WEEK IN MOVIES
WITH LEIGH PAATSCH
Oldboy). niceties. So when her mother (Nicole Kidman) starts getting nicely social with a brother-in-law (Matthew Goode), India retreats further into her shell. What follows is an unorthodox take on a psychological drama, fully loaded with a raft of toxic interpersonal tensions.
EDGE OF TOMORROW 8.30PM, FOXTEL PREMIERE
A futuristic action-adventure bound to steadily fascinate rather than truly thrill, but no lesser for the unexpected shapes it throws. In a plot that could be described as GroundhogDay meets Predator, Tom Cruise stars as an under-skilled soldier who dies on the battlefield as an alien invasion begins. For reasons best not revealed here, our hero gets the chance to learn from his mistakes. That’s right, time starts all over again. And with each new life, a little more vital info is learned about
SNOWPIERCER 2.35PM, FOXTEL PREMIERE
This utterly brilliant, slyly innovative action picture issues a barrage of future shocks in a pressing present tense. In a bid to stop global warming, climate scientists have triggered a new ice age. Everyone dies in the ensuing snap freeze, except for the occupants of a luxury bullet train. Over time, each carriage becomes a nation unto itself. Due to an ambitious combo of the highconcept and the high-octane, this is an experience best seen (almost literally) cold. Stars Chris Evans, Jamie Bell and Tilda Swinton.
IN THE LOOP 11.55PM, SBS2 Caustic comedy about the never-ending urges of US and UK governments to get involved in a war. Any old war. Shot in a quasidocumentary style, the film revels in everything you wish you never knew about politics. Remixed from the award-winning British series TheThickofIt – without doubt, the best TV show you’ve probably never seen – this is satire with brains and
bite. Stars Peter Capaldi and James Gandolfini.
BABEL 8.35PM, FOXTEL MASTERPIECE
A deep, meaningful and deceptively affecting human drama, taking seemingly random events on several continents and linking them in many magical and revealing ways. The multiepisodic narrative begins on the mountain plains of Morocco, where a single gunshot will reverberate right around the world. Stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.
TRANSFORMERS 9.30PM, TEN The wow factor is deployed to brilliant, guilty-pleasure effect by director Michael Bay ( Armageddon) in this blockbuster expansion of the 1980s action-figure phenomenon. It might well be a 143-minute movie about shape-shifting intergalactic robots using our planet to work through their angermanagement issues, but you won’t be bored for a moment once the scenery-shredding action sequences kicks in. Stars Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox and John Turturro.
On a mission: Tom Cruise in Edgeof Tomorrow.