WEEK IN MOVIES
SUNDAY GONE IN 60 SECONDS
8.30PM, 7MATE ★★ ★
A crack car- jacking gang must steal 50 sets of wheels in 72 hours to save one of their own from certain death. It’s a big, dumb and bloody fast good time that will play like pure poetry to petrolheads, yet will also press the accelerator of the many secret Schumachers among us who still get a buzz from busting the speed limit when no one is looking. A guilty pleasure for all escapists.
MONDAY THE BEACH
9.25PM, SBS2 ★★ ★
A tourist ( Leonardo DiCaprio) finds life on an idyllic secret island is not all it’s cracked up to be. Intriguing and very watchable.
TUESDAY AMERICAN HUSTLE
8.30PM, GO! ★★ ★ ★
Hustle opens with the following statement: “Some of this actually happened.” Yes, this fantastic movie is based on a rather fantastical true story from the 1970s. But that’s not so important. What is important is something is always happening – and at a running time of more than two hours, that takes some doing. Christian Bale and Amy Adams star as a cunning, conning couple busted by an FBI agent ( Bradley Cooper) and forced to make a deal. If the pair can lure a bunch of corrupt politicians to be bribed by Feds posing as “fake sheikhs”, they’ll be let off . The whole cast, including Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, are in cracking form.
WEDNESDAY MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
8.30PM, FOXTEL PREMIERE
This challenging, aggressively captivating production went straight ahead and rewrote the textbook for action filmmaking. Its maverick infl uence is guaranteed to come to the fore in the years to come. Veteran George Miller might have delivered one protracted, adrenaline-guzzling chase sequence, but it never once left us behind. Proof positive the uncompromising can still be accessible, if inspiration strikes.
THURSDAY ALI 8.30PM, FOXTEL MASTERPIECE ★ ★
The movie biography of boxer Muhammad Ali may fl oat like a butterfl y, but it doesn’t quite sting like a bee. Will Smith’s Oscar- nominated performance in the title role is undeniably brilliant, channelling Ali’s swagger and sensitivity, but the focus on a mere 10 years of Ali’s life is too narrow. The fight scenes are great, though – on a par with Raging Bull.
9.30PM, TDT ★ ★
It is a superhero movie with a diff erence. It is a Will Smith movie with a diff erence. It is a big- budget Hollywood movie with, you guessed it, a diff erence. And yet, for all its many admirable deviations from the norm, most viewers will have no choice but to look back on this erratic action pic with complete indifference. Smith plays an alcoholic superhero looking to improve his public image and lose his permanent hangover. OK enough in fits and starts, but not quite up to the leading man’s usual standard. Co- stars Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman.
SATURDAY MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA
7PM, WIN ★★ ★
This sequel to the popular 2005 animated comedy is great fun while it lasts, but also a touch less disposable than its predecessor. Former New York Zoo residents Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraff e and Gloria the Hippo are stranded in Africa, where some of the local creatures prove diffi cult to get along with. Features the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Sacha Baron Cohen.