WEEK IN MOVIES

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

SUN­DAY

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.

MON­DAY

SCAR­FACE

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.

TUES­DAY

VAN HELS­ING

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.

WED­NES­DAY

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.

THURS­DAY

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).

FRI­DAY

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.

SATUR­DAY

SHER­LOCK HOLMES

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.

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