Moonlight Cinema Announces Epic January Program with Con-Air, The Fabelmans, Top Gun and More…


Australia’s favourite outdoor cinema today revealed its highly anticipated January program of movies under the stars – Kicking off 2023 with a sizzling line-up of blockbuster summer preview screenings, latest releases and retro favourites. Tickets for the January program are on sale now at

Program highlights include; James Cameron’s highly anticipated Avatar: The Way of Water screening nationally on 20th and 27th January, Steven Spielberg’s awards contender, The Fabelmans starring Michelle Williams, and Disney’s latest animated family adventure, Strange World.

Moonlight Cinema is also bringing retro classics back to the big screen, featuring vampire cult-classic Twilight, My Best Friend’s Wedding starring Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage in the action thriller Con-Air, and Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews in the coming-of-age comedy The Princess Diaries. With the recent success of Top Gun: Maverick, it’s a great opportunity for fans to catch the original 1986 film under the stars this January.

Thanks to Moonlight Cinema’s official Green Partner, Garnier, all 105 screenings scheduled this January will be powered by 100% renewable energy. Achieved by purchasing renewable energy certificates (LGCs) from Pivotel Satellite 200kW Solar PV system.

Brought to you by Energizer, Moonlight Cinema is located in five locations around Australia including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. Highlights from the January program can be found below, with specific location information.

Preview screenings: Catch these movies at Moonlight Cinema throughout January before they hit the big screen.

  • The Fabelmans – 4th January (National) Steven Spielberg’s latest film about young Sammy Fabelman who discovers a love for movie making, in this beautiful coming-of-age drama.
  • Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre – 6th January (National) The world’s best operatives come together to save the world in this Action Comedy from Guy Ritchie, starring Jason Statham, Aubrey Plaza and Hugh Grant.
  • Babylon – 18th January (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide) From Director Damien Chazelle (La La Land) and starring Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt, the film chronicles the rise and fall of ambitious dreamers in 1920s Hollywood and captures the decadence, depravity, and outrageous excess of the time.
  • What’s Love Got To Do With It – 21st January (National) Starring Emma Thompson, Lily James and Shazad Latif, a filmmaker decides to document her best friend’s journey toward arranged marriage is this romantic comedy.
  • The Whale – 25th January (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide) Brendan Fraser makes his Hollywood return as an obese and reclusive English teacher trying to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption.

Hollywood hits: The movies that everyone is talking about under the stars on the big screen this January.

  • The Lost King – 15th January (National) British comedy-drama of an amateur historian who defies the stodgy academic establishment in her efforts to find King Richard III’s remains.
  • Avatar: The Way of Water – 20th & 27th January (National) James Cameron’s epic science fiction sequel to the world’s highest ever grossing film, Avatar.
  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody – 24th January (National) Based on the life of pop culture icon Whitney Houston.
  • The Banshees of Inisherin – 26th January (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide) Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson star in this comedy/drama of two lifelong friends who find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship.
  • A Man Called Otto – 31st January (National) Tom Hanks stars in this comedy-drama as grumpy widower Otto Anderson who meets his match in a quick-witted, pregnant woman named Marisol leading to an unlikely friendship.

Returning Hollywood hits:

  • The Menu – 7th January (National) Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Fiennes and Nicolas Hoult, a young couple travel to a remote island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the chef has prepared a lavish menu, with some shocking surprises.
  • Top Gun: Maverick – 8th January (National) Tom Cruise returns as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in this action-drama sequel.
  • Ticket To Paradise – 14th January (National) Romantic comedy starring in Hollywood favourites George Clooney and Julia Roberts.
  • Don’t Worry Darling – 19th January (National) A psychological thriller directed by Olivia Wilde, starring Harry Styles and Florence Pugh.

Retro classics: It wouldn’t be Moonlight without nostalgic, feel-good flicks.

  • Twilight – 3rd January (National) Based on the best-selling book series of the same name, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.
  • My Best Friend’s Wedding – 5th January (National) Romantic Comedy starring Julia Roberts as the wedding-sabotaging best friend who wants the groom to herself.
  • The Princess Diaries – 10th January (National) Disney’s coming of age comedy starring Anne Hathaway as the average teenager turned real-life princess.
  • Con-Air – 11th January (National) Action thriller starring Nicolas Cage as the newly-paroled ex-con and former U.S. Ranger, Cameron Poe who finds himself trapped in a prisoner-transport plane when the passengers seize control.
  • Magic Mike – 13th January (National) Starring Channing Tatum, this comedy drama follows a male stripper who teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money.
  • Top Gun – 17th January (National) Tom Cruise originates his role of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in this 1986 action drama.

Family hits: There’s always family fun at Moonlight Cinema.

  • Strange World – 1st January (National) Disney’s animated family adventure film featuring the voice of Jake Gyllenhaal, Gabrielle Union and Lucy Liu.
  • Lyle,Lyle, Crocodile – 22nd January (National) Comedy musical featuring the voice of Shawn Mendes, of an unlikely friendship turned family bond.
  • Puss In Boots: The Last Wish – 28th January (National) Dreamworks’ animated adventure comedy follows Puss, voiced by Antonio Banderas, on an epic journey to find the mythical Last Wish.


December and January sessions are now on sale at


Sydney: Centennial Park, now open through to 26th March 2023

Melbourne: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, now open through to 26th March 2023

Brisbane: Roma Street Parkland, now open through to 19th February 2023

Adelaide: Botanic Park, now open through to 19th February 2023

Perth: Kings Park & Botanic Garden, now open through to 26th March 2023

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