WEEK IN MOVIES

WITH LEIGH PAATSCH

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Jo­hans­son, Sofia Ver­gara, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey Jr.

TUES­DAY

GIRL, IN­TER­RUPTED 9.30PM, ELEVEN A Girls’ Own One Flew Over The Cuckoo Nest, fea­tur­ing a mis-cast Wi­nona Ry­der as a trou­bled teenage men­tal pa­tient. You’ve seen bet­ter ver­sions of this same premise else­where. Only a blis­ter­ing one-woman-stand by An­gelina Jolie (for which she won an Os­car) saves this turgid psy­chodrama from get­ting even worse.

★★

WED­NES­DAY

IN­CEP­TION 8.30PM, GO! This con­vo­luted tale of dreams within dreams, and bur­glary of the sub­con­scious is a glo­ri­ous mess of con­tra­dic­tions. In some scenes, the mind-bend­ing bril­liance on dis­play sug­gests it is about to break open into a full-blown master­piece. Other scenes are so mind­numb­ingly hard to fol­low that a col­lapse into grand folly seems im­mi­nent. Both a to­tal must-see and a big fat go-fig­ure from writer-direc­tor Christo­pher Nolan ( The

★★★★

Dark Knight). You (and your brain) have been warned. Stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gor­don-Le­vitt.

THURS­DAY

THE OTH­ERS 5.40PM, FOX­TEL THRILLER The wid­owed mother of two chil­dren al­ler­gic to nat­u­ral light bat­tles to keep her off­spring in the dark when she learns of the un­in­vited pres­ence of ghost spir­its in her ram­bling man­sion home. Although The Sixth Sense has raised the bar for this type of fare, this fine movie finds its own way to ex­plore a se­lect wave­length of eerie chills and sud­den scares with an at­ten­tion to de­tail that sin­gles it out as one of the best psy­cho­log­i­cal hor­ror films of re­cent times. As added bonuses, The Oth­ers boasts both a pitch-per­fect per­for­mance from Ni­cole Kid­man and a trap­door end­ing that is a shock­ing de­light to step on. Highly rec­om­mended.

FRI­DAY

★★★

★★★★

THE IL­LU­SION­IST 9.10AM, FOX­TEL MASTER­PIECE Ed­ward Nor­ton stars as a gifted ma­gi­cian who takes Vi­enna by storm at the turn of the last cen­tury. Un­like The Pres­tige, this old­fash­ioned drama re­fuses to give away any of the con­jur­ers’ tricks of the trade, al­low­ing the mys­tery to keep build­ing on sev­eral lev­els. Co-stars Paul Gia­matti, Jes­sica Biel.

SATUR­DAY

THE WACK­NESS 10.20PM, SBSONE A ca­su­ally con­fronting com­ing-of-age flick with a dif­fer­ence, blend­ing mo­ments of (lit­er­ally) high drama, bit­ter­sweet ro­mance and uniquely touch­ing dark com­edy with im­pres­sive ease. The film’s sub­tle shifts in tone and in­tent are han­dled bril­liantly by Josh Peck, who plays a trou­bled teen drug dealer with the dam­aged bravado and raw hon­esty of a young De Niro. Peck’s scenes with a glo­ri­ously un­hinged Ben Kings­ley (as a do­pead­dicted psy­chi­a­trist) alone make it worth watch­ing. Writer-direc­tor Jonathan Levine mas­ter­fully nails the vibe of New York City in the sum­mer of 1994 with some won­der­ful sound­track se­lec­tions from hip hop mu­sic of the era.

★★★

Ice­ca­pade: Will Fer­rell and John Heder

go for gold in Blades­ofGlory.

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