The Spider-Verse (and everything else) across Australian cinemas this weekend

Your guide to this weekend’s new releases, advance screenings, and limited releases.

New Releases

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Miles Morales returns for Sony Animation’s superhero sequel (part one of two follow-ups to 2018’s Osccar-winning triumph) in which he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. “This is a gargantuan beast of a big-screen experience,” wrote Liam Maguren in his review for Flicks.

The Boogeyman

50 years after it first publication, Steven King’s short story about the… you-know-what makes its way to the screen. Yellowjackets‘ Sophie Thatcher and Sharp Objects‘ Chris Messina lead this horror featuring a monster with a taste for hanging out under beds and in wardrobes. “The Boogeyman’s derivative presence will make any viewer long for Pennywise’s demonic, shapeshifting playfulness,” observed a disappointed Eliza Janssen in her review for Flicks.

Sweet As

An Indigenous teenager discovers photography during a youth trip in Western Australia, a transformative bus journey through the Pilbara that holds lessons about friendship, first crushes and their true selves, as well as the forces of ‘reality’ that puncture the bubble of youth.

Advance screenings

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Harold is an ordinary man who has passed through life, living on the side lines, until he goes to post a letter one day…and just keeps walking. From BAFTA-winning director Hettie Macdonald (Normal People), adapting the novel by Rachel Joyce and starring Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent.

One Fine Morning

Léa Seydoux, Pascal Greggory and Melvil Poupaud star in this family relationship drama from award-winning filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve (Bergman Island).

Film festivals

St Kilda Film Festival

The St Kilda Film Festival turns the spotlight on exceptional films by both emerging talent and short works by accomplished industry professionals. For more info and the full lineup, visit the festival website.

Retro screenings


Melbourne’s Astor Theatre hosts an all-day Wes-A-Thon featuring back-to-back Wes Anderson films: Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs and The French Dispatch.

In the Mood for Wong Kar Wai

A limited program at Cinema Nova returns the auteur’s most celebrated feature films to the cinema screen.  This weekend: Chungking Express and Fallen Angels.

Limited release

Journey to the West

In this low-budget Chinese mockumentary, a surprise hit in its home country, Tang, the editor of a failing science fiction magazine, teams up with some friends to investigate recent UFO sightings.

We Were Once Kids

Documentary about the real life individuals who inspired Larry Clark’s 1995 cult classic film KIDS.

NT Live 2023: Best of Enemies

David Harewood and Zachary Quinto play feuding rivals William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal in this political thriller from James Graham, filmed live in London’s West End.

Daredevil Musthafa

Ramanuja lyengari and his gang plan to get Musthafa expelled from the college—a series of misadventures that leads to a cricket match which will decide everybody’s fate. Based on a short story by K.P Poornachandra Tejaswi

Kather Basha Endra Muthuramalingam

Indian action drama centred on politicians who create chaos among people belonging to different religions in a village.


Ranjit Bawa and Mahira Sharma star in this Punjabi comedy from director Ishaan Chopra.


Rupak Ronaldson directs this Indian comedy starring Thiruveer in the lead role.


A teenage boy is struck by lightning and suddenly gains powers in this Indian superhero flick.

Zara Hatke Zara Bachke

Heartwarming dramedy following a couple that wants a house of their own away from their family and use the Indian Government’s flagship program Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) to get it.