ROMAN HOLIDAY (118 minutes) G
Shot on location in Rome, William Wyler’s 1953 bittersweet tale of a runaway princess (Audrey Hepburn) and a hard-boiled reporter (Gregory Peck) represents Hollywood magic at its purest, even as it draws inspiration from the quasi-documentary spirit of neo-realism. Hepburn, despite her best efforts, was never quite so young again. Digitally projected. Thornbury Picture House, Sunday, December 15, 1pm.
DIE HARD (132 minutes) M
Never mind the controversy about whether it’s a Christmas movie or not. John McTiernan’s 1987 action thriller about an everyman cop (Bruce Willis) battling terrorists in a skyscraper remains a model of its kind, with the late Alan Rickman supplying the gold standard for comic yet alarming villainy. Digitally projected. IMAX Melbourne, Saturday, December 14, 8.45pm.
THE WILD GOOSE LAKE (113 minutes) MA
A man (Hu Ge) and a woman (Gwei Lun Mei) meet at a railway station on a dark, rainy night — and so begins the latest arty gangster thriller from Chinese stylist Diao Yinan (Black Coal, Thin Ice), which blends romanticism and realism in a sometimes jarring, quite original way. Cinema Nova.
BLACK CHRISTMAS (92 minutes) M
Is it truly possible to make a “woke” slasher film? Writer-director Sophia Takal takes the assignment seriously in this modernised remake of the 1970s cult favourite about killings in a sorority house, with Imogen Poots as the already traumatised heroine and Cary Elwes as a conservative professor along Jordan Peterson lines. General.