WEEK IN MOVIES
WITH LEIGH PAATSCH
BLADES OF GLORY 8.30PM, ELEVEN When it comes to playing it dumb, the smartest operator around is US comic Will Ferrell. He’s in cracking form in this comedy set in the weird, wild world of competition ice-skating. Ferrell’s hopelessly absurd odd-couple repartee with co-star Jon Heder is priceless stuff. The pair play disgraced Olympic figure-skaters who join forces to beat a lifetime ban from competition. If you loved Anchorman or Dodgeball, you’ll certainly dig this.
THE BANK JOB 9.30PM, GO! B-movies do not get much more A-grade than this ridiculously enjoyable heist thriller, a once-upon-a-crime fairytale based on a famous London bank robbery in the early 1970s. Just how did a band of inexperienced crims make fools of the best in British law enforcement? What was the royal family’s role in the elaborate coverup that followed? A punchy package that’s crammed with entertainment. Stars Jason Statham and Saffron Burrows.
THE CRAFT 9.30PM, ELEVEN Sarah (Robin Tunney) is all alone at the cliquey St Benedict’s Academy, until she meets three young women who also have found themselves banished down the school’s pecking order. Nancy (Fairuza Balk), Bonnie (Neve Campbell) and Rochelle (Rachel True) will never fit in with the “in’’ crowd. They barely fit in with each other. However, together with Sarah, they are about to learn that being an outsider has its own kind of power. Disposable yet determined teen thriller that works its own unique brand of magic.
THE TOWN 6.20PM, FOXTEL THRILLER
Ben Affleck plays a thief who begins a relationship with a woman held hostage during a heist. However, if you assume that The Town is going to suddenly shrivel down into a regular doomed love-story scenario, you will be sorely mistaken. The wild card in the pack here is Affleck’s exemplary work as director and co-writer, which can be likened to Martin Scorsese’s award-winning efforts on The Departed.
WAYNE’S WORLD 2 9PM, ONE Believe it or not, the original Wayne’s World was something of a ground-breaker for its era. Not least because of the
way in which the language (the all-pervading suffix Not!), action (Schwing!) and the very look of the film (Wayne and Garth’s hair) dominated teen behaviour of the early 1990s. This sequel refined the formula, yet somehow made it even more chucklesome. This time around, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey put their knuckleheads together to stage the greatest live music event of all time: Waynestock!
MAGIC MIKE 9.40PM, GO! Those who thought they’d be getting an American re-tooling of The Full Monty with this offering were horribly – and pleasantly – wrong. Instead, master filmmaker Steven Soderbergh served up a soulful drama
about male strippers where everything went brilliantly right. Stars Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer and Olivia Munn
MYSTIC RIVER 11.30PM, NINE In his crowning achievement as a director, Clint Eastwood steers a magnificent ensemble cast through a moving murder-mystery with true depth and intense emotion. Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon star as three former childhood friends brought together once more when tragedy strikes their old neighbourhood. Costars Laura Linney, Laurence Fishburne and Marcia Gay Harden. Mystic River will drag you down to the depths of despair in the most rewarding way imaginable.
Stripped back: Channing Tatum takes centre stage in Steven Soderbergh’s MagicMike.