WEEK IN MOVIES

WITH LEIGH PAATSCH

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SUN­DAY

THE RAINMAKER ONE, 8.30PM A GREEN law school grad­u­ate (Matt Damon), takes a job with a mob­con­nected firm and quickly learns why Jus­tice wears that blind­fold on her eyes. One of the bet­ter screen adap­ta­tions of a John Gr­isham novel, it fea­tures sur­pris­ingly pacy di­rec­tion from Fran­cis Ford Cop­pola and a colour­ful sup­port­ing cast. Jostling for po­si­tion among the pass­ing pa­rade of A-list cameos are Danny DeVito, Jon Voight, Claire Danes and Mickey Rourke. WIN WIN ONE, 9.30PM NO ONE can do down-and­out-and-up-to-some­thing in a movie bet­ter than Paul Gia­matti. He plays Mike, a strug­gling small-time lawyer who has an eth­i­cal brain­fade, tak­ing ad­van­tage of an el­derly client. Another fine com­edy-drama from re­spected Amer­i­can wri­ter­di­rec­tor Thomas McCarthy ( The Vis­i­tor). LE­GION GO!, 9.30PM A RATHER ropy hor­ror flick, in which God sends his an­gri­est archangels to bring on the end of the world. Some fair spe­cial ef­fects and chill­ing one-off mo­ments lit­tered here and there, but lacks any real ex­cite­ment when it re­ally counts. Or, for that mat­ter, hu­mour. Stars Paul Bet­tany, Lu­cas Black, Den­nis Quaid.

★★★

MON­DAY

★★★

TUES­DAY

★★

WED­NES­DAY

NIGHT AT THE MU­SEUM TEN, 7.30PM A BE­LOW-par Ben Stiller stars as a nervy night­watch­man try­ing to rein in the chaos that breaks out in a mu­seum ev­ery evening. Thank­fully, the spe­cial ef­fects used to sim­u­late the static ex­hibits com­ing to life (di­nosaurs, stat­ues and war­riors) are strong and var­ied enough to pre­vent a to­tally worn-out wel­come. Based on the book by Mi­lan Trenc.

★★

THURS­DAY

YOUNG ADULT ELEVEN, 9.30PM

★★

THIS botched black com­edy was so im­pressed with its own pitch – hey folks, come and watch classy Char­l­ize Theron be all slobby and slutty! – it didn’t bother craft­ing any kind of fol­lowthrough. Theron plays Mavis, a boozy, bitchy writer in her late 30s who re­turns home to her small town to ‘‘res­cue’’ her teenage sweet­heart (Pa­trick Wilson) from a happy mar­riage. Theron’s per­for­mance can­not be faulted, but the film is fun­da­men­tally flawed from the get-go.

FRI­DAY

SPY GAME SEVEN, 10.40PM UN­EX­CEP­TIONAL es­pi­onage thriller star­ring Robert Red­ford as a veteran CIA en­forcer and Brad Pitt as a rogue agent marked down for ex­e­cu­tion in a Chi­nese jail. Too many flash­backs

★★

and not enough cred­i­ble de­vel­op­ment of the ac­tual plot promptly rel­e­gates this run-of-the-mill pot­boiler to the ranks of the for­get­table.

SATUR­DAY

LIT­TLE FISH SBS1, 8.30PM IN THE outer western sub­urbs of Syd­ney, a for­mer heroin ad­dict (Os­car-win­ner Cate Blanchett in one of the best per­for­mance of her ca­reer) has hopes for a bright fu­ture, de­spite a dark past. But with the re­turn of a for­mer lover and the de­scent of those around her into a drug-crime hell, how will she cope with the present? Flaw­less in ev­ery depart­ment, this grip­ping mod­ern drama is a tes­ta­ment to the strength of the Aus­tralian film scene. Co-stars Hugo Weav­ing, Sam Neill, Martin Hen­der­son.

★★★★

Flawed: Char­l­ize Theron (with Pa­trick Wilson) is the only re­deem­ing fea­ture of Youn­gAdult.

Hit and miss: Ben Stiller in Nigh­tattheMu­seum.

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