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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - David Strat­ton SR DS

(MA15+) In Cana­dian di­rec­tor Atom Egoyan’s new film, Christo­pher Plum­mer gives an out­stand­ing per­for­mance as a 90-year-old Auschwitz sur­vivor who, de­spite suf­fer­ing from in­creas­ingly se­vere de­men­tia, sets out on a mis­sion to lo­cate a se­nior guard from the con­cen­tra­tion camp who is be­lieved to be liv­ing some­where in North Amer­ica. The film is sus­pense­ful for a while, but be­comes in­creas­ingly im­plau­si­ble as it pro­ceeds.

Angry Birds (PG) This film is based on the suc­cess­ful Fin­nish smart­phone game that won fans young and old. It’s the first-time fea­ture of di­rec­tors Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly, both long-time stu­dio an­i­ma­tors. And that ex­pe­ri­ence shows: the an­i­ma­tion is ex­cel­lent, down to the de­tail of the birds’ feath­ers. The game in­volved fir­ing birds from a sling­shot to de­mol­ish build­ings oc­cu­pied by pigs. That cer­tainly comes into play in the high­stakes cli­max, but the di­rec­tors and screen­writer Jon Vitti have cre­ated an in­ter­est­ing story first. The ac­tors be­hind the birds are Ja­son Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride and a gruffly silent Sean Penn. There are also a few cin­e­matic spoofs, such as a riff on The Shin­ing, but I laughed more at the ju­ve­nile jokes.

Green Room (MA15+) A tense thriller from Amer­i­can di­rec­tor Jeremy Saulnier, this caused a buzz when it screened last year in Cannes. Mem­bers of a punk band, play­ing at a re­motely lo­cated club for NeoNazis, wit­ness a mur­der and find them­selves trapped in the tit­u­lar green room by a gang of very ruth­less vil­lains. Saulnier’s skills at cre­at­ing sus­pense are some­what di­luted by his fond­ness for uber-vi­o­lence but the film has plenty of merit, not least a solid cast that in­cludes An­ton Yelchin ( Star Trek), Imo­gen Poots ( 28 Weeks Later) and, as the chief vil­lain, Patrick Ste­wart ( X-Men).

We Will Rock You We Will Rock You is ra­di­antly, fab­u­lously bonkers. In the deep fu­ture, Earth is ruled by a tech­noc­racy that en­forces bland uni­for­mity. Mu­sic has been ho­mogenised and most peo­ple go with the of­fi­cially sanc­tioned flow. But a band of free spir­its yearns to break free, peo­ple whose speech is lit­tered with quo­ta­tions from long-lost songs, ut­tered as sa­cred po­etry. They long for a mes­siah who

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