WEEK IN MOVIES

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

SUN­DAY EN­DER’S GAME 9.10PM, 7MATE

It’s Harry Pot­ter … in space! It’s The Hunger Games … in space! It’s The Last Air­ben­der … yep, that’s right … in space! Wel­come to the way-out, way-up-there world of En­der’s Game, a fair sci-fi ad­ven­ture for teens based on the 1985 novel by Or­son Scott Card. The plot con­jures a fu­ture where kids with a mys­ti­cal com­mand of videogame com­bat tech­niques are be­ing re­cruited by the mil­i­tary to re­pel an im­mi­nent alien at­tack. One stu­dent, En­der Wig­gin (Asa But­ter­field), stands out from the rest. Phys­i­cally, he is a bit of a runt. Tac­ti­cally, he is a com­plete ge­nius. While it does plod in parts, En­der’s Game does full jus­tice to an ad­mirably com­pli­cated and subtly am­bi­tious tale. The train­ing se­quences staged in zero grav­ity are par­tic­u­larly well done. Co-stars Hailee Ste­in­feld, Har­ri­son Ford, Ben Kings­ley.

MON­DAY MIS­SION: IM­POS­SI­BLE – GHOST PRO­TO­COL 8.30PM, ONE

A gritty, globe-trot­ting ad­ven­ture be­gins in the heart of Moscow, where vet­eran IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team (Si­mon Pegg, Paula Pat­ton, Jeremy Ren­ner) are blamed for the de­struc­tion of the Krem­lin. Cruise is less needy than usual.

TUES­DAY A TIME TO KILL 8.30PM, ONE

An­other one-size-fits-all slab of le­gal ea­glery from the plat­inum pa­per­back pen of John “you can buy my col­lected works at any air­port newsagent” Gr­isham. The set­ting is Amer­ica’s deep south, where the necks are red, the right are white, and a black steel worker (Sa­muel L. Jack­son) is un­likely to get a fair trial for killing the two thugs who as­saulted his young daugh­ter. Co-stars Matthew McConaughey and San­dra Bul­lock in bril­liant form.

WED­NES­DAY LADIES IN LAVENDER 8.30PM, FOX­TEL MASTER­PIECE

Nice film, shame about the name. For there’s a lot to like about this light­hearted Bri­tish af­fair about two spin­ster sis­ters (Judi Dench and Mag­gie Smith) nurs­ing a young for­eigner back to health after he is mys­te­ri­ously washed ashore near their sea­side home. He knows the rou­tine: an im­pres­sive first time be­hind the lens as di­rec­tor for vet­eran ac­tor Charles Dance (Hi­lary & Jackie). Ex­cel­lent per­for­mances, at­trac­tive cam­era work and a lively script are all wel­come bonuses. Co-stars Natascha McEl­hone, Daniel Bruhl.

THURS­DAY IN­DE­PEN­DENCE DAY 8.30PM, FOX­TEL AC­TION/ AD­VEN­TURE

Upon its orig­i­nal re­lease, ID4 (as it was then known) sig­nalled a new breed of block­buster: the event movie. Though this py­rotech­nic pan­tomime that pitches mankind against aliens has dated some­what, it still ex­udes a hi­lar­i­ously gung-ho bravado that al­ways sucks you in. Espe­cially when US Pres­i­dent Bill Pull­man gives a Fourth of July speech so rab­ble-rous­ingly bizarre, it can only be likened to The West Wing meets Mars At­tacks.

FRI­DAY CHAR­LOTTE’S WEB 7.40PM, GO!

The touch­ing story of a friend­ship be­tween naive young pig Wil­bur (voiced by young­ster Dominic Scott Kay) and the moth­erly older spi­der Char­lotte (Ju­lia Roberts). This be­lated live-ac­tion adap­ta­tion of the clas­sic chil­dren’s book by E.B. White goes best when there’s min­i­mum in­ter­fer­ence from the hu­man cast. Kids un­der 10 will love ev­ery minute of it.

SATUR­DAY STAR TREK 8.30PM, WIN

This spec­tac­u­larly en­ter­tain­ing re­boot (the 11th fea­ture in the long- run­ning sci-fi se­ries) widens and in­ten­si­fies the ap­peal of the en­tire Star Trek ex­pe­ri­ence. Un­der the whip-smart di­rec­tion of J.J. Abrams, the new pro­duc­tion jour­neys way back to the dawn of Trek folk­lore to doc­u­ment the maiden voy­age of the USS En­ter­prise. View­ers will also see fa­mil­iar crew mem­bers in a whole new light, thanks to a fo­cus by Abrams on the ori­gin sto­ries of key fig­ures such as Cap­tain Kirk (Chris Pine) and Mr Spock (Zachary Quinto). An imag­i­na­tive use of high-end spe­cial-ef­fects and some thrilling bat­tle se­quences in deep space fully jus­ti­fies an un­apolo­getic em­pha­sis on move­ment and ex­cite­ment. Co-stars Eric Bana, Si­mon Pegg.

Where no man had gone be­fore: Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine in the re-imag­ined Star Trek.

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