Hugh Jackman in a scene from the movie Les Miserables. Supplied by UPI Media.
Hugh Jackman in a scene from the movie Les Miserables. Supplied by UPI Media.

Bonanza for movie lovers as Boxing Day line-up hits screens

Boxing Day session times

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FROM fantasy to light hearted family fun, there's never been a better time to escape the heat and head to the movies.

Gladstone Cinemas general manager Melissa Noe said this year's Boxing Day releases would not disappoint.

Gladstone Cinemas General Manager Melissa Noe said the Boxing Day releases will not disappoint.
Gladstone Cinemas General Manager Melissa Noe said the Boxing Day releases will not disappoint. Rebecca Danslow

"Boxing day is traditionally known for great movies," Ms Noe said.

"A lot of big sequels have come out on Boxing Day, for example Lord of the Rings.

"This year we have The Hobbit."

Ms Noe said it's the biggest Boxing Day line-up she had seen in some time.

"We haven't had a year like this in a while."

"We're really excited, we've got a great range this year and some other big ones coming out in January like Life of Pi."

The Hobbit, The Quartet, Wreck it Ralph, Parental Guidance and Les Miserables are some of the great releases you can check out out at the movies from today.

Ms Noe said the movie release of popular musical Les Miserables is expected to draw big crowds.

"There are some great Aussie actors in this one including Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman," she said.

"We, as Aussies, tend to get behind these guys."

Ms Noe said the big family movie of the year will be Wreck it Ralph

"It's a sneaky Disney one that we haven't heard too much about," she said.

"It's for adults and kids and based in a games arcade.

"It's got a really creative storyline."

To accommodate the huge range of releases, Gladstone Cinema will be running extra sessions throughout summer.

Ms Noe recommends booking online to avoid missing out on popular sessions.

Boxing Day Sessions

  • Wreck it Ralph: 8.00am, 11.20am, 12.20pm, 4.00pm, 6.45pm (3D), 9.15pm.
  • Les Miserables: 8.00am, 10.00am, 10.00am, 1.00pm, 6.10pm, 9.00pm.
  • The Hobbit: 8.15am, 8.30am, 11.40am, 12.20pm (3D), 3.30pm (3D), 6.00pm (GR), 6.10pm, 8.40pm (3D), 9.10pm.
  • The Quartet: 10.35am, 1.00pm, 7.10pm, 9.10pm (GR)
  • Parental Guidance: 8.15am, 11.00am, 3.00pm, 7.15pm, 9.15pm.

About the movies:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

  • Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth with part one of his trilogy adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien's The Hobbit. A young Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, legendary warrior Thorin Oakensheild and a posse of 13 dwarves journey to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug.
  • Rating: M
  • Stars: Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellan, Elijah Wood, Billy Connolly, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis.
  • Length: 169 minutes.

The Quartet

  • Beecham House is abuzz. The rumor circling the halls is the home for retired musicians is soon to play host to a new resident.
  • Rating: M
  • Stars: Billy Connolly, Maggie Smith, Pauline Collins.
  • Length: 115 minutes.

Wreck it Ralph

  • Wreck-It Ralph longs to be as beloved as his game's perfect good guy, Fix-It Felix. Problem is, nobody loves a bad guy. But they do love heroes... so when a modern, first-person shooter game arrives featuring tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun, Ralph sees it as his ticket to heroism and happiness.
  • Rating: PG
  • Stars: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch.
  • Length: 120 minutes.

Les Miserables

  • An all star cast bring this adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption, to life on the big screen for its finest hour.
  • Rating: M
  • Stars: Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen.
  • Length: 175 minutes.

Parental Guidance

  • Artie and Diane agree to look after their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents need to leave town for work. Problems arise when the kids' 21st-century behaviors collide with Artie and Diane's old-school methods.
  • Rating: PG
  • Stars: Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei.
  • Length: 120 minutes.


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