DE­CEP­TION (2008) ONE, 9.30PM, MA15+, CRIME

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Hol­ly­wood hero Hugh Jack­man takes a break from sav­ing his lead­ing ladies from sin­gle­hood or evil mas­ter­minds to star in this slick erotic thriller that plays like TheGame meets EyesWideShut. Mild­man­nered ac­coun­tant Ewan McGre­gor is in­vited to join an ex­clu­sive sex club by a sleazy lawyer (Jack­man). As you would imag­ine, ev­ery­thing’s awe­some – un­til he finds him­self the chief sus­pect in a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar heist and in the dis­ap­pear­ance of a mys­te­ri­ous club mem­ber (Michelle Wil­liams). A lean, well-crafted thriller courtesy of first-time Swiss di­rec­tor Mar­cel Lan­geneg­ger. ★★★ Di­rec­tor Oliver Stone’s epic saga of a Mi­ami NFL football team is lit­tle more than a se­ries of rapid-fire game se­quences and heated con­fronta­tions where Al Pa­cino and Cameron Diaz (above) show off their shout­ing skills. Some may find it all too much, but Stone’s in­ten­tion is to put the viewer on the field with the play­ers, and he achieves this with ease. With a fine sup­port­ing cast (in­clud­ing James Woods, Jamie Foxx, and Dennis Quaid) and some gru­elling game se­quences, this is a cut above your usual sports melo­drama. ★★★★

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