WEEK IN MOVIES

WITH LEIGH PAATSCH

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS -

SUN­DAY

WORLD WAR Z 8.30PM, TEN This globe-trot­ting, nerve­jolt­ing af­fair is as (un)dead on the money as a zom­bie film can get. With most of the planet over­run by a vir­u­lent in­va­sion of fleet-footed mouth-breathers, it is left to the UN to de­ter­mine where it started. If their man on the ground (Brad Pitt) can’t find the an­swer, the world as we know it is over. Each new des­ti­na­tion vis­ited trig­gers a dev­as­tat­ing new set-piece. Each is dif­fer­ent in struc­ture and feel. All are truly fright­en­ing. With the film sprint­ing at the same bite-neck speed as its zom­bies, there is lit­tle time for char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment.

★★★

MON­DAY

FLIGHT 9.30PM, ONE A bril­liant Den­zel Washington plays a pi­lot who pulls a move dur­ing a trou­bled lift-off that saves the lives of al­most all on board. How­ever, when a tox­i­col­ogy re­port shows our hero was high on co­caine, the fly­boy crashes to the ground very quickly. The more we learn about this dam­aged man, the more we are left to won­der how he even made it into the cock­pit that fate­ful morn­ing. Co-stars Kelly Reilly, John Good­man.

★★★★

TUES­DAY

NIGHTCRAWLER 5.30PM, FOX­TEL MAS­TER­PIECE

★★★★

Hav­ing just started out as a free­lance TV news cam­era­man, Lou Bloom (Jake Gyl­len­haal) prowls Los An­ge­les af­ter dark in search of what sells: car crashes and mur­ders soon be­come a house spe­cialty. Though Nightcrawler is squarely tak­ing aim at the worst in­cli­na­tions of US tabloid TV – the holy grail of footage is de­scribed as “a scream­ing woman run­ning down the street with her throat cut” – it is the eerily cen­tred per­for­mance of Gyl­len­haal that draws all fo­cus. With a smile al­ways on his dial and a work ethic that never lets up, Lou seems like the kind of guy who would do any­thing for any­body. Gyl­len­haal reads him dif­fer­ently, and grad­u­ally gets us think­ing the same way: Lou is re­ally the kind of guy who would do any­thing to any­body.

WED­NES­DAY

THE GHOST WRITER 9.30PM SBS Con­tro­ver­sial writer-di­rec­tor Ro­man Polan­ski com­pleted work on The Ghost Writer while liv­ing un­der house ar­rest in Switzer­land. Need­less to say, there are ob­vi­ous un­der­cur­rents of claus­tro­pho­bia, ner­vous ten­sion, gal­lows hu­mour and raw an­guish puls­ing through­out this slow-burn­ing thriller. Ewan McGre­gor plays the un­named pro­tag­o­nist of the tale, a jaded journo hired to pol­ish the mem­oirs of an em­bat­tled for­mer Bri­tish prime min­is­ter (Pierce Bros­nan).

★★★

THURS­DAY

SAVE THE LAST DANCE 9.30PM, GO! Though not ex­actly as ground­break­ing as it thinks it is, this teen drama is at least pre­pared to ac­knowl­edge the com­plex­i­ties of in­ter­ra­cial re­la­tion­ships. The plot is a let­down – a get­tin­jiggy-with-it jum­ble of Dirty Danc­ing and Boyz n the Hood – but Sean Pa­trick Thomas and Ju­lia Stiles make a big im­pres­sion as the down­town Romeo and Juliet.

★★

FRI­DAY

THERE WILL BE BLOOD 8.30PM, SBS A pow­er­ful, grip­ping drama from film­maker Paul Thomas An­der­son ( Boo­gie Nights, Mag­no­lia) winds the clock back to a time in US history when the amount of money to be made and num­ber of souls to be saved were in di­rect con­flict. Daniel DayLewis sup­plies an in­cred­i­ble per­for­mance as a greedy oil baron per­pet­u­ally at log­ger­heads with a young fun­da­men­tal­ist preacher

★★★★

(Paul Dano). An epic bat­tle be­tween free-range cap­i­tal­ism and or­gan­ised re­li­gion en­sues.

SATUR­DAY

DAL­LAS BUY­ERS CLUB 8.30PM, SBS The com­pelling true story of a man who turned a life sen­tence into a ca­reer op­por­tu­nity. Matthew McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof, a ho­mo­pho­bic rodeo rider who con­tracted the AIDS virus in 1985. Given mere months to live by doc­tors, Woodroof’s red­neck in­stincts point him to Mexico, where he dis­cov­ers a line of med­i­ca­tion that im­proves his con­di­tion. Though the treat­ment is banned in the US, Woodroof starts smug­gling the stuff across the bor­der, af­ter which he turns a tidy buck selling it to fel­low suf­fer­ers. Ex­cep­tion­ally well-writ­ten and di­rected, this tough, yet ten­der-hearted film doesn’t take the easy road to­wards win­ning your full re­spect and fas­ci­na­tion.

★★★★

Com­pelling: Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey both won Os­cars for their roles in Dal­lasBuy­er­sClub.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.