WEEK IN MOVIES
STARSKY & HUTCH
10.30PM, FOXTEL COMEDY, ★★ ★
Highly enjoyable retro- TV remake set in mid- 70s San Francisco, where a buttoneddown undercover cop Starsky ( Ben Stiller) hooks up with a looser, open- collared partner, Hutch ( Owen Wilson). Not much plot, but the set- piece sketches are big fun for those who dig the slacker- than-thou chemistry of Stiller and Wilson. Watch out for a freaky cameo by Will Ferrell, playing a jailbird who turns an interrogation from Wilson into a kinky out- take from Midnight Express.
9.30PM, ONE ★★ ★★ ★
An infinitely quotable movie that soars operatically when least expected, hitting many piercing notes as it tracks Tony Montana ( Al Pacino) on his blazing, cocaine- fuelled rise and fall. Perfect bliss for lovers of screen crime with a sting in its tale and a spring in its step.
8.30PM, 7MATE ★ ★
Hugh Jackman stars as a 19th- century paranormal problem- solver in a messy mash- up of classic movie monsters ( Frankenstein’s, Dracula, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde), cutting- edge special eff ects and gaping black holes into which the storyline all but disappears. Great to look at. Not so much fun to watch.
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
8.30PM, FOXTEL PREMIERE ★★ ★
An adaptation of the youngadult novel phenomenon by John Green that hits the tear ducts of its target audience like a weep- seeking missile. While this teen romance is doomed from the outset, it also prepares viewers for the fall to come with surprising warmth, wit and positivity. Shailene Woodley ( Divergent) plays Hazel, a sharp- minded 17- year- old long diagnosed with lung cancer. The power of the movie owes much to yet another pitch- perfect lead performance from her.
TWO LITTLE BOYS
9PM, ONE ★ ★
An inert comic sensibility and uncertain direction wastes the dream- team casting of Bret McKenzie ( Flight of the Conchords) and Hamish Blake ( Hamish & Andy) here. The pair play soft- headed bogan buds who swiftly get into trouble and out of their depth in 1990s New Zealand. Passes muster as a late- night TV movie. Directed by Robert Sarkies ( Scarfi es).
UP IN THE AIR
10.05PM, FOXTEL ROMANCE ★★ ★ ★
Corporate “transition specialist” Ryan Bingham ( George Clooney in careerbest form) travels all over the US sacking people. A sophisticated melding of subtle, contemplative comedy and meaningful modern drama, Up in the
Air is a must- see. Highly recommended.
9PM, WIN ★★ ★
Stand back and take a deep breath. This is not your granddad’s Sherlock Holmes, I can assure you. British fi lmmaker Guy Ritchie ( RockNRolla) has given Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous clever- clogs detective a major makeover. The setting is still 19th- century London, but Holmes ( played eccentrically but eff ectively by Robert Downey Jr) and his loyal off sider Dr Watson ( Jude Law) are now hardline he- men. When not searching for clues, this pair are up for anything, including bareknuckle fi ghts and dangerous stunts aplenty. A bravely ropey action thriller with a crazed comic edge, and a strange supernatural subplot about an evil nobleman who has risen from the dead. Good, weird and very original fun. Co- stars Rachel McAdams and Mark Strong.