Welcome to our weekly rundown of what’s opening in Australian cinemas!
This coming week, have fantasies turned into nightmares, make friends with a speedy hedgehog, witness the true story of a man wrongfully suspected, and more. Here’s what’s arriving in Australian cinemas in the week ending February 15th, 2020…
FANTASY ISLAND • In cinemas from February 13
In Blumhouse’s new spin on Fantasy Island, the enigmatic Mr. Roarke makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort. But when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island’s mystery in order to escape with their lives.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG • In cinemas from February 13 • OUR GIVEAWAY
Based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend Tom (James Marsden) team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his plans for world domination. The family-friendly film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.
RICHARD JEWELL • In cinemas from February 13
“There is a bomb in Centennial Park. You have thirty minutes.” The world is first introduced to Richard Jewell as the security guard who reports finding the device at the 1996 Atlanta bombing—his report making him a hero whose swift actions save countless lives. But within days, the law enforcement wannabe becomes the FBI’s number one suspect, vilified by press and public alike, his life ripped apart. Reaching out to independent, anti-establishment attorney Watson Bryant, Jewell staunchly professes his innocence. But Bryant finds he is out of his depth as he fights the combined powers of the FBI, GBI and APD to clear his client’s name, while keeping Richard from trusting the very people trying to destroy him.
The film stars Oscar winners Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) as Watson Bryant and Kathy Bates (“Misery,” TV’s “American Horror Story”) as Richard’s mom, Bobi; Jon Hamm (“Baby Driver”) as the lead FBI investigator; Olivia Wilde (“Life Itself”) as Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs; and Paul Walter Hauser (“I, Tonya”) stars as Richard Jewell. Oscar winner Eastwood directed from a screenplay by Oscar nominee Billy Ray (“Captain Phillips”), based on the Vanity Fair article “American Nightmare—The Ballad of Richard Jewell” by Marie Brenner. Eastwood also produced under his Malpaso banner, alongside Tim Moore, Jessica Meier, Kevin Misher, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson and Jonah Hill.
EMMA • In cinemas from February 13
Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending, is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation of EMMA. Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.
A GUIDE TO SECOND DATE SEX • In limited cinemas from February 13 • OUR GIVEAWAY
Laura (Alexandra Roach) and Ryan (George MacKay) are perfect for each other: they both love Meryl Streep, have been totally destroyed by previous relationships, and they have no idea what they are supposed to do tonight. They also both know that they’ll have to pretend to be completely different to how they’ve ever been previously, in the hope of getting it right this time. How bad can a second date really go and what is there to lose? Ryan and Laura are about to find out.
THE LEUNIG FRAGMENTS • In limited cinemas from February 13
Filmed over five eventful years, we observe Michael grappling with life, art and mortality. The reflections of an ageing man encompass the curious boy-Leunig; past, present and future hopes and dreams collide in this portrait of one of Australia’s most prolific artists.
With exclusive and intimate access to one of Australia’s National Living Treasures – Michael #Leunig – this feature documentary entertains, engages and enlivens audiences with a revealing portrait of an enigmatic artist who just happens to be a household name.
With an anarchic, playful and life affirming heart, the film celebrates self-expression, friendship, life and death, and the power of the imagination to ignite, enrage, heal and inspire.
WEATHERING WITH YOU • In limited cinemas from February 13
The breathtaking new film from Makoto Shinkai (Your Name) returns with an impressive English cast including Lee Pace, Alison Brie and Riz Ahmed! Be swept away by the emotionally-charged story of ‘Weathering With You’ this Valentines when it returns to cinemas FEBRUARY 13!
AYYAPPANUM KOSHIYUM • In limited cinemas from February 13
Ayyappanum Koshiyum is an upcoming Malayalam movie, starring Prithviraj Sukumaran and Biju Menon. Tells the story of Koshy Kurien, an ex-Army veteran and Ayyappan Nair, a SI of the Kerala Police posted in Attapadi.
SUFNA • In limited cinemas from February 14
Story about a young man. Jeet is a free-spirited youth in the village, he doesn’t care and has no goals in life. But his life changes, when he meets Teg, a beautiful young girl from another village.
WORLD FAMOUS LOVER • In limited cinemas from February 14
World Famous Lover is a Telugu movie starring Vijay Devarakonda in a prominent role with 4 heroines. It is a drama directed by K Kranthi Madhav.