WEEK IN MOVIES

WITH LEIGH PAATSCH

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is a drug”. Sergeant Wil­liam James (Jeremy Ren­ner), a mav­er­ick bomb-dis­posal spe­cial­ist based in Bagh­dad, is very much an ad­dict. Over two grip­ping hours, we will learn why he in­jects him­self into deathly sit­u­a­tions com­pletely at odds with a hu­man be­ing’s fun­da­men­tal in­stinct to live. Direc­tor Kathryn Bigelow bril­liantly blends a mas­ter­class in ac­tion film­mak­ing with a char­ac­ter study al­most un­bear­ably true to life. Do not miss it.

TUES­DAY

AMER­I­CAN PIE 9.30PM, 7MATE Four nerdy high-school­ers make a pact to lose their vir­gin­ity by prom night. A few un­de­ni­ably funny grossout scenes can­not hide the fact that this is just a re­tread of those pedes­trian teen sex come­dies from the 1980s.

★★★

WED­NES­DAY

ZOOLAN­DER 10.15PM, GO! Ben Stiller and Owen Wil­son are su­perb as ul­tra-vac­u­ous male mod­els accidentally caught up in a plot to as­sas­si­nate a world leader. Laughs from be­gin­ning to end.

★★★

THURS­DAY

BRO­KEN CITY 9.30PM, GO! Rus­sell Crowe (groomed hair, gen­er­ous girth and groovy glasses) is the most cor­rupt mayor in New York. This pudgy pol­lie is close to pulling off the big­gest bent deal of his ca­reer. Mark Wahlberg is the last hon­est ex-cop-turned-pri­vatein­ves­ti­ga­tor in the Big Ap­ple. He starts the movie on the mayor’s pay­roll. By the half­way mark, he’s on the mayor’s to-kill list. If you’re in­trigued in any way by this boil­er­plate premise, then you’re go­ing to be mighty thank­ful ac­tors of the cal­i­bre of Crowe and Wahlberg are there to turn up the heat when needed. Over­all, an in­dus­tri­ously aim­less thriller scur­ry­ing up and down the cor­ri­dors of power look­ing for any way out. If it is es­cape you are af­ter, best be pa­tient. Co-stars Catherine Ze­taJones.

★★

FRI­DAY

CHAR­LIE AND THE CHOCO­LATE FAC­TORY 7.40PM, GO! Right in keep­ing with the de­light­fully dark tone of the clas­sic Roald Dahl book – and

★★★★

a world away from the 1971 mu­si­cal star­ring Gene Wilder – gifted direc­tor Tim Bur­ton ( BigFish) takes a lively, last-child-stand­ing jour­ney into the way-out world of mys­ti­cal choco­latier Willy Wonka. Though that fan­tas­tic story pretty much tells it­self, the ac­com­pa­ny­ing vi­su­als are equally in­cred­i­ble. Great fam­ily fun. Stars Johnny Depp and Fred­die High­more.

SATUR­DAY

TOY STORY 3 7.30PM, 7MATE The ge­nius of the com­puter an­i­ma­tion pow­er­house Pixar is stamped on ev­ery frame of ToyS­tory3. The stu­dio that brought you Find­ing Nemo, WALL-E and Up have come up with an­other in­stant clas­sic. The tale told here cour­ses deeper and con­nects stronger than the ear­lier Toy Story out­ings. The posse of play­things headed by the cow­boy Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) and as­tro­naut Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) are star­ing blankly at a fu­ture where no­body needs them any more. As is the case with all Pixar pro­duc­tions, the vis­ual de­sign of ToyS­tory3 is art­fully daz­zling and ef­fort­lessly in­ven­tive.

★★★★

At war: Jeremy Ren­ner in The HurtLocker.

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