WEEK IN MOVIES

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

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.

FRI­DAY HAN­COCK

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.

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