Cinema

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - SR DS Ea­monn Kelly Elias Vison­tay

(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.

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