WEEK IN MOVIES
THE BOURNE LEGACY 8.30PM, 7MATE
No Matt Damon? Not really a Bourne movie then. Such is the fate met by this unsuccessful spin- off from the hit spy- thriller franchise. Playing a fugitive stablemate of Jason Bourne, Jeremy Renner does not deploy the emphatic look- at- me factor needed to quell any rightful doubts one might have about the movie. The Bourne Legacy in no way honours the Bourne legacy. Co- stars Rachel Weisz.
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD 8.30PM, SBS2
“The entire universe depends on everything fi tting together just right,” the narrator says. The speaker is six- year- old girl Hushpuppy ( Quvenzhane Wallis) and only a fool would question how she has acquired this wisdom. Set on the flatlands of Louisiana, Hushpuppy and her neighbours face a fl ood of biblical proportions. The youngster’s survival instinct and the unifying spirit in the community are depicted in an unorthodox yet mesmerising manner.
ROAD TRIP 9.30PM, 7MATE Four friends make a cross- country journey to prevent the delivery of an incriminating videotape. Occasionally crass, but consistently funny lowbrow comedy that is much better than American Pie. A great guilty pleasure for those who love this kind of stuff .
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL 10.30PM, FOXTEL MASTERPIECE Just like the establishment from which it takes its name, The Grand Budapest Hotel off ers a sprawling, lavish and highly enjoyable escape from reality. The year is 1932, and M. Gustave ( Ralph Fiennes) is at the peak of his powers as the Grand Budapest’s celebrated chief concierge. Upon the sudden death of Madame D ( Tilda Swinton) that Gustave seizes the opportunity for which he has seemingly spent a lifetime planning. Madame D has named him as a featured benefi ciary in her will but her psychotic sons ( Adrien Brody and Willem Dafoe) hate Gustave and are prepared to unleash hell to destroy him and the Grand Budapest.
UP 6.30PM, 7MATE
After attaching thousands of balloons to his home, 78- year- old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfi ll his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Another instant classic from the computer animation powerhouse that is Pixar Films ( Finding Nemo). The delightful, inspiring and genuinely heart- warming picture is one of their best.
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS 10PM, TDT
Woody Allen’s glorious love- letter to Paris marks a striking return to form for the veteran fi lmmaker. Owen Wilson plays Gil, a Hollywood screenwriter holidaying in the French capital with an antsy fiancée ( Rachel McAdams) and her overbearing parents. One night, Gil stumbles on a miraculous part of the city where the long- gone Paris he has always pined for returns to life. Something of a fairytale for lovers of art, literature and love itself, the fi lm is abundant with charm.