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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES - Leigh Paatsch Now show­ing Vil­lage Cine­mas Now show­ing State and Vil­lage Cine­mas

is not nearly as nec­es­sary as a roll call. It’s an ami­ably ag­gres­sive sham­bles, just like its pre­de­ces­sors. So let’s just fo­cus on who’s new to the zoo, shall we?

Mel Gib­son has been hauled from his re­al­world naughty cor­ner to play this episode’s arch- vil­lain, an in­ter­na­tional arms smug­gler trad­ing un­der the archly vil­lain­ous name of Con­rad Stonebanks.

While Gib­son could serve up a de­ranged nut­cake like this in his sleep, he elects to stay awake for the du­ra­tion of the fi lm. In fact, he de­liv­ers the only real act­ing to be seen here. Sure, it is wasted en­ergy on his part, but he wants to re­mind one and all there is still some volt­age left in his bat­ter­ies, bless him.

Har­ri­son Ford bobs up now and then as the Ex­pend­ables’ CIA han­dler Max Drum­mer.

In most scenes, he gives off the vibe of a man who has just been dragged from his trailer and is im­pa­tiently wait­ing for some­one to drag him back.

An­to­nio Ban­deras wins the I’m Way Too Ex­cited To Be Here award as the jumpy, chatty mer­ce­nary Galgo.

Wes­ley Snipes is all busi­ness, all the time, as Doc­tor Death, a long- lost Ex­pend­able who is spec­tac­u­larly res­cued from cap­tiv­ity in the

THE HUN­DRED- FOOT JOUR­NEY

COM­FORT food as a com­fort­ing movie? There could be worse things waft­ing into your lo­cal cin­ema. In fact, The Hun­dred- Foot Jour­ney is that rare serv­ing of feel- good fare that keeps im­prov­ing as its fa­mil­iar in­gre­di­ents set­tle and some sub­tler, un­ex­pected fl avours rise to the fore. Early on, it’s a sunny tale of two ri­val restau­rants sep­a­rated by a stone’s throw in a pretty French vil­lage. The fi rst is a fa­mously fi lm’s one great ac­tion se­quence. Snipes is ac­tu­ally in fi ne form and even slips in a gag about why he’s been off the grid for so long.

Later plot de­vel­op­ments see the in­tro­duc­tion of some youth­ful re­cruits, all of whom are on the wrong side of 35 in Ex­pend­ables terms – a for­get­table bunch who chew up way too much screen time. Any­thing else to re­port? Well, in what might stand as the most ge­nius screen­writ­ing mo­ment this year, the fi nale in­cludes a sui­cide mis­sion to one of the most treach­er­ous po­lit­i­cal hotspots on the planet – a na­tion with a name that strikes fear into the heart of car­tog­ra­phers and at­las ed­i­tors ev­ery­where: Ass­man­istan. posh joint run by an im­pe­ri­ous madam ( He­len Mir­ren). The other, a tra­di­tional In­dian fam­ily eatery run by newly ar­rived im­mi­grants, is yet to forge its rep­u­ta­tion. Un­der the di­rec­tion of Lasse Hall­strom ( Cho­co­lat ), this de­light­ful tale ( based on the best- seller by Richard C. Mo­rais) takes a turn for the bet­ter when one head chef crosses the street and sides with the en­emy. The culi­nary craft is mouth- wa­ter­ing, but it is the fi lm’s col­lec­tion of won­der­ful char­ac­ters that will truly sat­isfy all tastes.

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