WEEK IN MOVIES

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

SUN­DAY

THE PA­TRIOT

9.30PM, ONE

In one of his best ever per­for­mances Mel Gibson stars as a re­luc­tant hero of the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion. The Bri­tish Army just don’t know what they’re in for once sol­dier Mel gets go­ing. The late Heath Ledger is great, too, as Mel’s son. Classy and mem­o­rably stir­ring pe­riod adventure fi lm, with grip­ping battle scenes and a com­pelling sense of the emo­tion and anger that can drive the most placid to war.

MON­DAY

SPLICE

8.30PM, SBS TWO

Ac­cord­ing to the Franken­stein Prin­ci­ple, any movie sci­en­tist who dares to play God is doomed for a devil of a time. Such is the fate surely await­ing lovers and lab part­ners Clive ( Adrien Brody) and Elsa ( Sarah Pol­ley). This Brad and An­gelina of the bio­chem­istry world splash about in the wrong gene pool when they syn­thet­i­cally breed a child ( best de­scribed as a pretty lit­tle girl scram­bled with the fea­tures of a do­mes­tic ro­dent). While writer- direc­tor Vin­cenzo Natali is not above rais­ing the eth­i­cal dilem­mas he is more at home with dish­ing out the ick fac­tor in co­pi­ous quan­ti­ties.

TUES­DAY

THE SEA IN­SIDE

1.40AM ( WED), SBS1

Un­even, enig­matic drama based on the true story of a fa­mous Span­ish eu­thana­sia cam­paigner. The per­for­mance of Javier Bar­dem as a quad­ri­plegic with a death wish is as mov­ing as it is deep. The fi lm, how­ever, is a bit of a drag, and ever so slightly shal­low. When con­test­ing the is­sue of the right to end it all, you can’t have an each- way bet.

WED­NES­DAY

AMER­I­CAN SNIPER

FOX­TEL ON DE­MAND

Multi- plat­form pre­miere of this elec­tri­fy­ing drama. It’s no real sur­prise that this elec­tri­fy­ing war drama is the work of direc­tor Clint East­wood. Cour­tesy of a dec­o­rated ca­reer in front of and be­hind the cam­era, East­wood is a man who knows all too well how to pit good against evil. With much gun­play thrown in for good mea­sure. This is the true story of Chris Kyle ( Bradley Cooper), the Navy SEAL who is ranked as the most eff ec­tive wartime sniper in US mil­i­tary his­tory. While the movie is no way a wan­ton cel­e­bra­tion of killing in the line of the duty, there is a proudly pa­tri­otic streak to East­wood’s ap­proach that some view­ers may fi nd wor­ry­ingly sim­plis­tic.

THURS­DAY

THE DESCEN­DANTS

9.30PM, ELEVEN

An­other su­perla­tive an­chor­ing per­for­mance from Ge­orge Clooney. An­other in­tri­cate blend of evoca­tive drama and win­ning hu­mour from writer- direc­tor Alexander Payne ( Side­ways, About Sch­midt). It’s all here in The Descen­dants, as is so much more. Clooney plays Matt King, a Hawai­ian prop­erty lawyer thrown for a loop on the eve of a deal of a life­time. With his wife in a coma af­ter a boat­ing mishap, Matt must re­con­nect with his two daugh­ters, each of whom re­spects him lit­tle and knows him even less. The fi lm cov­ers a wide spec­trum of emo­tions in a warm and re­lat­able man­ner, and not a false note is struck through­out.

FRI­DAY

BA­SIC IN­STINCT

11PM, 7MATE

A de­tec­tive in­ves­ti­gat­ing a mur­der ( Michael Dou­glas) en­coun­ters a femme fa­tale who could be a pos­si­ble prime sus­pect in the case. Sharon Stone in her fi rst big role plays the role of vil­lain to per­fec­tion. Also stars Jeanne Trip­ple­horn and Ge­orge Dzundza.

SATUR­DAY

RIO

6PM, TDT

Flavour­some 3- D vi­su­als and a bland, 1- D sto­ry­line all but cancel one an­other out in the pass­able an­i­mated adventure Rio. Kids un­der 12 won’t mind watch­ing it, but will be hard- pushed to re­mem­ber much of it once the cred­its roll. Blu ( voiced by Jesse Eisen­berg) is a nervy, nerdy North Amer­i­can, a pam­pered pet who can­not fl y. Jewel ( Anne Hathaway) is a swingin’, so­phis­ti­cated South Amer­i­can, a feath­ered fl irt who can fl y. The pair are brought to­gether in Brazil to go forth and pro­cre­ate to save their sub- species, only to be bird- napped at the height of Car­ni­vale time in a hy­per­colour­ful Rio.

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