There are now more films opening every week than any sane person can manage. Luckily, we have waded through mountains of popcorn to bring you five of the best reasons to go out to the cinema right now. You’re welcome.
Melbourne director Ariel Kleiman’s debut feature pulls out all the stops: starring Vincent Kassel and featuring music by Jarvis Cocker, Metronomy and Sebastian Tellier, Partisan tells the surreal story of pre-teen assassins under the guidance of a benevolent cult leader. It’s a remarkably assured and memorable debut.
It’s for you if: You like your Australian cinema on the weird side.
Showing at Cinema Nova, Carlton; Palace Kino; Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick.
Kumiko: Treasure Hunter
This, as they say, is a true story. Maybe. In 2001, a Japanese woman traveled to Fargo, North Dakota, where she subsequently died. An urban legend says she died searching for the buried treasure from the Coen brothers’ film, Fargo, believing it to be based on truth. This is a fable-like retelling of that story, as a lonely woman travels to the other side of the world and becomes a victim of mistranslation, naivety and loneliness.
It’s for you if: You’ve ever wanted to hunt for buried treasure.
Cinema Nova, Carlton; Palace Cinema Como.
After dangling in purgatory for too long, The Astor has finally been saved, and so has its remit to screen classic films. Taxi Driver isn’t considered a classic for nothing. Ambiguous, grim and violent, it’s one of those films we know by reputation alone, to the point that you can forget just how good it really is.
It’s for you if: You’ve looked in the mirror and said “You talkin’ to me?” so many times you can’t remember if you’ve actually seen the film.
Fresh from its stint at the Spanish Film Festival, Wild Tales is now on limited release. This Argentinian film brings us six tales of black comedy and revenge. For an anthology film, it’s remarkably consistent, and has spent the 12 months since its Cannes release cleaning up at awards ceremonies around the world.
It’s for you if: You’ve got vengeance on your mind.
Cinema Nova Carlton; Palace, Brighton Bay.
Mad Max: Fury Road
If a violent hell-trek across post-apocalyptic Australia doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, then see Fury Road because it’s an unexpectedly bonkers art-house film sneaking a bulletproof, amputee, feminist role model into the framework of an action blockbuster. Tom Hardy’s Max takes the backseat, Charlize Theron’s Furiosa takes the wheel, and the audience wins. If you haven’t already seen it, or if you want to see it as it should be – from a driver’s seat in the 'burbs – book in to the Coburg Drive-In.
It’s for you if: You thought Mad Max 2 could be a bit more… mad.