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

(M) This biopic, about a week in the life of Amer­i­can nov­el­ist David Foster Wal­lace, who killed him­self in 2008, aged 46, is es­sen­tially a two-hour con­ver­sa­tion about life, love, self­hood and art high and low. It has been said Wal­lace’s writ­ing creates in the reader the sense of “be­ing David Foster Wal­lace’’. So it goes for Ja­son Se­gal’s tow­er­ing per­for­mance here. The phys­i­cal re­sem­blance is un­canny, but it’s the in­hab­i­ta­tion of the au­thor’s bril­liant and frag­ile mind that is most re­mark­able. It’s a role that needs a foil, and Jesse Eisen­berg, an ac­tor who makes such in­ter­est­ing choices, is a bril­liant one as jour­nal­ist-au­thor David Lip­sky.

The As­sas­sin (Nie Yin niang) (PG) This prize-win­ning film from Tai­wan’s Hou Hsiao-Hsien, awarded the best di­rec­tor gong at the Cannes film fes­ti­val, is a mar­tial arts movie for peo­ple who don’t much like mar­tial arts movies. The story of a 9th­cen­tury woman, trained as an as­sas­sin from child­hood, is cer­tainly con­tem­pla­tive and rel­a­tively un­event­ful, with short bursts of violence. It’s in­cred­i­bly beau­ti­ful on ev­ery level and ex­tremely re­ward­ing, even though the threads of the plot aren’t al­ways as clear as they might be.

Mis­sis­sippi Grind Christine Anu: Aretha Franklin Song­book Aus­tralian vo­cal­ist Christine Anu takes on the mu­sic of the queen of soul in a re­vival of her suc­cess­ful 2012 show. “Aretha Franklin is a true leg­end which is why I’m al­ways ex­cited to sing her songs,” says Anu. “Her magic in­tro­duced me to a whole new au­di­ence and for this, I will for­ever love her.” The Base­ment, 7 Mac­quarie Place, Cir­cu­lar Quay, Sydney. Tonight, 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $40-$100. Book­ings: (02) 9251 2797 or on­line.

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