WEEK IN MOVIES
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.