Welcome to our weekly rundown of what’s opening in Australian cinemas!
This coming week, Elisabeth Moss faces what she cannot see, Shia LaBeouf revisits his troubling childhood, Daniel Radcliffe has guns for hands, and more. Here’s what’s arriving in Australian cinemas in the week ending February 29th, 2020…
THE INVISIBLE MAN • In cinemas February 27
What you can’t see can hurt you. Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss (Us, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale) stars in a terrifying modern tale of obsession inspired by Universal’s classic monster character. Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer, NBC’s The InBetween), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge, Straight Outta Compton) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid, HBO’s Euphoria). But when Cecilia’s abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House) commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.
MISS FISHER & THE CRYPT OF TEARS • In cinemas February 27
With legions of dev oted fans around the world who have avidly read the best-selling series of books and who have watched every minute of three internationally successful television series, the fabulous lady detective The Hon. Phryne Fisher, now makes the leap to the big screen in Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears.
MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN • In limited cinemas February 27
Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a lonely private detective living with Tourette Syndrome, ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely guarded secrets that hold the fate of New York in the balance. In a mystery that carries him from gin-soaked jazz clubs in Harlem to the hard-edged slums of Brooklyn and, finally, into the gilded halls of New York’s power brokers, Lionel contends with thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city to honor his friend and save the woman who might be his own salvation.
HONEY BOY • In limited cinemas February 27
From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har’el brings to life a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams. Fictionalising his childhood’s ascent to stardom, and subsequent adult crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har’el casts Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career. LaBeouf takes on the daring and therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. Artist and musician FKA twigs makes her feature-film debut, playing neighbour and kindred spirit to the younger Otis in their garden-court motel home. Har’el’s feature narrative debut is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between filmmaker and subject, exploring art as medicine and imagination as hope.
THE WISHMAS TREE • In limited cinemas February 27
A young possum’s misguided wish for a white Wishmas not only freezes her entire hometown of Sanctuary City, but also threatens the lives of all who live there. Before the magical Wishmas Tree dies, she must undertake a perilous journey into The Wild; battling self-doubt, ghostly predators and ultimately, Extinction itself, to reverse the damage she has caused and save her city!
RIDE YOUR WAVE • In limited cinemas February 27
Upon entering university, Hinako moves to a coastal town. She loves surfing, and when she’s on the waves she’s fearless, but still feels uncertain about her future.
When a fire wreaks havoc in the town, Hinako encounters the young firefighter Minato. As they surf and spend more time together, Hinako feels drawn to someone like Minato who devotes himself to helping other people. Hinako also holds a special place in Minato’s heart.
QUEZON’S GAME • In limited cinemas February 27
In 1938, Philippine President Manuel Quezon, future U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, and several other notable figures set out to rescue Jewish refugees from the ghettos of Germany and Austria. What seems within their power at first, turns out to be fraught with astronomical obstacles. On top of this, Quezon must battle a relapse of tuberculosis. In his final days, Quezon asks the question “Could I have done more?” before recollecting one of the least known, but most uplifting stories in Philippine history.
GUNS AKIMBO • Australian event screenings on February 28
Nerdy video game developer (Daniel Radcliffe) is a little too fond of stirring things up on the internet with his caustic, prodding, and antagonizing comments. One night, he makes the mistake of drunkenly dropping an inflammatory barb on a broadcast of Skizm, an illegal death-match fight club streamed live to the public. In response, Riktor (Ned Dennehy), the maniacal mastermind behind the channel, decides to force Miles’ hand (or hands, as it were) and have him join the “fun.” Miles wakes to find heavy pistols bolted into his bones, and learns Nix (Samara Weaving), the trigger-happy star of Skizm, is his first opponent.
Gleefully echoing elements of Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the Purge franchise, and videogames like Mortal Kombat, Guns Akimbo is hilariously dark, viciously violent, and potentially — chillingly — prescient. Director Jason Lei Howden (Deathgasm) foretells of a future that may soon await us: drone-captured live feeds, UFC-like competitions pushed to an extreme, and online streaming platforms used for gladiatorial entertainment all around the world. As Miles navigates the underworld of Skizm, the stakes — and the ratings — have never been higher.
LUV NI LOVE STORYS • In limited cinemas February 28
In pursuit of the true love of his life, he ends up leading himself into a crazy roller-coaster ride of multiple relationships.
HIT • In limited cinemas February 28
Vikram Rudraraju is a 30-year-old cop working for the Telangana State Police. While Vikram is battling with his own traumatic past, the stakes get high when a girl called Preethi mysteriously disappears in Hyderabad and Vikram has to solve the case at any cost.
IK SANDHU HUNDA SI • In limited cinemas February 28
Is friendship above Love? Sandhu(Gippy Grewal) decides to fight the corruption at Punjab University so stands opposite Grewal ( Dheeraj Kumar). This revolt upsets the Minister Jagga ( Pawan Malhotra) and his notorious brother Kala (Vikramjit Virk).Things worsen when Kala finds out his sister Simran ( Neha Sharma) is in love with Sandhu and supports him in the elections. Enraged by his siters stance he decides to take revenge from Sandhu’s best friend Gill ( Roshan Prince). Faced with this dilemma will Sandhu support his friend or his love?