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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - DS SR DS Sam Buck­ing­ham-Jones

(M) Robert Red­ford plays au­thor Bill Bryson and Nick Nolte his friend in this adap­ta­tion of Bryson’s 1998 book about walk­ing the Ap­palachian Trail from Ge­or­gia to Maine. Di­rec­tor Ken Kwapis has turned out a bland, but vis­ually beau­ti­ful, movie in which the ages are all wrong, mak­ing the film more about the en­durance of a cou­ple of se­nior cit­i­zens, and thus di­rected at the in­creas­ingly im­por­tant grey au­di­ence. As such it works well enough, de­spite some trite el­e­ments.

The Trans­porter Re­fu­elled (M) This is a re­boot of The Trans­porter fran­chise, the suc­cess­ful French ac­tion se­ries star­ring Jason Statham as Frank Martin, a free­lance courier driver who will de­liver any­thing any­where with no ques­tions asked — for the right price. This is not a con­tin­u­a­tion of the story but a re­con­fig­u­ra­tion that in­tro­duces us to the younger Frank (Ed Skrein). From there we are quickly into a high­oc­tane es­capade in­volv­ing an pros­ti­tu­tion ring, de­ranged Rus­sian mob­sters and lots of car chases. It’s all a bit silly but doesn’t take it­self too se­ri­ously.

The Guest (MA15+) A pretty stan­dard sus­pense thriller in which Down­ton Abbey alum­nus Dan Stevens plays a stranger claim­ing to be a vet­eran of the Iraq war who turns up at the re­mote home of a fam­ily and charms them into let­ting him stay. Of course he’s not to be trusted, and the film ex­plodes into a vi­o­lently over­the-top cli­max.

Then In 2013, writer Yves Blake cre­ated a web­site with a sin­gle pur­pose: to ask strangers who they feel they used to be. Peo­ple re­sponded from more than 150 coun­tries across the world, with more than 1000 sto­ries. Then is a col­lage of the best, the worst, the sil­li­est and the fun­ni­est of these mem­o­ries. Aus­tralian Theatre for Young Peo­ple, Pier 4/5 Hick­son Road, Walsh Bay. Tonight, 7pm. Book­ings: (02) 9270 2400 or online. Un­til Septem­ber 19.

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