WEEK IN MOVIES

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

SUN­DAY RED DRAGON

9.30PM, ONE ★★ ★

Af­ter the classy chills of The Si­lence of the Lambs and the crass kills of Han­ni­bal, An­thony Hop­kins re­turns with a third con­sis­tently creepy serve of ev­ery­one’s favourite chi­anti- sip­ping can­ni­bal, Dr Han­ni­bal Lecter. From a high- se­cu­rity jail cell, the bad doc­tor helps an FBI profi ler ( Ed­ward Nor­ton) track down the new se­rial killer on the block, co­de­named the Tooth Fairy ( Ralph Fi­ennes). If this pre­quel to Lambs proves any­thing, it is that the like­able loath­some Lecter – one of the all- time great screen vil­lains – is infi nitely more creepy when locked away for the good of the world at large.

MON­DAY JOHN WICK

6.40PM, FOX­TEL PRE­MIERE ★★ ★

Meet John Wick. He is played by Keanu Reeves, but that’s not im­por­tant right now. What is im­por­tant is that John Wick is hav­ing a bloody tough time of it. His beloved wife, a real babe, has just died. His beloved car, a clas­sic 1969 Mus­tang, has just been stolen. His beloved pet, a late- model adorable puppy, has just been as­sas­si­nated. While an in­cur­able dis­ease was re­spon­si­ble for the first tragic event, the same set of Rus­sian mob­sters is to blame for the next two. Guess who’s gonna get mad, get even and get his rocks off do­ing so? Though de­fi­antly trashy in na­ture, this is ac­tu­ally one of the best- crafted ac­tion films of 2014. Some in­spired fight chore­og­ra­phy and in­no­va­tive cam­era work in­fuse the pulpy pro­ceed­ings with a con­trolled ag­gres­sion that grabs a viewer and never lets go.

TUES­DAY THE IS­LAND

8.30PM, GO! ★ ★

In the year 2019, the res­i­dents of an ex­clu­sive health re­sort dis­cover they are be­ing farmed for hu­man body parts. Two rebels ( Ewan McGre­gor and Scar­lett Jo­hann­son) es­cape. The so- so sci- fi of the first half is quite watch­able, but the rest is stan­dard run- and- gun chase stuff . Di­rected by Michael Bay ( Ar­maged­don).

WED­NES­DAY WE BOUGHT A ZOO

8.30PM, TDT ★★ ★

What you see in the ti­tle is all you will get from this soft- hearted, yet lev­el­headed fam­ily movie. And that’s ex­actly all the tar­get au­di­ence needs from such middle- of- the- road fare. If you and the kids loved mak­ing puppy eyes at Mar­ley & Me, the crea­turely com­forts cap­tured here will defi nitely de­liver. Matt Da­mon stars as a thrill- seek­ing sin­gle dad who im­pul­sively ac­quires a “ren­o­va­tor’s dream” of a ru­ral zoo. As­sist­ing in the fun menagerie makeover that fol­lows are the in­cum­bent lowly paid staff , led by all­round handy­woman ( and

kind- of love in­ter­est) Kelly ( a yap­pier-than- usual Scar­lett Jo­hans­son). Co- stars Colin Ford, Mag­gie El­iz­a­beth Jones.

THURS­DAY OVER THE HEDGE

7.30PM, FOX­TEL FAM­ILY ★ ★

Com­puter- an­i­mated com­edy for kids based on a pop­u­lar US comic strip. Bruce Wil­lis pro­vides the voice of a wily rac­coon who tricks the jit­tery crit­ters in a wood­land com­mune into raid­ing the rub­bish bins of their hu­man neigh­bours on his be­half.

FRI­DAY STEP BROTHERS

9.30PM, TDT ★★ ★

Is Will Fer­rell mak­ing the same movie over and over again? Or tak­ing the same kind of movie and do­ing some­thing slightly diff er­ent with it each time? In all like­li­hood, the jury will still be un­de­cided af­ter Step Brothers, only be­cause they were laugh­ing too much to no­tice oth­er­wise. Fer­rell and his Tal­ladega Nights buddy John C. Reilly are mo­ronic man- chil­dren forced to fi­nally fend for them­selves at the ten­der age of, um, 40. The gags are hit and miss, but all is for­given when things are on tar­get.

SATUR­DAY THE CROODS

6PM, ELEVEN ★★ ★

This clev­erly con­structed car­toon ad­ven­ture is fun for all age groups, even if it seems like it’s just an Ice Age with hu­mans re­plac­ing an­i­mals. Ni­co­las Cage gives voice to the head of a cave­man fam­ily forced to look for a new home, as the world’s land mass di­vides into con­ti­nents. It is easy to tell when a voice cast is en­thused by the ’ toon they’re work­ing on, and their pos­i­tive vibes con­tin­u­ally give the film a lift. Bet­ter still, the story is sur­pris­ingly in­volv­ing, and the qual­ity of an­i­ma­tion is stun­ning. Co- stars the voices of Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds.

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