(M) Were there an Oscar for best performance in an otherwise ordinary film, Sydney comedian and actress Rebel Wilson would have received my vote a few times in recent years. It’s terrific to see Wilson with a leading role, alongside American star Dakota Johnson, in How to Be Single. She does not disappoint, lighting up the screen with her exuberant, brassy, edgy humour. Snappily directed by Christian Ditter, the film centres on four single women in New York City. Like so many movies, it’s about 30 minutes too long, but overall it’s a cut above the standard singleton comedy, buoyed by Wilson’s knockout performance.
Concussion (M) The true story of the Nigerian doctor, played by Will Smith, whose warnings about the damage being done to the brains of footballers were greeted with hostility by the National Football League. With Alec Baldwin and Albert Brooks as two of Smith’s supporters, the film is gripping as long as it deals with the crusading medico’s conflict with the multimillion-dollar sport, but less so in the romantic subplot involving the Kenyan woman he marries.
Risen Scheherazade: Her Story Continues Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic poem Scheherazade, based on the fable One Thousand and One Nights, has become a concert hall classic, evoking the story of the Persian queen who evades her execution by spinning tales for the Sultan across 1001 nights. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra will perform this work, followed by the Australian premiere of John Adams’s contemporary Scheherazade 2, a new violin concerto that speaks to the oppression of women throughout history. With Leila Josefowicz as violin soloist. land is unbreakable, that it merely lies dormant in those who have been displaced. Frances Rings’s choreography is as rich as her concept. It’s also some of the most detailed, original and challenging dance attempted by Bangarra in its history. Terrain manages to be breathtaking without being conventionally spectacular. There’s not a simple gesture in the entire piece. Each foot flex and flick is like a caress. When contemporary dance is obsessed with all things biomorphic, Rings’s choreography is startlingly different. Riverside Theatre, corner of Church and Market streets, Parramatta. Friday and March 5, 12.30pm and 8pm. Tickets: $45$59. Bookings: (02) 8839 3399.