High Ground

Strong violence

Set against the stunning landscapes of 1930s Arnhem Land, HIGH GROUND chronicles young Aboriginal man Gutjuk, who in a bid to save the last of his family teams up with ex-soldier Travis to track down Baywara—the most dangerous warrior in the Territory, who is also his uncle. As Travis and Gutjuk journey through the outback they begin to earn each other’s trust, but when the truths of Travis’ past actions are suddenly revealed, it is he who becomes the hunted.

  • running time: 125 Mins
  • director: Stephen Johnson
  • Cast: Simon Baker, Jacob Junior Nayinggul, Jack Thompson
  • Start Screening on: Thu 28 Jan
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Dawn Raid

Coarse language

DAWN RAID tells the extraordinary untold story of acclaimed New Zealand music label Dawn Raid Entertainment and its two founders, Andy Murnane and Brotha D. From humble beginnings selling t-shirts on the streets of South Auckland, this unlikely duo formed a legendary partnership that would defy the odds and become music royalty both at home and across the world. The film explores the incredible challenges and struggles that were buried deep beneath the glamour of chart-topping hits with the hottest local and international talent – rifts between artists, unpaid tax debts, feelings of failure and betrayal – and the immeasurable musical legacy that was created in spite of this. Featuring some of New Zealand’s biggest hip-hop and RnB artists including Savage, Mareko, Adeaze and Aaradhna, DAWN RAID is an inspirational, heart pounding celebration of local home grown talent who not only gave a voice to their local community, but paved the way for a future generation of artists. From Director Oscar Kightley (known for performances in Hunt for the Wilderpeople, The Breaker Upperers and Sione’s Wedding) and the acclaimed film-making team behind McLaren and The Dead Lands, this is a legacy like no other. Experience DAWN RAID in cinemas January 21.

  • running time: 118 Mins
  • director: Oscar Kightley
  • Cast: Danny “Brotha D” Leaoasavai’i and Andy Murnane, also starring: “Aaradhna”, “Alphrisk”, Malo “Scribe” Luafutu, David “Devolo” Punuani, Mark Kolani “Mareko” Sagapolutele, “Savage”, Feagaigafou "Nainz" Tupa'i, Logovi'i "Viiz" Tupa'i
  • Start Screening on: Thu 21 Jan
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The Marksman

Violence, some bloody images and brief strong language

Jim Hanson’s (Liam Neeson) quiet life is suddenly disturbed by two people crossing the US/Mexico border – a woman and her young son – desperate to flee a Mexican cartel. After a shootout leaves the mother dead, Jim becomes the boy’s reluctant defender. He embraces his role as Miguel’s protector and will stop at nothing to get him to safety, as they go on the run from the relentless assassins.

  • running time: 128 Mins
  • director: Robert Lorenz
  • Cast: Liam Neeson, Katheryn Winnick, Juan Pablo Raba
  • Start Screening on: Thu 21 Jan
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Shadow In The Cloud Shadow In The Cloud

Strong violence

On a stormy night during World War II, a female pilot with top secret cargo talks her way on board a bomber plane about to take-off. The crass all-male crew reluctantly agrees, but their suspicions about her identity and the mysterious cargo quickly grow. Just then a shadow appears in the clouds - was it the incoming Japanese fleet? Or caused by some other sinister stowaway?

  • running time: 103 Mins
  • director: Roseanne Liang
  • Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Beulah Koale
  • Start Screening on: Thu 14 Jan
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Penguin Bloom

Based on the best-selling book of the same name, the film tells the story of Sam Bloom (Academy Award® nominated Naomi Watts) a young mother whose world is turned upside down after a shocking, near-fatal accident leaves her paralyzed. Sam's husband, (Andrew Lincoln), her three young boys and her mother (Academy Award® nominated Jacki Weaver), are struggling to adjust to their new situation when an unlikely ally enters their world in the form of an injured baby magpie they name Penguin. The bird's arrival is a welcome distraction for the Bloom family, eventually making a profound difference on Sam's life, teaching her how to live again.

  • running time: 115 Mins
  • director: Glendyn Ivin
  • Cast: Naomi Watts, Andrew Lincoln, Jacki Weaver
  • Start Screening on: Thu 21 Jan
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Wonder Woman 1984

Action violence

Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman's next big screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah.

  • running time: 171 Mins
  • director: Patty Jenkins
  • Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright
  • Start Screening on: Sat 26 Dec
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The Croods: A New Age

Mild themes and animated violence

Prehistoric family The Croods are back to their old shenanigans in a dangerous, strange new world.

  • running time: 115 Mins
  • director: Joel Crawford
  • Cast: Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, Clark Duke, Leslie Mann, Peter Dinklage
  • Start Screening on: Sat 26 Dec
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Mild Themes

Alice is a reclusive writer, resigned to a solitary life on the seaside cliffs of Southern England while World War II rages across the channel. When she opens her front door one day to find she's to adopt a young London evacuee named Frank, she's resistant. It's not long, however, before the two realize they have more in common in their pasts than Alice had assumed. Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Tom Courtenay star in this intensely emotional story of love's endurance in trying times.

  • running time: 119 Mins
  • director: Jessica Swale
  • Cast: Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Penelope Wilton
  • Start Screening on: Thu 07 Jan
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The Buddy Games

Strong crude sexual content and language, some graphic nudity and drug use

A group of friends reunite to play The Buddy Games, a wild assortment of absurd physical and mental challenges. In the process, they'll heal old wounds, right past wrongs and figure out the true meaning of friendship...or die trying.

