WEEK IN MOVIES

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SUN­DAY THE MATRIX

8.30PM, GO! ★★★★ A sci-fi stun­ner that can be men­tioned in the same breath as Blade Run­ner, this is a brain-bust­ing, lung-emp­ty­ing mind melt. With ac­tion, im­agery and spe­cial ef­fects de­liv­ered in a form you’ve never quite seen be­fore, and Keanu Reeves ac­tu­ally act­ing, you have no op­tion but to put this at the top of your must-see list.

MON­DAY THE DE­PARTED

9.30PM, GO! ★★★★★ Jack Ni­chol­son leads a stel­lar cast in this bril­liant crime thriller, giv­ing a deranged per­for­mance as a sin­is­ter crook with an as­so­ciate high in­side the po­lice force. Mean­while, the cops have in­fil­trated his op­er­a­tion and a crack­ing game of cat and mouse be­gins. It’s very vi­o­lent but very good. Co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio (right), Matt Da­mon and Martin Sheen.

TUES­DAY THE CAS­TLE

9.15PM, NINE ★★★★ The Cas­tle stands proud as a knock­about Aussie com­edy with all the right rough edges in­tact. The nar­ra­tion is first class, play­ing a piv­otal role in set­ting up some well-ob­served run­ning gags. A com­fort­able and un­pre­ten­tious film, its great­est as­set is a nat­u­ral charm laced through­out ev­ery char­ac­ter and event. The shoot­ing style is suit­ably low-key, al­low­ing an im­pres­sive group of per­for­mances and a darn good yarn to shine in a touch­ing and hi­lar­i­ous light. Stars Michael Ca­ton, Eric Bana and Stephen Curry.

WED­NES­DAY SKY­FALL

8.30PM, GO! ★★★★ Af­ter barely sur­viv­ing a bun­gled as­sign­ment in Turkey, Bond (Daniel Craig) must come to the aid of his em­bat­tled boss M (Judi Dench) in Lon­don. Javier Bar­dem all but steals the show with his de­pic­tion of one of the best Bond vil­lains ever. You’ll have to wait un­til the one-hour mark for preen­ing psy­chotic Silva to make his en­trance, but you’ll be blown away when he does. I’ve only scratched the sur­face of what Sky­fall has to of­fer, not only as a Bond pic­ture but a fiercely force­ful drama in its own right.

THURS­DAY NA­CHO LI­BRE

9.05PM, ONE ★★★ Tubby-tum­mied Jack Black ( School of Rock) lays on his trade­mark blend of blab and flab to play a Mex­i­can monk with a se­cret side­line as a pro wrestler. It’s never quite as funny as it threat­ens to be, but the mis­placed en­thu­si­asm Black shows in the fight-night se­quences is a grotesquely pleas­ing joy to be­hold through­out. From the mak­ers of the 2004 cult hit Napoleon Dy­na­mite.

FRI­DAY CROUCH­ING TIGER, HID­DEN DRAGON

9.30PM, SBS ★★★ En­thralling Chi­nese ac­tion mar­ries a spec­tac­u­larly po­etic take on mar­tial arts to a rip-roar­ing tale of an­cient leg­ends, fe­male war­riors and a magic sword. The in­tensely in­tri­cate mid-air fight scenes alone are worth the price of ad­mis­sion. Stars Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh.

SATUR­DAY PERCY JACK­SON: SEA OF MON­STERS

6.30PM, TEN ★★★ In the first Percy Jack­son movie, this oh-so-mod­ern teenage son of an an­cient Greek god seemed like too much of a home-brand Harry Pot­ter for his own good. As played by Lo­gan Lerman, Percy re­mains as blandly charisma-chal­lenged as ever. How­ever, the se­cond set of ad­ven­tures ripped from the books of best­selling au­thor Rick Rior­dan of­fers far more fun and fizz. Though you’ll never be hang­ing on the edge of your seat, Percy and his posse of earth­bound higher be­ings – hunt­ing for the fa­bled Golden Fleece in the Ber­muda Tri­an­gle – are quite OK to hang out with for a while.

Mind-bend­ing: Keanu Reeves stars in sci-fi sen­sa­tion TheMa­trix.

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