Movie Guide

From mod­ern mas­ter­pieces to clas­sics and ev­ery­thing in be­tween, what movies are worth stay­ing in for this week? Our res­i­dent team of re­view­ers give us their tips for qual­ity time on the couch.

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

SUN­DAY MARCH 31 UN­DER­GROUND: THE JU­LIAN AS­SANGE STORY (2012) ONE, 8.30PM, M, BI­O­GRAPH­I­CAL

Star­ring Rachel Grif­fiths and An­thony LaPaglia, this tele­movie fo­cuses on Ju­lian As­sange’s for­ma­tive days as a teen com­puter hacker in the late 1980s in sub­ur­ban Mel­bourne – long be­fore he be­came in­ter­na­tion­ally in­fa­mous as the founder of Wik­iLeaks. It por­trays As­sange – played bril­liantly by new­comer Alex Wil­liams – as a flawed hero, rail­ing against the es­tab­lish­ment. “We do not steal or dam­age any­thing – we only want to re­veal the truth,” As­sange tells De­tec­tive Ken Roberts (LaPaglia) to ex­plain his rea­sons for hack­ing into a range of com­puter data­bases from in­ter­na­tional banks to the US Mil­i­tary us­ing only a Com­modore 64 and a sub­ur­ban phone line. Though most of us are fa­mil­iar with As­sange’s cur­rent le­gal woes, his first brush with the law, his re­la­tion­ship with his mother Chris­tine (Grif­fiths) and his ex­pe­ri­ences grow­ing up on the run from Vic­to­rian cult The Fam­ily all shaped him. View­ers are led to be­lieve that the spec­tre of The Fam­ily – the new-age cult led by Anne Hamil­ton-Byrne – hangs over As­sange as he tells a jour­nal­ist that it was this ex­pe­ri­ence that mo­ti­vated him to want to ex­pose the truth. ★★★★

THE LOVE GURU (2008) ELEVEN, 8.30PM, M, COM­EDY

In 1970s Amer­ica, Mike My­ers (above) stars as the mis­chievous Guru Pitka in this cul­tur­ally dis­re­spect­ful and im­ma­ture com­edy. Along with mock­ing the be­liefs of mil­lions of Hin­dus, the thin script also features a gamut of child­ish jokes fo­cused on male gen­i­talia. The plot – if you can call it that – in­volves Pitka be­ing hired sees Pitka hired to help a Toronto ice hockey team in cri­sis. The team’s owner, Jane (Jes­sica Alba) and coach (Verne Troyer, Mini-Me from Austin Pow­ers) want the guru to re­solve the ro­man­tic rift af­fect­ing the team’s star player Dar­ren Roanoke (Ro­many Malco) af­ter his wife leaves him for ri­val team’s goalie, Jacques “Le Coq” Grande (Justin Tim­ber­lake, who pro­vides the film’s fun­ni­est per­for­mance). The guru’s help is needed to re­store Roanoke’s re­la­tion­ship so the team can win again in time for the cov­eted Stan­ley Cup. There is a nice bright Bol­ly­wood num­ber that brings pro­ceed­ings to an end, but it’s a drawn-out jour­ney. ★★

CRUEL IN­TEN­TIONS 2 (2000) 7MATE, 8.30PM, M, DRAMA

Cruel In­ten­tions was a mod­ern-day re­make of Dan­ger­ous Li­aisons with Ryan Phillippe and Sarah Michelle Gel­lar play­ing de­vi­ous teenagers Se­bas­tian Val­mont and Kathryn Mer­teuil who en­gaged in a game of sex­ual con­quest at a snooty Manch­ester prep school as a wa­ger. CI2 is the prequel, set­ting out how Se­bas­tian and his step-sis­ter Kathryn be­came in­volved in their cruel plan. Se­bas­tian (Robin Dunne) is thrown out of yet an­other school for his in­do­lence and sent to live with his fa­ther and mega-rich step­mother. Daddy bunged Se­bas­tian’s drug-ad­dicted mum in a home years ago and now lives off mar­ry­ing rich women. Se­bas­tian soon dis­cov­ers Kathryn is an A-grade b---- and pres­i­dent of the Manch­ester Tri­bunal, a se­cret club ded­i­cated to hu­mil­i­a­tion of any­one who doesn’t meet its cri­te­ria of snob­bish be­hav­iour. ★★

