In 1992, Australian director Baz Luhrmann grabbed attention with his debut movie Strictly Ballroom. Luhrmann’s distinctive visual style continued to garner audiences for both Romeo + Juliet starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Moulin Rouge! starring Nicole Kidman before tackling the epic Australia starring Kidman and Hugh Jackman.
His next project is no less daunting—adapting F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby.
Already adapted numerous times, including the hit 1974 movie starring Robert Redford,
Luhrmann has re-teamed with DiCaprio as well as Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher to help put his unique stamp on the story.
If you do not know the story, it follows the life and times of millionaire Jay Gatsby and his neighbour Nick, who recounts his encounter with Gatsby at the height of the Roaring Twenties.
Although it will be showing in both 3D and 2D at the Landmark Cinemas 8 in West Kelowna, it is reportedly one that should be seen in 3D as audiences are raving about its quality (like Life of Pi last fall).
Opening at the Landmark Cinemas Grand 10 is The Colony. Set in 2045, the human race is forced underground by the next ice age.
Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton and Kevin Zegers star as survivors who must fight to preserve humanity against a threat more savage than even nature.
Showing at the Landmark Cinemas Paramount Theatre is the critically acclaimed The Sapphires, the true story of four Australian Aboriginal women who, in 1968, form a soul singing girl group under the tutelage of Irish talent scout Dave Lovelace.
Although the women face racial prejudice, they are sure they will become famous. Although he is an alcoholic and has very little rhythm, Lovelace is good humoured and has a great knowledge of soul music. He is able to give the young woman their first taste of stardom when he books them to entertain the American troops in Vietnam.
Also at the Paramount is Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children, a documentary based on the non-fiction book by the Canadian senator, humanitarian, author and retired general Romeo Dallaire about the child-soldier phenomenon.
Believing that not one of us should tolerate a child being used in this fashion, Dallaire has made it his mission to end the use of child soldiers by providing an intellectually daring and enlightening introduction to the child soldier phenomenon, as well as inspiring and concrete solutions to eradicate it.
It is showing for two shows only, this Saturday May 11 and Sunday May 12 at 5 p.m.
And do not forget that Star Trek Into Darkness opens next Friday, May 17 but your first chance to see it is next Wednesday, May 15 in the Xtreme auditorium at the Landmark Cinemas 8 in West Kelowna.
Then on Thursday, there are advanced screenings not only at the Landmark 8, but also at the Grand 10 and the Paramount. Tickets are on sale now at www.landmarkcinemas.com.