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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About -

The Hob­bit: The Deso­la­tion of Smaug (M) The sec­ond part of Peter Jack­son’s in­flated ver­sion of that fa­mously slim novel The Hob­bit, this is packed with beau­ti­fully han­dled ac­tion se­quences but long be­fore the end the pad­ding be­comes pretty ev­i­dent. Still, Jack­son’s skills as a clas­si­cal film­maker are never in doubt and this lengthy ad­di­tion to his work is filled with won­ders, not least the spec­tac­u­lar New Zealand back­drops.

David Strat­ton ★★★ ✩

Short Term 12 (M) This film thrums with the ve­rac­ity of con­tem­po­rary adolescent angst and con­fu­sion. It also fea­tures, in a break­out lead­ing per­for­mance by Brie Lar­son, a richly com­plex pro­tag­o­nist whose emo­tional hypocrisy is a bur­den trans­formed from a crutch of mem­ory to an agent of change. Di­rec­tor Destin Cret­ton adapted the film from his 2008 Sun­dance-win­ning short, and his nat­u­ral gift with ensem­bles is ap­par­ent from the first frame. Short Term 12 acts, and feels, real. An indie dis­cov­ery in­deed.

Ed­die Cock­rell ★★★★✩

Frozen (PG) A visu­ally beau­ti­ful, very tra­di­tional Dis­ney an­i­mated fea­ture filled with rather old-fash­ioned songs and based loosely on Hans Chris­tian An­der­sen’s The Snow Queen. The pacing is on the slow side but this ro­man­tic story of ri­val sis­ters and suit­ors should please a great many peo­ple. It’s im­por­tant not to miss the ac­com­pa­ny­ing short film, Get a Horse!, a bril­liantly in­ven­tive trib­ute to the pi­o­neer­ing black and white days of Dis­ney an­i­ma­tion.

DS ★★★ ✩

Kill Your Dar­lings (MA15+) In his fea­ture-film de­but, di­rec­tor John Kroki­das bril­liantly evokes the mood of Amer­i­can war­time academe and the be­gin­nings of the beat gen­er­a­tion. Daniel Rad­cliffe ( Harry Pot­ter) stars as Allen Gins­berg and is strongly sup­ported by a lesser-known cast. This sin­u­ous tale of jeal­ousy, ob­ses­sion and mur­der will sur­prise many with its bold­ness and power.

Evan Wil­liams ★★★ ✩

Closed Cir­cuit (M) Eric Bana stars as a Lon­don bar­ris­ter as­signed to de­fend a sus­pected ter­ror­ist in this crafty con­spir­acy the­ory thriller that, de­spite some pro­saic el­e­ments, is still pretty en­ter­tain­ing. A fine cast also in­cludes Re­becca Hall, Ciaran Hinds, Ken­neth Cran­ham and Jim Broad­bent.

DS ★★★ ✩

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