WEEK IN MOVIES

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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.

TUES­DAY

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

the en­emy.

WED­NES­DAY

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.

THURS­DAY

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.

FRI­DAY

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.

SATUR­DAY

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.

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