WEEK IN MOVIES

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES - WITH LEIGH PAATSCH

SUN­DAY

CHO­CO­LAT

8.45PM, GEM ★ ★

Sump­tu­ous, sen­su­ous fairy­tale set in a sleepy French vil­lage in the late 1950s. Juliette Binoche opens a choco­late shop, the pro­duce of which packs an un­mis­tak­ably aphro­disiac wal­lop. A good­na­tured con­fec­tion ( with a few swirls of drama blended in for good mea­sure). Co- stars Johnny Depp, Judi Dench and Lena Olin.

MON­DAY NO COUN­TRY FOR OLD MEN

9.30PM, ONE ★★ ★ ★

The Coen broth­ers ( Fargo) re­turned to bril­liant form with this haunt­ing, hard- bit­ten and in­con­gru­ously aff ect­ing chase fl ick based on the Cor­mac McCarthy novel. Josh Brolin stars as a Texas hunter who hap­pens across $ 2 mil­lion in a brief­case, and a fright­en­ing Javier Bar­dem plays a mer­ci­less killer out to re­trieve the cash. Though sev­eral scenes are ex­tremely vi­o­lent and un­apolo­get­i­cally amoral, there is a chill­ing com­po­sure that will not be de­nied. Highly rec­om­mended.

TUES­DAY

ROBOCOP 2

9.30PM, GO ★ ★

Stick with me here only if you’re into cy­borgs and se­quels. Ba­si­cally, a fresh crime wave in Detroit means the cre­ators of the orig­i­nal crime- fi ghter RoboCop go back to build a new- and- im­proved ver­sion ( imag­i­na­tively dubbed RoboCop 2) to sort it out. Un­for­tu­nately it mal­func­tions and goes rogue, forc­ing orig­i­nal RoboCop ( Peter Weller) to take on not only the crime wave, but also his de­mented “brother”.

WED­NES­DAY

THE MA­TRIX: RELOADED

8.30PM, GO ★★ ★ ★

It seems like eons ago that

The Ma­trix burst from nowhere to be­come one of the most stylis­ti­cally and the­mat­i­cally infl uen­tial works in movie his­tory. It wasn’t just fi lm fans who fell un­der the spell of this trippy, ag­gres­sively ad­ven­tur­ous dose of hi- fi sci- fi . Ev­ery­one from fash­ion de­sign­ers to gov­ern­ment sur­veil­lance agen­cies – and of course other fi lm­mak­ers – were ap­ing its ev­ery move. Heck, peo­ple were even say­ing Keanu Reeves could act. The Ma­trix:

Reloaded was time to put up or shut up time for the brains be­hind the fran­chise, the writ­ing/ di­rect­ing Wa­chowski broth­ers. They re­spond to the chal­lenge in typ­i­cally cav­a­lier fash­ion. Th­ese guys are in a league of their own, and so too is Reloaded. Defi nitely war­rants re­peat view­ing.

THURS­DAY

THE MEX­I­CAN

9PM, ONE ★★ ★ ★

The Mex­i­can could have just put Brad Pitt and Ju­lia Roberts to­gether and let the su­per­star sparks fl y. But direc­tor Gore Verbin­ski doesn’t take the easy way home. He keeps the pair apart for much of this sur­pris­ingly edgy left- of­cen­tre road movie and much more of a punch is packed as a re­sult. Though Pitt and Roberts – su­perbly cast as off - again, on- again lovers Jerry Wel­bach and Sa­man­tha Barzel – have their mo­ments to­gether at ei­ther end of a rather ropey ca­per tale, it is not their stel­lar pair­ing that will stay in your mind. What burns its own unique niche in the mem­ory is Roberts’ un­likely chem­istry with James Gan­dolfi ni ( of TV’s The So­pra­nos), who vir­tu­ally steals The Mex­i­can from un­der the noses of the movie’s big names while play­ing a sen­si­tive hit man named Leroy.

FRI­DAY

THE AMER­I­CAN

NOON, SCT ★★ ★

An unashamedly dour, yet wholly sat­is­fy­ing thriller. Ge­orge Clooney plays Jack, a black- ops as­sas­sin who wants out of the pay- to- slay busi­ness. To en­sure his exit, all he has to do is cool his heels in a sleepy Ital­ian vil­lage, and man­u­fac­ture a weapon for a fel­low agent. Much of The

Amer­i­can plays out in a state of weary­ing, wor­ry­ing si­lence. Jack is a man alone with his thoughts. And his thoughts are no­body’s idea of great com­pany. Look hard at Clooney’s un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally re­mote ( and highly eff ec­tive) per­for­mance, and you are sure to be in­trigued, alarmed and sur­prised by what is on Jack’s mind.

SATUR­DAY

CLICK

8.30PM, 7MATE ★ ★

Look out, ev­ery­one! Adam San­dler has a magic re­mote­con­trol to ma­nip­u­late life as if it were pre- recorded TV! A catchy lit­tle idea for a com­edy catches a bad attack of the sads at the half­way mark, where the fi lm­mak­ers mis­tak­enly think it’s time for some drama and a few lessons about the hu­man con­di­tion. We like our San­dler fi lms sim­ple and stupid, thanks very much. Co- stars Kate Beck­in­sale, Christo­pher Walken.

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