WEEK IN MOVIES
WITH LEIGH PAATSCH
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.