WEEK IN MOVIES

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

SUN­DAY IRON MAN 2 7PM, 7MATE ★★★

The much- an­tic­i­pated se­quel to the 2008 ac­tion block­buster Iron Man falls ever so slightly short of its pre­de­ces­sor. Pro­ceed­ings be­gin on a slash­ing note, with the in­tro­duc­tion of some great new char­ac­ters ( in­clud­ing Mickey Rourke as a rogue Rus­sian physi­cist and Scar­lett Johansson as a butt- kick­ing sec­re­tary) cul­mi­nat­ing in a bril­liant stunt se­quence staged at the Monaco Grand Prix. Robert Downey Jr is as wired and in­spired as ever as ty­coon-turned- su­per­hero Tony Stark.

MON­DAY FOUR LIONS 9.25PM, SBS2 ★★★★

This one is for any­body who likes their com­edy dan­ger­ous, thought- pro­vok­ing and, above all, funny. Each of these bases is cov­ered by a taboo-test­ing farce about Mus­lim ter­ror­ists plan­ning an at­tack dur­ing the run­ning of the Lon­don Marathon. Al­most mirac­u­lously, the film never looks like smash­ing into any of the ob­sta­cles it has per­ilously placed in its own path.

TUES­DAY SHOPGIRL 8.30PM, FOXTEL DRAMA/ RO­MANCE ★★★

Wor­ried by the prospect of a lonely fu­ture, a shy and soli­tary re­tail clerk ( Claire Danes, left) must choose be­tween a vain young artist ( Jason Schwartz­man) and a dan­ger­ously dis­tant mid­dleaged ty­coon ( Steve Martin, above). A melan­choly mix of del­i­cate ro­man­tic com­edy and cyn­i­cal so­cial com­men­tary.

WED­NES­DAY THE NEXT THREE DAYS 8.30PM, GO! ★ ★

Rus­sell Crowe plays a mild­man­nered col­lege pro­fes­sor stag­ing an am­a­teur jail­break to free his wrongly con­victed mis­sus ( El­iz­a­beth Banks). The film has some ex­cit­ing stretch es and fine“got cha !’’ mo­ments to its name, but runs a bit too long.

THURS­DAY GULLIVER’S TRAV­ELS 6PM, FOXTEL FAM­ILY ★ ★

As­pir­ing travel writer Le­muel Gulliver ( Jack Black) takes an as­sign­ment in Ber­muda, but ends up on the island of Lul­liput, where he tow­ers over its tiny cit­i­zens. This goofy fam­ily com­edy pegs its chances on blast­ing Jack Black with heaps of spe­cial-

eff ects- driven slap­stick. Harm­less enough es­capism, though lack­ing any es­sen­tial wow­ness.Co- stars Emily Blunt and Jason Segel.

FRI­DAY JOHN WICK 8.30PM, FOXTEL AC­TION ★★★

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. 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.

SATUR­DAY KINGS­MAN: THE SE­CRET SER­VICE 6.15PM, FOXTEL PRE­MIERE ★★★

Colin Firth plays a posh Bri­tish spy who re­cruits a hous­ing- es­tate kid ( Taron Eger­ton) with po­ten­tial to join a se­cret so­ci­ety of su­per-spooks. Mean­while, a mo­bile­phone ty­coon ( Sa­muel L. Jack­son) plots to take over the world with sin­is­ter SIM- cards. Not ev­ery­thing works here, but when it does, the en­ergy ex­pended and elec­tric­ity gen­er­ated can take your breath away.

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