WEEK IN MOVIES

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS - WITH LEIGH PAATSCH

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.

THURS­DAY IN­TER­STEL­LAR

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.

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