Cinema guide: new films in Australia this week

Your guide to new and continuing releases in Australian cinemas from 19-26 February 2024.

Your guide to everything new to Australian cinemas this week (19-26 February), plus what’s still on.

To see what’s streaming, head to our weekly streaming guide. For film festivals, see the Australian Film Festivals Guide for 2024.

New to cinemas

22 February:

Drive-Away Dolls

Synopsis: Jamie regrets her breakup with her girlfriend, while Marian needs to relax. In search of a fresh start, they embark on an unexpected road trip to Tallahassee. Things quickly go awry when they cross paths with a group of inept criminals.

Directed by: Ethan Coen

Country: USA

Cast includes: Margaret Qualley, Geraldine Viswanathan, Pedro Pascal

Classification: MA

The Rooster

Synopsis: When the body of his oldest friend is found buried in a shallow grave, Dan, a small-town cop, seeks answers from a volatile Hermit who may have been the last person to see his friend alive.

Directed by: Mark Leonard Winter.

Country: Australia.

Cast includes: Hugo Weaving, Phoneix Rai, John Waters.

Classification: MA.

Read: The Rooster review: Hugo Weaving and Phoenix Raei tussle in the woods in startling debut

The Zone of Interest

Synopsis: Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höss and his wife Hedwig strive to build a dream life for their family in a house and garden beside the camp.

Directed by: Jonathan Glazer.

Country: USA, UK, Poland.

Cast includes: Christian Friedel, Sandra Hüller.

Classification: M.


Synopsis: Haunted by grief, Kevin has questions that only the recently deceased could answer. He tries to bargain with a shape-shifting witch who can channel the dead in unusual ways.

Directed by: Alberto Corredor.

Country: USA.

Cast includes: Freya Allan, Jeremy Irvine, Ruby Barker.

Classification: M.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba – To the Hashira Training

Synopsis: Tanjiro undergoes rigorous training with the Stone Hashira, Himejima, in his quest to become a Hashira. Meanwhile, Muzan continues to search for Nezuko and Ubuyashiki.

Directed by: Haruo Sotozaki.

Country: Japan.

Cast includes: Natsuki Hanae, Hiro Shimono.

Classification: M.

Kinky Boots: the Musical (2019)

Synopsis: A filmed version of the popular stage musical, in which a feisty drag queen attempts to rescue a shoe factory by designing fabulous and fetishistic footwear.

Directed by: Jerry Mitchell, Brett Sullivan.

Country: UK.

Cast includes: Matt Henry, Killian Donnelly, Cordelia Farnworth.

Classification: M.

MetOpera: Carmen

Synopsis: Filmed opera. Set in southern Spain, the opera tells the story of Don José, a naive soldier seduced by the fiery gypsy, Carmen, leading to his downfall.

Directed by: Carrie Cracknell.

Country: USA.

Cast includes: Aigul Akhmetshina.

Classification: M.

Still showing

Bob Marley: One Love

Synopsis: BAFTA nominee Kingsley Ben-Adir (One Night in Miami) plays Bob Marley in this biographical look at the life of the legendary reggae musician. From the director of King Richard, co-starring Lashana Lynch (No Time to Die) as Rita Marley.

Directed by: Reinaldo Marcus Green.

Country: USA.

Cast includes: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Lashana Lynch, James Norton.

Classification: M.

Fallen Leaves

Synopsis: The film tells the story of Ansa, a supermarket shelf-stocker on a zero-hour contract, later a recyclable plastic sorter, and Holappa, a sandblaster, an alcoholic, later an ex-alcoholic, whose paths have accidentally crossed and who, despite adversity and misunderstandings, try to build some kind of relationship on the harsher side of the welfare state.

Directed by: Aki Kaurismäki.

Country: Finland.

Cast includes: Alma Pöysti, Jussi Vatanen. 

Classification: M.

Madame Web

Synopsis: Madame Web tells the standalone origin story of one of Marvel publishing’s most enigmatic heroines. The suspense-driven thriller stars Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, a paramedic in Manhattan who may have clairvoyant abilities. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she forges a relationship with three young women destined for powerful futures…if they can all survive a deadly present.

Read: Madame Web review: like dropping a Golden Orb Weaver down your shirt

Directed by: S.J. Clarkson.

Country: USA

Cast includes: Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney.

Classification: M.

The Road to Patagonia

Synopsis: Described as ‘a series of love letters within a documentary’ telling two love stories: a love between two people, and the love between humanity and the Earth.

Directed by: Matty Hannon.

Country: Australia.

Cast includes: Matty Hannon.

Classification: M

Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person

Synopsis: Sasha is a young vampire with a serious problem: she’s too sensitive to kill. When her exasperated parents cut off her blood supply, Sasha’s life is in jeopardy. Luckily, she meets Paul, a lonely teenager with suicidal tendencies who is willing to give his life to save hers. But their friendly agreement soon becomes a nocturnal quest to fulfill Paul’s last wishes before day breaks.

Directed by: Ariane Louis-Seize.

Country: Canada.

Cast includes: Sara Montpetit.

Classification: M.

Inspector Sun and the Curse of the Black Widow

Synopsis: Set in the world of bugs where spiders are the cops, a detective boards a seaplane to San Francisco after finally capturing his arch nemesis, but a murder on his flight draws him into a plot that threatens both the human and bug worlds.

Directed by: Julio Soto Gurpide.

Country: Spain.

Cast includes: Ronny Chieng.

Classification: PG.

Force of Nature – The Dry 2 (8 February)

SynopsisWhen five women take part in a corporate hiking retreat and only four come out on the other side, Federal Agents Aaron Falk and Carmen Cooper head deep into the Victorian mountain ranges to investigate in the hopes of finding their whistle-blowing informant, Alice Russell, alive.

Read: Force of Nature: The Dry 2 review – no damp squib

Directed by: Robert Connolly.

Country: Australia.

Cast includes: Eric Bana, Anna Torv.

Classification: M.

Argylle (1 Feb)

SynopsisHenry Cavill is the world’s greatest spy, Argylle, in this globe-trotting adventure thriller directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service), adapting the novel by Elly Conway. Co-stars Bryan Cranston, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson, John Cena and Dua Lipa.

May December (1 Feb)

Synopsis: Oscar winners Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore lead this Palme d’Or-nominated drama from director Todd Haynes (Carol). 20 years after their notorious tabloid romance gripped the nation, a married couple buckles under the pressure when an actress arrives to do research for a film about their past.

As always, remember to check your local cinema’s showtimes to see what’s on and when.

Silvi Vann-Wall is a journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. They joined ScreenHub as Film Content Lead in 2022. Twitter: @SilviReports