WEEK IN MOVIES
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.
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.