WEEK IN MOVIES

WITH LEIGH PAATSCH

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SUN­DAY

SHAUN OF THE DEAD 9.30PM, ELEVEN Af­ter be­ing dumped by his girl­friend, an un­am­bi­tious ap­pli­ance sales­man (Si­mon Pegg) emerges from a mas­sive hang­over to dis­cover his se­date Lon­don neigh­bour­hood has been over­run by the un­dead. There’s still some life in the zom­bie flick yet, judg­ing by how this highly en­ter­tain­ing hy­brid of hor­ror and ro­man­tic com­edy gets the job done. Great char­ac­ters, witty writ­ing and le­git­i­mate thrills.

MON­DAY

★★★★

A FEW GOOD MEN 9.30PM, ONE As speechy and preachy a court­room drama as you’ll ever find, de­tail­ing the se­cret ma­noeu­vring that shad­ows a naval court mar­tial. The key here is the con­stant butting of heads be­tween the three leads – Tom Cruise’s cocky mar­itime de­fence lawyer, Demi Moore’s de­ter­mined ca­reer woman and Jack Ni­chol­son’s charis­matic rene­gade colonel. A goodguy/bad-guy melo­drama in which jus­tice ul­ti­mately pre­vails, but not be­fore ev­ery­one has said their piece.

WED­NES­DAY

★★★★

★★★★

TUES­DAY

THE SWEET­EST THING NOON, SEVEN Cameron Diaz needs the help of Christina Ap­ple­gate and Selma Blair to get her to the church on time be­fore her Mr Right gets there with some­one else. Flimsy com­edy which makes a mess of blend­ing the feel-good frol­ics of My Best Friend’s Wed­ding with a sick chick-flick ver­sion of There’s Some­thing About Mary. Diaz is OK, but ev­ery­thing else is de­cid­edly dis­ap­point­ing.

★★

IN­TER­STEL­LAR 7.30PM, FOX­TEL PRE­MIERE The most mem­o­rable and chal­leng­ing main­stream re­lease of 2014. And per­haps the most di­vi­sive. The story is set in a not-so-dis­tant fu­ture where our planet is vir­tu­ally a spent force. Matthew McConaughey plays a for­mer NASA test pi­lot who joins a se­cret mis­sion to find a new home for what re­mains of Earth’s dwin­dling pop­u­la­tion. The spirit of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey pulses strongly through In­ter­stel­lar’s most be­guil­ing se­quences in deep space. Co-stars Anne Hath­away, Michael Caine.

THURS­DAY

DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS 9.30PM, SBS2 Gen­uinely ex­cit­ing and in­volv­ing doc­u­men­tary about the history of skate­board­ing, as told by the hang-ten­ning high priests of the rad­i­cal re­li­gion them­selves. It is di­rected into an in-your-face frenzy by for­mer board­ing

★★★★

champ Stacy Peralta, yet is equally ac­ces­si­ble for skate punks and or­di­nary pedes­tri­ans alike. Nar­ra­tion comes from ac­tor Sean Penn, whose rough-hewn tones (and the oc­ca­sional clear­ing of the throat) sug­gest he recorded his lines in one take.

FRI­DAY

KILLING THEM SOFTLY 8.30PM, SBS This dark, men­ac­ing and black-hearted crime drama is not here to win friends. It is here to leave bruises. The fe­roc­ity and mal­ice of its vi­o­lence – shock­ing as it in­deed can be – frames part of a big­ger pic­ture with some­thing to say about mod­ern Amer­i­can life. Brad Pitt plays a sea­soned hitman not above out­sourc­ing the dirty work when times are busy. As they are when as­signed to find and kill two

★★★

druggy crooks who have robbed the wrong card game. As di­rected by Aus­tralian An­drew Do­minik ( Chop­per), this gritty film is at once a dis­arm­ing and dis­il­lu­sion­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Co-stars Ben Men­del­sohn, Ray Liotta, James Gan­dolfini.

SATUR­DAY

THE LAST KING OF SCOT­LAND 8.30PM, SBS An ini­tially un­wieldy com­bi­na­tion of fact and fic­tion­alised docu­d­rama will make per­fect sense once you clap eyes on the in­cred­i­ble per­for­mance of For­est Whi­taker. His por­trayal of the no­to­ri­ous Ugan­dan dic­ta­tor Idi Amin is a chill­ing re­flec­tion of a man hell-bent on ap­peal­ing to the masses while se­cretly mur­der­ing as many of them as he can. Co-stars James McAvoy.

★★★★

Deadly se­ri­ous: Brad Pitt plays a sea­soned hitman in KillingThemSoftly.

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