WEEK IN MOVIES

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

SUN­DAY

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.

MON­DAY

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.

TUES­DAY

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 .

THURS­DAY

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.

FRI­DAY

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.

SATUR­DAY

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.

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