The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Stephen Romei DS SR John Mc­Cal­lum Rose­mary Neill

(M) This is a charm­ing, funny, com­ing-of-age story about a 15year-old, Peter Parker (Tom Hol­land), who has more power than he can han­dle and at the same time is frus­trated that he can’t show it off. This movie opens with a wry scene in which the US Depart­ment of Dam­age Con­trol steps in to stop a sal­vage op­er­a­tor, Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton), from re­triev­ing bits of alien hard­ware. Toomes turns his busi­ness into one that finds and fixes scraps of alien weaponry and sells it to criminals. Parker is des­per­ate to be­come a fully fledged Avenger. Iron-Man Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) is en­cour­ag­ing, but Parker’s teen­dom causes trou­ble.

It Comes at Night (MA15+) It Comes at Night could eas­ily have been a zom­bie movie, but writer-di­rec­tor Trey Ed­ward Schults and pro­ducer Joel Edger­ton clearly were aim­ing for some­thing less con­ven­tional and more un­set­tling. A fam­ily of sur­vival­ists is liv­ing in a sur­pris­ingly large house in an iso­lated part of a vast for­est. And they live in fear be­cause of some kind of un­ex­plained plague that ap­par­ently has over­taken the coun­try. Paul (Edger­ton), heav­ily armed and ex­tremely cau­tious, is de­ter­mined to keep his fam­ily from be­ing con­tam­i­nated.

The House (MA15+) Scott (Will Fer­rell) and Kate (Amy Poehler) say they will be los­ing their best friend when their daugh­ter Alex (Ryan Simp­kin) goes to the pres­ti­gious col­lege at which she has se­cured a place. Then a promised schol­ar­ship is can­celled so they have to come up with a $50,000 tu­ition fee, quickly. Their gam­bling ad­dict best friend per­suades them to open an illegal casino in their home. From here it’s a no­jack­pot com­edy. The up-close mo­ments, the Fer­rell and Poehler non-repar­tee and barely phys­i­cal com­edy are em­bar­rass­ing.

The Fab­ric of Fan­tasy This sur­vey ex­hi­bi­tion presents re­al­ist paint­ings, draw­ings and works on fab­ric from 1970s to the present by Jenny Wat­son. Wat­son em­ploys tex­tiles, such as im­ages from mag­a­zines, horse­hair, rib­bons, bows and se­quins col­lected from her fre­quent glo­be­trot­ting for many of her works. She is in­spired by punk and fem­i­nism. Her works fea­ture self-por­traits and al­ter egos, long-haired women, horses, bal­leri­nas, rock gui­tarists and cats, who en­act life’s on­go­ing psy­chodra­mas. Pic­tured be­low, Scar­lett O’Hara with a budgeri­gar (2014). re­veal­ing irony and dis­so­nance. In Pin Up Girl she sub­verts the ob­jec­ti­fi­ca­tion of the 1940s60s fab­ri­cated al­le­gory of fem­i­nin­ity — the pin-up girl — through the anal­y­sis and ap­pro­pri­a­tion of the tat­too and pin-up aes­thetic. The pin-up girl changes from ob­ject to sub­ject in the ex­plo­ration of El­iz­a­beth’s ex­pe­ri­ences, feel­ings and re­sponses to the world. She de­picts fem­i­nine women dis­play­ing body lan­guage that ex­udes power and con­fi­dence. Gaffa Gallery, 281 Clarence Street, Syd­ney. Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. In­quiries: (02) 9283 4273 or on­line. July 20-July 31. Proxy Blue: The Songs of Joni Mitchell Quee­nie van de Zandt re­turns to the cabaret stage in an ex­plo­ration of the songs, sto­ries and art of Joni Mitchell. Col­lab­o­rat­ing with a live band and mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Max Lam­bert, van de Zandt will rein­ter­pret the melan­choly of Mitchell’s mu­sic as well as re­veal some of the in­ti­mate de­tails con­tained in the back­sto­ries of songs in­clud­ing A Case of You, Both Sides Now and Lit­tle Green. Hayes The­atre Co, 19 Green­knowe Av­enue, Syd­ney. Tick­ets: $44-$49. Book­ings: (02) 8065 7337 or on­line. Au­gust 3-6. par­tic­u­lar it is about the op­pres­sive weight of the Bri­tish Em­pire on the peo­ple — colonis­ers and colonised — who suf­fered un­der it. It is dif­fi­cult to imag­ine a bet­ter en­sem­ble of ac­tors. They play their roles with ex­u­ber­ance and emo­tional truth, they move from role to role with to­tal ease, and they work to­gether su­perbly. Pic­tured be­low is Heather Mitchell, who stars as Betty. Boots, in which a drag queen saves a strug­gling shoe fac­tory with a line of footwear that re­sem­bles “2½ feet of tubu­lar, ir­re­sistible sex”, opened on Broad­way in 2013 and was Lau­per’s first stab at a mu­si­cal score. Adapted from the 2005 Bri­tish film star­ring Aus­tralian ac­tor Joel Edger­ton and Chi­we­tel Ejio­for, Kinky Boots is largely set in a pro­vin­cial English fac­tory but is pow­ered by a posse of glam­orous cross­dressers who sing about giv­ing “good epiphany” and how the “sex is in the heel”. Capi­tol The­atre, 13 Camp­bell Street, Syd­ney. To­day, 2pm and 8pm. Tick­ets: $50-$150. Book­ings: 1300 558 878 or on­line. Un­til Au­gust 13.

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