Movies by Month - January 2016

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Flickerfest 25th Short Film Festival

8-17th January, 2016 Bondi Beach
Touring nationally Jan-May

Australia's most respected short film festival kicks off the summer cinema season under the stars at our Iconic Bondi Beach this January, screening the 100 best short films from Australia and abroad in the chilled and iconic location of Bondi Pavilion.

Flickerfest is Australia's largest short film competition and the only one with Academy(R) accreditation and BAFTA recognition ensuring all of our films are entertaining, inspiring, highly creative pieces of work.

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The 17th Annual Brisbane Queer Film Festival (Brisbane)

New Farm Cinemas from Thursday 18 -- Sunday 28 February

The 17th annual Brisbane Queer Film Festival program has launched with 16 feature films and two Queer Shorts sessions.

The program features films from all over the world, with highlights including Australian documentary Remembering The Man -- a documentary focusing on Holding The Man's Tim Conigrave and John Caleo; Opening Night Gala film 54: The Director's Cut by Mark Christopher; The 40th anniversary screening of Australian classic The Devil's Playground; and a double documentary session celebrating the butch lesbian identity.

The festival program includes films from Kenya, Lithuania, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela, USA, Spain, Mexico and Australia, with films featuring well-known actors like Lily Tomlin, Laverne Cox, Mike Myers, Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek, Simon Burke and Patricia Velasquez.

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Anticipated Movies

Release due 1 st
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Point Break

A young FBI agent infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists. "Point Break" is inspired by the classic 1991 hit.

for release 1 st
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Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows

Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows picks up a year after the boys crossed dimensions, discovered magic and battled the restoring demon...

for release 7 th
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The Revenant

In the 1820s, a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.

for release 7 th
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Lion (2016)

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.(source: IMDb)

for release 7 th
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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reunite for SISTERS, a new film from Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore about two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the

for release 7 th
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Joy is the story of a family across four generations and the woman who rises to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.

for release 14 th
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Steve Jobs

Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, STEVE JOBS takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution

for release 14 th
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The Hateful Eight

In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive? Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.
January 14 in 70mm at select locations and January 21 in digital wide release

Release now Feb 25
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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

To protect CIA outposts and personnel in unstable regions, the agency employs elite ex-military operators. In 2012, the threat level in Benghazi, Libya was deemed critical.

for release 14 th
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The Fifth Wave

Four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth devastated. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother.

Release due 14 th
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The Big Short (2015)

Despite the crash of 1929, the regulating of American banks has been steadily eroded. Bankers went from solid, conservative members of the community to wealthy traders of commodities. And those commodities, ultimately were the homes and jobs and welfare of people.

Release due 14 th
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Carol (2015)

In 1950s New York, a department-store clerk (Rooney Mara) who dreams of a better life falls for an older, divorced woman (Cate Blanchett).

for release 16 th
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The Hunters Club

Mike is thrust into a world of murder and assassination after running into his best friend Ed, presumed killed in action 10 years ago. In order to keep themselves alive, Mike and Ed must now work together as members of - The Hunters Club.

for release 26 th


Looking for Grace

Official Selection (In Competition) 2015 Venice & Toronto International Film Festivals The long-awaited new film from Sue Brooks, the acclaimed director of Japanese Story and Road to Nhill, LOOKING FOR GRACE is an intimate, funny and profoundly moving story about the complexities of family life, starring Richard Roxburgh, Radha Mitchell and rising star Odessa Young.

Due for release 28 th


Dirty Grandpa (2016)

Right before his wedding, an uptight guy is tricked into driving his grandfather, a lecherous former Army Lieutenant-Colonel, to Florida for spring break

Release due 28 th
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Spotlight (2015}

Ali Kayn writes: "A film that makes a serious effort to truthfully tell the story of the Pulitzer Prize winning investigation. This is the story of how journalists in a Catholic town investigated allegations of sexual child abuse and the systemic efforts of the Catholic hierarchy to conceal it, moving instead of removing offending priests." (read more)

Release due 28 th
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Room (2015)

A young boy and his mother live in a 10 foot by 10 foot space. She tries to five him as normal a life as possible, but knows she must try to escape and show Jack another world.

Release due 30 th
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Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's the Winter's Tale

William Shakespeare's timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption, as reimagined by co-directors Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh in a new production following their triumphant staging of Macbeth in Manchester and Manhattan. Judi Dench will play Paulina, Kenneth Branagh will play Leontes.

for release 31 st



Two sisters become dangerously involved with a prominent and eerie female crime gang called The Prides. web site

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GOD WILLING (dir. Edoardo Falcone) - TBC 2016

Starring Marco Gallini and Alessandro Gassman, GOD WILLING is the hilarious story of an atheist surgeon with a God-complex, a charismatic priest, a dysfunctional family and an announcement that takes everyone by surprise. Winner of the David di Donatello Award (Italian Academy Awards) for Best New Director, GOD WILLING was a box office success in its native Italy and an audience favourite as the Opening Night selection of the the 2015 Italian Film Festival.

LA BELLE SAISON (dir. Catherine Corsini) - TBC 2016

1971. Delphine, a girl of humble means, travels to Paris to look for a life beyond the limitations of her family and rural upbringing, hoping to gain financial independence. There she meets the dynamic Carole (Cecile de France), and begins a life-changing affair. Starring Cécile de France, Izia Higgling and Noémie Lvovsky.

ROSALIE BLUM (dir. Julien Rappeneau) - TBC 2016

Starring Noémie Lvovsky, Kyan Khojandi, Alice Isaac, ROSALIE BLUM tells the story of Vincent Macholt, a man who leads a life of routine. One day looks very much like the next for Vincent, as he splits his time between his hair salon, his cousin, his cat, and his overly invasive mother. But life can sometimes surprise even the most predictable people. By chance Vincent meets Rosalie Blum, a mysterious and lonely woman he believes to have already met somewhere before. But where? Intrigued, he begins to follow her everywhere, and is led on an adventure full of unexpected characters.

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