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


LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOK­ING BAR­RELS 10.30PM, 7MATE If Quentin Tarantino had honed his skills di­rect­ing episodes of Min­der in­stead of work­ing in a video store, he would have wound up mak­ing a film such as Lock, Stock And Two Smok­ing Bar­rels. Four young Lon­don grifters pool their hard­earned to en­ter a high-rollers’ poker game, and come out ow­ing half a mil­lion quid to a lo­cal stand-over mer­chant. A quick-earner of a scam is hatched, in­volv­ing drugdeal­ing pri­vate school­boys, pen­ny­weight and heavy­weight crims and a pair of the old­est firearms this side of the Napoleonic Wars.



GAR­DEN STATE 8.30PM, SBS2 A strug­gling ac­tor wean­ing him­self off a de­pen­dence on anti-de­pres­sants re­turns home af­ter a nine-year ab­sence to at­tend his mother’s fu­neral. The most ma­ture, re­ward­ing and down­right soul­ful Amer­i­can film of 2004 marked the ar­rival of its writer-di­rec­tor and star Zach Braff as a film­mak­ing force to be reck­oned with. A bit­ter­sweet, low-key com­edy-drama that ex­cels in ev­ery depart­ment. Highly rec­om­mended. Co-stars Natalie Port­man, Peter Sars­gaard.



BOY­HOOD 5.40PM, FOX­TEL MAS­TER­PIECE The com­ing-of-age movie? Been there, done that. The comin­gof-life movie? Now, this is some­thing new. We join typ­i­cal Texas kid Ma­son (El­lar Coltrane) at the age of six, and bid him good­bye at 18, af­ter 12 years of pe­ri­odic film­ing.


Noth­ing much hap­pens to the lad dur­ing this pe­riod, aside from life it­self. And, as or­gan­i­cally filmed by Richard Lin­klater, that turns out to be re­ally some­thing. A unique cin­e­matic ex­pe­ri­ence well worth the ef­fort. Co-stars Ethan Hawke, Pa­tri­cia



THE HEAT 8.30PM, TEN You won’t be need­ing a ther­mome­ter to take the comedic tem­per­a­ture of The Heat. While it might be an easy enough film to warm to – thanks mainly to the op­po­sites-re­pel cast­ing of San­dra Bul­lock and Melissa McCarthy – don’t go sweat­ing on too many big laughs here. A lazy plot rips some well-thumbed pages from the good-cop-mad-cop play­book. Bul­lock is the or­gan­ised, stuck-up, by-the-rules one. Which means McCarthy – echo­ing her pre­vi­ous star turns in Brides­maids and Iden­tity Thief – is

the messy, street-


smart, rene­gade one. Their as­sign­ment is to bring down a Bos­ton drug baron. But that’s of sec­ondary im­por­tance when there are so many so-so set-pieces to get to. Most trade in a bitchy brand of bick­er­ing where Bul­lock will get up­pity about some­thing, and McCarthy will gun her down with a pro­fane punch­line. Av­er­age.


INTO THE BLUE 9.30PM, GO! Off the coast of the Ba­hamas, an ace diver and part-time trea­sure hunter stum­bles on a sunken ship and a crashed plane full of co­caine in quick suc­ces­sion. An alarm­ingly er­ratic thriller, best seen by heavy breathers who love to marvel at the won­der that is Jes­sica Alba’s buff bod. Costars Paul Walker.



AUS­TRALIAN RULES 9.30PM, NITV When Prospect Bay’s ju­nior football team makes the grand fi­nal for the first time in 38 years, its racially in­te­grated line-up be­comes a light­ning rod for ten­sions that have rum­bled for years. Within this pres­sure­cooker at­mos­phere, a close friend­ship be­tween the team’s Abo­rig­i­nal star, Dumby (Luke Car­roll), and white fringe player Gary “Blacky’’ Black (Nathan Phillips), is barely tol­er­ated. Aus­tralian Rules is a gutsy, grip­ping film.



HO­TEL RWANDA 8.35PM, SBS Dur­ing the hor­rific Rwan­dan geno­cide of 1994, a re­source­ful ho­tel man­ager shel­ters more than 1000 refugees from mur­der­ous po­lit­i­cal ex­trem­ists. What fol­lows in this con­fronting true-life drama is a steep de­scent into “How could this have hap­pened?” hell. A con­science-prick­ing, com­pla­cency-kick­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Stars Don Chea­dle and So­phie Okonedo.


Messy fun: Melissa McCarthy and San­dra Bul­lock star in TheHeat.

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