(M) In his appealing new film Robert De Niro is cast counter to recent type: he’s calm, not cranky. Ben Whittaker is 70 and retired from a long and successful corporate career; he has had a good life. He lives alone and doesn’t know quite what to do with himself. A solution presents from an unexpected quarter: the world of e-commerce. Ben is assigned to work with the company’s young founder and executive Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway). One of the attractive aspects of Nancy Meyer’s film is that it doesn’t labour the generation gap and technology gulf jokes, and indeed soon leaves them behind to explore more interesting ideas.
Simshar Opera Australia Chorus in Concert The Opera Australia Chorus, made up of 40 vocalists, will perform a program of choral music by the great composers of the past two centuries. Includes music by Verdi, Puccini, Brahms, Rossini, Bernstein, Poulenc and Wagner. St James Anglican Church, 173 King Street, Sydney. Thursday and Friday, 7pm. Tickets: $35$70. Bookings: (02) 9685 3700.