WEEK IN MOVIES

WITH LEIGH PAATSCH

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SUN­DAY

SAV­ING PRI­VATE RYAN 9.30PM, ONE ★★★★

This mod­ern-day mil­i­tary clas­sic from Steven Spiel­berg is so force­fully bril­liant, any num­ber of re­peats will never be­come too much of a good thing. What­ever you do, don’t miss that stun­ning open­ing bar­rage – a sober­ing, sad­den­ing restag­ing of the D-Day land­ing.

MON­DAY

ROMPER STOM­PER 8.30PM, SBS 2 ★★★★

The most in­tense blast of re­al­ism ever fired by an Aus­tralian film­maker (first­time writer-di­rec­tor Ge­of­frey Wright) is a chill­ing study of gang vi­o­lence. Though it had many de­trac­tors upon re­lease – David Strat­ton fa­mously called for all prints to be burnt – no one can deny the fe­roc­ity with which it as­saults the viewer.

TUES­DAY

THE OR­PHAN­AGE 1.25AM, SBS 2 ★★★★

Set the recorder for this su­perb Span­ish thriller about a dis­traught mother’s search for her miss­ing child. A sim­ple hy­brid of old­fash­ioned ghost story and mod­ern psy­cho­log­i­cal hor­ror that plays its au­di­ence’s fears like a grand pi­ano.

WED­NES­DAY

SUCKER PUNCH 8.30PM, GO! ★

Imag­ine an un­nec­es­sary mash-up of In­cep­tion, Sin City and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Per­formed by the School­girls In Uni­form di­vi­sion of the Pussy­cat Dolls. Emily Browning stars as Baby Doll, a young woman dragged to an asy­lum by her sleazy step­dad for a lo­bot­omy. While await­ing the re­moval of her brain, Baby Doll falls in with the shrink-tank’s res­i­dent hot chicks (led by Ab­bie Cor­nish), each wear­ing Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret’s latest line of lin­gerie for the men­tally un­sta­ble. What the heck does it all mean? You will never, ever know. Some of it is un­de­ni­ably daz­zling to the eye. But all of it is flam­boy­antly de­fi­ant of logic. Con­sider your­self punched, sucker.

THURS­DAY

THE BREAK­FAST CLUB 9PM, ELEVEN ★★★★

Five testy high-school kids trapped in week­end de­ten­tion learn more in a day than most of us ever do in a life­time in this beau­ti­fully crafted ensem­ble piece from writer-di­rec­tor John Hughes. The key to the im­mense dra­matic grip Hughes has on these char­ac­ters is how he con­tin­u­ally shifts the al­liances be­tween them. The uni­ver­sal ap­peal of Hughes’ script will have you be­liev­ing you went to school with ev­ery­body seen here. Stars Molly Ring­wald, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nel­son and Ally Sheedy.

FRI­DAY

CANDY 11.05PM, SBS ★★★

A ten­ta­tive, in­con­clu­sive take on what it’s like to be young, in love and on heroin. Ab­bie Cor­nish and the late Heath Ledger do the his ’n’ hers habit thing, hit­ting an early high be­fore plum­met­ing to a se­ries of shock­ing lows. Per­for­mances are ex­cel­lent, but won’t mean much un­less you, too, are both hope­lessly ro­man­tic and hope­lessly ad­dicted. Co-stars Ge­of­frey Rush.

SATUR­DAY

AMELIE 9PM, SBS ★★★★

For the type of view­ers who long to lose them­selves com­pletely in a movie – a stun­ning French com­edy-fan­tasy about a mis­chievous young woman (Au­drey Tautou) who uses her love of prac­ti­cal jokes, white lies and crack­pot schemes to im­prove the lives of oth­ers. Im­pos­si­bly in­fec­tious. An in­stant clas­sic.

Whim­si­cal: Au­drey Tautou.

Dou­ble trou­ble: Ab­bie Cor­nish and Heath Ledger play heroin ad­dicts in di­rec­tor Neil Arm­field’s Candy.

Heroic: Tom Hanks in Sav­ing Pri­vate Ryan.

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