NOW SHOW­ING

Robert Downey Jr try­ing his hand at com­edy, Liam Nee­son play­ing a cop, an In­dian tear-jerker and a med­i­cal doco are screen­ing this week

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

THE JUDGE (M) Nerang, The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast, Aus­tralia Fair, Robina, Har­bour­town

Wed­ding Crash­ers di­rec­tor David Dobkin turns his hand to this le­gal com­edy-drama star­ring Robert Downey Jr ( Tropic Thun­der, Sher­lock Holmes films, Iron Man fran­chise) as big-city lawyer Henry “Hank’’ Palmer, who re­turns to his child­hood home of Car­linville, In­di­ana, for his mother’s fu­neral, only to find that his es­tranged Joseph fa­ther is sus­pected of mur­der. Hank must de­fend his fa­ther in court against a pros­e­cu­tor de­ter­mined to see Joseph put away. As Hank sets out to dis­cover the truth, along the way he re­con­nects with the fam­ily he walked away from.

SPE­CIAL­ITY SCREEN­INGS MI­CRO­BIRTH Mur­willum­bah

This ma­jor doc­u­men­tary film be­ing shown around the world ex­am­ines how mod­ern birth prac­tices could be mak­ing our chil­dren more sus­cep­ti­ble to dis­ease later on in life. Pro­duced and di­rected by Brighton film­mak­ers Toni Harman and Alex Wake­ford, Mi­cro­birth high­lights the rise in non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases linked to the im­mune sys­tem, such as type 1 di­a­betes, Crohn’s dis­ease, asthma and car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, and asks about the pos­si­ble rea­sons for the in­crease. Shows Sun­day at 1pm.

SIDDHARTH (MA) Kingscliff

This grip­ping and som­bre film, writ­ten and di­rected by Richie Mehta, fol­lows an In­dian fa­ther (Ra­jesh Tailang) as he searches for his 12-year-old son, who has dis­ap­peared while work­ing as a child labourer in a fac­tory sweat­shop to boost his fam­ily’s mea­gre in­come. With its vivid de­pic­tion of work­ing life and ur­ban poverty in In­dia’s great­est ci­ties, the ac­tion moves from Delhi to Mumbai and beyond, gen­er­at­ing com­plex moods of hope, anx­i­ety and despair. Not easy to watch, but richly re­ward­ing in its por­trayal of a fa­ther’s love and courage.

Tan­nishtha Chat­ter­jee and Ra­jesh Tailang in a scene from In­dian film

Siddharth.

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