THURS­DAY BIG FAT LIAR

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

FOX­TEL FAM­ILY, 8.15PM Ir­re­press­ibly up­beat up­date of the old Boy Who Cried Wolf fa­ble, star­ring Mal­colm in the Middle’s Frankie Mu­niz as a teenage se­rial liar look­ing to get even with the hot­shot Hol­ly­wood pro­ducer ( Side­ways’ Paul Gia­matti) who stole his lat­est school as­sign­ment. Some sly satir­i­cal swipes at the movie biz re­ally hit their tar­get, adding fur­ther to the colour­ful fun al­ready on of­fer. Mu­niz did all his own stunts, in­clud­ing a spec­tac­u­lar prat­fall when his skate­board col­lides with a speed­ing limou­sine.

★★★

en­emy named Ul­tron, a mech­a­nised vil­lain pow­ered by an ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence that rea­sons mankind should be wiped from the planet. The fact that Ul­tron is a com­puter-ren­dered bad-guy does un­der­cut the in­tended im­pact here. In most bat­tle se­quences, you could be for­given for think­ing you’re watch­ing a pre­view of the next Trans­form­ers movie. There­fore, the scenes where iconic Marvel su­per­heroes such as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Cap­tain Amer­ica (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) dom­i­nate must be cher­ished. Co-stars Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, Mark Ruf­falo and Jeremy Ren­ner.

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