(M) This long-awaited sequel to the blockbuster Independence Day (1996) sees German director Robert Emmerich, a disaster movies maestro, remaining in charge. The opening 30 minutes is slow. It seems more of an introduction (and reintroduction) to the characters. The aliens are back, larger and stronger than ever. This is a fine forget-about-theworking-week film, but whether it repeats the success of its predecessor only time will tell. The Measure of a Man (La loi du marche) (PG) In his 2015 Cannes best actor role, Vincent Lindon gives a moving performance as an unemployed factory worker struggling to make ends meet on his monthly welfare payment while seeking alternative work to support his wife and disabled teenage son. Stephane Brize’s grim portrait of a contemporary reality is rather diminished by the unattractive, faux documentary, visual approach.
Warcraft (M) Warcraft is directed by Duncan Jones, son of David and Angie Bowie. It is based on a video game and its early box office results already make it the highest grossing of such adaptations. If you don’t know anything about the video game you may be lost for a while, but it’s not important. This is basically a two-hour battle between humans and orcs, one that owes The Lord of the Rings franchise and the television series Game of Thrones. The performance-capture technology — where an actor’s expressions are melded with an animated body — is effective.
The Wait (L’attesa) The Love for Three Oranges Matthew Barclay’s revival of Francesca Zambello’s 2005 production of Prokofiev’s fairytale opera The Love for Three Oranges (1921) has recaptured its captivating blend of madcap comedy and thoughtful satire. The imaginative, clear-sighted direction and the swift, scintillating orchestral accompaniment sustained a chaotic whirlwind of ceaseless activity. The ensemble cast was uniformly strong, led by tenor Kanen Breen’s energetic, firmvoiced portrayal as the clown Truffaldino. Basses David Parkin (King of Clubs), pictured, Gennadi Dubinsky (Chelio) and Pelham Andrews (Farfarello) all offered smoky-toned, vividly characterised performances. Among the female singers, mezzo soprano Margaret Trubiano (Clarissa) and soprano Antoinette Halloran (Fata Morgana) both impressed, conveying their evil designs with steely clarity. Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point. Tonight, 7.30pm. Tickets: $44-$300. Bookings: (02) 9318 8200 or online. Until July 9.