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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - David Strat­ton Stephen Romei DS

Lo­gan Lucky (M) Di­rec­tor Steven Soder­bergh’s big-screen come­back, Lucky, is a light­hearted heist movie, some­thing he’s al­ways done well. It’s plenty of fun thanks to its tricky, clever plot­ting and some in­ter­est­ing cast­ing, most no­tably Daniel Craig, a very long way from his James Bond per­sona, as a crew­cut, ice-blond thug serv­ing time in prison. The jokey cred­its read: “and in­tro­duc­ing Daniel Craig as Joe Bang”. Joe Bang is a well-known ex­plo­sives ex­pert, which makes him es­sen­tial to the crew plot­ting to rob the NASCAR mo­tor race to take place on Me­mo­rial Day on a track con­structed over land­fill and prone to sink­holes. The rob­bery is planned by the Lo­gan Broth­ers, Jimmy (Chan­ning Ta­tum) and Clyde (Adam Driver). Lo­gan Lucky is a fre­quently smart and per­fectly en­ter­tain­ing piece of cin­e­matic fluff, and will doubt­less be very suc­cess­ful. An Inconvenient Se­quel: Truth to Power (PG) Al Gore has spent much of his pro­fes­sional life work­ing to raise aware­ness about global warm­ing, and de­scribes the past 20 years of his en­vi­ron­men­tal cam­paign as a “painful ex­pe­ri­ence”. I’m not go­ing to pre­tend to know how right or wrong Gore is about cli­mate change, but that lit­tle self-re­flec­tion of his goes to one of the strengths of this doc­u­men­tary: it is not a polemic, not a rant, not dom­i­nated by po­lit­i­cal dogma or per­sonal anger. The film re­quired a late re­work­ing to in­clude Don­ald Trump’s elec­tion and his vow to with­draw the US from the Paris Agree­ment on green­house gas emis­sions. The cen­tre of the doc­u­men­tary is the lead-up to the Paris meet­ing, at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from al­most 200 na­tions. The meet­ing fol­lowed the lethal ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Paris. In Paris, Gore has the sup­port of then pres­i­dent Barack Obama and his sec­re­tary of state John Kerry. Ge­orge­town, Texas, Repub­li­can mayor Dale Ross says: “Doesn’t it just make sense? The less stuff you put in the air, the bet­ter it is.” That’s the line I took out of An Inconvenient Se­quel be­cause to me, too, it makes sense.

Polina (PG) A young girl from Moscow yearns to dance for the Bol­shoi Bal­let, but her plans change when she falls for a French dancer and fol­lows him to Aixen-Provence. Co-di­rected by cel­e­brated French chore­og­ra­pher An­gelin Preljo­caj and screen­writer Va­lerie Muller, the film stars dancers rather than ac­tors with the ex­cep­tion of Juli­ette Binoche, who has a key role as a dance in­struc­tor. Lovers of bal­let should thor­oughly en­joy the film though the treat­ment — based on a graphic novel — is rather con­ven­tional.

us­age. There are 70 large­for­mat im­ages in a unique out­door dis­play set up on Syd­ney’s Royal Botanic Gar­den wa­ter­front. Pic­tured be­low, Wang Guicai, fish­er­man, Lake Hong, Hubei Prov­ince, China (2015). Royal Botanic Gar­den, Mrs Mac­quar­ies Road, Syd­ney. Daily, 7am-8pm. In­quiries: (02) 9231 8111 or on­line. Un­til Septem­ber 5. The Pub­lic Body .02 The Pub­lic Body .02

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