A disappointing and overextended portrait of the eponymous bushranger (183765) and some of his exploits, Matthew Holmes’s film spends too much time staging the similar-looking shootouts and not enough exploring the context and the backgrounds of the characters. Jack Martin’s Hall is an imposing figure, and the film is visually handsome.
Up for Love (Un homme a la hauteur) (M) This French comedy, a slavish remake of a popular Argentine film of 2013, involves the love affair between an attractive divorced lawyer (Virginie Efira) and a charming man (Jean Dujardin) who is only 1.37m tall. Cinema trickery makes this concept work and there are amusing moments, though it might have been a very different proposition if the role of the handsome lover had been played by an actor who really was height challenged.
Underworld: Blood Wars (MA15+) The fifth instalment in this horror-drama series has a bit in common with The Menkoff Method. Swap bankers and gangsters for vampires and werewolves and we’re in a similar ballpark. It’s also quite funny, sometimes intentionally. Kate Beckinsale returns as Selene, a great vampire warrior who makes short work of Lycans, as the lycanthropes are known. There are no silver bullets or wooden stakes, fewer fangs and claws. It’s all about good-looking, well-dressed young men and women fighting each other with machineguns. That they are vampires and werewolves is almost secondary. It is fast-paced and fun at times, but it doesn’t feel like a horror film to me.
Dancer Mack & Mabel Sometimes love just isn’t enough. Things didn’t work out for film pioneer Mack Sennett and his wildly popular discovery Mabel Normand, and they don’t for the Jerry Herman musical named after them. Genuine affection for Mack & Mabel’s score underpins the occasional revival but the show will never be more than B-list at best, and then only if it gets a staging capable of diverting attention from its flaws. Herman’s score is eminently hummable — songs include I Won’t Send Roses and Time Heals Everything — but Michael Stewart’s book is lousy. Using clumsy flashback, it tells rather than shows, and Normand (Angelique Cassimatis, pictured) is defined through her passion for Sennett (Scott Irwin). You miss the irrepressible, free-spirited joy seen in Normand’s films, and although director Trevor Ashley and choreographer Cameron Mitchell do their best to paper over the cracks, the piece fails to hold together. Hayes Theatre, 19 Greenknowe Avenue, Potts Point. Today, 2pm and 8pm. Tickets: $70-$80. Bookings: (02) 8065 7337 or online. Duration: 2hr 20min, including interval. Until December 18. smoky smell that, on an early morning visit, almost induces hunger pangs. Green Ladder is constructed from bamboo that has been soaked and smoked to ensure durability, producing a savoury odour. It is the fourth of the Fugitive Structures architecture series at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation. Vo’s firm produces distinctive architecture using bamboo, helping return natural materials to urban environments. Green Ladder, a 4m structure with pots of Australian natives, is a simplified demonstration of an architectural practice that also makes elaborate bamboo canopies and domes for halls, restaurants and resorts. Vo says staff at his firm do two hours of meditation a day to improve concentration and imagination, like having a sixth sense. Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, 16-20 Goodhope Street, Paddington. Wed-Sat, 11am-5pm. Admission free. Inquiries: (02) 9331 1112 or online. Until Saturday. Today Tomorrow Yesterday The title of this collection — Today Tomorrow Yesterday — is derived from an interpretation of The Prophet, a book of 26 essays by the Lebanese artist, philosopher and writer Kahlil Gibran. It explores the effects of the past on contemporary art and modern art practices, from reinterpretations of ancestral stories to the continuing effects of early to mid-20th-century avant-garde ideas. Each room shows an alternative perspective on the roots and history of today. Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George Street, The Rocks. Mon-Wed, 10am-5pm; Thurs, 10am-9pm; Fri-Sun, 10am-5pm. Admission free. Inquiries: (02) 9245 2400 or online. Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect With Everything Tatsuo Miyajima’s digital works shed light on the big issues of life, death and time. For the 59year-old Japanese artist, time is no simple tool of measurement; it is far more, too, than an world including Barry X Ball, Zaha Hadid (pictured), Iris van Herpen, Stephen Jones and Anish Kapoor. Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo. Daily, 10am-5pm. Admission free to $15. Inquiries: 02) 9217 0111. Until June 25 next year. Nganampa Kililpil: Our Stars This exhibition features 50 artists from the seven art centres of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands. This vast area of 103,000 sq km is in remote South Australia. The event includes art demonstrations and artist talks. Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, 782 Kingsway, Gymea. Daily, 10am-5pm. Admission free. Inquiries: (02) 8536 5700 or online. Until December 11.