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The Box­ing Day box of­fice boom en­sures plenty of fresh fod­der for film buffs, with an allsing­ing, all-danc­ing line-up of new re­leases

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SING (G) Nerang, Aus­tralia Fair, Coolangatta, Pa­cific Fair, Robina, Har­bour Town, Tweed City

Koala Buster Moon pre­sides over a once-grand theatre that has fallen on hard times. An eter­nal op­ti­mist, and a bit of a scoundrel, he loves his theatre above all and will do any­thing to pre­serve it. Fac­ing the crum­bling of his life’s am­bi­tion, he takes one fi­nal chance to re­store his fad­ing jewel to its for­mer glory by pro­duc­ing the world’s great­est singing com­pe­ti­tion. Five con­tes­tants emerge: a mouse, a timid ele­phant, a pig, a go­rilla and a punk-rock por­cu­pine.

RED DOG: TRUE BLUE (PG) Nerang, Aus­tralia Fair, Coolangatta, Pa­cific Fair, Robina, Har­bour Town, Tweed City

Ex­plores the early events lead­ing up to Red Dog’s dis­cov­ery on the road to Dampier, and his ul­ti­mate rise from or­di­nary dog to Aus­tralian leg­end.

WHY HIM? (TBC) Nerang, Aus­tralia Fair, Coolangatta, Pa­cific Fair, Robina, Har­bour Town, Tweed City

Over the hol­i­days, Ned, an over­pro­tec­tive but lov­ing dad and his fam­ily visit his daugh­ter at Stan­ford, where he meets his big­gest night­mare: her well-mean­ing but so­cially awk­ward Sil­i­con Val­ley bil­lion­aire boyfriend, Laird. The straight-laced Ned thinks Laird, who has ab­so­lutely no fil­ter, is a wildly in­ap­pro­pri­ate match for his daugh­ter.

LA LA LAND (M) Nerang, Aus­tralia Fair, Coolangatta, Pa­cific Fair, Robina, Har­bour Town, Tweed City

A huge hit with au­di­ences and crit­ics, La La Land is an ex­hil­a­rat­ing, mu­sic-filled ro­mance star­ring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. In mod­ern­day Los Angeles, two am­bi­tious artists who fall in love chase their dreams and dis­cover the joy and heart­break of risk­ing it all for your pas­sion. Dar­ing, en­chant­ing and mov­ing, La La

Land rein­vents the Hol­ly­wood clas­sic for a new age, cre­at­ing the kind of movie magic that sends you out of the cin­ema on a high.

MOANA (PG) Nerang, Aus­tralia Fair, Coolangatta, Pa­cific Fair, Robina, Har­bour Town, Tweed City

A young woman uses her nav­i­ga­tional tal­ents to set sail for a fa­bled is­land. Join­ing her on the ad­ven­ture is her hero, the leg­endary demigod Maui.

AL­LIED (M) Nerang, Aus­tralia Fair, Coolangatta, Pa­cific Fair, Robina, Har­bour Town, Tweed City

Max (Brad Pitt), a French-Cana­dian spy, falls in love and marries French agent Mar­i­anne (Mar­ion Cotil­lard), af­ter a mis­sion in Casablanca. Max is no­ti­fied that Mar­i­anne is likely a Nazi spy and be­gins to in­ves­ti­gate her.

SPE­CIALTY SCREEN­INGS A UNITED KING­DOM (PG) The Arts Cen­tre, Nerang

Based on ex­tra­or­di­nary true events. In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Wil­liams, a Lon­don of­fice worker. They were a per­fect match, yet their pro­posed mar­riage was chal­lenged not only by their fam­i­lies but by the Bri­tish and South African gov­ern­ments. The lat­ter had re­cently in­tro­duced the pol­icy of apartheid and found the no­tion of a bi-racial cou­ple rul­ing a neigh­bour­ing coun­try in­tol­er­a­ble. South Africa threat­ened the Bri­tish: thwart the cou­ple or their will be con­se­quences.

LIKE CRAZY (M) Kingscliff

Donatella and Beatrice re­side in a psy­chi­atric fa­cil­ity in Tus­cany. They have very dif­fer­ent life sto­ries, but a chance to es­cape brings them to­gether in an ad­ven­ture that will help them re­alise the beauty in im­per­fec­tion.

RE­MEM­BER (MA) Kingscliff

With the aid of a fel­low Auschwitz sur­vivor and a hand-writ­ten let­ter, an el­derly man with de­men­tia goes in search of the per­son re­spon­si­ble for the death of his fam­ily.

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land.

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