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
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.
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