WEEK IN MOVIES

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The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

Vin­cenzo Natali is not above rais­ing the eth­i­cal dilem­mas he is more at home with dish­ing out the ick fac­tor in co­pi­ous quan­ti­ties.

TUES­DAY

THE SEA IN­SIDE 1.40AM (WEDS), SBS1 Un­even, enig­matic drama based on the true story of a fa­mous Span­ish eu­thana­sia cam­paigner. The per­for­mance of Javier Bar­dem as a quad­ri­plegic with a death wish is as mov­ing as it is deep. The film, how­ever, is a bit of a drag, and ever so slightly shal­low. When con­test­ing the is­sue of the right to end it all, you can’t have an each-way bet.

★★

WED­NES­DAY

AMER­I­CAN SNIPER FOX­TEL ON DE­MAND Multi-plat­form pre­miere of this elec­tri­fy­ing drama. It’s no real sur­prise that this elec­tri­fy­ing war drama is the work of direc­tor Clint East­wood. Cour­tesy of a dec­o­rated ca­reer in front of and be­hind the cam­era, East­wood is a man who knows all too well how to pit good against evil. With much gun­play thrown in for good mea­sure. This is the true

★★★

story of Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), the Navy SEAL who is ranked as the most ef­fec­tive wartime sniper in US mil­i­tary his­tory. While the movie is no way a wan­ton cel­e­bra­tion of killing in the line of the duty, there is a proudly pa­tri­otic streak to East­wood’s ap­proach that some view­ers may find wor­ry­ingly sim­plis­tic.

THURS­DAY

THE DESCEN­DANTS 9.30PM, ELEVEN An­other su­perla­tive an­chor­ing per­for­mance from Ge­orge Clooney. An­other in­tri­cate blend of evoca­tive drama and win­ning hu­mour from writer-direc­tor Alexander Payne ( Side­ways, AboutSch­midt). It’s all here in TheDescen­dants, as is so much more. Clooney plays Matt King, a Hawai­ian prop­erty lawyer thrown for a loop on the eve of a deal of a life­time. With his wife in a coma af­ter a boat­ing mishap, Matt must re­con­nect with his two daugh­ters, each of whom re­spects him lit­tle and knows him even less. The film cov­ers a wide spec­trum of emo­tions in a warm and re­lat­able man­ner, and not a false note is struck through­out.

★★★★

FRI­DAY

BA­SIC IN­STINCT 11PM, 7MATE A de­tec­tive in­ves­ti­gat­ing a mur­der (Michael Dou­glas) en­coun­ters a femme fa­tale who could be a pos­si­ble prime sus­pect in the case. Sharon Stone in her first big role plays the role of vil­lain to per­fec­tion. Also stars Jeanne Trip­ple­horn and Ge­orge Dzundza.

★★★

SATUR­DAY

RIO 6PM, TEN Flavour­some 3-D vi­su­als and a bland, 1-D sto­ry­line all but cancel one an­other out in the pass­able an­i­mated adventure Rio. Kids un­der 12 won’t mind watch­ing it, but will be hard-pushed to re­mem­ber much of it once the cred­its roll. Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisen­berg) is a nervy, nerdy North Amer­i­can, a pam­pered pet who can­not fly. Jewel (Anne Hathaway) is a swingin’, so­phis­ti­cated South Amer­i­can, a feath­ered flirt who can fly. The pair are brought to­gether in Brazil to go forth and pro­cre­ate to save their sub-species, only to be bird-napped at the height of Car­ni­vale time in a hy­per­colour­ful Rio.

★★

Feath­ered fun: The kids will en­joy an­i­mated adventure Rio.

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