From Texas rangers and fearless war heroes to androgynous mystics and dark tales of ghosts, this week in cinema will give you goosebumps
HELL OR HIGH WATER (MA) Nerang
Toby is a divorced father who’s trying to make a better life for his son. His brother Tanner is an ex-convict with a short temper and a loose trigger finger. Together, they plan a series of heists against the bank that’s about to foreclose on their family ranch. Standing in their way is Marcus, a Texas ranger who’s only weeks away from retirement. As the siblings plot their final robbery, they must also prepare for a showdown with a crafty lawman who’s not ready to ride off into the sunset.
ROBINSON CRUSOE: THE WILD LIFE (PG) Nerang, Australia Fair, Coolangatta, Robina, Pacific Fair
On a tiny exotic island, Tuesday, an outgoing parrot, lives with his quirky animal friends in paradise. However, Tuesday can’t stop dreaming about discovering the world. After a violent storm, Tuesday and his friends wake up to find a strange creature on the beach: Robinson Crusoe. Slowly but surely, they all start living together in harmony, until one day, when their comfortable life is overturned. Crusoe and the animals soon discover the true power of friendship up against all odds.
DOCTOR STRANGE (M) Tweed City, Nerang, Yatala Drive-In, Australia Fair, Coolangatta, Robina, Pacific Fair
Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, using a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artefacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
THE SPIRIT OF THE GAME (PG) Kingscliff
In the lead up to the 1956 Olympic Games, a group of Mormon missionaries are tasked with helping the fledgling Australian basketball team compete in their first ever games and, in doing so, unite a nation still coming to grips with life after the war.
HACKSAW RIDGE (MA) Coolangatta
The extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa at the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men – and without carrying a gun.
SPECIALTY SCREENINGS BOYS IN THE TREES (M) The Arts Centre Gold Coast
It’s Halloween 1997 — the last night of high school for Corey, Jango and their skater gang, The Gromits. Childhood is over and adult life beckons. But for Corey, his past has some unfinished business. When he encounters Jonah, a former childhood friend but now victimised by Jango’s cruel streak, Corey takes pity on him and agrees to walk him home for old time’s sake. What starts off as a normal descends into something darker and magical as they tell each other ghost stories, drawing upon their fears of the world around them. But on the night of the grave’s delight, even the most buried truths will find a way of coming to life. Three shows only — Saturday 4pm, Sunday 12.45pm, Monday 7pm.
Chris Pine in Hell or High Water.