WEEK IN MOVIES

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un­known folk singer named Bob Dy­lan will soon make sure of that. How­ever, scruffy, un­known folk singers are a dime a dozen in the dingy cafes and bars of Green­wich Vil­lage. In this film from the great Coen broth­ers ( No Coun­try for Old Men, Fargo), we will be spend­ing a week in the com­pany of one such B-list bal­ladeer. Llewyn Davis (Os­car Isaac) just might have what it takes to make it. There’s just one prob­lem. If there is a line that sep­a­rates tem­per­a­men­tal artists from pre­cious painsin-the-butt, Llewyn just can’t see it. As this is a Coen movie, the pro­tag­o­nist’s many mis­placed delu­sions of grandeur will be mined for much dark com­edy. Co-stars Carey Mul­li­gan and Justin Tim­ber­lake.

WED­NES­DAY

GAL­LIPOLI 8.30PM, ONE We should be for­ever grate­ful that the task of film­ing one of the defin­ing mo­ments in Aus­tralian his­tory went to Peter Weir, one of our great­est direc­tors. An un­usual en­try in the an­nals of anti-war films, in that it

★★★★

doesn’t dis­credit the blind pa­tri­o­tism that sent so many young Aus­tralians to an un­nec­es­sary demise. Stars Mel Gibson and Mark Lee.

THURS­DAY

THE GRAND BU­DAPEST HO­TEL 12.55PM, FOX­TEL MAS­TER­PIECE

★★★★

From the great Amer­i­can film­maker Wes An­der­son ( Moon­rise King­dom), a lav­ish and highly en­joy­able es­cape from re­al­ity. The year is 1932, and the set­ting is a fic­tional five-star crash pad in an equally fic­tional cor­ner of eastern Europe. It is here we find the mys­te­ri­ous M. Gus­tave (a hi­lar­i­ous Ralph Fi­ennes) at the peak of his pow­ers as the Grand Bu­dapest’s cel­e­brated chief concierge. What fol­lows is a ma­jes­ti­cally mad­cap ad­ven­ture, with Gus­tave and his loyal off­sider fight­ing tooth and nail to keep some for­mi­da­ble en­e­mies at bay.

FRI­DAY

THE HUNGER GAMES 8.30PM, NINE Jen­nifer Lawrence fronts a com­pelling ac­tion tale de­pict­ing a fu­ture where

★★★

poverty-stricken youth must bat­tle to the death as tele­vised en­ter­tain­ment for the rich. Does it stick to the best-sell­ing book? You bet. Hard­core Hunger Gamers will not be dis­ap­pointed. Lawrence’s por­trayal of rene­gade teen hero­ine Kat­niss Everdeen is a cracker. You will fol­low her ev­ery hur­ried, hunted and haunted step of the way. A solid ef­fort that prom­ises even bet­ter things to come.

SATUR­DAY

NO COUN­TRY FOR OLD MEN 8.30PM, SBS The Coen broth­ers ( Fargo) re­turn to bril­liant form with a haunt­ing, hard-bit­ten and in­con­gru­ously af­fect­ing chase flick based on the Cor­mac Mc­Carthy novel. Josh Brolin stars as a Texan hunter who hap­pens across $2 mil­lion in a brief­case, and a fright­en­ing Javier Bar­dem plays a mer­ci­less killer out to re­trieve the cash. Though sev­eral scenes are ex­tremely vi­o­lent and un­apolo­get­i­cally amoral, there is a chill­ing com­po­sure to the film as a whole that will not be de­nied. Highly rec­om­mended.

★★★★

Man on a mis­sion: Javier Bar­dem plays a mer­ci­less killer out to re­trieve a suit­case of cash in NoCoun­try­forOldMen.

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