WEEK IN MOVIES
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).