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Bold char­ac­ters dom­i­nate this week’s movie of­fer­ings, with a book­shop owner, a fa­mous smug­gler and a smug goose among them

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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.

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