WEEK IN MOVIES
WITH LEIGH PAATSCH
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.