Theatre

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Stephen Romei DS SR

(M) Ghost in the Shell is a Hol­ly­wood techno-dread thriller in which the line be­tween hu­mans and machines has be­come not just blurred but in­te­grated. It’s a timely topic when robots are mak­ing hu­mans re­dun­dant and work­ers are be­ing sold the idea of the gig econ­omy. It is a live-ac­tion re­make of the 1995 Ja­panese anime film di­rected by Mamoru Oshii. Scar­lett Jo­hans­son plays Mira Kil­lian, a hu­man brain en­cased in a non-hu­man body that is all ma­chin­ery and wires un­der life­like syn­thetic skin. This is an ex­cit­ing, fun, fu­tur­is­tic thriller that, like its main char­ac­ter, has a prob­ing mind. It will make you think.

De­nial (M) De­nial is a pow­er­fully grip­ping court­room drama set in Lon­don in 1998 when Holo­caust de­nier David Irv­ing (Ti­mothy Spall) sued Jewish Amer­i­can writer Deb­o­rah Lip­stadt (Rachel Weisz) and Pen­guin, her Bri­tish pub­lisher, over her book Deny­ing the Holo­caust. While Irv­ing con­ducts his own de­fence, Lip­stadt is rep­re­sented by top silk Richard Ramp­ton (Tom Wilkin­son). The film’s screen­play makes for a grip­ping drama, not only as it ex­plores the clash be­tween two pas­sion­ate and driven in­di­vid­u­als but also be­cause of the light it sheds on some of the more cu­ri­ous as­pects of the Bri­tish le­gal sys­tem.

The Lego Bat­man Movie (PG) The Lego Bat­man Movie is about an Amer­i­can su­per­hero made of Dan­ish build­ing blocks. The re­sult is a movie that chil­dren of all ages will rock along with (Bat­man fan­cies his own singing) and adults will laugh at. It is a some­times hi­lar­i­ous spoof, and filled with clever nods to var­i­ous su­per­heroes and su­pervil­lains. The plot is sim­ple: the Joker plans to de­stroy Gotham City, and Bat­man plans to stop him. Be­tween all the ac­tion, there’s an ex­plo­ration of the prime Bat­man theme: his own self­worth, his alone­ness and the shift­ing pub­lic at­ti­tudes to a vig­i­lante in a Hal­loween cos­tume. This is a blast from start to fin­ish.

Big Fish Big Fish is based on Daniel Wal­lace’s 1998 novel and Tim Bur­ton’s 2003 film of the same name. Di­rec­tor Tyron Parke’s in­die pro­duc­tion stars Phillip Lowe as trav­el­ling sales­man Ed­ward Bloom, whose tall sto­ries have kept his friends and fam­ily en­ter­tained for years un­til his son starts to search for the truth be­hind them. The pro­duc­tion also fea­tures Adam Ren­nie, Kirby Burgess and Ka­t­rina Re­tal­lick as Ed­ward’s de­voted wife. Hayes Theatre, 19 Green­knowe Av­enue, Syd­ney. Tick­ets: $59. Book­ings: (02) 8065 7337 or on­line. Opens Tues­day. The Play That Goes Wrong

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