WEEK IN MOVIES
SUNDAY NOTTING HILL 8.30PM, 7FLIX ★★★★
This English rom-com (written by Richard Curtis, the comic whiz behind Four Weddings and a Funeral) stars the mega-popular Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. Roberts is Anna Scott, a movie star in London who has a chance encounter with loser-in-love William Thacker (Grant) in a bookstore. Love begins to blossom.
MONDAY FAHRENHEIT 9/11 10.15PM, ABC2 ★★★★
This documentary became a global phenomenon when it was released in 2004. Controversial filmmaker Michael Moore ( Bowling for Columbine) mounts an extraordinarily powerful and persuasive assault on the dubious manoeuvres of former president George W. Bush after the September 11 terror attacks.
TUESDAY MATCHSTICK MEN 11.35AM, COMEDY ★★★★
This under-rated comedydrama from director Ridley Scott features Nicolas Cage delivering one of his last great performances as an obsessive-compulsive con man giving a crash course in crookery to his long-lost teenage daughter (Alison Lohman).
WEDNESDAY THE MARTIAN 8.30PM, TEN ★★★★
Science-fiction rarely gets as instantly compelling yet casually crowd-pleasing as it does in The Martian. Matt Damon stars as an astronaut accidentally left for dead on Mars after a monster storm. If he is to survive the four years it will take to be rescued, our hero will have to come up with some bright ideas – fast.
THURSDAY I AM LEGEND 8.30PM, GO! ★★★★
Would the last one alive please leave the lights on? Robert Neville (Will Smith) is the sole survivor of terminal super-rabies, which has wiped out civilisation in New York. The sheer desolation of the situation faced by Neville is communicated overpoweringly in this adaptation of the book of the same name.
FRIDAY THE LEGO MOVIE 7.30PM, GO! ★★★★
The anything-goes creative ethos that is the spirit of Lego has applied to all elements of this production. Everything snaps together as a complete all-ages offering with a smart and subversive storyline about a lowly construction worker (voiced by Chris Pratt) who rebels against the sameness around him.
SATURDAY CAFÉ SOCIETY 8.30PM, FOXTEL’S PREMIERE ★★★
Bobby (Jesse Eisenberg) has ditched the Big Apple for Hollywood with dreams of hitting the big time. His entry pass comes courtesy of an uncle (Steve Carell), the most connected agent in Tinseltown, who puts him in touch with his beautiful secretary (Kristen Stewart). It isn’t long before Bobby is hopelessly smitten.
Fight for survival: Matt Damon gets left behind on Mars in The Martian.