WEEK IN MOVIES

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

SUN­DAY RUN­NER RUN­NER 9PM, TEN ★★

A mid­dling on­line gam­bling thriller works up a fairly pre­dictable tan­gle of dou­ble­crosses and triple-threats. Ben Af­fleck de­liv­ers his por­trayal of a cor­rupt bet­ting king­pin with a non-com­mit­tal shrug. It is such a static per­for­mance that the film around him rarely gets mov­ing. Co-stars Justin Tim­ber­lake, Gemma Arter­ton.

MON­DAY THIS IS THE END 9.30PM, 7MATE ★★★

Wit­ness­ing the oblit­er­a­tion of mankind while par­ty­ing down at the LA man­sion of James Franco does de­liver a truck­load of nov­elty com­edy value. How­ever, with most of the guests dead by the 30-minute mark, you’ll be spend­ing a lot of time in Franco’s post­mod­ern man­cave with a hand­ful of surly sur­vivors in­clud­ing Seth Ro­gen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and Craig Robin­son.

TUES­DAY IN­FIN­ITELY PO­LAR BEAR 8.30PM, FOX­TEL MASTER­PIECE ★★★

A fam­ily film with a dif­fer­ence from first-time di­rec­tor Maya Forbes, who also penned the script based on her ex­pe­ri­ences grow­ing up in un­usual cir­cum­stances in the 1970s. Mark Ruf­falo has the lead role of Cameron, a man with a bipo­lar dis­or­der who has just emerged from a spell in a men­tal in­sti­tu­tion. With his es­tranged wife (Zoe Sal­dana) forced to leave town to com­plete her stud­ies, Cameron must some­how tran­scend his con­di­tion to look af­ter his two daugh­ters.

WED­NES­DAY KISS KISS BANG BANG 8.30PM, FOX­TEL COM­EDY ★★★

Un­con­ven­tional, stylish crime thriller about a small-time crook (Robert Downey Jr) who sud­denly finds him­self on the verge of be­com­ing a big-time ac­tor. That is, un­til he goes into ca­hoots with a gay pri­vate eye (Val Kilmer).

THURS­DAY HOR­TON HEARS A WHO! 8.55PM, FOX­TEL FAM­ILY ★★★

A de­light­ful an­i­mated adap­ta­tion of the clas­sic chil­dren’s tale by the great Dr Seuss. Jim Car­rey pro­vides the voice of Hor­ton, an ele­phant en­trusted with the se­ri­ous task of pro­tect­ing a mi­cro­scopic pop­u­la­tion.

FRI­DAY HARRY POT­TER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE 7.30PM, GO! ★★★★

In this epic sixth in­stal­ment of au­thor J.K. Rowl­ing’s megapop­u­lar saga, Harry and his fel­low Hog­warts stu­dents are no longer sim­ply learn­ing about magic. Some ma­jor lessons about life, death, love and per­sonal ethics are also high on the cur­ricu­lum this time around. Di­rec­tor David Yates and screen­writer Steve Kloves have crafted a chal­leng­ing and de­cid­edly ma­ture film that will have fans knot­ted with an­tic­i­pa­tion for the clos­ing episodes. The young leads are re­ally com­ing into their own as ac­tors now, too. Sets the scene per­fectly for the two-part fi­nale The Deathly Hal­lows, which rolls out late next year.

SATUR­DAY CHICAGO 9.30PM, SBS ★★★★

Af­ter be­ing thrown in jail for mur­der, an am­bi­tious dancer named Roxie Hart (Re­nee Zell­weger) takes her cues from an­other homi­ci­dal hoofer, Velma Kelly (Cather­ine Zeta -Jones). Dis­cov­er­ing Velma is in ca­hoots with cor­rupt war­den Mama Mor­ton (Queen Lat­i­fah) and show­boat­ing lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere) to se­cure a pub­lic­ity-driven par­don, Roxie de­cides to steal her ri­val’s best moves. All of the spec­tac­u­larly snappy song-and-dance rou­tines seen here ex­plode in­side the minds of the char­ac­ters as daz­zling dream se­quences. Di­rected by Rob Mar­shall (Nine).

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