Welcome to our weekly rundown of what’s opening in Australian cinemas!
This coming week, face monsters at the bottom of the ocean, fight for justice, get advice from a beloved TV host, and more. Here’s what’s arriving in Australian cinemas in the week ending January 25, 2020…
UNDERWATER • In cinemas from January 23 • (Our Giveaway)
In the aftermath of a devastating earthquake, and trapped in a rapidly flooding structure, a crew of six stationed on an underwater research facility realise their only shot at survival lies in walking across the ocean floor to a distant abandoned rig. In addition to the physical challenges of the journey they quickly realise they’re being hunted by mythic, monstrous sea predators hellbent on killing them.
JUST MERCY • In cinemas from January 23
A powerful and thought-provoking true story, “Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Brie Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.
A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD • In cinemas from January 23
Tom Hanks portrays beloved American children’s TV icon, Mister Rogers, in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor.
LIKE A BOSS • In cinemas from January 23
Best friends Mia and Mel (Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne) are living their best lives running their own cosmetics company they’ve built from the ground up. Unfortunately, they’re in over their heads financially, and the prospect of a big buyout offer from a notorious titan of the cosmetics industry Claire Luna (Salma Hayek) proves too tempting to pass up, putting Mel and Mia’s lifelong friendship in jeopardy. The beauty business is about to get ugly. LIKE A BOSS also stars Billy Porter, Jennifer Coolidge, Ari Graynor, Natasha Rothwell, Jessica St. Clair and Karan Soni.
FANTASTIC FUNGI – In limited cinemas from January 23
When so many are struggling for connection, inspiration and hope, Fantastic Fungi brings us together as interconnected creators of our world.
Fantastic Fungi, directed by Louie Schwartzberg, is a consciousness-shifting film that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil and others, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offer us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges.
ENTHA MANCHIVAADAVURAA • In limited cinemas from January 24
Kalyan Ram has recently kicked-off his next film with Satish Vegesna of ‘Sathamanam Bhavati’ fame. Titled as Entha Manchi Vaadavu Raa, the Nandamuri scion will be seen playing a do-gooder. Starring Mehreen Pirzada as the leading lady, the film is reportedly the remake of Gujarati film Oxygen.
STREET DANCER 3 • In limited cinemas from January 24
A dance epic based on the multifarious colors of dance and the unity that occurs between two different groups coming together for a single cause. Set in London, the film is about 2 rival dance groups from India and Pakistan, who’ve been competing against each other every time they meet, be it at a cafe or at an underground street battle, until they eventually realize that they stem from the same roots and have a common purpose to stand for their people from the Asian subcontinent. Followed by the backdrop of a global dance competition, the film showcases how these underdogs stand strong against all odds.
JINDE MERIYE • In limited cinemas from January 24
A turbulent love story set in the backdrop of university life. Yaadi falls in love with Rehmat an innocent and focused student who’s view on success is different to Yaadi who is always looking for shortcuts. Yaadi finds himself drawn to the local drug-dealing culture and whilst he accumulates his wealth quickly, Rehmat’s father decides to arrange her marriage with a law-abiding man called Yuvi which places Rehmat at a crossroad in her life and forces her to choose her family over her Love. Will Yaadi realize that his real happiness lies with Rehmat and will he try to win her back?
DISCO RAJA • In limited cinemas from January 24
THE RESCUE – In limited cinemas from January 25
Eddie Peng stars as Gao Qian, the captain of the Emergency Response Unit that engages in chopper rescue missions and the up-and-coming Xin Zhilei as Fang Yuling, his beautiful and outspoken pilot. Together they must race against the clock to save lives on every rescue mission against all odds.