SUNDAY THE NOTEBOOK
10.10PM, DRAMA/ROMANCE ★★★ Boy meets girl. Boy dates girl. World war intervenes. This old-fashioned tale of doomed romance will have you wading through a swamp of sentimental sap from the moment poor boy Ryan Gosling claps eyes on rich girl Rachel McAdams.
TUESDAY CASINO ROYALE
9.10PM, NINE ★★★★ This is a hard-edged and successful attempt to re-position the formerly camp James Bond closer to the sociopathic rogue spy author Ian Fleming envisaged in the 1950s. Daniel Craig hits the ground running, shooting and fighting.
WEDNESDAY WAR OF THE WORLDS
8.30PM, GO! ★★★★ In time-shifting H.G. Wells’ classic 1898 novel about an alien invasion into the present day, Steven Spielberg spirits us to the brink of an apocalypse on September 11, 2001. War of the Worlds pulses with excitement, danger and palpable nervous energy that generates legitimate and lasting awe.
2.15PM, MASTERPIECE ★★★★ Based on a classic short story by Raymond Carver, this quietly devastating drama subtly links the mysterious murder of a young Aboriginal woman with a seemingly innocuous fishing trip in the Snowy Mountains. Flawless acting, scripting and cinematography to the fore throughout. A modern classic.
SATURDAY STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
9.15PM, GEM ★★★ This story-driven Star Trek was just the reboot up the backside the franchise needed. The new mission of the Starship Enterprise is to hunt down a former Starfleet officer (Benedict Cumberbatch) now looking to destroy his one-time allies. Production design and special effects are first-class, as expected.