WEEK IN MOVIES

WITH LEIGH PAATSCH

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en­ter­tained and ex­cited, but don’t be too sur­prised if you are of­ten ex­as­per­ated as well.

TUES­DAY

LONE SUR­VIVOR 6.25PM, FOX­TEL PRE­MIERE Look­ing for fresh in­tel on why the Amer­i­can mil­i­tary picked a fight with the Tal­iban? Keep mov­ing. Look­ing for the hard lowdown on how the Amer­i­can mil­i­tary fought the Tal­iban? Stay right where you are. And brace your­self. This is the true story of a tragic 2005 fire­fight in ru­ral Afghanistan that pit­ted four Navy SEALs stranded on a hill­top against the fully armed might of a ruth­less war lord. Like no war movie ever be­fore, it cap­tures the sen­sory over­load that must swirl around a sol­dier un­der the most ex­treme cir­cum­stances. Stars Mark Wahlberg.

WED­NES­DAY

★★★

★★★

LOCKE 5.15PM, FOX­TEL MASTER­PIECE This min­i­mal­ist cu­rio is one heck of a stunt per­for­mance, ex­e­cuted by a tech­ni­cally ac­com­plished ac­tor. Here is a com­plete list of all there is to Locke. No need to get a pen and pa­per. Tom Hardy. A car. A mo­bile phone. What passes for an ac­tion scene here is a sud­den need to turn on the wind­screen wipers. In­stead, across the lengthy se­quence of calls that Hardy makes and takes through­out Locke, an un­nerv­ing por­trait of a man on a one-way jour­ney to pos­si­ble obliv­ion grad­u­ally takes shape. Just why this man is putting his job, mar­riage and maybe even his san­ity at risk is not for me to re­veal. That’s the job of Hardy’s hy­per-nu­anced per­for­mance, and his in­stinc­tive choices of when to truly act or merely re­act all prove to be cor­rect.

THURS­DAY

THE LUNCH­BOX 10.20PM, FOX­TEL MASTER­PIECE

★★★

A richly flavoured tale of mis­placed meals and un­re­quited love. In mod­ern­day Mumbai, a glitch in the city’s time-hon­oured “dab­bawala” food de­liv­ery ser­vice opens a line of cor­re­spon­dence be­tween two lonely peo­ple. Ila (Nim­rat Kaur) is send­ing heart­felt lunchtime dishes to reignite the in­ter­est of an inat­ten­tive hus­band. The ac­tual re­cip­i­ent is Sa­jaan (Ir­rfan Khan), a gruff ac­coun­tant be­witched by the feel­ing that has gone into the prepa­ra­tion of th­ese del­i­ca­cies. In time, notes are ex­changed along the culi­nary crossed wires, re­veal­ing the pair have much in com­mon. Will they ever meet and dine as one? A gen­tle, un­der­stated ro­man­tic drama. Lovely stuff.

FRI­DAY

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES 8.30PM, GO! A per­fect end to Christo­pher Nolan’s as­ton­ish­ingly am­bi­tious Bat­man tril­ogy. The story picks up some eight years af­ter the com­ple­tion of The Dark Knight, with the Caped Cru­sader (Chris­tian Bale) forced out of self-im­posed ex­ile when a band of nu­clear-armed an­ar­chists holds Gotham City to ran­som. The lead bad guy is Bane, a metal­muz­zled men­ace who will pro­voke both out­right fear and fas­ci­na­tion thanks to the bril­liant act­ing of Tom Hardy.

★★★★★

SATUR­DAY

THE HEAT 8.30PM, TEN You won’t be need­ing a ther­mome­ter to take the comedic tem­per­a­ture of The Heat. While it might be an easy enough film to warm to, thanks mainly to the op­po­sites-re­pel cast­ing of San­dra Bul­lock and Melissa McCarthy, don’t go sweat­ing on too many big laughs. A lazy plot rips some well-thumbed pages from the good-cop­mad-cop play­book. Nat­u­rally, Bul­lock is the or­gan­ised, stuck-up, by-the-rules one. Which means McCarthy, echo­ing her pre­vi­ous star turns in Brides­maids and Iden­tity Thief, is the messy, street-smart, rene­gade one.

★★

Road trip: Tom Hardy is mes­meris­ing in one-man show Locke.

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