WEEK IN MOVIES

WITH LEIGH PAATSCH

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story of French­man JeanDo­minique Bauby, who suf­fered a stroke that paral­ysed his whole body at the age of 43. Left with one eye still func­tion­ing, Bauby (played by Mathieu Amal­ric) went on to com­pose a best­selling book by dic­tat­ing the words with a se­ries of blinks. An un­for­get­table trib­ute to the sur­vival in­stinct in its rawest form.

THURS­DAY

MR WOOD­COCK 1PM, NINE Billy Bob Thorn­ton switches to Bad Santa mode yet again, telling Amer­i­can kids what time it is and then hit­ting them over the head with a metaphor­i­cal clock. In this mod­er­ately ef­fec­tive no-brow com­edy, Thorn­ton plays a stone-hearted gym teacher who be­comes en­gaged to the mother of one of his least favourite stu­dents. Co-stars Seann Wil­liam Scott.

★★

FRI­DAY

IN TIME 8.30PM, NINE A fas­ci­nat­ing if flawed sci-fi thriller from un­con­ven­tional writer-di­rec­tor An­drew

★★★

Nic­col ( Gat­taca). In a fu­ture where time has re­placed money as mankind’s cur­rency of choice, a strug­gling young man (Justin Tim­ber­lake) comes into a sud­den wind­fall that may al­low him to live for­ever. What truly im­presses here is the brave new world which has sprung fully formed from Nic­col’s wild imag­i­na­tion. Bit of a shame the plot­ting is not so brave, nor new. Co-stars Amanda Seyfried.

SATUR­DAY

SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD 5.30PM, 7MATE An in­sanely cre­ative, ex­hil­a­rat­ing and funny movie fired di­rectly from the world of comic books with gen­res­mash­ing panache. Michael Cera stars as a Toronto bass player who must de­feat the evil ex-boyfriends of his new girl­friend (Mary El­iz­a­beth Win­stead) to re­main at her side. Aside from clever writ­ing and the ra­zor-sharp per­for­mances of a young en­sem­ble cast, Scott Pilgrim vs The World also trumps all-com­ers as a com­plete tech­ni­cal tri­umph.

★★★

Michael Cera and Mary El­iz­a­beth Win­stead take a comic turn in Scot­tPil­grimVsTheWorld.

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