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


6.30PM, 9GO! A fun an­i­mated com­edy about a pudgy panda’s jour­ney from bum­bling noo­dle restau­rant waiter to mar­tial-arts mas­ter. Gets a lit­tle too bois­ter­ous for its own good at times, but the win­ning voice cast (led by Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and An­gelina Jolie) know ex­actly when to rein ev­ery­thing in. Knock­out vi­su­als for a non-Pixar ’toon. There is a level of at­ten­tion to his­tor­i­cal de­tail that you would not nor­mally ex­pect to see in the com­puter-an­i­ma­tion genre. 9PM, 9GO! A near-lethal shot of testos­terone ad­min­is­tered through the eyes, it’s a hor­ri­ble ac­tion pic­ture that is hor­ri­bly en­ter­tain­ing. Sylvester Stal­lone (66) and his posse of past-their-prime pul­veris­ers – led by Chuck Nor­ris (72), Bruce Wil­lis (57), Dolph Lund­gren (54) and Jean-Claude Van Damme (51) – have a grand old time re­vis­it­ing their for­mer glo­ries.


8.30PM, 9GO! The heart of this film (Tom Hanks hope­lessly stranded on a re­mote de­serted is­land) is mag­nif­i­cent. Ig­nore the sappy be­gin­ning and end­ing, and fo­cus in­stead on some great act­ing from Hanks and the at­mo­spheric di­rec­tion of Robert Ze­meckis ( Back to the Fu­ture, Forrest Gump). A one-man se­ries of Sur­vivor where no one gets voted off – that’s a rec­om­men­da­tion, not a threat. Co-stars He­len Hunt.


9.40PM, GEM In mount­ing a mod­ern re­make of the clas­sic 1957 western, writer-direc­tor James Man­gold has ap­plied what is best de­scribed as a tur­bocharge to pro­ceed­ings. Though the film packs an ac­tion wal­lop, the lead­ing duo of Rus­sell Crowe (as a badass out­law) and Chris­tian Bale (the last hon­est man in the 1870s) take ev­ery­thing to a higher level. Rough and tough, but de­void of bluff.

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