MON­DAY APRIL 1 UN­CLE BUCK (1989) SEVEN, 1PM, PG, COM­EDY

Buck Rus­sell (John Candy, above) is a hy­per­ac­tive bach­e­lor who steps over life’s pit­falls and adopts a cava­lier ap­proach to prob­lems that come his way. That’s why when asked to take care of his nephew and two nieces, he em­braces the task with his own par­tic­u­lar brand of en­thu­si­asm. A glance at the cred­its of Un­cle Buck will be enough for most movie­go­ers to know what to ex­pect. With John Hughes di­rect­ing and John Candy fill­ing the lead role, noth­ing will come as much of a sur­prise. Hughes has a nice gift for un­forced farce and is al­ways the cham­pion of the un­der­dog, while John Candy is, well, John Candy. With­out really set­ting the world on fire, this easy-to-take com­bi­na­tion makes Un­cle Buck a pleas­ing com­edy romp. ★✩

G.I JOE: THE RISE OF CO­BRA (2009) ONE, 8.30PM, M, AC­TION

This film is like a “best of” com­pi­la­tion, only the com­pi­la­tion it­self isn’t all that great. There is ac­tion ga­lore, but the story, act­ing and script are be­low par. It is filled with clichés from the elite unit of spe­cial op­er­a­tives to the spec­tac­u­lar de­struc­tion of a fa­mous land­mark. So, who are the G.I. Joes? Well, there’s big tough guy Heavy Duty (Ade­wale Akin­n­uoye-Ag­baje) and skinny wise­crack­ing guy Ripcord (Mar­lon Wayans). There’s ruggedly hand­some and heroic guy Duke (Chan­ning Ta­tum, above) and nerdy but in­tel­li­gent guy Breaker (Said Tagh­maoui). Plus at­trac­tive but sur­pris­ingly ca­pa­ble girl Scar­lett (Rachel Ni­chols) and mys­te­ri­ous mute ninja Snake Eyes (Ray Park). Bad­dies in­clude boss McCullen (Christo­pher Ec­cle­ston), the beau­ti­ful Baroness (Si­enna Miller), ninja Storm Shadow (Byung-hun Lee) and a dis­fig­ured ge­nius doc­tor, who looks like the il­le­git­i­mate child of Keanu Reeves and Darth Vader. As­sum­ing you leave your brain at home, you may find G.I. Joe: The Rise of Co­bra en­ter­tain­ing enough. ★★

TUES­DAY APRIL 2 MITCH AL­BOM’S FOR ONE MORE DAY (2007) SEVEN/PRIME, NOON, PG, DRAMA

A sui­ci­dal former base­ball player is granted one more day with his late mother. Ellen Burstyn, Michael Im­pe­ri­oli, Scott Co­hen. ★★✩

LIT­TLE IN­DIAN, BIG CITY (1994) SBS ONE, 1PM, PG, COM­EDY

A French stock­bro­ker finds him­self sad­dled with his ado­les­cent son, who was raised by Ama­zo­nian In­di­ans. Thierry Lher­mitte, Lud­wig Briand, Arielle Dom­basle. ★★✩

WHO’S MIND­ING THE MINT? (1967) 7TWO, 2PM, G, COM­EDY

A mint worker ac­ci­den­tally ru­ins some money and de­cides to break in and re­print it, but he has some un­wanted part­ners. Jim Hut­ton, Dorothy Provine, Mil­ton Berle. ★★★✩

THE SWITCH (2010) GO! 8.30PM, M, RO­MANCE

A man comes to the re­al­i­sa­tion he was the sperm donor for his best friend’s son. Jen­nifer Anis­ton, Ja­son Bate­man, Jeff Gold­blum. ★★✩

PAPIL­LON (1973) 7TWO, 9.30PM, PG, CRIME

A con­vict on Devil’s Is­land is de­ter­mined to es­cape in­car­cer­a­tion, de­spite all the odds. Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoff­man, Vic­tor Jory. ★★★

MEDAL OF HON­OUR (2009) SBS ONE, 11PM, M, COM­EDY

Af­ter mis­tak­enly re­ceiv­ing a medal of hon­our for his ac­tions dur­ing World War II, an el­derly Ro­ma­nian man is forced to re-ex­am­ine his past as he pon­ders his worth as a hu­man be­ing. Vic­tor Rebengiuc, Camelia Zor­lescu, Radu Beli­gan. ★★★✩

