WEEK IN MOVIES

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

SUN­DAY JACK RYAN: SHADOW RE­CRUIT

WIN, 9.15PM ★★ All that the new Jack Ryan shares in com­mon with the crafty CIA op­er­a­tive in the many best-sell­ing books by the late Tom Clancy is the name Jack Ryan. In Shadow Re­cruit, our man Jack (played by Chris “the younger Cap­tain Kirk” Pine) is still in the em­ploy of the CIA, and des­tined to smother a su­per-sin­is­ter global con­spir­acy with just se­conds to spare. The rest of the movie, how­ever, re­jects the Clancy canon in favour of repo­si­tion­ing Ryan as a ju­nior-league James Bond. who some­how finds him­self in a Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble se­quel. Takes place mostly in Moscow – where Ken­neth Branagh (also di­rec­tor here) wres­tles with a wonky Russki ac­cent – be­fore a fair fi­nale on the streets of Man­hat­tan. The end re­sult is kind of watch­able, kind of laugh­able, and com­pletely dis­pos­able.. Co-stars Keira Knight­ley, Kevin Cost­ner.

MON­DAY THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.

FOX­TEL PRE­MIERE, 8.30PM ★★ Here we have film­maker Guy Ritchie re­heat­ing a Cold War con­cept that rated its socks off on the box more than 50 years ago. While def­i­nitely an at­trac­tively de­signed ac­tion movie, its un­abashed good looks aren’t enough to stop you notic­ing your pulse rate isn’t ex­actly ris­ing in a hurry. The set­ting sits smack-bang in the mid­dle of the 1960s, where su­per-suave US se­cret agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cav­ill) joins forces with his un­cool-and-un­hinged KGB coun­ter­part Illya Kuryakin (Ar­mie Ham­mer) to clean up some bad busi­ness in­volv­ing dirty nukes.

TUES­DAY NED KELLY

ONE, 8.30PM ★★ A mud­dled take on the life and times of the Aus­tralian bushranger, pan­der­ing to the myth of an Aus­tralian Robin Hood in­stead of chal­leng­ing it. Solidly evokes the at­mos­phere of a colour­ful era in our his­tory, but on shaky ground try­ing to make a saint of some­one who was any­thing but. Heath Ledger’s Kelly will save the day for most view­ers, who should en­joy the jour­ney even if patchy sto­ry­telling rides roughshod over the facts.

WED­NES­DAY SUF­FRAGETTE

FOX­TEL PRE­MIERE, 6.40PM ★★★ At once dour yet in­spir­ing, this ar­rest­ing pe­riod drama iso­lates a cru­cial point in time for an im­por­tant move­ment that fought hard to se­cure the right to vote for Bri­tish women. In the year 1912, Maud (Carey Mul­li­gan, hold­ing the fine form shown in Far From the Madding Crowd) is a young work­ing mother whose life is trans­formed by the cause. Co-stars Meryl Streep (used spar­ingly, but pow­er­fully as fa­mous Suf­fragette spear­head Em­me­line Pankhurst).

THURSDAY THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

8.30PM, AC­TION/AD­VEN­TURE ★★★★★ A per­fect end to Christo­pher Nolan’s as­ton­ish­ingly am­bi­tious Bat­man tril­ogy. The story picks up eight years af­ter the com­ple­tion of The Dark Knight, with the Caped

Cru­sader (Chris­tian Bale) forced out of self-im­posed ex­ile when a band of nu­cle­ar­armed an­ar­chists holds Gotham City to ran­som. The lead bad guy is Bane, a metal-muz­zled men­ace who will pro­voke both out­right fear and fas­ci­na­tion thanks to the bril­liant act­ing of Tom Hardy.

FRI­DAY PITCH PER­FECT 2

FOX­TEL PRE­MIERE, 6.30PM ★★ You can safely file Pitch Per­fect 2 un­der “fans-only af­fair”. Of course, given there are so many fans of the orig­i­nal Pitch Per­fect – a break­out hit in 2012 – a se­quel serv­ing up more of the same was wel­come. For the unini­ti­ated, it means wall-to-wall a cap­pella singing rou­tines, bro­ken up by lots of wonky com­edy, a lit­tle ro­mance and an un­break­able girl-gang ca­ma­raderie. Th­ese verses need a fresh voice. Stars Anna Ken­drick, Rebel Wil­son, Hailee Ste­in­feld.

SATUR­DAY HAPPY FEET TWO

GO!, 6.30PM ★★ Di­vert­ing, if un­nec­es­sar­ily repet­i­tive se­quel to the Aus­tralian an­i­mated mu­si­cal smash hit. Ten­sions arise down in Antarc­tica when the tap-happy pen­guin Mum­ble dis­cov­ers his young son Sven does not want to fol­low in his dance-steps. Voices of Eli­jah Wood, Sofia Ver­gara and Brad Pitt.

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