WEEK IN MOVIES

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - TV GUIDE - WITH LEIGH PAATSCH

SUN­DAY

BEE MOVIE

4.30PM, 7MATE ★★

Jerry Se­in­feld’s much-hyped an­i­mated com­edy is a fizzer. He sup­plies the voice of a whiny bee who wants more from life than just 9-to-5 in a hive. Many fans were ex­pect­ing a lit­tle more zing and sting from the leg­endary TV fun­ny­man. Kind of funny in parts, but largely dull all the way through.

MON­DAY

LOU

1.15AM, SBS2 ★★

A floaty, fleet­ingly mem­o­rable com­ing-of-age drama set in the cane­fields coun­try of north­ern NSW. John Hurt stars as an Alzheimer’s suf­ferer sent to live with rel­a­tives who barely know him. Hurt and his young co-star Lily Bell-Tind­ley of­fer fine per­for­mances, but the movie it­self makes lit­tle im­pact. Pro­duc­tion val­ues are quite good for a low-bud­get Aus­tralian of­fer­ing, with the beau­ti­ful cin­e­matog­ra­phy of Hugh Miller of­ten com­mu­ni­cat­ing what the story it­self can­not. Co-stars Emily Bar­clay.

TUES­DAY

THE CAM­PAIGN

9PM, NINE ★★★

For a ba­sic po­lit­i­cal com­edy, The Cam­paign is funny. We all know the cor­ri­dors of power are paced by peo­ple wear­ing big fat clown shoes. So we are ready and primed to vote one for laugh­ter from the get-go. Will Fer­rell ( An­chor­man) and Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis ( The Hang­over) are the best in the business at mak­ing the wrong seem right. But in go­ing head-to-head in the same movie, th­ese two wizards of the warped go mighty close to can­celling out each other’s magic tal­ents. The pair play ri­val can­di­dates in a bizarre elec­tion race where ev­ery rule in the book – and more than a few moral taboos – will be bro­ken. Make no mis­take, The Cam­paign still gets the job done on the strength of its bitsy broad­sides at the surreal phoni­ness of Amer­i­can pol­i­tics. Just bear in mind that your en­dur­ing good­will to­wards Fer­rell and Gal­i­fi­anakis will of­ten over­ride an inkling that some sec­tions of The Cam­paign are not quite up to scratch.

WED­NES­DAY

SAV­ING PRI­VATE RYAN

9.30PM, ONE ★★★★★

Su­perb movie with a hu­mane mes­sage that should never be for­got­ten once ex­pe­ri­enced. Tom Hanks leads a squad of D-Day sur­vivors be­hind en­emy lines to find a sol­dier the US Army does not want to see die. The bat­tle se­quences are un­flinch­ing in their re­al­ism, the act­ing is ex­em­plary and the story moves the viewer with­out ma­nip­u­la­tion.

THURS­DAY

SMOKIN’ ACES

8.30PM, FOX­TEL AC­TION ★★★

When a mafia-con­nected Ve­gas en­ter­tainer (Jeremy Piven) turns su­per-snitch, a ridicu­lously di­verse ar­ray of hit­men and bounty hunters form a disor­derly queue to get him. In many ways, a sto­ryfree, IQ-de­fi­cient ver­sion of TheDe­parted. Which is not nec­es­sar­ily a bad thing if mind­less ac­tion and vis­ceral visual panache form your idea of a movie mar­riage made in heaven. Def­i­nitely a mess, but a hugely hap­pen­ing one. Co-stars Ryan Reynolds, Ali­cia Keys and Ben Af­fleck.

FRI­DAY

TO­MOR­ROW, WHEN THE WAR BE­GAN

8.30PM, TEN ★★

As the open­ing in­stal­ment of what later be­came a best-sell­ing se­ries, au­thor John Mars­den’s 1993 novel To­mor­row, When the War Be­gan has been a prized read for an en­tire gen­er­a­tion of young Aus­tralians. Done well – or even just mod­er­ately ef­fec­tively – this teen-skew­ing ac­tion flick could have paved the way for an un­prece­dented home-grown fran­chise. Un­for­tu­nately, mod­er­ately ef­fec­tive is as good as it gets here, de­spite the best ef­forts of some tal­ented new­com­ers and a smat­ter­ing of im­pres­sive stand-alone scenes. A loopy, hard-to-ac­cept story fol­lows a group of teens fight­ing for their lives after Aus­tralia has been in­vaded.

SATUR­DAY

BLADES OF GLORY

9.30PM, GO! ★★★

When it comes to play­ing it dumb, the smartest op­er­a­tor around is Amer­i­can comic Will Fer­rell. He’s in cracking form in this com­edy set in the weird, wild world of com­pe­ti­tion ice-skat­ing. Fer­rell’s hope­lessly ab­surd odd-cou­ple repar­tee with co-star Jon Heder is price­less stuff. The pair play dis­graced Olympic fig­ure-skaters who join forces to beat a lifetime ban from com­pe­ti­tion. If you loved An­chor­man or Dodge­ball, you’ll cer­tainly dig this.

Vote one: Will Fer­rell is in a pop­u­lar­ity contest in The­Cam­paign.

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