The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS - WITH LEIGH PAATSCH

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.

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