THURSDAY BURN AFTER READING
8.30PM, FOXTEL MASTERPIECE ★★ ★
The kind of smart- alecky, screwball comedy the Coen Brothers could write, shoot and edit in their sleep. Nevertheless, this film is more awake, alert and aggressively realised than most releases. A darkly convoluted tale of espionage, adultery and idiocy centres on two dim- witted gym workers who take possession of sensitive information belonging to a former CIA agent. Almost a throwaway number if not for the brilliant cast, led by George Clooney, Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt and John Malkovich.