Films opening in Australian cinemas this week:
Horror/thriller; rated M; opening March 20
Written and directed by Australian Stuart Beattie, this modern take on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein stars Aaron Eckhart as the monster Adam, who finds himself in the middle of an age-old battle between gargoyles and demons, while the fate of mankind hangs in the balance.
Also starring Bill Nighy and Miranda Otto.
Action/adventure/drama; rated M; opening March 20
Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington (aka Jon Snow) stars as a gladiator in the doomed city of Pompeii who must race against time to save his beloved (Australian Emily Browning), who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman senator (Kiefer Sutherland). Directed by Paul WS Anderson, best known for the Resident Evil films.
Comedy; rated M; opening March 20
Nick Frost stars as Bruce Garrett, an overweight, shy, former teenage salsa champion, whose passion for dancing is reignited with the arrival of a new boss (Rashida Jones) who loves hitting the dance floor. Also starring Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) and directed by James Griffiths.
Action/comedy; rated M; opening March 20
Comedian Kevin Hart stars as a fast-talking security guard who joins his girlfriend’s older brother, a tough Atlanta cop (played by rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube), to help patrol the streets and prove he’s worthy enough to marry her. From Think Like A Man and Fantastic Four director Tim Story.
Drama; rated PG; opening March 20
The first feature shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, and the first film directed by a Saudi woman, Haifaa Al Mansour’s groundbreaking tale highlights the pressures and difficulties faced by women in that part of the world through the story of Wadjda, a 10-year-old girl determined to fight for her dreams.