(M) Certain Women consists of three short stories by writer Maile Meloy. In the first, Laura Dern plays Laura, a lawyer whose angry male client (Jared Harris) won’t accept her advice. Next, Gina (Michelle Williams) and her husband, Ryan (James Le Gros), who — as we saw in the first story — is having an affair with Laura, decide to build a weekender close to the home of an elderly recluse (Rene Auberjonois). The third story features Lily Gladstone as Jamie, a lonely girl who runs a horse farm entirely on her own. She becomes attracted to Beth (Kristen Stewart), who teaches a class on student rights at a nearby adult education centre.
Table 19 (M) The titular table 19 is the one remotest from the newlyweds. Jerry Kepp (Craig Robinson), who runs a diner in Ohio with his wife Bina (Lisa Kudrow), are occupants seated here. Also at table 19 are young, decent, naive Reznor (Tony Revolori), who is under orders from his mother to find a girl and have sex, and elderly Jo (June Squibb), a former nanny to the bride. The one person who would never have been assigned there is Eloise (Anna Kendrick) until she broke up with the bride’s brother. Then Walter (Stephen Merchant), a tall, gangly, awkward, shy man who is hiding something. So table 19 is a group of people who don’t know each other, and wouldn’t much care to. But as the reception goes awry they have to look after each other. This is the human message of this amusing film: everyone’s life gets messy at times.
Their Finest (M) Their Finest is set in London in 1940 and is about the making of a propaganda film about Dunkirk. Catrin (Gemma Arterto) manages to land a job as screenwriter for a filmproduction company and finds herself working alongside Tom (Sam Claflin) on the screenplay of the Dunkirk project. Catrin interviews twin sisters who supposedly joined the flotilla of civilian craft that sailed across the Channel to help evacuate British troops stranded on the Dunkirk beaches, but from them she elicits a somewhat different story and incorporates this into her ideas for the film.
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra On tour for the first time in Australia, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra will perform with internationally acclaimed Jaap van Zweden conducting and renowned violinist Ning Feng. The program includes Fung Lam’s Quintessence, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No 4 and Mahler’s Symphony No 1. Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney. Next Friday, 8pm. Tickets: $47.30-$127.30. Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or online. One performance only. From Russia With Love The Metropolitan Orchestra, alongside Australian soloists Benjamin Kopp and Anthony Heinrichs, perform in an evening steeped in Russian flavour. The program will open with the Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture by Mikhail Glinka followed by Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 2. The second half of the performance will begin with the world premiere performance of The Bright Seraphim from Australian composer Jim Coyle. Finishing the program will be Shostakovich’s delightful Ninth Symphony.