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Family/Animation
Thursday 13 April, 11am

Sing (G)

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theatre that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist who loves his theatre above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.
Five lead contestants emerge: A mouse (Seth MacFarlane) who croons as smoothly as he cons, a timid teenage elephant (Tori Kelly) with an enormous case of stage fright, an overtaxed mother (Reese Witherspoon) run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets, a young gangster gorilla (Taron Egerton) looking to break free of his family’s felonies, and a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson) struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo. Each animal arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life.

 

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Drama/Mystery/Thriller
Saturday 15 April, 7pm

Jasper Jones (PG)

Adapted from Craig Silvey’s bestselling Australian novel and featuring a stellar cast including Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving, Levi Miller, Angourie Rice, Dan Wyllie and Aaron McGrath, Jasper Jones is a coming of age story of Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14 living in a small town in Western Australia.
In the dead of night during the scorching summer of 1969, Charlie is startled when he is woken by local mixed-race outcast Jasper Jones outside his window. Jasper leads him deep into the forest and shows him something that will change his life forever, setting them both on a dangerous journey to solve a mystery that will consume the entire community. In his isolated town where secrecy, gossip and tragedy overwhelm the landscape, Charlie faces family breakdown, finds his first love, and discovers what it means be truly courageous.

 

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Silence (M)  Drama/History
Sunday 16 April, 7pm

Silence (M)

Martin Scorsese’s Silence tells the story of two 17th century Jesuit missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel from Portugal to Nagasaki in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) – at a time when Catholicism was outlawed in Japan, and their presence forbidden. Silence ends Martin Scorsese’s 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo’s 1966 acclaimed novel to life, with a monumental, thoughtful, emotionally resonant look at spirituality and human nature that stands among the director’s finest works.

 

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Fantasy/Musical
Thursday 20 April, 11am
Tuesday 25 April, 3 pm

Beauty and the Beast (PG)

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music of Alan Menken, with new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice.
Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realise the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
Directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon from a screenplay, the film stars Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

 

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JAMES CALENDAR

April

  • 13 Thur 11am
    Family/Animation
    'Sing' (G)
  • 15 Sat 7.00pm
    Drama/Mystery/Thriller
    'Jasper Jones' (PG)
  • 16 Sun 7.00pm
    Drama/History
    'Silence' (M)
  • 20 Thur 11am
    Fantasy/Musical
    'Beauty and the Beast' (PG)
  • 25 Tue 3pm
    Fantasy/Musical
    'Beauty and the Beast' (PG)
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