Bold characters dominate this week’s movie offerings, with a bookshop owner, a famous smuggler and a smug goose among them
THE BOOKSHOP (PG) Robina, HOTA
Florence Green, a freespirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop – the first such shop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough, England. But this mini social revolution soon brings her fierce enemies. She invites the hostility of the town’s less prosperous shopkeepers and also crosses Mrs Gamart, Harborough’s vengeful, embittered alpha female who is a wannabe doyenne of the local arts scene.
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (M) Robina, Pacific Fair, Coolangatta, Australia Fair, Harbour Town, Tweed City, Nerang Cineplex
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
DUCK DUCK GOOSE (PG) Nerang Cineplex, Tweed City
Peng is a freewheeling bachelor goose who’d rather do anything than practice for the upcoming migration. He thinks he’s better than everyone else and spends his time attempting crazy stunts. In one such stunt, Peng flies too near the ground, hits a flock of ducklings and separates brother and sister, Chao and Chi, from the rest. In this unlikely meeting, Peng will begin a journey that will break his wing and nearly break his heart as he grows to understand the power of unconditional love in the form of two ducklings, who likewise grow to see him as the best father they could ever have.
SPECIAL SCREENINGS CARAVAGGIO: THE SOUL AND THE BLOOD (E) HOTA
A brand-new documentary on the life and work of Italian master Caravaggio and the birth of modern painting. Caravaggio: The Soul and the Blood is an immersive and visually stunning journey of light and shadows through the struggles and successes of the revolutionary and controversial artist, joining him on his travels through Milan, Venice, Rome, Naples, Sicily and Malta as he tries to flee his many demons.
Emily Mortimer in a scene from new film The Bookshop.