WEEK IN MOVIES

WITH LEIGH PAATSCH

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

SUN­DAY

THE RUM DI­ARY 11PM, TEN As a staunch friend of the late Hunter S. Thompson, Johnny Depp con­tin­ues his cru­sade to keep the in­flu­en­tial work of the cel­e­brated Amer­i­can writer on the pedestal it de­serves. In this re­spect­fully dis­re­spect­ful adap­ta­tion of a lesser-known salvo from the Thompson canon, Depp plays Paul Kemp, a young news­pa­per­man on a round­about path to fame and for­tune in the early 1960s. A heavy drinker and a deep thinker, Kemp (es­sen­tially an ide­alised ver­sion of the younger Thompson) finds plenty of rea­sons to do both when he lands on the US-run is­land of Puerto Rico.

★★★

MON­DAY

21 JUMP STREET 9.30PM, GO! Don’t be fooled by the tacky ex­te­rior. Dumb comedies with real smarts as sharp as this do not come around so of­ten. Fans of the iconic ’80s TV show should be warned this hi­lar­i­ous af­fair is not a re­make, re­boot or re­hash in any shape or form. The film­mak­ers have lifted the brand and the ridicu­lous premise – ma­ture-age cops go­ing un­der­cover as teenage stu­dents at a crime-rid­dled high school – and left the rest out. Chan­ning Ta­tum ( The Vow) and Jonah Hill ( Su­per­bad) play two pa­thetic po­lice­men with a lot to learn once they re­turn to the class­room.

★★★

at all. In its most com­pelling stretches – which are all too few and far be­tween – this som­bre psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller shapes as a mid-strength Me­mento. How­ever, when ur­gency lev­els drop, the film leaves you with no choice but to day­dream about what might have been. Ni­cole Kid­man stars as a Bri­tish house­wife whose mem­ory self-erases each evening. Ev­ery morn­ing she must then de­cide who she should trust for the on­com­ing day: her hus­band (Colin Firth) or ther­a­pist (Mark Strong). The who’s-dup­ing-who co­nun­drum sup­plies plenty of twists and turns, but few of them achieve any real im­pact.

THURS­DAY

SWORD­FISH 9.30PM, GO! Lots of ex­plo­sions, shat­tered glass and grit­ted teeth in this big-bud­get, low-con­cept ac­tion thriller. Aussie Hugh Jack­man is a master com­puter hacker held to ran­som and forced to thump a key­board by shad­owy money laun­derer John Tra­volta. Not much here you haven’t seen be­fore.

★★

FRI­DAY

THE LUNCH­BOX 3.30PM, FOX­TEL MAS­TER­PIECE

★★★

In Mum­bai, a glitch in the city’s “dab­bawala” food de­liv­ery ser­vice opens a line of cor­re­spon­dence be­tween two lonely peo­ple. Ila (Nim­rat Kaur) is send­ing heart­felt lunchtime dishes to reignite the in­ter­est of an inat­ten­tive hus­band. The ac­tual re­cip­i­ent is Sa­jaan (Ir­rfan Khan), a gruff ac­coun­tant be­witched by the del­i­ca­cies. Will they ever dine as one?

SATUR­DAY

JACK REACHER 8.55PM, TEN A mis­cast Tom Cruise has the ti­tle role of a vig­i­lante force who wan­ders from city to city, putting holes in those who have put holes in oth­ers. Jack be­lieves the perp the cops have ar­rested for a mass shoot­ing is in­no­cent. He beats up some hoods in a bar, stacks a car in a high-speed chase and be­friends a ras­cally pa­triot (Robert Du­vall). While the char­ac­ter of Jack Reacher has fea­tured in nearly 20 books by au­thor Lee Child, this will not mark the start of a screen fran­chise.

★★

Daz­zling: Smith (Hugo Weav­ing) and Neo (Keanu Reeves) tan­gle again in TheMa­trix Reloaded.

Back to school: Jonah Hill and Chan­ning Ta­tum go un­der­cover at a high school in 21JumpStreet.

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