WED APRIL 3 FLIRT­ING WITH FORTY (2008) SEVEN/PRIME, NOON, PG, RO­MANCE

A di­vorced mother ap­proach­ing her 40th birth­day falls for a younger man while on hol­i­day. Heather Lock­lear, Robert Buck­ley, Vanessa Wil­liams. ★★✩

TAKE ME HIGH (1974) GEM, NOON, G, MU­SI­CAL

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful fi­nancier is trans­ferred to a small in­dus­trial town, he falls in love with a restau­rant owner and be­comes her busi­ness part­ner. Cliff Richard, Deb­bie Watling, Hugh Grif­fith. ★★✩

CALL ME BWANA (1963) 7TWO, 2PM, G, COM­EDY

An ex­pert in African af­fairs is sent to Africa to lo­cate a lost moon cap­sule at the re­quest of the government. Bob Hope, Anita Ek­berg. ★★✩

SEX AND THE CITY (2008) GO! 9.30PM, MA15+, DRAMA

Sex colum­nist Car­rie Brad­shaw is fi­nally mar­ry­ing her com­mit­ment-phobe boyfriend, but her three girl­friends must con­sole her af­ter one of them prompts him to leave her at the al­tar. Sarah Jes­sica Parker, Kim Cat­trall, Kristin Davis, Chris Noth. ★★✩

DE­RAILED (2002) 7MATE, 10.30PM, M, AC­TION

A se­cret agent be­comes caught up in a hostage sit­u­a­tion aboard a mov­ing train that is car­ry­ing po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous cargo. Jean-Claude Van Damme, To­mas Arana. ★✩

CHIL­DREN OF GLORY (2006) SBS ONE, 11.05PM, AV15+, DRAMA

Against the back­drop of the 1956 Hun­gar­ian Rev­o­lu­tion, the na­tional water polo team faces off against the Rus­sians at the Mel­bourne Olympic Games. Kata Dobó, Iván Fenyö, Sán­dor Csányi. ★★★

THUR APRIL 4 LIT­TLE PRINCE AND THE EIGHT HEADED DRAGON (1963) 7TWO, 2PM, G, AN­I­MA­TION

Af­ter a prince’s mother dies and his fa­ther tells him that she has gone to “an­other place”, the prince sets off in search of her. Voices of To­mo­hito Su­mida, Yukiko Okada, Chi­haru Kuri. ★★★✩

AMER­I­CAN HIS­TORY X (1998) GO! 9.30PM, AV15+, DRAMA

A former neo-Nazi is re­leased from jail a changed man and tries to pre­vent his brother from mak­ing the same mis­takes. Ed­ward Nor­ton, Ed­ward Fur­long, Bev­erly D’An­gelo, Fairuza Balk. ★★★★

STORM (2005) SBS ONE, 12.05AM, AV15+, THRILLER

A free­lance jour­nal­ist’s grip on re­al­ity is shat­tered af­ter he be­comes in­volved in a deadly con­spir­acy. Eric Eric­son, Eva Röse, Karl Norhäll. ★★★

FRI­DAY APRIL 5 THE BELLES OF ST TRINIAN’S (1954) GEM, NOON, G, COM­EDY

A group of school­girls try to get rich by bet­ting on the races. Alas­tair Sim, Joyce Gren­fell, Ge­orge Cole. ★★★✩

A SONG TO RE­MEM­BER (1945) 7TWO, 2PM, G, BI­O­GRAPH­I­CAL

The bi­og­ra­phy of pi­anist Fred­eric Chopin and how his ca­reer was ig­nited with the help of French nov­el­ist Ge­orge Sands. Cor­nell Wilde, Paul Muni, Merle Oberon. ★★★✩

FLIPPED (2010) GO! 5.30PM, PG, DRAMA

Two eighth graders start to have feel­ings for each other de­spite be­ing to­tally the op­po­site. Made­line Car­roll, Cal­lan McAuliffe, Re­becca De Mor­nay. ★★★✩

