(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. Our Kind of Traitor (MA15+) This film, based on the 2010 novel by John le Carre, is directed by Susanna White, who made her name at the BBC with literary adaptations such as Bleak House (2005) and Jane Eyre (2006). The script is by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Hossein Amini. It’s a good books-to-screen combination, backed by a strong cast (including Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris and Stellan Skarsgard — father of the new Tarzan, Alexander Skarsgard) — and the result works for most of this unsettling tale of modern finance, politics and espionage. There are some highwire moments but the plot is let down towards the end by some hard-to-believe moments. Even so, it’s an intriguing character study embedded in a spy thriller.
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.
Twelfth Night Belvoir presents Shakespeare’s classic tale Twelfth Night. Twins Viola and Sebastian are washed up on the shores of a strange land following a shipwreck, each unaware of the other’s fate. The play explores not only the themes of muddled identity and exuberant celebration but also melancholia among mayhem. Starring Peter Carroll as Malvolio and Nikki Shiels (pictured) as Viola. Directed by Eamon Flack, the play also features Anita Hegh, John Howard, Lucia Mastrantone, Amber McMahon, Anthony Phelan, Damien Ryan, Emele Ugavule and Keith Robinson (pictured). Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills. Opens tonight, 8pm. Tickets: $37-$72. Bookings: (02) 9699 3444. Until September 4. Aladdin The Lion