WEEK IN MOVIES

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

SUN­DAY

THE CUP 2.50PM, NINE Top­i­cal, with this year’s Mel­bourne Cup to be run on Tues­day, but the film won’t be re­mem­bered as “the film that stopped a na­tion”. Based on the mov­ing true story of how cham­pion jockey Damien Oliver won the 2002 Mel­bourne Cup, The Cup seems to have po­ten­tial stay­ing power. Oliver fa­mously pi­loted the Ir­ish­trained thor­ough­bred Me­dia Puz­zle to vic­tory less than a week af­ter his older brother, Ja­son, died trag­i­cally in a track mishap. Un­for­tu­nately, The Cup jumps slug­gishly from the bar­ri­ers and finds it­self im­me­di­ately caught up in a ruck of soppy, sim­plis­tic sports movie clichés. By the time the film gets a clear run and un­leashes an im­pres­sive fin­ish­ing burst the race to win over view­ers has al­ready been lost. Stephen Curry stars as Oliver.

★★

MON­DAY

VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA 1.25AM, SBS2 Set the DVR for this one un­less you’re an ex­treme night owl. A lively com­edy of man­ners, morals and mis­chief from film­maker Woody Allen. Scar­lett Jo­hans­son and Re­becca Hall star as two young Amer­i­can tourists who fall un­der the spell of a se­duc­tive artist (Javier Bar­dem) dur­ing sum­mer hol­i­days in the Span­ish cap­i­tal. This is Allen’s most laid­back movie in mem­ory, but the re­laxed, care­free vibe does not blunt the edge of the hu­mour. The city of Barcelona is a de­light to gaze at through­out, too. Fine view­ing.

★★★★

TUES­DAY

RE­AL­ITY BITES 9.30PM, ELEVEN Re­leased in 1994 but eter­nally top­i­cal – three ide­al­is­tic univer­sity grad­u­ates get a rapid ed­u­ca­tion on life in the real world as they emerge

★★★

from academia to face the hur­dles of find­ing work and love in the big bad worlds. Stars Wi­nona Ry­der, Janeane Garo­falo, Ethan Hawke, Ben Stiller and Steve Zahn. Harm­less rom-com filled with sweet slack­ers.

WED­NES­DAY

ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER 7.30PM, WORLD MOVIES Here’s a great ex­am­ple of Span­ish writer-di­rec­tor Pe­dro Almod­ovar ( Talk to Her) do­ing what only he does best: mak­ing vi­brant movies dom­i­nated by gutsy, go­for-broke women. Manuela (Ce­cilia Roth), an or­gantrans­plant clerk at a Madrid hospi­tal, is reel­ing from the re­cent death of her son. Com­pelled to do some­thing to fill the void, Manuela de­cides to track down the fa­ther of her late child, who never knew the boy ex­isted, a trans­ves­tite named Lola (Toni Canto).

★★★★

THURS­DAY

THE WED­DING SINGER 9.30PM, GO! Like its star, Adam San­dler, this film gen­er­ates non­stop, clunky, junky laugh­ter, de­spite your bet­ter judg­ment. In what re­mains his best com­edy to date, San­dler plays the front­man for the house band of a wed­ding re­cep­tion cen­tre dur­ing the style-chal­lenged 1980s. He’s hav­ing prob­lems de­cid­ing be­tween new girl­friend Drew Bar­ry­more and the fi­ancée who jilted him at the al­tar.

★★★

FRI­DAY

BACH­E­LORETTE 10.30PM, TEN Don’t go tag­ging Bach­e­lorette as a cheap knock-off of the smash-hit com­edy Brides­maids. Sure, it’s all about some ma­jor stum­bles in the run-up to a ma­jor wed­ding and, yes, the hu­mour goes in and out of the don’t-go-there zone as it

★★★

pleases. Nev­er­the­less, this is dif­fer­ent enough to war­rant a look-see. Kirsten Dunst spear­heads a snitchy bri­dal en­tourage threat­en­ing to ruin their friend’s big day.

SATUR­DAY

TRUE GRIT 8.30PM, SBS An ex­em­plary new adap­ta­tion of the clas­sic Charles Por­tis novel, True Grit sees the Coen broth­ers dou­bling back to­wards some fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory. Not quite No Coun­try For Old Men, more No Coun­try for a Young Woman. And a world away from the corny John Wayne ver­sion of yes­ter­year. The story told here is that of a wild west re­venge saga with a dif­fer­ence – the dif­fer­ence be­ing that it is a 14-year-old girl, Mat­tie Ross (Hailee Ste­in­feld) look­ing to square up the mur­der of her fa­ther in the 1870s. Jeff Bridges and Matt Da­mon co-star.

★★★★

Span­ish spell: Scar­lett Jo­hans­son and Javier Bar­dem star in Woody Allen’s Vick­yCristi­naBarcelona.

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