Mercenaries, hired guns, whistleblowers, package-delivering storks and baby-making machines – hold on tight this week at the flicks
THE MAGNIFICANT SEVEN (M) Australia Fair, Coolangatta, Robina, Pacific Fair, Tweed City
Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in The Magnificent
Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns. As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.
SNOWDEN (M) Pacific Fair, Nerang
When employee Edward Snowden tore the veil from the NSA’s secret global surveillance programs, he simultaneously opened the eyes of the world and closed the doors of his own future – giving up his career, his longtime girlfriend, and his homeland. Starring Joseph Godon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, Snowden looks at what compelled Edward Snowden to perpetrate the largest disclosure of classified documents in World History.
STORKS (G) Australia Fair, Yatala Drive-In, Harbour Town, Tweed City, Nerang
Storks deliver babies ... or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for the global internet giant Cornerstore.com. Junior, the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorised baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop – in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world.
SPECIALTY SCREENINGS Kingscliff
War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Filled with stirring music and songs, this powerful drama is a show of great inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-size puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage. Screening Saturday to Wednesday at 12.10pm
Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Byung-hun Lee are four of The Magnificant Seven.