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AMC SANTAMONICA 1310 3rd Street Promenade, at Arizona Avenue

CRITERION 1313 3rd Street Promenade, across from AMC Santa Monica at Arizona Avenue

BROADWAY CINEPLEX 1441 3rd Street Promenade, just north of Broadway

FAIRMONT SCREENING ROOMS 101 Wilshire Boulevard, enter from 2nd Street


HIMIZU Drama, 129mins. GAGA Corporation. Dir: Sion Sono. Key cast: Shota Sometani, Fumi Nikaidou. A teenager aspires to be “ordinary” and “normal” in this world


HIMIZU See box, above

HINDSIGHT Romantic drama, action/ adventure, 120mins. CJ Entertainment. Dir: Lee Hyeon-seung. Key cast: Song Kang-ho, Shin Se-kyung, Chun Jeong- myoung. A retired mob boss finds himself drawn to a mysterious girl without knowing that she is a sniper hired by the new boss to assassinate him. Turning a blind eye on their growing affection for each other, they come face-to-face in a final showdown on a vast salt farm. AMC Santa Monica 2

SIMON AND THE OAKS See box, right

SNOWTOWN Drama, 120mins. Protagonist Pictures. Dir: Justin Kurzel. Key cast: Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall. When 16-year-old

of chaos. But after an incident that can never be erased from his life, his wish becomes something impossible to achieve, turning him into a person obsessed with sanctioning evil people in the society. Fairmont 1

Jamie is introduced to a charismatic man, a friendship begins. However, as the relationship grows so do Jamie’s suspicions, until he finds his world threatened by both his loyalty for, and fear of, his newfound father figure, John Bunting: Australia’s most notorious serial killer. Fairmont 3


3D: FREDDY FROGFACE Animation, family, 82mins. Sola Media. Dir: Peter Dodd. Key cast: Thure Lindhardt. Being small doesn’t make life easy for 10-year-old Victor and his friends, who have to not only face a world full of stern grown-ups but also the town bully, Freddy Frogface. When a circus comes to his sleepy little town, Victor is thrilled at having the chance to perform in a talent show with his dog, Sausage. But Freddy soon comes up with a sinister plot of

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his own to spoil Victor’s plans. AMC Santa Monica 1

BLIND ALLEY Horror, thriller, 75mins. DeAPlaneta. Dir: Antonio Trashorras. Key cast: Ana De Armas, Diego Cadavid. In a tiny laundrette hidden down an alleyway, Rosa is trapped, isolated and unable to escape the nightmare of being attacked by a serial killer. AMC Santa Monica 6

THE CAT Horror, 106mins. Finecut. Dir: Byun Seungwook. Key cast: Park Minyoung, Kim Dongwook, Kim Yeron. So-yeon is an animal groomer who works in a pet shop. One day, she gets stuck with a Persian cat named Silky when its owner suddenly dies. From then on, So-yeon is constantly haunted by a bobbed-haired girl with green cat-like eyes who puts her life in turmoil. The presence of the girl and the sound of Silky’s cries start to close in on her life more and more as series of mysterious deaths occur around her. Broadway Cineplex 3

CHICKENWITH PLUMS Drama, 91mins. Celluloid Dreams. Dir: Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud.

Key cast: Mathieu Amalric, Edouard Baer. Nasser Ali Khan, the celebrated violin player, has his beloved instrument broken. Unable to find another to replace it, life without music seems intolerable. He stays in bed and slips further and further into his reveries from

his youth to his own children’s futures. Over the course of the week that follows, and as the pieces of this captivating story fall into place, we understand his poignant secret and the profundity of his decision to give up life for music and love. Criterion 3

THE CUP Action/adventure, 101mins. Myriad Pictures. Dir: Simon Wincer. Key cast: Stephen Curry, Brendan Gleeson. A true story about two brothers, both competing for the highest honour in horse racing, the Melbourne Cup. When tragedy strikes, one

LAEMMLE’SMONICA 1332 2nd Street, between Arizona Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard

LEMERIGOT SCREENING ROOMS 1740 Ocean Avenue, next to Loews Hotel

OCEAN SCREENING ROOM 1401 Ocean Avenue, at Santa Monica Boulevard


SIMON AND THE OAKS Drama, 118mins. NonStop Sales. Dir: Lisa Ohlin. Key cast: Bill Skarsgard, Helen Sjaholm, Jan Josef Liefers. Simon has had a loving childhood, but still feels alienated in the working class neighborhoods of 1940s Gothenburg. Against his parents’ will he, being

intellectually gifted, turns to an education otherwise reserved for young men of academic heritage. There he meets Isak, the son of a wealthy Jewish bookseller, who has fled the German persecutions. The boys and their families’ lives will interconnect in unexpected ways as the war rages all over Europe. Broadway Cineplex 2


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