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Choose be­tween a feel-good story about an­i­mals, a thriller set on Ever­est, James Dean, Hugh Jack­man’s latest and a ‘60s mu­si­cal

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ODD­BALL (G) Aus­tralia Fair, Robina, Nerang, Yatala Drive-In

This sweet fam­ily film tells the tale of an ec­cen­tric chicken farmer, his dog and its un­usual re­la­tion­ship with the fairy pen­guins of Mid­dle Is­land, Vic­to­ria. This true story brings a strong pos­i­tive mes­sage about con­ser­va­tion to young and old. It’s a buddy movie that stars Shane Jacobson, Coco Jack Gillies and Sarah Snook. First-time fea­ture di­rec­tor Stu­art McDon­ald and cin­e­matog­ra­pher Damian Wyvill make the most of the spec­tac­u­lar lo­ca­tions on the Vic­to­rian south coast.

EVER­EST (M) Aus­tralia Fair, Robina, Coolan­gatta, Nerang, Yatala Drive-In

Jason Clarke, Jake Gyl­len­haal, Josh Brolin and a great ensem­ble star in Ever­est, the true story of how a life­long ob­ses­sion with the moun­tain be­came an im­pos­si­ble strug­gle for sur­vival. This thrilling, ex­haust­ing and dev­as­tat­ing movie tells the story of the 1996 Mt Ever­est dis­as­ter that claimed eight lives. Ice­landic film­maker Bal­tasar Kor­makur di­rects a vis­ceral yet sober retelling of events culled from sev­eral books writ­ten about the events.

LIFE (M) The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast

In the win­ter of 1955, just prior to the New York pre­miere of East of Eden, the film that would make him fa­mous, James Dean (Dane DeHaan) meets pho­tog­ra­pher Dennis Stock (Robert Pat­tin­son) and the two be­come friends. The re­sult is some of the most cel­e­brated can­did photos of Dean, but also in­sights into the life of this hugely tal­ented but im­mensely in­se­cure ac­tor who rep­re­sented some­thing new in Amer­i­can cin­ema and whose death later in 1955, at the age of 24, left him more cel­e­brated than ever.

PAN (PG) Aus­tralia Fair, Robina, Coolan­gatta, Tweed City

Hugh Jack­man re­veals he re­ally does have a mean bone in his body when he takes to the screen as Peter Pan’s buc­ca­neer­ing neme­sis. The fan­tasy film is a rol­lick­ing new ori­gin story to the pop­u­lar Peter Pan chil­dren’s fa­ble by Scot­tish nov­el­ist J.M. Bar­rie. Pan is di­rected by Joe Wright ( Atone­ment), and co-stars Rooney Mara ( The Girl With the Dragon Tat­too) as Tiger Lily and Aus­tralian new­comer Levi Miller as Peter Pan.

SPE­CIAL­ITY SCREEN­ING OLIVER! (G) Kingscliff

This mu­si­cal adap­ta­tion star­ring Ron Moody, Sharni Wal­lis and Oliver Reed is about an or­phan who runs away from an or­phan­age and hooks up with a group of boys trained to be pick­pock­ets by an el­derly men­tor. Carol Reed di­rects this clas­sic 1968 film.

Odd­ball,

which stars Shane Jacobson, is based on the true story of a sheep­dog who saves a colony of lit­tle pen­guins.

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