WEEK IN MOVIES

WITH LEIGH PAATSCH

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

SUN­DAY

28 DAYS LATER 11PM, TEN A truly in­no­va­tive and dis­turb­ing hor­ror fan­tasy about a mod­ern-day Eng­land to­tally rav­aged by plague. Cil­lian Mur­phy ( Disco Pigs) is a bi­cy­cle courier who awakes from a coma to dis­cover ev­ery­one in Lon­don and pos­si­bly the en­tire coun­try has dis­ap­peared. Di­rected with fright­en­ing au­then­tic­ity by Danny Boyle ( Trainspot­ting).

★★★★

MON­DAY

THE DIN­NER GUEST 1.45AM, SBS2 A slap­dash French com­edy about an un­em­ployed toy train en­thu­si­ast and his bungling ef­forts to im­press a prospec­tive em­ployer. A light snack that most view­ers will find hard to swallow. Stars Daniel Au­teuil.

★★

TUES­DAY

THE GOD­FA­THER 11.20PM, ABC Snap­ping off the twigs of an Ital­ian-Amer­i­can fam­ily tree one by one, direc­tor Fran­cis Ford Cop­pola paints an un­flinch­ing pic­ture of how ab­so­lute power can cor­rupt ab­so­lutely. The big tri­fecta of what makes a good film great – di­rec­tion, script and per­for­mance – achieves the max­i­mum pay­off pos­si­ble in The God­fa­ther (and The God­fa­ther 2). Sim­ply un­touch­able.

★★★★★

WED­NES­DAY

IDA 11.10PM, SBS1 A young woman or­phaned at an early age is about to be­come a nun. When word sur­faces Ida (an as­ton­ish­ing per­for­mance by new­comer Agata Trze­bu­chowska) has one sur­viv­ing rel­a­tive, she is in­structed to leave the con­vent to learn a lit­tle about her­self. No, make that a lot. Though shot in a starkly fore­bod­ing black-and-white, the film’s seem­ingly rigid lim­i­ta­tions turn out to be any­thing but. The word

★★★★

“master­piece” is never to be used lightly. How­ever, when a film hits as hard as Ida, the ac­co­lade is more than apt.

THURS­DAY

THE BOYS ARE BACK NOON, SEVEN Nice if need­less tale of a griev­ing wid­ower (Clive Owen) fum­bling for the par­ent­ing skills needed to rear a six-year-old son he doesn’t re­ally know. Laid­back, per­haps too much so for its own good. Di­rected by Scott Hicks ( Shine).

★★★

On song: Mar­ion Cotil­lard de­liv­ers a pow­er­house per­for­mance as singer Edith Piaf in LaVieEnRose.

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