(M) A very disappointing CGI-heavy epic from Alex Proyas set in an ancient Egypt where gods and humans interact but not very interestingly. The poor script and limp dialogue constantly detract from the occasionally impressive visual effects, though the borrowings from disparate movies such as Transformers and the Indiana Jones franchise are obvious. Still, there’s a roster of Australian talent on display behind and in front of the camera, with amusing turns from Bryan Brown and Geoffrey Rush as mild bonuses.
Victoria (MA15+) This wonder from German director Sebastian Schipper is shot in one 139-minute take without a single edit. It’s a dazzling technical achievement and though the plot — involving a Spanish waitress living in Berlin who becomes involved with shady characters and a bank robbery — is far-fetched it’s never less than enjoyable.
Countermove It’s not often Sydney Dance Company looks this wild and tough. As Rafael Bonachela’s Lux Tenebris starts the dancers prowl around like feral cats, get into lightning-fast tussles with others and then do a runner. It ends that way too, everyone fleeing from something. The atmosphere is edgy and mysterious, created in no small part by the commissioned electronic score from Nick Wales that evokes the vastness of the universe as it buzzes, hums, clanks and drones. Again darkness predominates although there are melodic chords suggesting chinks of light that insinuate themselves from time to time into the dense fabric. These dancers always look sharp but here sleekness gives way to ferociously strong and muscular attack. They need it for this hugely demanding work. Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay. Ends today, 2pm and 8pm. Tickets: $30-$89. Bookings: (02) 9250 1999 or online.