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Starring Robert Sheehan, Hera Hilmar, Ronan Raftery, Stephen Lang, Leila George, Jihae, Hugo Weaving, Colin Salmon, Sophie Cox and Caren Pistorius. Directed by Christian Rivers.

Thousands of years after civilisation was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy - who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London - finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw. Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future.

REVIEWS Mortal Engines - A junkyard mess

Starring Levi Miller, Aaron L. McGrath, Angourie Rice, Toni Collette, Dan Wyllie, Hugo Weaving, Kevin Long, Matt Nable, Myles Pollard and Susan Prior. Directed by Rachel Perkins.

Over one eventful summer in 1965, bookish 14-year-old Charlie Bucktin navigates small-town racism, hypocrisy and the trials of teenage love to discover what it means be truly courageous.
Starring Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Rachel Griffiths, Richard Roxburgh, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Corr and Firass Dirani. Directed by Mel Gibson.

The extraordinary true story of conscientious objector Desmond Doss who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing a gun. Believing that the War was just but killing was nevertheless wrong, he was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon.

REVIEWS Hacksaw Ridge - A forgettable film about an extraordinary hero

Starring Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving, Shane Bourne, Rebecca Gibney and Sarah Snook. Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse.

The story of Tilly Dunnage, who returns after many years in Europe to her small hometown with revenge on her mind. A stylish drama with comic undertones, Tilly punishes those who did her wrong in the past-and brings 1950s haute couture to the Australian outback.

REVIEWS The Dressmaker - A little Aussie battler out on Blu-ray
The Dressmaker - An insane, barmy and ecstatic film

Starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes, Hugo Weaving, Nicholas Hamilton and Maddison Brown. Directed by Kim Farrant.

A mystery-drama about a couple whose lives unravel after their two teenage children go missing in the harsh Australian desert. Selected for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Strangerland will be released mid 2015 across Australia.

REVIEWS Strangerland - Kidman still fails to inspire

Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Cate Balanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Evangeline Lily, Hugo Weaving, Luke Evans and Orlando Bloom. Directed by Peter Jackson.

Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honour to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

REVIEWS The Hobbit Trilogy - Inside the extended editions
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - The final film of the trilogy on Blu-ray
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Not with a bang, but with a whimper

THE MULE (2014)
Starring Hugo Weaving, Angus Sampson, Ewen Leslie, Leigh Whannell, Georgina Haig, John Noble, Geoff Morrell, Noni Hazlehurst, Nick Farnell and Dave Lawson. Directed by Tony Mahony.
HEALING (2014)
Starring Hugo Weaving, Don Hany, Xavier Samuel, Jane Menelaus, Anthony Hayes, Mark Leonard Winter, Robert Taylor, Justine Clarke, Laura Brent and Tony Martin. Directed by Craig Monahan.

Viktor Khadem has spent 16 years in prison and has almost given up on life. For his final 18 months, he is sentenced to Won Wron, a low-security, pre-release prison farm, where Senior Officer Matt Perry has established a unique program to rehabilitate broken men by giving them the responsibility for the rehabilitation of injured raptors – beautiful, fearsome proud eagles, falcons and owls. Against all odds, Matt takes on Viktor as his number one test case, introducing him to Yasmine, a majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle. If these two can tame each other, anything is possible.
Starring Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson, Ryan Kwanten, Aaron Pedersen, Tony Barry and David Field. Directed by Ivan Sen.

In an outback town, Jay Swan an Indigenous, cowboy detective returns home to solve the murder of a teenage indigenous girl, whose body is found under the highway trucking route out of town.

He is alienated from both the white dominated Police force and the Indigenous community, including his teenage daughter who he discovers is connected with the murdered girl.

REVIEWS Mystery Road - Up the garden path

Starring Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Miranda Otto, Richard Roxburgh and Hugo Weaving.

REVIEWS The Turning - Exquisite melancholic art

Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Keith David, James D'arcy and Susan Sarandon. Directed by Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski.

Based on the celebrated best-selling novel by David Mitchell, 'Cloud Atlas' explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future. Each member of the ensemble appears in multiple roles as the stories move through time.

REVIEWS Cloud Atlas - Reaching beyond the infinite

Starring Cate Blanchett, Sam Neill, Hugo Weaving, Martin Henderson, Noni Hazlehurst, Joel Tobeck, Susie Porter, Dustin Nguyen, Lisa McCune and Nina Liu. Directed by Rowan Woods.
Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Mary Alice, Helmut Bakaitis, Lambert Wilson, Roy Jones Jr, Randall Duk Kim and Harry Lennix. Directed by Lana And Lilly Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers).

The human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith.

REVIEWS The Matrix Revolutions - The final instalment of the Matrix Trilogy on 4K UHD

Starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Helmut Bakaitis, Steve Bastoni, Don Battee, Monica Bellucci, Daniel Bernhardt and Valerie Berry. Directed by Lana And Lilly Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers).

Following the events of 'The Matrix' (1999), Neo and the rebel leaders estimate they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants. Neo must decide how he can save Trinity from a dark fate in his dreams.

REVIEWS The Matrix Reloaded - The second instalment in the Matrix Trilogy on 4K

Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Gloria Foster, Joe Pantoliano, Marcus Chong, Paul Goddard, Robert Taylor and Julian Arahanga. Directed by Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski.

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

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The Matrix - The iconic action masterpiece revisited

Starring Hugo Weaving, Andrew Luri, Hayley McElhinney, Bolude Watson, Ling Cooper Tang, Alan Dukes, Ava Caryofyllis, Michael Kotsohilis, John Puckeridge-Webb and Karim Zreika. Directed by Ben Lawrence.

A war photographer has just returned home to prepare for his latest exhibition when a South Sudanese refugee appears at his door with a request - that he not exhibit any photographs of the massacre in his village, taken 15 years earlier. What emerges is an unlikely friendship between the two men. While sifting through the photographer’s archive, they make a startling discovery – the refugee’s daughter, thought dead, may still be alive. As more revelations arise, both men begin to question their past and in their search, they discover salvation.
Starring Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville, Stephen Rea, Freddie Fox, Barry Keoghan, Moe Dunford, Sarah Greene, Jim Broadbent, Dermot Crowley and Ruairí Heading. Directed by Lance Daly.

REVIEWS Black '47 - A bleak historical revenge Western

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