Swinging Safari (M) Jan 18
The Commuter (M) Jan 18
Molly’s Game (CTC) Feb 1
Mary Magdalene (CTC) March 22
The Death of Stalin (CTC) March 29
SWINGING SAFARI (M) is a colourful satire of a typical Australian beachside neighbourhood, in the height of a 1970s summer. The comedy captures the innocence of an era of careless parenting, constant sunburn and suggestive adult behaviour.
From director, Stephan Elliott, who brought you The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, with an all-star Australian cast including Kylie Minogue and Guy Pearce. SWINGING SAFARI is a celebration of the Australian summer combined with a healthy dose of nostalgia and laugh out loud comedy.
The Commuter (M) In this action-packed thriller, Liam Neeson plays an insurance salesman, Michael, on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy. One that carries life and death stakes for himself and his fellow passengers.
Molly’s Game (CTC) Starring Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba, Molly’s Game tells the thrilling true story of Molly Bloom, the mastermind behind a poker empire whose players included the rich, famous and most powerful men in America. In a career-best performance, Chastain portrays Molly as she rises from Olympic-hopeful athlete to running the world’s most exclusive poker games in LA and New York. The deep pockets of Hollywood royalty, sports stars and business titans give her a decade of glitzy, glamorous success. But it all comes crashing down when the FBI come after her, suspecting ties to the Russian mob. Academy Award winning writer Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) delivers a quick-witted, fiery directorial debut with Molly’s Game, taking us behind the headlines of Hollywood’s “poker princess” to reveal a smart, talented young woman who gambled everything, won big, then lost it all.
Mary Magdalene (CTC) Set in the Holy Land in the first century C.E., a young woman leaves her small fishing village and traditional family behind to join a radical new social movement. At its head is a charismatic leader, Jesus of Nazareth, who promises that the world is changing. Mary is searching for a new way of living, and an authenticity that is denied her by the rigid hierarchies of the day. As the notoriety of the group spread and more are drawn to follow Jesus’ inspirational message, Mary’s spiritual journey places her at the heart of a story that will lead to the capital city of Jerusalem, where she must confront the reality of Jesus’ destiny and her own place within it.
The Death of Stalin (CTC) The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Lannucci (Veep, In the Loop). Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast.