This week film lovers can explore the worlds of music, the distant future, the supernatural or the very real challenge of climate change
AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER (PG) Robina, Pacific Fair, Australia Fair, Coolangatta, Nerang Cineplex, Harbour Town, Tweed City, The Arts Centre
Al Gore is back in theatres talking about climate change, and he’s hoping some of his ideas will make it into people’s homes as well. The former US vice president stars in An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to
Power, which is a follow-up to the 2006 Oscar-winning documentary about his efforts to combat climate change. The sequel arrives in a new world of smart homes, massproduced electric vehicles and Donald Trump in the White House. Gore, 69, has championed environmental causes for more than 40 years. In an interview with The Associated Press, he said he’s felt hopeless about reversing climate change at times, but never for very long. One of those moments came V1 - GTTE01Z01MA recently when Trump announced the US would pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. But Gore has said he feels more optimistic now. “Anybody who works on the climate crisis is tempted in some dark moments to despair but it doesn’t last long for me. Despair is just another form of denial,” Gore says. “We don’t have time for it, we have work to do and the basis for hope is real and authentic. The solutions are here. Electricity from solar and wind is now getting cheaper than electricity from fossil fuels and we are seeing a huge switch in that direction.” Small adjustments at home include switching to LED light bulbs, or keeping the thermostat slightly warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter might not seem like it makes a big difference when you look at the world’s overall crisis, but Gore assures it helps. “All of these solutions add up. Actually they are beginning to,” Gore says. He encouraged people to check out solutions on An Inconvenient Sequel’s website, which includes tips on items to buy at the grocery store that are more climate friendly, home energy-saving tips and links to carboncutting projects worldwide that people can invest in for as little as $6. For all the practical advice, Gore says politicians remain key. “Use your capacity as a citizen, to let candidates and office holders know that this is important to you,” he says. “When you use your voice, then the laws begin to change.”
WIND RIVER (MA15+) Robina, Nerang Cineplex
An FBI agent teams with a town’s veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation.
VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS (M) Robina, Pacific Fair, Australia Fair, Coolangatta, Nerang Cineplex, Harbour Town, Tweed City
In the 28th century, Valerian and Laureline are special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Under assignment, the two embark on a mission to the breathtaking city of Alpha – an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and culture. But a dark force threatens.
ANNABELLE: CREATION (MA15+) Robina, Pacific Fair, Australia Fair, Coolangatta, Nerang Cineplex, Harbour Town, Tweed City
Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.
THE WALL (MA15+) Nerang Cineplex
US soldiers Allan “Ize” Isaac and Shane Matthews answer a distress call in the desert of post-war Iraq. Suddenly, gunshots erupt, leaving Shane badly injured and Allan with a bullet in his leg. Forced to take cover behind a crumbling stone wall, Isaac now finds himself in a fight for survival against an unseen sniper who has all of the advantages.
SPECIAL SCREENING THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS (M) Mandala & Co
Over the past 16 years, a group of musicians has come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa and Europe, The Silk Road Ensemble, an international collective created by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, exemplifies music’s ability to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures and inspire hope for both artists and audiences.
Climate-change campaigner Al Gore is back on screens for An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.