(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,