The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - David Strat­ton SR DS

(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.

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