Welcome to our new weekly rundown of what’s opening in Australian cinemas!
This week, take a stab at holiday horror, have firefighters babysit, and hang out with a royal canine. Here’s what’s arriving in Australian cinemas in the week ending December 14, 2019.
BLACK CHRISTMAS (December 12)
Official synopsis for Black Christmas:
Just in time for the holidays comes a timely take on a cult horror classic as a campus killer comes to face a formidable group of friends in sisterhood.
Hawthorne College is quieting down for the holidays. But as Riley Stone (Imogen Poots, Green Room) and her Mu Kappa Epsilon sisters—athlete Marty (Lily Donoghue, The CW’s Jane the Virgin), rebel Kris (Aleyse Shannon, The CW’s Charmed), and foodie Jesse (Brittany O’Grady, Fox’s Star)—prepare to deck the halls with a series of seasonal parties, a black-masked stalker begins killing sorority women one by one.
As the body count rises, Riley and her squad start to question whether they can trust any man, including Marty’s beta-male boyfriend, Nate (Simon Mead, Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story), Riley’s new crush Landon (Caleb Eberhardt, Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle) or even esteemed classics instructor Professor Gelson (Cary Elwes).
Whoever the killer is, he’s about to discover that this generation’s young women aren’t about to be anybody’s victims.
This December ring in the holidays by dreaming of a Black Christmas.
PLAYING WITH FIRE (December 12)
Official synopsis for Playing with Fire:
When straight-laced fire superintendent Jake Carson (John Cena) and his elite team of expert firefighters (Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo and Tyler Mane) come to the rescue of three siblings (Brianna Hildebrand, Christian Convery and Finley Rose Slater) in the path of an encroaching wildfire, they quickly realize that no amount of training could prepare them for their most challenging job yet – babysitters. Unable to locate the children’s parents, the firefighters have their lives, jobs and even their fire depot turned upside down and quickly learn that kids – much like fires –are wild and unpredictable.
PLAYMOBIL: THE MOVIE (December 12)
Official synopsis for Playmobil: The Movie:
PLAYMOBIL: THE MOVIE takes audiences on an epic comedy adventure through a sprawling imaginative universe in the first-ever feature film inspired by the beloved, award-winning PLAYMOBIL® role-play toys. Packed with humour and excitement the film combines endearing and hilarious characters, thrilling adventure and breathtaking scenery in this originally animated heart-warming tale.
When her younger brother Charlie (Gabriel Bateman) unexpectedly disappears into the magical, animated universe of PLAYMOBIL®, unprepared Marla (Anya Taylor-Joy) must go on a quest of a lifetime to bring him home.
As she sets off on a fantastic journey across stunning new worlds, Marla teams up with some unlikely and heroic new friends – the smooth-talking food truck driver Del (Jim Gaffigan), the dashing and charismatic secret agent Rex Dasher (Daniel Radcliffe), a wholehearted misfit robot, an extravagant fairy-godmother (Meghan Trainor) and many more.
Through their vibrant adventure, Marla and Charlie realize that no matter how life plays out, you can achieve anything when you believe in yourself!
CHILDREN OF THE SEA (December 12)
Official synopsis for Children of the Sea:
Most of the things that happen at sea are left unknown…
When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora. They were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does.
Ruka’s dad and the other adults who work at the aquarium are only distantly aware of what the children are experiencing as they get caught up in the mystery of the worldwide disappearance of the oceans’ fish.
With beautifully detailed hand-drawn animation and a musical score by award-winning composer and longtime Studio Ghibli collaborator, Joe Hisaishi (Spirited Away), you won’t want to miss this absolutely stunning feature film!
Following sold-out screenings at film festivals across both countries, Children of the Sea will dive into cinemas in Australia – and New Zealand as a part of the Reel Anime festival – on December 12.
THE QUEEN’S CORGI (December 12)
Official synopsis for The Queen’s Corgi:
This is about the adventure of Rex (Jack Whitehall), the British monarch’s (Dame Julie Walters’) most beloved dog, who loses track of his mistress and stumbles across a clan with dogs of all kinds confronting and fighting each other. During his epic journey to return to the Queen, Rex falls in love and discovers his true self.
THE IDEAL PALACE (December 12)
Official synopsis for The Ideal Palace:
Based on the incredible true story of Joseph Ferdinand Cheval (Jacques Gamblin), comes the remarkable tale of a simple postman who spent 33 years crafting the magnificent ‘Ideal Palace’. Everyday Cheval travels along the river Drôme from village to village, quiet and alone he enjoys the solitude of his rounds, daydreaming about a world full of wonder he can only imagine through postcards. After his wife, Philomena (Laetitia Casta) gives birth to their daughter Alice, Cheval decides to build Alice a palace fit for a princess. With only his bare hands, his love for his daughter and the dedication of his wife, he starts carefully collecting stones and begins building the historically classified monument, THE IDEAL PALACE.
WRINKLES THE CLOWN (One night only – Friday, December 13th) – OUR REVIEW
Official synopsis for Wrinkles the Clown:
In late 2014, a terrifying video of a person in a clown mask emerging from underneath a sleeping child’s bed appears on YouTube. The description below the video claims that the clown is named “Wrinkles”. The video goes viral. Soon, more mysterious videos of Wrinkles appear online. But who is Wrinkles, and why is he doing this? With incredible access to the mastermind, Wrinkles the Clown explores the phenomenon and the myth behind the mask.