, Coolangatta: Christopher Plummer plays Prospero, the banished Duke of Milan who plots his revenge against the enemies who left him stranded. Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Canada, production filmed with 10 cameras over two days in 2010. Screens Saturday and Sunday at 1.30pm.
YOUNG AT HEART
Kingscliff: Sydney film festival aimed at seniors returns for its ninth year. Touring element gives film buffs from regional centres a chance to vote for their favourite films entered in this year’s short film competition. See festival
Dear Life, We’ve All finalists Been there, MakeOver, Fairy Truth, Rain Old Lady Luck
and and vote for your favourite. Screens Saturday and Monday at 10.30am.
KIDS SCREENINGS SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (G)
Pacific Fair: The film that launched Walt Disney’s career breathes life into the Grimm brothers fairytale. A wicked Queen plots to murder a young princess but she sleeps instead, to be awakened by the kiss of a handsome prince. A new instalment in the weekly marathon of Disney’s Princess films. Screens Saturday, 10.30am.
RETRO FILM FOOTLOOSE (PG)
Robina: City teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned by the town pastor. His rebellious spirit shakes up the populace. This musical hit stars a young Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer and John Lithgow. Screens Sunday, 4pm.
Monuments Men stars Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett