(M) The Avengers have broken up. Thor has lost not only one eye but his hammer. Captain America is a wanted man and no longer wears the stars and stripes. Tony Stark is in pinstripes rather than iron. Banner can no longer summon the Hulk. It’s a superhero-free zone ... until the absolute star of the show enters: Josh Brolin, who becomes Thanos, despot of Titan, who plans to wipe out 50 per cent of the universe and take over the half that’s left. To do so he needs to secure the five “infinity stones” that each control an aspect of existence. He has three. The other two are on Earth. The Avengers regroup, sort of, and are backed up, sort of, by the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Last Flag Flying (M) Last Flag Flying begins in December 2003 as Larry, also known as Doc, walks into a bar and strikes up a conversation with Sal, who at first doesn’t recognise him. It turns out the men fought together in Vietnam 30 years earlier. Doc tells his old friend that he’s a recent widower and that his son recently has been killed in Iraq. The military authorities have told Doc his son died a hero, and a military funeral is being arranged. Doc wants Sal to accompany him, along with a third comrade-in-arms from the past, Richard. At the service, they discover that the official story of Larry Jr’s “heroic” death is a lie. This deception gets the men thinking about even greater deceptions.
International Convention Centre Sydney, Darling Drive, Sydney. May 17 and 18, 8pm. Tickets: $75$161.95. Bookings: 132 849. Jack Howard’s Epic Brass Horn-driven hits and other hidden gems of Australian rock come to the forefront in Epic Brass. The show features tunes including the Saints’ Know Your Product, Midnight Oil’s Power and the Passion and Hunters and Collectors’ Say Goodbye. Epic Brass brings together ARIA Hall of Famer Jack Howard, Ron Peno (Died Pretty), Steve Lucas (X), Penny Ikinger (Wet Taxis), Paulie Stewart (Painters and Dockers), Fiona Lee Maynard and a four-piece horn section. The Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville, Sydney. June 2, 8pm. Tickets: $37.50-$42. Bookings: (02) 9550 3666 or online. Cat Power Twenty years have passed since US indie folk singer Cat Power released her acclaimed album Moon Pix. She returns to the Sydney Opera House to play the album in full, with original collaborators Jim White and Mick Turner of the Dirty Three.