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

(M) A de­light­ful con­tem­po­rary com­edy about the prob­lems fac­ing an in­de­pen­dent 30some­thing New York wo­man who can’t sus­tain re­la­tion­ships but who yearns to be a mother. Writer-di­rec­tor Re­becca Miller and a su­perb cast headed by the di­vine Greta Ger­wig along­side Ju­lianne Moore and Ethan Hawke en­sure that this smart, witty com­edy is based firmly in re­al­ity — and all the bet­ter for it. Swiss Army Man (M) This in­de­pen­dent Amer­i­can film, the fea­ture de­but of Dan Kwan and Daniel Schein­ert, pre­miered at this year’s Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val, where some au­di­ence mem­bers walked out. Hank (Paul Dano), who is ma­rooned on a de­serted is­land, finds a flot­sam man called Manny (Daniel Rad­cliffe). Both ac­tors are con­vinc­ing in dif­fi­cult roles. It looks like Manny is dead. He’s also full of flat­u­lence. The ti­tle refers to the many func­tions Manny of­fers, from the fire-ig­nit­ing gas emis­sions and a re­gur­gi­ta­tion of drink­ing wa­ter to arms that chop and even shoot. He’s a “mul­ti­pur­pose tool guy”. Whether what we see is real, a dream, the in­side of one man’s mind or some­thing else al­to­gether is for us to de­cide.

Gold­stone (M) Ivan Sen’s se­quel to Mys­tery Road (2013) again fea­tures Abo­rig­i­nal de­tec­tive Jay Swan (the ex­cel­lent Aaron Ped­er­sen) in a grip­ping out­back thriller. Sent to in­ves­ti­gate the dis­ap­pear­ance of a young Chi­nese wo­man, Swan dis­cov­ers a small com­mu­nity that has been cor­rupted by the ad­ja­cent min­ing com­pany, and he joins forces with a lo­cal cop (Alex Rus­sell, also ex­cel­lent) to put things right. Stun­ningly pho­tographed, the film is a tri­fle un­sub­tle but filled with ten­sion and anger.

Witches with Your SSO Lucy Du­rack, Amanda Har­ri­son, He­len Dal­limore and Jemma Rix (last two pic­tured) have all played the witches in Wicked. Hav­ing gar­nered crit­i­cal ac­claim in the roles of El­phaba and Glinda in Aus­tralia, New Zealand, Lon­don and Asia, they are now some of our coun­try’s favourite lead­ing ladies. Th­ese four witches come to­gether for this world pre­miere concert that fea­tures songs of magic,

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