WEEK IN MOVIES

WITH LEIGH PAATSCH

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SUN­DAY

THE BOURNE LE­GACY 8.30PM, 7MATE No Matt Da­mon? Not re­ally a Bourne movie then. Such is the fate met by this un­suc­cess­ful spin-off from the hit spy-thriller fran­chise. Watch­ing the film go through its mo­tions is like show­ing up for a play only to be told the un­der­study will be fill­ing in for the star. Play­ing a fugi­tive stable­mate of Ja­son Bourne, Jeremy Ren­ner does not deploy the em­phatic look-at-me fac­tor needed to quell any right­ful doubts one might have about the movie. The Bourne Le­gacy in no way honours the Bourne le­gacy. It is merely an ex­er­cise in brand main­te­nance un­til Matt Da­mon is ready to be Bourne again. Co-stars Rachel Weisz.

★★

MON­DAY

BEASTS OF THE SOUTH­ERN WILD 8.30PM, SBS2 “The en­tire uni­verse de­pends on ev­ery­thing fit­ting to­gether just right,” the nar­ra­tor says. The speaker is six-year-old girl Hush­puppy (Qu­ven­zhane Wal­lis) and only a fool would ques­tion how she has ac­quired this wis­dom. Set on the flat­lands of Louisiana, Hush­puppy and her neigh­bours face a flood of bi­b­li­cal pro­por­tions. The young­ster’s sur­vival in­stinct and the uni­fy­ing spirit in the com­mu­nity are de­picted in an un­ortho­dox yet mes­meris­ing man­ner. The ex­pe­ri­ence is like a dream come to life, with Hush­puppy do­ing all she can to stop it from end­ing in a night­mare.

★★★★★

TUES­DAY

ROAD TRIP 9.30PM, 7MATE Four friends make a cross-coun­try jour­ney to pre­vent the de­liv­ery of an in­crim­i­nat­ing video­tape. Oc­ca­sion­ally crass, but con­sis­tently funny low­brow com­edy that is much bet­ter than Amer­i­can Pie. A great guilty plea­sure for those who love this kind of stuff.

★★

WED­NES­DAY

RING 2 1.30AM (TUES­DAY NIGHT), SBS2 This se­quel to the ground­break­ing Ja­panese hor­ror hit Ring (both films were later re­made star­ring Naomi Watts) bears all the hall­marks of a rushed job. The spook­ery that made the first Ring so great is merely re­peated, not built upon. Nev­er­the­less, though Ring 2 is a com­par­a­tive let­down, there are still enough ideas and short, sharp shocks of en­ergy to put most con­tem­po­rary US hor­ror out­ings to shame.

★★

THURS­DAY

THE GRAND BU­DAPEST HO­TEL 10.30PM, FOX­TEL MASTER­PIECE

★★★★

Just like the estab­lish­ment from which it takes its name, The Grand Bu­dapest Ho­tel of­fers a sprawl­ing, lav­ish and highly en­joy­able es­cape from re­al­ity. The year is 1932, and M. Gus­tave (Ralph Fi­ennes) is at the peak of his pow­ers as the Grand Bu­dapest’s cel­e­brated chief concierge. Not a want nor need of a soli­tary guest gets past him and not a sin­gle rich old lady can re­sist his charm. It is upon the sud­den death of one biddy, Madame D (Tilda Swin­ton) that Gus­tave seizes the op­por­tu­nity for which he has seem­ingly spent a life­time plan­ning. Madame D has named him as a fea­tured ben­e­fi­ciary in her will but her psy­chotic sons (Adrien Brody and Willem Dafoe) hate Gus­tave and are pre­pared to un­leash hell to de­stroy him and the Grand Bu­dapest.

FRI­DAY

UP 6.30PM, 7MATE Af­ter at­tach­ing thou­sands of bal­loons to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredrick­sen sets out to ful­fill his life­long dream to see the wilds of South Amer­ica. An­other in­stant clas­sic from the

★★★★★

com­puter an­i­ma­tion pow­er­house that is Pixar Films ( WALL-E, Find­ing Nemo). The de­light­ful, inspiring and gen­uinely heart-warm­ing pic­ture is one of their best yet, play­fully guiding its all-ages au­di­ence through a com­plex, yet sim­ply mov­ing tale. A big yes.

SATUR­DAY

MID­NIGHT IN PARIS 10PM, TEN Woody Allen’s glo­ri­ous love-let­ter to Paris marks a strik­ing re­turn to form for the vet­eran film­maker. Owen Wil­son plays Gil, a Hol­ly­wood screen­writer hol­i­day­ing in the French cap­i­tal with an antsy fi­ancee (Rachel McA­dams) and her over­bear­ing par­ents. One night, Gil stum­bles on a mirac­u­lous part of the city where the long-gone Paris he has al­ways pined for re­turns to life. Some­thing of a fairy­tale for lovers of art, lit­er­a­ture and love it­self, the film is abun­dant with charm.

★★★★

Dis­ap­point­ing ride: Jeremy Ren­ner and Rachel Weisz fail to reach ex­pec­ta­tions in TheBourneLe­gacy.

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