Welcome to our weekly rundown of what’s opening in Australian cinemas!
This coming week, hit the wild with a canine, write the dictionary, get creeped out by a life-like doll, and more. Among the big names: Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Sean Penn and Katie Holmes. Here’s what’s arriving in Australian cinemas in the week ending February 22nd, 2020…
THE CALL OF THE WILD • In cinemas from February 20 • OUR REVIEW
Adapted from the beloved literary classic, THE CALL OF THE WILD vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail delivery dog sled team–and later its leader–Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime, ultimately finding his true place in the world and becoming his own master.
As a live-action/animation hybrid, THE CALL OF THE WILD employs cutting edge visual effects and animation technology in order to render the animals in the film as fully photorealistic–and emotionally authentic–characters.
THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN • In cinemas from February 20 • OUR REVIEW
Based on the worldwide best-selling novel by Simon Winchester, THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN is an extraordinary true tale of madness, genius, and obsession about two remarkable men who created history with the writing of the Oxford English Dictionary.
The compilation of the Oxford English Dictionary began in 1857 and was one of the most ambitious, and revolutionary projects ever undertaken. Professor James Murray (Mel Gibson) took on the challenge of creating the most comprehensive dictionary ever compiled, but knew that it would take him and his team over a century to compile all known definitions. However, by “crowd sourcing” the work, that is, by enlisting definitions from people all over the world, the dictionary could be compiled in mere decades.
As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor Murray, discovered that one man, Dr. W.C. Minor (Sean Penn), had submitted more than ten thousand words. When the committee insisted on honoring him, a shocking truth came to light: Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was a convicted murderer and being held at an asylum for the criminally insane.
BRAHMS: THE BOY II • In cinemas from February 20
Unaware of the terrifying history of Heelshire Mansion, a young family moves into a guest house on the estate where their young son soon makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily life-like doll he calls Brahms.
Katie Holmes stars in STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment’s, BRAHMS: THE BOY II, alongside Christopher Convery (“Gotham”), Owain Yeoman (The Belko Experience) and Ralph Ineson (The Witch).
William Brent Bell returns to direct BRAHMS: THE BOY II. The producers are Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg, Eric Reid, Gary Lucchesi, and Richard Wright in addition to Matt Berenson, Jim Wedaa and Roy Lee.
THE LODGE • In limited cinemas from February 20
Devoted to their devastated mother, siblings Aidan and Mia resent Grace, the younger woman their newly separated father plans to marry. They flatly reject Grace’s attempts to bond, and they dig up dirt on her tragic past—but soon they find themselves trapped with her, snowed in in a remote holiday village after their dad heads back to the city for work. Just as relations begin to thaw, strange and frightening events threaten to unearth psychological demons from Grace’s strictly religious childhood.
SHUBH MANGAL ZYADA SAAVDHAN • In limited cinemas from February 21
Every love story deserves a happy ending. But the road to achieving this happy ending is a little too rough for Kartik and Aman. While Aman’s family tries hard to battle his love for Kartik, Kartik isn’t prepared to step back until he marries Aman! Find out what this ultimate feud leads to, in Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan!
BHEESHMA • In limited cinemas from February 21
Telugu romantic comedy film directed by Venky Kudumula starring Nithiin and Rashmika Mandanna in lead roles.
POPCORN MONKEY TIGER • In limited cinemas from February 21
Action thriller gangster movie, directed by Duniya Sur.
BHOOT: PART 1 – THE HAUNTED SHIP • In limited cinemas from February 21
A little girl is left behind on a ship called, “Sea Bird”. Eleven years later that same ship turns up at Juhu beach. A bereaved shipping officer must save a girl he believes is real, on a stranded, unmanned, haunted ship, Sea Bird”. This is the story of the mystery behind the haunted ship, “Sea Bird”.
MAFIA: CHAPTER 1 • In limited cinemas from February 21
Mafia Chapter 1 is a Tamil drama starring Arun Vijay and Priya Bhavani Shankar in prominent roles.
SHOOTER • In limited cinemas from February 21
Shooter is a film inspired from real incidents and characters from Punjab. Sucha is young hot-blooded man who chooses the path of gang culture so that he can live like a king. But this comes at the cost of entering the violent gang and mafia world. Sucha along with his friends create their own gang and start a life of bloodshed. Despite this path impacting his loved ones, he continues with his chosen lifestyle despite losing his loved ones. Unfortunately, his realization of wrongdoing comes at the cost of his life when, he is killed on the way to his court hearing. The film preaches a positive message for the youth regarding the dangers of gangs and guns.