Movie of the Week
Up! 6.30pm, Seven, Prime7
PG. 2009. Delightful animated tale of an old man who, on his wife’s death, realises he has done nothing with his life and resolves to travel – which he does by affixing balloons to his house and floating off around the world, in the company of a nerdy boy scout. Their adventures are always fun and frequently hilarious.
Griff The Invisible 7.30pm, Showcase
M. 2010. True Blood star Ryan Kwanten plays an everyday office worker in an everyday town. By night, however, he is Griff the Invisible, protecting the innocent from the dangers lurking in the shadows. Maeve Dermody, Patrick Brammall.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 7.40pm, Nine, NBN
PG. 2005. Rather unnerving version of Roald Dahl’s book, which barely masked his dislike of children. Five children win a trip to the fabled factory of Willy Wonka but some may wish they hadn’t gone. Director Tim Burton is spot on with his interpretation of Dahl’s dark vision. It’s a great film, though the tiny tots may not get some of the blacker aspects of it. Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter.
Quantum of Solace 8.30pm, Seven, Prime7
M. 2008. Having lost the love of his life in Casino
Royale, a gloomier, less confident James Bond hasn’t got his game together when he first goes after his latest villain. We all know it will come good in the end though as smoothly as a well shaken martini. Not the equal of the first Craig movie, in fact more like the earlier films, but that’s still pretty good. Daniel Craig, Olga Kurlenko.
Stolen 9.30pm, Ten, Ten SC
M. 2010. Solid New Zealand drama about the notorious real-life kidnapping of baby Kahu Durie who was held for more than as week before police were able to identify her whereabouts and save her from her captor. Miriama Smith, Scott Wills.