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. 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

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