Welcome to our weekly rundown of what’s opening in Australian cinemas!
This coming week, join a gang of DC women, get weird with a pair of lighthouse keepers, witness terrifying purple, and more! Here’s what’s arriving in Australian cinemas in the week ending February 8th, 2020…
BIRDS OF PREY • In cinemas from February 6
You ever hear the one about the cop, the songbird, the psycho and the mafia princess? “Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.
THE LIGHTHOUSE • In cinemas from February 6
From Robert Eggers, the visionary filmmaker behind modern horror masterpiece The Witch, comes this hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers (played by Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe) on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.
FOR SAMA • In limited cinemas from February 7 • OUR REVIEW
FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war.
A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Khateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her.
Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as Waad wrestles with an impossible choice– whether or not to flee the city to protect her daughter’s life, when leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.
The film is the first feature documentary by Emmy award-winning filmmakers, Waad al-Khateab and Edward Watts.
H IS FOR HAPPINESS • In limited cinemas from February 6
Based on the young adult novel My Life As An Alphabet, by Australian author Barry Jonsberg, adapted for the screen by writer/producer Lisa Hoppe, H is for Happiness follows Candice Phee, an unflinchingly honest and optimistic twelve year old who is determined to bring her dysfunctional family back from the brink. Her exploits will inspire and delight anyone who has faced the trials of adolescence and the heartbreak of family tragedy.
COLOR OUT OF SPACE • In limited cinemas from February 6 • OUR REVIEW
COLOR OUT OF SPACE is the story of cosmic terror about The Gardners, a family who moves to a remote farmstead in rural New England to escape the hustle of the 21st century. They are busy adapting to their new life when a meteorite crashes into their front yard. The mysterious aerolite seems to melt into the earth, infecting both the land and the properties of space-time with a strange, otherworldly color. To their horror, the Gardner family discover that this alien force is gradually mutating every life form that it touches…including them.
JAANU • In limited cinemas from February 7
Decades post-high school, Ram and Jaanu meet at their school’s reunion and explore their past thoughts consisting of affection, care, depth and grieve all over the period of one evening.
MALANG • In limited cinemas from February 7
Advait (Aditya Roy Kapoor), a young introvert, visits Goa where he meets Sara (Disha Patani), a free-spirited girl from London who has come to India for the first time to live a life unshackled, like a vagabond (Malang). Extreme opposites of each other, they both live it up together. All goes well until life turns upside down. Five years later, this incident circles back to SHO Agashe (Anil Kapoor), vigilante killer cop and Michael Rodrigues (Kunal Kemmu), a righteous cop. What is the connection between Advait, Sara, Agashe and Michael? Malang answers all these questions.
ZAKHMI • In limited cinemas from February 7
Gurshaan ( Dev Kharoud) lives for his family but with the growing tensions in the city he is afraid for his wife and daughter’s safety. One day he witnesses a murder committed by a social activist who is also hopes to stand for the local government elections. This places Gurshaan in a dilemma: to stay silent for safety of his family or to speak up against the injustice. When his wife reminds him of his duty he decides to report the murder but little does he realize the danger he has placed his wife and daughter in. How will Gurshaan protect his family and expose the social activist?