(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.