The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - DS DS Stephen Romei Martin Buzacott

(M) The story of a ro­mance be­tween an Aus­tralian teacher, played with re­laxed, un­forced charm by former cricketer Brett Lee, and an In­dian sin­gle mother (the ex­cel­lent Tan­nishtha Chat­ter­jee). Anu­pam Sharma’s mod­estly en­gag­ing film is set against spec­tac­u­lar Syd­ney back­drops (thanks to Martin McGrath’s cin­e­matog­ra­phy) and, de­spite some clunky plot­ting, it’s easy to en­joy.

Alex & Eve (M) A Greek boy (Richard Bran­cati­sano) falls in love with a Le­banese Mus­lim girl (An­drea Deme­tri­ades) to the con­ster­na­tion of their fam­i­lies. Based on a suc­cess­ful stage play, this mul­ti­cul­tural com­edy tries too hard to ex­tract broad hu­mour from the slight ma­te­rial.

Burnt (M) Bradley Cooper is an Amer­i­can chef who had it all — two Miche­lin stars, the top job at a land­mark Paris restau­rant — but lost it be­cause of a Bour­dainian ad­dic­tion to booze and drugs. At the end of a self-im­posed pur­ga­tory, he throws off his apron, walks out the door and heads to Lon­don and the road to re­demp­tion. What fol­lows is fairly pre­dictable but at­trac­tive enough to watch. There are some in­ter­est­ing ideas briefly ex­plored, such as the pos­si­bil­ity that we are stronger with other peo­ple, but ul­ti­mately this is not a deep film.

Para­nor­mal Ac­tiv­ity: The Ghost Di­men­sion Aus­tralian Bran­den­burg Orches­tra: Ric­cardo Mi­nasi It says a lot about the trust that Paul Dyer has built up across 25 years with the Aus­tralian Bran­den­burg Orches­tra that he can pro­gram an en­tire con­cert around un­known com­posers, and still at­tract his trade­mark ap­pre­cia­tive and cul­tur­ally di­verse au­di­ence. Noth­ing but good can come out of the ABO’s lat­est act of mu­si­cal ad­ven­tur­ism in pro­gram­ming mu­sic ex­clu­sively from early 18th-cen­tury Naples, di­rected by vis­it­ing Ital­ian vi­o­lin­ist Ric­cardo Mi­nasi. With Mi­nasi’s live-wire di­rec­tion and charm­ing stage pres­ence, the ABO play­ers com­mit­ted to the task as if it were the St Matthew Pas­sion. City Recital Hall, An­gel Place, Syd­ney. To­day, 2pm and 7pm. Tick­ets: $32-$166. Book­ings: (02) 9328 7581. Ends Sun­day.

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