(MA15+) Gavin O’Connor’s The Accountant is about American money. Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a highly functioning autistic maths genius who works as an accountant for criminal organisations. Affleck is brilliant in revealing the nuances of this man, especially early on as we start to understand the character. The main story sees Wolff suddenly under investigation by senior Treasury official Ray King (JK Simmons), who recruits an upand-coming junior officer, Marybeth Medina (Cynthia Addai-Robinson), to help.
Arrival (M) One of the best films yet about an alien invasion of Earth, this seriously intentioned and very classy drama from Canadian director Denis Villeneuve stars Amy Adams as a linguist requested to attempt to communicate with the inhabitants of mysterious spacecraft that have reached Earth. This drama poses serious questions about mankind’s ability to deal with the kind of situation depicted.
Diaghilev’s provocative Ballets Russes before being consumed by the mental illness that curtailed his career and dominated his final years. Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point. Today, 1.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: $43-$234. Bookings: (02) 9250 7111. Until November 28. Duration: 2hr 30min, includes 20min interval. Jewish International Film Festival Closing-night film The Last Laugh is an American documentary that examines taboos in comedy via Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman and Louis CK, as well as survivors of the Holocaust, to ask how far comedy should go when delving into tragedy. Event Cinemas, Westfield Shopping Centre, 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction; and Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, 380 Military Road, Cremorne. Various sessions. Tickets: $18$29. Bookings: (07) 3358 4444 or online. Until Wednesday.