For your chance to win a 2-for-1 pass to see ALADDIN these school holidays, simply download and print one of the activity sheets below, fill in your details and return to: Star Cinema PO Box 83 Eaglehawk 3556 by Monday September 22.
You can either colour in the Genie, or crack the secret message!
BEGIN AGAIN (M) 105min John Carney’s (Once) latest is a gem. Gretta (Keira Knightley) is left alone in New York after her long-time boyfriend and songwriting partner leaves her after landing a deal with a major label. Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City. Fresh, fun and heartfelt. Dir John Carney, USA.Sept 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 24
A MOST WANTED MAN (M) 122min
Based on the novel by John Le Carre, Philip Seymour Hoffman is outstanding as an undercover German spy, in his final role. He stars as Günther Bachmann, a hard-drinking intelligence expert whose counterterrorist operatives move undetected through the underworld of Hamburg. Made aware of a half-Chechen, half-Russian who has arrived illegally with unknown motivations, Bachmann manipulates those who come into contact with the immigrant (Willem Dafoe, Rachel McAdams) to reveal a larger conspiracy. Co-starring Robin Wright, this is an absorbing modern thriller. Dir Anton Corbijn, UK/USA.Sept 12, 13, 14, 19, 21, 22
20,000 DAYS ON EARTH (MA) 95min Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon, Nick Cave. With frank insights and an intimate portrayal of the artistic process, it examines what makes us who we are, and celebrates the transformative power of the creative spirit. Cave collaborates with Warren Ellis on new music; spends time with his family; drives in the company of Ray Winstone, Blixa Bargeld, and Kylie Minogue, all set to Cave and Ellis’ original score. Dirs Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, UK. Sept 12, 13, 14, 15
MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT (PG) 97min An uptight English magician (Colin Firth), who prides himself on knowing of popular illusions, reconnects with an old colleague while on tour in Europe. Intrigued by the story of a young spirit medium (Emma Stone) who claims to speak with the dead husband of a wealthy widow (Jacki Weaver), the pair travel to the family’s coastal villa to assist in unmasking this possible swindle. Set during the 1920s against a backdrop of the Côte d’Azur, glorious garden parties and fashionable jazz joints, Woody Allen’s follow up to the hit Blue Jasmine is a delightful all-star romp. Great fun. Dir Woody Allen, USA.Sept 26, 27, 28, 29, Oct 3, 4, 5, 6
PREDESTINATION (MA) 97min A tale of self-destruction that hops back and forth across the decades between the 1930s and the 1990s. Ethan Hawke plays a temporal agent – a violin case-toting time traveller instructed by his boss (Noah Taylor) to prevent an attack by The Fizzle Bomber, who threatens to blow up a fair-sized chunk of New York. His side quest is the acquisition of a new recruit – John Doe (Sarah Snook), an individual born intersex who had a child as a woman, then chose to live his life as a man. Shot on location around Melbourne, it’s a distinctive blend of sci-fi, noir and crime fiction. Dirs Michael & Peter Spierig, Australia.Sept 26, 27, 28, 29, Oct 3, 4, 5, 6
ALADDIN (G, 1992) 90min The late and dearly missed Robin Williams’ dizzying and hilarious voicing of the Genie is the star attraction of this much loved Disney classic. When Sultan’s daughter Jasmine escapes her palace, she encounters the street-savvy urchin Aladdin, who charms his way into her heart. In Aladdin’s quest to defeat the evil Jafar, who weaves a spell to marry Jasmine and become sultan himself, he discovers the Genie’s lamp and sets the mystical entity free. Williams’ Genie steals the show with his crazed monologues, impersonating figures from Ed Sullivan to Elvis Presley. Unbeatable family fun. Dirs John Musker & Ron Clements, USA. Sept 26, 28, Oct 3, 5
THE IMMIGRANT (M) 118min Setting sail from Poland, Ewa Cybulski (Marion Cotillard) and her sister arrive in New York in search of a new start and the American dream. Released onto the mean streets of 1920s Manhattan while her sister is quarantined, Ewa is seduced by the charming but wicked Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix) before she is forced into a life of crime. The arrival of Orlando - a dashing stage magician who is also Bruno’s cousin - restores Ewa’s hopes for a brighter future before becoming her chance to escape the new-world nightmare in which she finds herself. An evocative and beautiful period drama. Dir James Gray, USA.Oct 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20
THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY (PG) 122min Culinary ingénue Hassan and his family are displaced from their native India, and settle in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin- Noble-Val in the south of France, just the place to open an Indian restaurant. Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren) – the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant – protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own. But Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine begins to win over the entire village. A charming and heart-warming film filled with fun and food. Dir Lasse Hallström, UK/France. Oct 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 23
STILL LIFE (M) 92min For over 22 years, the unassuming John May (Eddie Marsan) has worked for a South London council, finding the next of kin for those in his community who have died alone. When his meticulous care is no longer deemed necessary, he is abruptly made redundant. In John’s final assignment, involving the death of elderly neighbour Billy Stoke, he tracks down Stokes’ abandoned daughter, Kelly (Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey). The two are drawn to each other, and as friendship blossoms, John’s outlook opens imperceptibly to life’s possibilities. This gem is a resonant and universal celebration of dignity, community values and human connection. Dir Uberto Pasolini, UK.Oct 24, 25, 26, 27, Nov 2
ONCE MY MOTHER (PG) 73min This is the story of two women: filmmaker Sophia Turkiewicz, and her mother Helen. In her old age, Helen’s daughter leads her through a rediscovery of the epic journey of her life, from Poland to a wartime Siberian gulag, and through Uzbekistan, Persia and a refugee camp in Africa before she comes to rest in Adelaide. Turkiewicz traces her own life in parallel with her mother’s in an effort to make peace with their troubled relationship. At once brave and gentle, this is a study of the way generations are inextricably connected by the thick and complex bonds of love. Dir Sophia Turkiewicz, Australia. Some English subtitles. Oct 19, 20, 24, 26
FELONY (M) 105min Is a lie defensible if it protects the innocent? While celebrating a major bust, Sydney drug cop Malcolm makes a mistake that will haunt his life, and which threatens to make or break the careers of two other police: rookie officer Jim and veteran detective Carl. One man is guilty of a crime, one tries to cover it up, and one tries to expose it, and the collisions of these characters make for one of the year’s best thrillers. Tautly written by Animal Kingdom actor Joel Edgerton, who stars alongside Tom Wilkinson and Melissa George, Felony abounds with moral conundrums, unexpected developments and gripping suspense. Dir Matthew Saville, Australia.Oct 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, Nov 1, 2, 3
THE SKELETON TWINS (M) 93min Estranged thirtysomething siblings Milo (Bill Hader) and Maggie (Kristin Wiig) hit rock bottom at opposite ends of the country. Once so close, they haven’t spoken for 10 years. Now Milo joins Maggie and her painfully upbeat husband Lance (Luke Wilson) in the hometown she never left. While Maggie struggles with married life, Milo reconnects with Rich (Ty Burrell), an older man with whom he shares an illicit history. Former Saturday Night Live stars Wiig and Hader bring their comedic skills to strong and vulnerable dramatic performances. Watch out for the lip-synch performance of Starship’s ‘80s anthem ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’, one of the funniest scenes of the year. Dir Craig Johnson, USA. Oct 31, Nov 1, 2, 3