WEEK IN MOVIES
SUNDAY TWO LITTLE BOYS 11PM, TEN ★★ An inert comic sensibility and uncertain direction wastes the dream-team casting of Bret McKenzie ( Flight of the Conchords) and Hamish Blake ( Hamish & Andy) here. The pair play soft-headed bogan buds who swiftly get into trouble and out of their depth in 1990s New Zealand. Would pass muster as a late-night TV movie, but no value as a fullprice cinema ticket. Directed by Robert Sarkies ( Scarfies). MONDAY PAN’S LABYRINTH 8.30PM, SBS2 ★★★★ As fascist forces battle rebel militia in a remote mountain region of 1944 Spain, a lonely young girl falls under the influence of a mysterious creature that lives in an underground maze. Mexican director Guillermo del Toro spins a deceptively hightensile web of suspense throughout this stunning blend of fairytale fantasy and punishing period drama. A brilliant, unique work that touches the heart and tears apart the mind. Stars Ivana Baquero, Sergi Lopez. TUESDAY CLUELESS 9.30PM, ELEVEN ★★★ Meet Cher (Alicia Silverstone). Shopping, shopping, shopping and personal makeovers are her four prime pastimes as she glides above her high-school pecking order like a Gucci hovercraft. Of course, there has to be more to life than labels, price tags and aerobics videos, and Cher is about to find out the hard way in this immensely likeable film from Fast Times at Ridgemont High creator Amy Heckerling. Supposedly based on the classic Jane Austen novel Emma, but very much one-of-a-kind in the teen comedy stakes. WEDNESDAY TIM WINTON’S THE TURNING 8.30PM, FOXTEL MASTERPIECE
★★★ Seventeen different Australian directors, casts and crews interpret different sections of Tim Winton’s award-winning book The Turning. The variety of styles on display is dauntingly diverse. The overall running time is three hours. Some instalments breeze by with little impact. Others stun viewers by deploying short, sharp stabs of great emotional power. The choice is yours: respond or resist. Stars Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Rose Byrne. THURSDAY SABRINA 9.30PM, ELEVEN ★★★ Efficient if unnecessary remodelling of the 1954 Audrey Hepburn classic. Doe-eyed Julia Ormond ( Legends of the Fall) has the tough job of filling Audrey’s dainty shoes, and she makes a fair fist of it if you don’t harbour too many memories of the original. Ormond’s title character is the lowly daughter of a chauffeur to a wealthy family, a plain Jane who fails to trouble the trousers of the swinging playboy of the house, David (Greg Kinnear), or his serious older brother, Linus (Harrison Ford). But it’s amazing what a working holiday in Paris will do for a girl, and Sabrina returns from her chic French pad a drop-dead gorgeous, posh-talking man-magnet. FRIDAY MOULIN ROUGE 9.45PM, SBS1 ★★★ After the hype disappears and the curtains open, Baz Luhrmann’s mega-musical shapes foremost as a dazzling visual spectacle. The doomed romance set in Paris in 1900 is a bit of a dud, but the winning chemistry between Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor compensates. Love it or hate it – you’ll never forget what you’ve seen. SATURDAY GONE BABY GONE 1AM (SUNDAY), 7MATE ★★★★ A private investigator (Casey Affleck) handles the case of a missing child, and must go looking for answers in some questionable places. A complex and resolutely tough crime drama adapted from the book by Dennis Lehane ( Mystic River). In an assured directorial debut from actor Ben Affleck, the beaten-down inner city through which the hero wanders is a devastating world to behold. Set the recorder.
Twisting tale: Pan’sLabyrinth is an enchanting blend of mystical
beasts and historical drama.
Modern classic: Alicia Silverstone learns some life lessons in Clueless.