WEEK IN MOVIES
WITH LEIGH PAATSCH
stars as a hunter who finds $2 million in a briefcase, and a frightening Javier Bardem plays a merciless killer out to retrieve the cash. Though several scenes are extremely violent and unapologetically amoral, there is a chilling composure to the film as a whole that will not be denied. Highly recommended.
LOST IN TRANSLATION 9.30PM, ELEVEN Sweet and soulful tale of two lost individuals finding a new direction in life. Bill Murray is terrific as a melancholy movie star forming an unlikely bond with a prematurely jaded young woman (Scarlett Johansson). The other-worldly nightlife of modern Tokyo provides a beautiful backdrop for this mood piece from writer
Sofia Coppola ( TheVirgin Suicides).
HORRIBLE BOSSES 3.10PM, FOXTEL COMEDY Employers. Can’t live with ’em. May as well kill ’em. So goes the logic behind Horrible Bosses, a disposable, yet notso-dismissible comedy. As far-fetched and filth-ridden as the film often gets, there is a subversive universal appeal in play that keeps any lingering doubts at bay. Anyone carrying workplace angst will find the right place to channel all that negative energy. Stars Jason Bateman and Charlie Day.
THE INTERNSHIP 9PM, ONE Initially, this so-so comedy tip-toes that fine line between semi-shameless product placement and full-on feature-length advertisement. Then it just turns those toes up, and gives up. The one message is repeated over and over – Google is great. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play former wristwatch salesmen
desperately competing for an entry level posting at the highest horse-powered search engine in the world. Google could well be the greatest place to work, but this is not the greatest movie to watch. The vibe is nearly always genial, but the stuff on the screen is feeble.
MONA LISA SMILE 10.30PM, TEN We all know the drill here. A round teacher. A square school. Some big lessons learned. Luckily, the star power of an A-list cast (led by Julia Roberts and Kirsten Dunst) gives this chick-flick spin through DeadPoets Society territory exactly the right boost when needed.
ZERO DARK THIRTY 8.30PM, SBS A challenging factual drama all about the US government’s marathon hunt for Osama bin Laden, the most notorious terrorist in history. A blast from our recent past that does not undercharge the explosive nature of its subject matter.
Under pressure: Mark Strong play CIA officer George in director Kathryn Bigelow’s ZeroDarkThirty.
Hunted: Josh Brolin stars in No CountryFor OldMen.