WEEK IN MOVIES

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

SUN­DAY

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.

MON­DAY

★★★

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.

★★★

TUES­DAY

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.

★★★

WED­NES­DAY

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.

THURS­DAY

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!

FRI­DAY

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

SATUR­DAY

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.

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