WEEK IN MOVIES

WITH LEIGH PAATSCH

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

SUN­DAY

MAR­GARET TEN, 11.30PM A flawed master­piece, but a clas­sic nonethe­less from reclu­sive writer-di­rec­tor Ken­neth Lon­er­gan ( You Can Count on Me). The maze-like path forged by the nar­ra­tive does not lead to­wards an easy synop­sis, but what can­not be un­der­stood of Mar­garet can still be ef­fort­lessly felt. Cour­tesy of Lon­er­gan’s highly emo­tive writ­ing and Anna Paquin’s brave per­for­mance, the film locks into a sin­gu­lar state of mind that will be fa­mil­iar to all. To be young, im­pres­sion­able and fig­ur­ing out the hell the world has in store amounts to so much more than merely a phase in our lives that must be en­dured. Mar­garet achieves this seem­ingly uncin­e­matic goal, per­fectly and pow­er­fully. Co-stars Matt Damon, Mark Ruf­falo and Ali­son Jan­ney. THE SPY WHO LOVED ME GO!, 9.30PM A rare, bet­ter-than-bear­able out­ing from Roger Moore as James Bond. The plot’s nu­clear subs churn up plenty of ac­tion and ten­sion, and the metal-mouthed Jaws (Richard Kiel) is a bad dude par ex­cel­lence. PRIEST GO!, 9.30PM In a bat­tle be­tween vic­ars against vam­pires, Paul Bet­tany – sport­ing a whop­ping cru­ci­fix tat­too right be­tween the eyes – plays a kick-ass cleric fight­ing an un­der­ground na­tion of blood­suck­ers. RIO TEN, 6.30PM Flavour­some vi­su­als and a bland sto­ry­line all but can­cel one another out in the pass­able an­i­mated ad­ven­ture Rio. Kids un­der 12 won’t mind watch­ing it, but will be hard pushed to re­mem­ber much

★★★★

MON­DAY

★★★

TUES­DAY

★★

WED­NES­DAY

★★

of it once the school hol­i­days are over. Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisen­berg) is a nervy, nerdy North Amer­i­can, a pam­pered pet who can­not fly. Jewel (Anne Hath­away) is a swingin’, so­phis­ti­cated South Amer­i­can, a feath­ered femme fa­tale who can fly. The pair are brought to­gether in Brazil to go forth and pro­cre­ate to save their sub-species, only to be bird-napped at the height of Car­ni­val in a hy­per­colour­ful Rio de Janeiro.

THURS­DAY

THE SOUND OF MU­SIC TEN, 6.30PM Hum a few bars of the ti­tle song and try not to pic­ture Julie An­drews spin­ning with joy on top of a hill. In fact, hum a few bars from any song in this de­light­ful biopic of the Von Trapp fam­ily singers and the scene will im­me­di­ately

★★★★

come to mind with crys­tal clar­ity. A fam­ily pic­ture that con­tin­ues to stand the test of time. Almost 50 years later, spe­cial sin­ga­long ses­sions still play to packed cin­e­mas around the globe.

FRI­DAY

MOUSEHUNT TEN, 11AM Imag­ine Home Alone with a crafty cheese-eater step­ping in for Ma­caulay Culkin. You can’t? Doesn’t mat­ter. How­ever you look at it, this is a vis­ually lush, morally bent ex­er­cise in grand-scale chaos about two id­i­otic bur­glars (Nathan Lane and Lee Evans) pit­ting their wits against a mis­chievous ro­dent. The cam­er­a­work and pro­duc­tion de­sign gives the great Tim Bur­ton a run for his money, the sto­ry­line is un­healthily dis­re­spect­ful in

★★★★

ev­ery depart­ment and the pesky mouse is a bona fide star. Stu­art Lit­tle, eat your heart out.

SATUR­DAY

DI­ARY OF A WIMPY KID 2: RO­DRICK RULES ELEVEN, 7.30PM While this se­quel barely de­vi­ates from the for­mula for the first film, it is a slight im­prove­ment. The fo­cus shifts almost ex­clu­sively to the war of wills be­tween ge­nial 12-year-old Greg Hef­fley (Zachary Gor­don) and his older brother Ro­drick (Devon Bo­stick). Though the film­mak­ers know they are largely ser­vic­ing a cap­tive fan base, their work is cre­ative enough (par­tic­u­larly when the vi­su­als are switched to au­thor Jeff Kin­ney’s fa­mous stick-fig­ure il­lus­tra­tions) to win over new­com­ers.

★★★

Christ­mas clas­sic: Julie An­drews stars in the time­less mu­si­cal de­light TheSound­ofMu­sic.

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