WEEK IN MOVIES

WITH LEIGH PAATSCH

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SUN­DAY

BRAVE 7.35PM, 7MATE A mod­er­ately en­gag­ing girl’s own an­i­mated ad­ven­ture from Pixar Stu­dios. Kelly MacDon­ald is the voice of Merida, a me­dieval Scot­tish princess who ac­ci­den­tally turns the of­fer of a magic wish into a beastly curse that blights her fa­ther’s king­dom. Pro­duc­tion val­ues are first­class, but the sto­ry­telling of­ten plods and the “wow’’ fac­tor as­so­ci­ated with Pixar clas­sics such as Find­ing Nemo and WALL-E is con­spic­u­ously ab­sent. Nice enough, but not es­sen­tial. Billy Connolly and Emma Thomp­son also lend their voices. LIVE AND LET DIE 9.30PM, GO! Blax­ploita­tion was never cool again after Bond (Roger Moore) hit Har­lem. Warn­ing: this film con­tains voodoo magic and em­bar­rass­ing jive talkin’. FLIGHT NOON, FOX­TEL PREMIERE A bril­liant Den­zel Wash­ing­ton plays a pi­lot who pulls a move dur­ing a trou­bled land­ing that saves the lives of almost all on board. How­ever, when a tox­i­col­ogy re­port shows our hero was high on co­caine, the fly­boy crashes to ground very quickly. The more we learn about this dam­aged man, the more we are left to won­der how he even made it into the cock­pit that fate­ful morn­ing. Co-stars Kelly Reilly and John Good­man. BROTHERS 1PM, NINE A tor­rid drama themed around waves of post­trau­matic stress disorder that crash through a fam­ily with deep roots in the US mil­i­tary. The story cen­tres on an un­re­li­able ex-con (Jake Gyl­len­haal) who dis­cov­ers a

★★★

MON­DAY

★★

TUES­DAY

★★★★

WED­NES­DAY

★★★★

re­spon­si­ble side he thought he never had when his sol­dier sib­ling (Tobey Maguire) re­turns from an ill-fated tour of duty in Afghanistan. Make no mis­take, Brothers is out to put your emo­tions through the wringer. How­ever, the sheer ex­cel­lence of the cast serves as a valu­able buf­fer. Top-notch act­ing en­sures the ex­pe­ri­ence never quite be­comes the or­deal that many view­ers may ini­tially fear. Pow­er­ful, provoca­tive sto­ry­telling at its very best. Co-stars Natalie Port­man.

THURS­DAY

OR­ANGES AND SUN­SHINE 1PM, NINE The bizarre true story of how almost 150,000 Bri­tish chil­dren placed in com­mu­nity care be­tween 1947 and 1979 were re­lo­cated to Aus­tralia un­der false pre­tences. A work of con­trolled, ret­ro­spec­tive

★★★

out­rage. Stars Emily Wat­son, David Wen­ham and Hugo Weav­ing.

FRI­DAY

THE MUP­PETS 6.30PM, 7MATE A qual­ity ex­er­cise in all-ages en­ter­tain­ment, de­ploy­ing a po­tent some­thing-forevery­body fac­tor in ev­ery scene. With Ker­mit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie and the gang back in full ef­fect, the en­joy­ment stakes are raised. A sus­pense­ful race against time is oc­ca­sion­ally di­verted by some killer mu­si­cal in­ter­ludes (even Rainbow Con­nec­tion earns its keep). If you have sub­jected (in­ten­tion­ally or ac­ci­den­tally) a child to an Alvin&the Chip­munks movie, it is your duty to rec­tify the mis­take by treat­ing them to The Mup­pets. Good stuff. Stars co-writer Ja­son Segel and Amy Adams.

★★★

SATUR­DAY

DI­ARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS 7.30PM, TEN Though we are now sev­eral chap­ters into the movie me­moirs of the world’s most popular young nerd, the Di­ary Of a Wimpy Kid fran­chise re­mains as broadly en­ter­tain­ing (for the 8-to-12s) and bear­able (for their par­ents) as ever. It is the sum­mer hol­i­days, and se­ries mas­cot Greg (Zachary Gor­don) is hav­ing his tem­per­a­ture raised by the sheer pret­ti­ness of class­mate Holly (Pey­ton List). Mean­while, Greg’s dreaded older bro Ro­drick (the ev­er­a­mus­ing Devon Bostock) has his own de­signs upon Holly’s older sis. While the fea­tured play­ers get thrown un­der the bus re­peat­edly for the sake of sight gags and slight gags alike, they are still yet to wear out their wel­come.

★★

Step back in time: Ja­son Segel helps out his felt-cov­ered friends in TheMup­pets.

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