(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.