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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Stephen Romei DS DS Elias Vison­tay Deb­o­rah Jones

(M) If your main aim is to see spec­tac­u­lar fist fights be­tween su­per­heroes from The Avengers, then there is a lot here to daz­zle. But this is also a mov­ing story about friend­ship, fam­ily and the some­times ar­guable bal­ance be­tween do­ing right and wrong. It is the life­long com­mit­ment of Cap­tain Amer­ica (Chris Evans) to his child­hood friend and war buddy Bucky Barnes, aka Win­ter Sol­dier (Sebastian Stan), that un­der­scores much of the un­cer­tainty and ten­sion. This comes to a riv­et­ing con­clu­sion to­wards the end in a grim twist that is one of the best old­fash­ioned dra­matic scenes I’ve seen in a su­per­hero film. There are lots of other laugh-out-loud mo­ments: self-aware, comic book-aware ones for Marvel fans, and straight-out ones for non-ex­pert view­ers. In tra­di­tional Marvel fash­ion, this hu­mour com­ple­ments on­go­ing per­sonal in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the char­ac­ters. An (M) The ti­tle refers to the sweet bean paste that is spread in­side do­rayaki, small round pan­cakes that are the spe­cialty at the cafe where the lonely pro­tag­o­nist works in this mod­est but at­trac­tive Ja­panese film from di­rec­tor Naomi Kawase. Es­sen­tially a study of three gen­er­a­tions of un­re­lated char­ac­ters, the film tells its sim­ple story mainly through the vi­su­als, with min­i­mal di­a­logue.

Mia Madre (M) Ital­ian di­rec­tor Nanni Moretti’s mod­estly touch­ing film deals with a film­maker (Margherita Buy) who is in the mid­dle of di­rect­ing a drama about labour un­rest at a fac­tory when she is forced to come to terms with the fact her mother is dy­ing. The fam­ily scenes are han­dled with ten­der­ness and in­sight, and are some­what re­lieved by scenes on the film set where an im­ported Amer­i­can ac­tor (John Tur­turro, very good) proves to be a ma­jor prob­lem.

De­tec­tive’s Hand­book Here’s what we know. Chicago, 1950. Two cops are dead, shot in some dump on the South Side. The case is a pri­or­ity. World-weary de­tec­tive Frank Thomp­son (Justin Smith) has an old hang­over and a new part­ner. Young Jimmy Hartman (Rob John­son) is the way of the fu­ture, all shinyeyed and de­ter­mined to do it by the book: The De­tec­tive’s Hand­book, vol­umes 1 and 2. We Will Rock You The hit rock mu­si­cal by Queen and Ben El­ton has been seen by more than 16 mil­lion peo­ple world­wide. The pro­duc­tion show­cases 24 of Queen’s hits in­clud­ing We are the Cham­pi­ons, Bo­hemian Rhap­sody, An­other One Bites the Dust and, of course, We Will Rock You. Fea­tur­ing Gareth Kee­gan, Erin Clare and Casey Dono­van. Syd­ney Lyric Theatre, Pir­rama Road, Pyr­mont. Opens Thurs­day, 8pm. Tick­ets: $70-$120. Book­ings: 136 100 or on­line. Un­til June 19. The Events ACO: Beethoven & Mozart V Com­poser and vi­o­lin­ist Richard Tognetti leads the Aus­tralian Cham­ber Orches­tra in a pro­gram that ex­plores Bach’s last ma­jor work, The Art of Fugue, and its in­flu­ence on Beethoven’s works. Af­ter study­ing Bach’s score, Beethoven went on to write com­po­si­tions in fu­gal form, in­clud­ing the Grosse Fugue, the fi­nale to his String Quar­tet No 13. The pro­gram is com­pleted with Mozart’s Vi­o­lin Con­certo No 5 in A ma­jor, with Tognetti as soloist. City Recital Hall, 2 An­gel Place, Syd­ney. May 14, 7pm; May 15, 2pm. Tick­ets: $49-$149. Book­ings: 1800 444 444 or on­line. presents his lat­est ex­hibit, WYE. This mov­ing im­age project com­prises three video chan­nels. Vi­sions of 19th­cen­tury colo­nial history and the present day are pro­jected with those of an imag­ined dystopian fu­ture. Work­ing with Ger­man cin­e­matog­ra­pher Jorg Sch­midtReitwein, Subotzky shot WYE on lo­ca­tion in South Africa af­ter two years spent de­vel­op­ing the art­work’s time-shift­ing nar­ra­tive. A spe­cially con­structed au­dio com­po­nent ac­com­pa­nies the vi­su­als, cre­at­ing a site of “tem­po­ral and geo-cul­tural collapse”. part by the com­mis­sioned elec­tronic score from Nick Wales that evokes the vast­ness of the uni­verse. These dancers al­ways look sharp but here sleek­ness gives way to fe­ro­ciously strong and mus­cu­lar at­tack. They need it for this hugely de­mand­ing work. The evening opens with the re­turn of Alexan­der Ek­man’s Cacti, first danced by SDC in 2013. It’s a laugh-aloud funny jeux d’esprit that fizzes with en­ergy. Can­berra Theatre Centre, Lon­don Cir­cuit, Civic Square, Can­berra. Opens May 19, 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $30-$69. Book­ings: (02) 6275 2700 or on­line. Un­til May 21.

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