From a little girl with big dreams to crazyhaired critters guaranteed to brighten up the holidays, there’s ample on-screen adventure
UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS (MA15+) Australia Fair, Pacific Fair, Harbour Town, Nerang, Tweed City
The next instalment in the blockbuster franchise follows vampire death dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance) she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.
TROLLS (G) Australia Fair, Coolangatta, Robina, Pacific Fair, Harbour Town, Nerang, Tweed City
Known for their crazy, colourful and magical hair, Trolls are the happiest, most joyous creatures ever to burst into song. From the creators of Shrek, Trolls stars Anna Kendrick as Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls and her polar opposite, Branch, played by Justin Timberlake. Together, this unlikely pair must embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond the only world they’ve ever known.
QUEEN OF KATWE (PG) Australia Fair, Robina, Harbour Town, Nerang, Tweed City, The Arts Centre
Queen of Katwe is the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international champion.
SPECIALTY SCREENINGS ONE MORE TIME WITH FEELING (M) Pacific Fair
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds documentary. Originally a performance-based concept, One More Time With Feeling evolved into something much more significant as Dominik delved into the tragic backdrop of the writing and recording of the album. Interwoven throughout the Bad Seeds’ filmed performance of the new album are interviews and footage shot by Dominik, accompanied by Cave’s narration and improvised rumination.
UP FOR LOVE (M) The Arts Centre
New relationships are always awkward and for Diane and Alexandre the challenges in their relationship could be somewhat of a tall order. Despite his charisma and good looks, Alexandre comes up a bit short (almost two feet, actually). They’re both looking for love but society is watching and judging. Is Diane out of his reach or can they meet in the middle? Will they be up for love?
GOLDEN YEARS (PG) Nerang
Fate, the pensions crisis and a steadfast refusal to accept the injustice of old age have contrived to force law-abiding, retired couple Arthur and Martha Goode into a life of crime. Refusing to take the loss of their pensions lying down and to fade away into their declining years, our characters decide to fight back. They set out to take back what was theirs in the first place. They decide to start robbing banks.
Lupita Nyong'o and Madina Nalwanga in Queen of Katwe.