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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Stephen Romei DS DS SR

(M) As some­one who finds it hard to fol­low the timeline of chronol­ogy-warp­ing fran­chises, the Rocky films are a re­lief. Creed, the sev­enth and one of the best, fol­lows on from the sixth, Rocky Bal­boa of 2006. Michael B. Jor­dan stars as Ado­nis Creed, son of Rocky’s great ri­val turned friend Apollo Creed. We first meet Ado­nis as a trou­bled boy, but that changes when Ado­nis per­suades Rocky to train him. There are a few clunky mo­ments but by and large Creed avoids cliche and, like Rocky 40 years ago, re­sists the temp­ta­tion to fix its fights for feel­good rea­sons.

The Pro­gram (M) Adapted from the book by Sun­day Times sports­writer David Walsh (played here by Chris O’Dowd), vet­eran Stephen Frears’s por­trait of Lance Arm­strong tells us lit­tle we didn’t al­ready know about the rise and fall of one of the sport­ing world’s great­est cheats but does so with im­pres­sive skill. The rac­ing scenes are su­perbly shot and edited and the strangely tragic story of hubris and dis­grace is com­pelling thanks to Ben Foster’s su­perb por­trayal of Arm­strong.

The Look of Si­lence (M) Joshua Op­pen­heimer’s fol­lowup to his 2012 doc­u­men­tary The Act of Killing fol­lows Adi, a 44-year-old op­ti­cian, as he re­turns to the vil­lage where he was born and where his older brother was mur­dered in 1965 dur­ing the anti-com­mu­nist purge in In­done­sia. This com­pelling in­ves­ti­ga­tion into past crimes is get­ting a very lim­ited release but is worth seek­ing out.

The Hunger Games: Mock­ing­jay Part 2 (M) The good news is that The Hunger Games: Mock­ing­jay Part 2 is far su­pe­rior to its pre­de­ces­sor. It has a tight plot cen­tred on a plan to as­sas­si­nate the pres­i­dent, some heartrac­ing ac­tion scenes, strong per­for­mances from a cast we have come to know well, and be­cause it’s the fi­nal film in the fran­chise, risks are taken with the cen­tral char­ac­ters. Some in­ter­est­ing ideas are ex­plored, in­clud­ing the ethics of war. This is a fit­ting end­ing to an aboveav­er­age se­ries.

Dropped The Goods The­atre Com­pany and Red Line Pro­duc­tions present Mel­bourne-based play­wright Katy Warner’s ab­sur­dist dark com­edy, billed as “Godot with gals and grenade”. Two fe­male sol­diers sift through de­bris in a room strewn with white pa­per snow. Some­thing ter­ri­ble has hap­pened, and mem­o­ries of what the pair has done be­gin to come back in snip­pets. Star­ring Olivia Rose and Deb­o­rah Sin­tras, di­rected by An­thony Skuse. hu­man­ity. Rush’s king is pompous and self-im­por­tant in the open­ing scene. Dur­ing the scenes that fol­low, he has fright­en­ing out­bursts of anger and vi­cious­ness, as he de­liv­ers curses with a nas­ti­ness that is shock­ing. We see him strug­gling to con­trol his rages as the aw­ful re­al­i­sa­tion of what he has done starts to dawn on him. It is not the storm that makes him mad but his grow­ing self-knowl­edge. Fi­nally, in his three great scenes af­ter the storm we see him as a true man, grown up at last, just

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