(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.