BLONDE AM­BI­TION (2007) GO! 7.30PM, PG, COM­EDY

A young small-town woman un­wit­tingly be­comes the pawn of two busi­ness ex­ec­u­tives in their bid to bring down the head of a mega­cor­po­ra­tion. Jes­sica Simp­son, Luke Wil­son, Rachael Leigh Cook. ★✩

SWEET NOVEM­BER (2001) GEM, 8.30PM, M, DRAMA

Keanu Reeves plays an up­tight busi­ness­man whose life im­proves when he meets Sara (Os­car win­ner Char­l­ize Theron, above), but their hap­pi­ness is go­ing to be brief be­cause Sara has a ter­mi­nal ill­ness. Reeves and Theron are agree­able to­gether and Ja­son Isaac has a sup­port­ing role. It’s just all so fa­mil­iar, break­ing no new ground in its treat­ment. There was an ear­lier ver­sion in 1968 with Sandy Dennis and An­thony New­ley and this is no im­prove­ment. ★★✩

MR WOOD­COCK (2007) GO! 9.30PM, M, COM­EDY

A self-help au­thor re­turns home to find his mother has fallen for the sadis­tic high­school gym teacher who made his youth a night­mare. Billy Bob Thorn­ton, Su­san Saran­don, Seann Wil­liam Scott. ★★✩

EV­ERY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE (1978) NINE, 11.30PM, M, AC­TION

A trucker and ama­teur boxer em­bark on a cross-coun­try jour­ney with his man­ager and pet orang-utan af­ter he falls for a coun­try mu­sic per­former. Clint East­wood, Son­dra Locke, Ge­of­frey Lewis. ★★★

NUTS (1987) GEM, 11PM, M, DRAMA

Bar­bra Streisand is Clau­dia Draper, a high-priced call girl who is charged with hav­ing slain one of her clients. The ques­tion of guilt or in­no­cence never arises, for first it must be de­cided if she has the men­tal ca­pac­ity to un­der­stand the charges lev­elled against her and whether she is fit to stand trial. Rather than ex­pose her to the rigours of court­room cross-ex­am­i­na­tion, her mother (Mau­reen Sta­ple­ton) and step­fa­ther (Karl Malden) are in favour of her be­ing com­mit­ted to a men­tal in­sti­tu­tion, where she could re­main as a long-term in­mate with­out ever hav­ing the chance to prove her in­no­cence. Un­der the prob­ing of Clau­dia’s le­gal aid coun­sel, Aaron Levin­sky (Richard Drey­fuss), it tran­spires that most of her prob­lems be­gan at home. She was the vic­tim of child mo­lesta­tion by her step­fa­ther, her mother never wanted her and she was in a sex­u­ally bru­tal mar­riage for a decade. So the ques­tion is asked: “Is she mad, as in anger, or just plain nuts?” The sup­port­ing ac­tors are sim­ply bril­liant in this en­joy­able flick, leav­ing Streisand up­staged.

★★★★

THE MAN WHO LOVES (2008) SBS ONE, 11.15PM, MA15+, DRAMA

Heartbroken at the loss of his lover, a mid­dle-aged phar­ma­cist strug­gles to sus­tain an­other com­mit­ted re­la­tion­ship. Pierfrancesco Favino, Mon­ica Bel­lucci, Kseniya Rap­poport. ★★★

THE PRINCE OF TIDES (1991) 7TWO, 11.30PM, M, DRAMA

To help his sui­ci­dal sis­ter, a dis­il­lu­sioned man re­veals his painful child­hood to her psy­chi­a­trist. Bar­bra Streisand, Nick Nolte, Blythe Dan­ner, Kate Nel­li­gan. ★★★

ROGUE (2007) NINE, 1.50AM, M, AC­TION

An Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist and an out­back tour guide join forces to fend off a gi­ant man-eat­ing croc­o­dile, lurk­ing be­neath the sur­face of a re­mote lake in Aus­tralia’s Kakadu Na­tional Park. Michael Var­tan, Radha Mitchell, Sam Worthington. ★★★

In the be­gin­ning: Alex Wil­liams (cen­tre) plays a young Ju­lian As­sange in Un­der­ground.

Stylish: Sarah Jes­sica Parker in Sex andtheCity.

Type­cast: Jes­sica Simp­son in Blonde Am­bi­tion.

Tough love: Billy Bob Thorn­ton in MrWood­cock.

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