WEEK IN MOVIES
WITH LEIGH PAATSCH
stream of look-away-now or lose-your-lunch moments. Gruesome. Co-stars Cary Elwes and Danny Glover.
BOYHOOD 1.05PM, FOXTEL MASTERPIECE
The coming-of-age movie? Been there, done that. The coming-of-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 and Patricia Arquette.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER 3.10PM, FOXTEL PREMIERE Now frisbee-ing his mighty shield in the present day, Captain America (Chris
Evans) is no longer content to be Uncle Sam’s poster boy for all things patriotic. The dude has some complex questions, and in the wake of a vast military conspiracy taking shape, he wouldn’t mind some truthful answers. Action scenes (though cluttered and shaky-cammed to the max) bring on the awe when needs be. Co-stars Scarlett Johansson.
I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER 9.30PM, ELEVEN A group of friends complete their high-school education by covering-up their involvement in a hit-andrun death. One year later, a hook-handed serial killer hits town to wreak havoc (and revenge) on the seemingly squeaky-clean teens. A fair stab at a decent horror flick, with just enough false-alarm frights and gory confrontations to get you gripping the side of your seat. That old-fashioned device of not unmasking the slasher until the last possible minute is crucial.
CASINO ROYALE 8.30PM, NINE A hard-edged and incredibly successful re-positioning of the formerly camp James Bond as the sociopathic rogue spy that author Ian Fleming originally envisaged back in the 1950s. With a lot of the excess flab stripped away from previous outings, the way was clear for impressive new 007 Daniel Craig to hit the ground running, shooting and fighting. Co-stars Eva Green.
DEATH AT A FUNERAL 10.25PM, SBS As in FourWeddingsand aFuneral, the characters populating this scurrilously playful British comedy are the usual assortment of toffs, twits and try-hards. They’ve all assembled for the send-off of a beloved family patriarch, who turns out to be not quite the man everyone thought he was. Total mayhem and some fairly inspired black comedy follows. Stars Matthew Macfadyen and Keeley Hawes.
Ready for action: Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in CasinoRoyale.