  • running time: 110 Mins
  • director: Josh Duhamel
  • Cast: Josh Duhamel, Dax Shepard, Olivia Munn
  • Start Screening on: Thu 07 Jan
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The Dry

Strong themes and violence

A cop returns to his hometown to face the demons of his past after his childhood friend dies in a gruesome murder-suicide.

  • running time: 137 Mins
  • director: Robert Connolly
  • Cast: Eric Bana, Genevieve O'Reilly, Keir O'Donnell
  • Start Screening on: Fri 01 Jan
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Mild themes

Dreambuilders centers on Minna, a young girl who misuses her newfound ability to create and control other people’s dreams to teach her bothersome stepsister a lesson.

  • running time: 101 Mins
  • director: Kim Hagen-Jensen Tonni Zinck
  • Cast: Robyn Dempsey, Emma Jenkins, Luke Griffin
  • Start Screening on: Thu 07 Jan
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Dragon Rider

Mild fantasy themes and animated violence

A young silver dragon teams up with a mountain spirit and an orphaned boy on a journey through the Himalayas in search for the Rim of Heaven.

  • running time: 112 Mins
  • director: Tomer Eshed
  • Cast: Felicity Jones, Freddie Highmore, Patrick Stewart, Meera Syal, Sanjeeev Bhaskar, Thomas Brodie Sangster
  • Start Screening on: Fri 01 Jan
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Maya the Bee: The Golden Orb

very mild themes

When a bored Maya and Willy bust out of winter lock down early, they are catapulted headfirst into a top secret mission! Entrusted with the care of a sacred “seed”, Maya and Willy team up with their old pal's Arnie and Barney to deliver the seed to its new home atop the mysterious Bonsai Mountain. But when their "seed" hatches, Maya and Willy come face to face with their biggest responsibility yet - a squishy little princess called Smoosh! This adventure is a LOT more than they bargained for as they take on bounty hunters, thugs and ruthless enemies, to return the lost princess to her mountain colony, only to find it hanging in the balance of a turf war and remorseless predators. Willy discovers a side of himself that he never expected, as he becomes protective of the tiny princess, but to save her, and her colony, Maya must learn that trust is not just a word, it has to be earned!

  • running time: 108 Mins
  • director: Noel Cleary
  • Cast: Coco Jack Gillies
  • Start Screening on: Thu 07 Jan
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Monster Hunter

Fantasy themes and violence

Behind our world, there is another: a world of dangerous and powerful monsters that rule their domain with deadly ferocity. When Lt. Artemis (Milla Jovovich) and her elite unit are transported through a portal from our world to a new world, they are in for the shock of their lives. In her desperate attempt to get home, the brave lieutenant encounters a mysterious hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills have allowed him to survive in this hostile land. Faced with relentless and terrifying attacks from the monsters, the warriors team up to fight back and find a way home.

  • running time: 124 Mins
  • director: Paul W.S. Anderson
  • Cast: Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa, Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris, Meagan Good, Diego Boneta, Josh Helman, Jim Au-Yeung, Ron Perlman
  • Start Screening on: Fri 01 Jan
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The War with Grandpa

Mild themes and coarse language

Upset that he has to share the room he loves with his grandfather, Peter decides to declare war in an attempt to get it back.

  • running time: 118 Mins
  • director: Tim Hill
  • Cast: Robert de Niro, Uma Thurman, Christopher Walken, Eugene Levy, Jane Seymour, Rob Riggle, Cheech Marin, Oaks Fegley
  • Start Screening on: Thu 03 Dec
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The Witches

Supernatural themes and violence, scary scenes

Based on Roald Dahl's 1973 classic book 'The Witches', the story tells the scary, funny and imaginative tale of a seven year old boy who has a run in with some real life witches!

  • running time: 124 Mins
  • director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Cast: Anne Hathaway
  • Start Screening on: Thu 10 Dec
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Graphic sexuality, some graphic nudity and brief language

In 1840s England, acclaimed but overlooked fossil hunter Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) works alone on the rugged Southern coastline. With the days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now searches for common fossils to sell to tourists to support herself and her ailing mother. When a wealthy visitor entrusts Mary with the care of his wife Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan), she cannot afford to turn his offer down. Proud and relentlessly passionate about her work, Mary initially clashes with her unwelcome guest, but despite the distance between their social class and personalities, an intense bond begins to develop, compelling the two women to determine the true nature of their relationship.

  • running time: 140 Mins
  • director: Francis Lee
  • Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Kate Winslet, Fiona Shaw
  • Start Screening on: Thu 14 Jan
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Thematic content, drug material, brief violence and strong language

Zu is newly sober when she receives news that she is to become the sole guardian of her half-sister named Music, a young girl on the autism spectrum. The film explores two of Sia's favorite themes: finding your voice and creating family.

  • running time: 127 Mins
  • director: Sia
  • Cast: Juliette Lewis, Kate Hudson, Leslie Odom Jr.
  • Start Screening on: Thu 14 Jan
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Promising Young Woman

Strong coarse language and violence

A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against men who cross her path.

  • running time: 133 Mins
  • director: Emerald Fennell
  • Cast: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Laverne Cox
  • Start Screening on: Sat 26 Dec
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