WEEK IN MOVIES

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

SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE MU­SEUM: SE­CRET OF THE TOMB 7.30PM, WIN ★★★

Fans of the Night at the Mu­seum ef­fect will be con­tent enough with this lat­est of­fer­ing, which sees Ben Stiller and friends leav­ing Amer­ica be­hind for a tour of duty in Eng­land. The core charm of the series has al­ways re­volved around fusty old ex­hibits com­ing to life af­ter open­ing hours, and the novelty still hasn’t quite worn off. There’s some nice sup­port work from new fran­chise ad­di­tion Rebel Wil­son, and the promi­nence of Robin Wil­liams (in one of his fi­nal screen ap­pear­ances) through­out adds a layer of poignancy to events. Co-stars Owen Wil­son, Steve Coogan and Ricky Ger­vais.

MON­DAY HEAT 8.30PM, ONE ★★★★

Vin­cent Hanna (Al Pa­cino) is one of those cops who has been chewed up and spat out by the very system he used to be­lieve in so much. He rails so hard against what he knows to be un­just that there is sim­ply no room for jus­tice in his life. Then along comes chameleon crook Neil McCauley (Robert DeNiro) and his crack troop of high-rolling thieves. McCauley is about to pull off the job of a life­time, and woe be­tide any­one stupid enough to stand in his way. Un­be­liev­ably, this was the first film to bring to­gether DeNiro and Pa­cino, and the scene in which they fi­nally come face to face is the high­point.

TUES­DAY THE LEAGUE OF EX­TRA­OR­DI­NARY GENTLE­MEN 8.30PM, FOX­TEL AC­TION/ AD­VEN­TURE ★★★

A fas­ci­nat­ingly flawed ac­tion-ad­ven­ture fan­tasy with an orig­i­nal, off-the-wall premise. A se­cret so­ci­ety of su­per­heroes sourced from the pages of 19th-cen­tury pop­u­lar fic­tion – in­clud­ing Jekyll and Hyde, Do­rian Gray, Tom Sawyer and The In­vis­i­ble Man – are en­listed to save the world from a di­a­bol­i­cal dude with de­signs on world dom­i­na­tion. Don’t get it? Don’t worry. You’ll have plenty of com­pany. Stars Sean Con­nery, Peta Wil­son and Richard Roxburgh.

WED­NES­DAY SUN­SHINE 10.25PM, SBS2 ★★★★

As Earth en­ters a per­ma­nent win­ter in the year 2057, a space­craft flies to­wards the sun to fire a nu­clear bomb that will re-ig­nite the dy­ing star. This soul­fully cere­bral sci-fi drama is not so much a thrill ride for the senses as it is an ob­sta­cle course for the mind. Be­guil­ing light-drenched graph­ics, a tremen­dous en­sem­ble of ac­tors and the care­fully re­strained di­rec­tion of Danny Boyle (28 Days Later) make this a must-see for any­one up for a chal­lenge. Stars Cil­lian Mur­phy, Chris Evans and Rose Byrne.

THURS­DAY A TIME TO KILL 8.30PM, ELEVEN ★★★

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.

FRIDAY PHILOM­ENA 8.30PM, SBS ★★★★

Un­mar­ried Ir­ish­woman Philom­ena Lee (Judi Dench) was forced to give her baby up for adop­tion. Now in her 70s, Philom­ena is tired of won­der­ing what be­came of her lit­tle boy. With the re­luc­tant as­sis­tance of a Bri­tish jour­nal­ist (Steve Coogan), Philom­ena heads off on a heart-rend­ing search for both close­ness and clo­sure. Based on a true story that be­came a best­seller, this film sub­limely blends drama and com­edy. The cred­i­ble chem­istry that un­folds be­tween Dench and Coogan holds the key.

SATURDAY THE A-TEAM 9.30PM, WIN ★★★

A mind­less and fun re­boot­ing of the 1980s TV show of the same name. It should come as no big sur­prise the all-new The A-Team isn’t about to tam­per with the old for­mula. Only now, the ex-Viet­nam vets are ex-Iraq, and a lit­tle more self-serv­ing. The story cen­tres on a quar­tet of dis­graced soldiers look­ing to clear their name while the army and the CIA track their ev­ery move. The stunt work (CGI-as­sisted or not) is par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive.

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