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It’s not all about the kids dur­ing the hol­i­days, at least at the cin­ema, with Si­cario and Lon­don Road of­fer­ing siz­zling, grown-up drama

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

SI­CARIO (MA) Tweed City, Nerang, Aus­tralia Fair, Coolan­gatta, Robina

Di­rec­tor De­nis Vil­leneuve ( Pris­on­ers) takes us to where he be­lieves the height of the war on drugs is at its most in­tense. The bat­tle zone is a small cross-sec­tion of the bor­der where Texas meets Mexico. Emily Blunt stars as a low-level FBI agent in­vited to join a black-ops pro­ject whose prime ar­chi­tects (played by Josh Brolin and Beni­cio Del Toro) are work­ing to a rad­i­cal new agenda.

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

Re­views of this Peter Pan ori­gin story, star­ring Hugh Jack­man as the evil Black­beard and Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, are still un­der wraps. But the signs are promis­ing. Jason Fuchs’s blue­print made the an­nual Black List of the best un­pro­duced screen­plays. Joe Wright ( Pride and Prej­u­dice, Atone­ment) di­rects.

THE VISIT (M) Tweed City, Aus­tralia Fair, Coolan­gatta, Robina, Yatala Drive-In

Two sib­lings (Olivia DeJong and Ed Ox­en­bould) get more than they bar­gain for when they travel to Penn­syl­va­nia to meet their grand­par­ents for the first time. A re­turn to form for di­rec­tor M Night Shya­malan. The $US5 mil­lion film has posted the strong­est US hor­ror open­ing of the year.

LON­DON ROAD (MA) The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast

An ex­cel­lent screen ver­sion of Lon­don’s Na­tional Theatre mu­si­cal pro­duc­tion based on the 2006 mur­der of sev­eral sex work­ers in the Suf­folk city of Ip­swich. Ru­fus Nor­ris, who han­dled the stage pro­duc­tion, brings the chal­leng­ing ma­te­rial to the screen with au­dac­ity and skill and a su­perb ensem­ble cast that in­cludes Tom Hardy.

SPE­CIAL­ITY SCREEN­INGS MAN­HAT­TAN SHORT FILM FES­TI­VAL Kingscliff

Com­menc­ing world­wide on Fri­day, au­di­ences in more than 250 cities unite to judge the 10 fi­nal­ists in the 18th an­nual Man­hat­tan Short Film Fes­ti­val.

Emily Blunt plays an FBI agent in

Si­cario.

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