WEEK IN MOVIES

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SUN­DAY DODGE­BALL: A TRUE UN­DER­DOG STORY 8.30PM, ELEVEN ★★★

There’s more go­ing on here than just blows to the crotch and crass one-lin­ers. While a laid-back Vince Vaughn leads a mot­ley bunch of losers through a bizarre sports tour­na­ment in Las Ve­gas, Ben Stiller makes off with the laughs as a sleazy fit­ness guru.

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, co­caine­fu­elled rise and fall. Per­fect bliss for lovers of screen crime with a sting in its tale and a spring in its step. Also stars Michelle Pfeif­fer.

TUES­DAY IN­SIDE LLEWYN DAVIS 10.10AM, FOXTEL MAS­TER­PIECE ★★★★

The year is 1961. The place is New York City. The mu­si­cal times are about to be a ’changin’. A scruffy, un­known folk singer named Bob Dy­lan will soon make sure of that. How­ever, scruffy, un­known folk singers are a dime a dozen in the dingy cafes and bars of Greenwich Vil­lage. In this film from the great Coen broth­ers (No Coun­try for Old Men, Fargo), we will be spend­ing a week in the com­pany of one such B-list bal­ladeer. Llewyn Davis (Os­car Isaac) just might have what it takes to make it. There’s just one prob­lem. If there is a line that sep­a­rates tem­per­a­men­tal artists from pre­cious pains-in-the-butt, Llewyn just can’t see it. As this is a Coen movie, the pro­tag­o­nist’s many mis­placed delu­sions of grandeur will be mined for much dark com­edy. Co-stars Carey Mul­li­gan and Justin Tim­ber­lake.

WED­NES­DAY GAL­LIPOLI 8.30PM, ONE ★★★★

We should be for­ever grate­ful that the task of film­ing one of the defin­ing mo­ments in Aus­tralian his­tory went to Pe­ter Weir, one of our great­est di­rec­tors. An un­usual en­try in the an­nals of anti-war films, in that it doesn’t dis­credit the blind pa­tri­o­tism that sent so many young Aus­tralians to an un­nec­es­sary demise. Stars Mel Gib­son and Mark Lee.

THURS­DAY THE GRAND BU­DAPEST HO­TEL 1.55PM, FOXTEL MAS­TER­PIECE ★★★★

From the great Amer­i­can film­maker Wes An­der­son (Moon­rise King­dom), a lav­ish and highly en­joy­able es­cape from re­al­ity. The year is 1932, and the set­ting is a fic­tional five-star crash pad in an equally fic­tional cor­ner of east­ern Europe. It is here we find the mys­te­ri­ous M. Gus­tave (a hi­lar­i­ous Ralph Fi­ennes) at the peak of his pow­ers as the Grand Bu­dapest’s cel­e­brated chief concierge. What fol­lows is a ma­jes­ti­cally mad­cap ad­ven­ture, with Gus­tave and his loyal off­sider fight­ing tooth and nail to keep some for­mi­da­ble en­e­mies at bay.

FRI­DAY THE HUNGER GAMES 8.30PM, WIN ★★★

Jen­nifer Lawrence fronts a com­pelling ac­tion tale depict­ing a fu­ture where poverty-stricken youth must bat­tle to the death as tele­vised en­ter­tain­ment for the rich. Does it stick to the best-sell­ing book? You bet. Hard­core Hunger Gamers will not be dis­ap­pointed. Lawrence’s por­trayal of rene­gade teen hero­ine Kat­niss Everdeen is a cracker. You will fol­low her ev­ery hur­ried, hunted and haunted step of the way. A solid ef­fort that prom­ises even bet­ter things to come.

SATUR­DAY NO COUN­TRY FOR OLD MEN 8.30PM, SBS ★★★★

The Coen broth­ers (Fargo) re­turn to bril­liant form with a haunt­ing, hard-bit­ten and in­con­gru­ously af­fect­ing chase flick based on the Cor­mac McCarthy novel. Josh Brolin stars as a Texan hunter who hap­pens across $2 mil­lion in a brief­case, and a frightening Javier Bar­dem plays a mer­ci­less killer out to re­trieve the cash. Though sev­eral scenes are ex­tremely vi­o­lent and un­apolo­get­i­cally amoral, there is a chill­ing com­po­sure to the film as a whole that will not be de­nied. Highly rec­om­mended.

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