WEEK IN MOVIES
SUNDAY DUDE, WHERE’S MY CAR?
8.30PM, ELEVEN One of the breed of ultraefficient Hollywood films that have found a way to cram the entire plotline into its title. This tale of two dimwit teens looking for their lost vehicle touches briefly on the occasional guilty-pleasure laugh. Otherwise it is not quite as stupidly amusing as it wishes it was.
MONDAY BEING JOHN MALKOVICH
9.30PM, ONE You have never seen a film like this before. John Cusack is Craig, a puppeteer who has fallen on hard times. Cameron Diaz is his dowdy wife, Lotte. Craig finds a job as a filing clerk in a skyscraper where he finds a tunnel behind a filing cabinet which is a portal into the brain of actor John Malkovich. Enough ideas to fill a dozen other films.
TUESDAY STAR TREK: NEMESIS
9.30PM, GO! Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) has a clone. Data (Brent Spiner) has a brother. Riker and Troi get married. The Romulans get friendly. And the crew of the Starship Enterprise are still performing their favourite party trick of gripping nearby furniture while the camera wobbles from side to side. Time to beam up some new ideas to the producers, quickly. Look out for Usual Suspects director Bryan Singer playing a crew member sucked into deep space through a hole in the Enterprise.
WEDNESDAY THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST
MIDNIGHT, SBS Closing instalment in the classy series of Swedish thrillers adapted from Stieg Larsson’s best-selling Millennium Trilogy. Perhaps not quite as compelling as staunch fans might hope, but there are many, many loose ends to be tied up. Show a little patience and the film’s finale will still deliver. The plot picks up with renegade cyber-hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) fighting back from the brink of death to exact vengeance on all of her nefarious enemies. As always, the intrepid journalist Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) is there to supply back-up.
7.30PM FOXTEL PREMIERE, With Interstellar, trailblazing director Nolan builds upon the high-concept blockbuster template forged so impressively by his 2010 work Inception. Just like that headscratching hit, Interstellar eludes easy description. 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. It is these scenes – and the way in which they represent the daunting nature of space exploration – that secure the film’s claims to greatness. However, not everybody will enjoy a rather cliched emotional drama awkwardly welded on to the steely science-fiction of the main plot. Co-stars Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine.
FRIDAY WAR OF THE WORLDS
8.30PM, SEVEN In time-shifting H.G. Wells’ classic 1898 novel about an alien invasion into the present day, master filmmaker and consummate showman Steven Spielberg spirits us to the brink of a terrifying apocalypse few would think possible on the big screen. At the very height of its power – which only diminishes at the iffy finale – the overwhelming excitement, danger and palpable nervous energy generates a lasting awe. Stars Tom Cruise.
SATURDAY RED DOG
7PM, NINE A superb Australian feelgood film based on the true story of a copper-hued kelpie who became a living legend in WA’s Pilbara region in the 1970s. Unfolds as all ripping yarns should, with a sly wink and a steady hand. A classy crowd-pleaser indeed. Stars Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor and Noah Taylor.
Man’s best friend: Josh Lucas stars in RedDog, the classy crowd-pleaser based on the legendary true story of a canine who united a disparate local community while roaming the Outback in search of his long-lost master.