WEEK IN MOVIES

WITH LEIGH PAATSCH

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SUN­DAY

THE ITAL­IAN JOB 9.30PM, ONE Pass­able re­make of the 1969 Michael Caine rob­bery flick. An en­joy­able pulp ac­tion film with thrills, spills and kills in all the right places, de­spite the heavy prod­uct place­ment for hot­ted-up Minis in the plen­ti­ful chase scenes. Stars Mark Wahlberg, Char­l­ize Theron and Don­ald Suther­land.

★★★

MON­DAY

BLOW 9.30PM, GO! What could have been an in­ter­est­ing true tale of the man who brought the co­caine craze to the US is cockedup by the Good­Fel­las for Dum­mies stylings of di­rec­tor Ted Demme. Nice retro 1970s pe­riod de­tail in the out­fits and sound­track, but a waste of Johnny Depp’s tal­ent. Soul­less and un­o­rig­i­nal. Co-stars Pene­lope Cruz, Ray Liotta, Rachel Grif­fiths.

TUES­DAY

★★

WED­NES­DAY

WORLD WAR Z 1.20PM, FOX­TEL PREMIERE It will stress you out. It will mess you up. But you’re still go­ing to love liv­ing through ev­ery last dis­mem­bered bit of World War Z. This nerve-jolt­ing af­fair is

★★

NEVER BACK DOWN 9.30PM, GO! A trou­bled teen moves to a new town where all his peers are in­volved in a ju­nior­league ver­sion of Fight Club, with no short­age of pum­mellers or pum­mellees will­ing to sign up. And the girls just can’t get enough of all those bare-chested boys cov­ered in blood and bruises. Weirdly, this un­re­con­sti­tuted slab of brawn-porn almost grows on you after a while. Stars Sean Faris and Am­ber Heard. as (un)dead on the money as a zom­bie film can get. With most of the planet over­run by a vir­u­lent in­va­sion of fleet­footed mouth-breathers, it is left to the UN to de­ter­mine where it started. If their globe-trot­ting man on the ground (Brad Pitt, be­low) can’t find the an­swer, the world as we know it is over. Each new des­ti­na­tion vis­ited trig­gers a dev­as­tat­ing new set-piece, and each is dif­fer­ent in struc­ture and feel. With the film sprint­ing at the same bite­neck speed as its zom­bies, there is lit­tle time for character de­vel­op­ment. This is where the sheer pres­ence and un­der­rated act­ing smarts of Pitt jus­ti­fies all those ze­roes on his pay cheque.

★★★

THURS­DAY

THE DIC­TA­TOR 9PM, ONE The af­fronting an­tics of Sacha Baron Co­hen’s comic cre­ation, Ad­mi­ral Gen­eral Aladeen of Wadiya, mostly make for good bad­taste com­edy. An equalop­por­tu­nity op­pres­sor from the north of Africa – imag­ine an even-mad­der ver­sion of the late Libyan mad­man Muam­mar Gaddafi – Aladeen has been a ruth­less ruler since age seven. Now he’s in the US, try­ing to ex­plain why he’s been stock­pil­ing ura­nium for “clean en­ergy pur­poses”. After an er­ratic start, The Dic­ta­tor locks into a galling groove that of­ten shocks view­ers into laugh­ing against their bet­ter judg­ment. Co­hen is in his best form since Bo­rat, fir­ing off jokes at the ex­pense of any­one and ev­ery­one. His abil­ity to get away with ma­te­rial other co­me­di­ans dare not touch re­mains as ap­pallingly au­da­cious as ever. Yes, you will be of­fended. But there’s no hope of not laugh­ing at a film ded­i­cated “in loving mem­ory of Kim Jong-il”.

★★★

FRI­DAY

CLOVER­FIELD 8.45PM, 7MATE With­out giv­ing too much away, view­ers are go­ing to be en­thralled, ap­palled and chilled to the bone by the cat­a­clysmic events de­picted here on a fate­ful night in Man­hat­tan. Imag­ine Godzilla barg­ing in on The Blair Witch Project and trash­ing the joint. This film was No.1 in all ma­jor box-of­fice mar­kets with no pro­mo­tional push. Not bad for a flick with a no-name cast.

★★★★

SATUR­DAY

HARRY POT­TER AND THE PRIS­ONER OF AZKABAN 7PM, NINE Though the third big-screen ad­ven­ture of ev­ery­one’s favourite wiz­ardly whiz-kid is a lit­tle less mag­i­cal than its pre­de­ces­sors, the over­all spell is res­o­lutely un­bro­ken. Things get mighty dark (and more vi­o­lent) at Hog­warts as ev­ery­one awaits the ar­rival of Sir­ius Black (Gary Old­man), the prison es­capee held re­spon­si­ble for the death of Harry’s par­ents. A wor­thy ad­di­tion to the se­ries.

★★★★

Fear fac­tor: Michael Stahl-David and Odette Yust­man star in chill­ing box-of­fice hit Clover­field.

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