(PG) The young Australian star of the latest reimagining of JM Barrie’s story of a boy who never grows old is Brisbane newcomer Levi Miller. He acquits himself well, bringing a wonder but also a sense of destiny to this not-yetPeter, and adopting a convincing cockney accent. This is a Peter Pan origin story that launches itself from the dark days of World War II. Peter and other orphans survive a German bombing raid, only to be kidnapped by pirates and whisked into the skies in a flying galleon. For the most part it’s absorbing, with Hugh Jackman’s insomniac-eyed, conflicted, volatile Blackbeard a wonder to watch. For all its computer wizardry, Pan is an old-fashioned adventure, and that is a compliment.
Black Mass (MA15+) Stuart Cooper’s fine gangster film examines the career of James “Whitey” Bulger (an unrecognisable and very effective Johnny Depp), leader of the Winter Hill Gang that controlled the streets of South Boston in the late 1970s and 80s. Joel Edgerton plays Bulger’s childhood friend, an FBI agent willing to bend the rules, and Benedict Cumberbatch is his brother, a US senator. All the actors are impressive in this frequently violent, utterly absorbing film, which turns out to be the best of its kind since Martin Scorsese’s The Departed.
The Visit (M) Australians Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould shine as siblings Rebecca and Tyler. When the grandparents they have never seen make contact, Becca and Tyler head to rural Pennsylvania for a visit. With Nana (Deanna Dunagan) and Pop Pop (Peter McRobbie), they head back to the remote farmhouse and things start to get a little weird. All the action unfolds via Becca’s video camera. Found footage may be a well-worn thriller device by now, but it still works well here. This being a M. Night Shyamalan film, there is a twist, and while it’s not at the level of the one in his most famous movie, The Sixth Sense, I didn’t see it coming and found it satisfying. Although there are some genuinely scary moments there’s also a sense of black comedy, especially in the overthe-top performances of veterans Dunagan and McRobbie.
Freedman New Jazz: Paths and Steams II Pianist and composer Matt McMahon will premiere his work Paths and Stream II in a follow-up concert to his 2006 Freedman project at the Sydney Improvised Music Association. The new compositions are influenced by a broad range of genres, from Cold Chisel to traditional Irish music, indigenous Australian music, Arabic music and jazz. Paddington Uniting Church, The Chapel Space, 395 Oxford Street, Paddington. October 17, 7pm. Tickets: $20-$40. Bookings: (02) 8766 0660 or online.
Swim. Sarah Blasko The ARIA award-winning singer-songwriter will debut her fifth album, Eternal Return, before its release next month in a GRAPHIC festival performance featuring visuals by filmmaker Mike Daly. Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point. Tomorrow, 9.30pm. Tickets: $59. Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or online. centenary of the building, a free community open day with activities including tours, talks by experts and curators and tastings of historic recipes, will be hosted by Sydney Living Museums. Vaucluse House, Wentworth Road, Vaucluse. Tomorrow, 11am4pm. Admission free. Inquiries: (02) 9388 7922 or online. Trent Parke: The Black Rose This exhibition is the result of seven years’ work by Adelaidebased photographer Trent Parke, who has collected photographs, video, written text and books to create a Meggs memorabilia, but nothing is more touching than the last story that Bancks worked on, in which Ginger is approached by a little boy who seems to be asking him to have the minister pray for a sick child. Ginger goes to see the minister. Only in the last frame is the unexpected truth revealed — or it would be, except that the figures have only been sketched in pencil and not yet inked in, and the voice balloon remains tantalisingly empty. relationships in a performance of works inspired by couples. The program includes works by Robert and Clara Schumann, Francis Poulenc, Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Four Last Songs (based on poems by his wife Ursula) and the Australian premiere of David Matthew’s The Book of Hours, commissioned and first performed at the Wigmore Hall, London. Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest. October 18, 3pm. Tickets: $15-$35. Inquiries: (02) 6286 7373 or online.