WEEK IN MOVIES
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.