WEEK IN MOVIES

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Week In Movies - WITH LEIGH PAATSCH

SUN­DAY SPI­DER-MAN 3 6PM, 7MATE ★★★

As one of the most ex­pen­sive films ever made, Spi­der-Man 3 is $400 mil­lion of gen­uinely amaz­ing ac­tion se­quences. The ti­tle char­ac­ter (Tobey Maguire) has four foes to face, giv­ing this film a com­plex clash­ing of will and run­ning time well over two hours.

MON­DAY BLACKFISH 10.15PM, ABC2 ★★★★

This is the story of Ti­likum, a killer whale re­spon­si­ble for the deaths of three peo­ple dur­ing his ca­reer as the main at­trac­tion at US ma­rine theme parks. This tragic tale un­folds as both a grip­ping mur­der mystery – Ti­likum’s tril­ogy of tragic fa­tal at­tacks are care­fully in­ves­ti­gated – and a rig­or­ous ex­pose of an ex­ploita­tive in­dus­try.

TUES­DAY THE CON­JUR­ING 2 4.05PM, FOX­TEL PRE­MIERE ★★

The Con­jur­ing 2 marks the re­turn of Aus­tralian-born film­maker James Wan to his pre­ferred genre after steer­ing Fu­ri­ous 7. There is a de­crepit fam­ily home in 1977 Eng­land in ur­gent need of some ghost- bust­ing by hus­band-and-wife team Ed and Lor­raine War­ren (Pa­trick Wil­son and Vera Farmiga). A shapeshift­ing spec­tre is ter­ror­is­ing a sin­gle mum (Frances O’Con­nor) and her four chil­dren. There’s a mod­er­ately scary col­lec­tion of jolts and one big sus­tained burst of un­worldly fury.

WED­NES­DAY CON­TRA­BAND 12PM, GEM ★★★

Mark Wahlberg heads up this guilty-plea­sure grunt-fest, as a for­mer man of steal re­called to ac­tive thiev­ing duty to com­plete (sigh!) one last job – pick up $7 mil­lion in fake US green­backs in Panama City. Once that as­sign­ment be­gins, so does an en­joy­able mash-up of Tower Heist, Ocean’s Eleven and The Ital­ian Job.

THURS­DAY SU­PER 8 8.30PM, GO! ★★★

The year is 1979. In a small town, a group of lo­cal teens are mak­ing a no-bud­get zom­bie movie. But while film­ing by a rail­way, the young­sters are caught up in a head-on col­li­sion be­tween a pass­ing freight train and a truck. Im­por­tantly, the cam­era they ac­ci­den­tally leave be­hind is left on to cap­ture the en­su­ing ac­tion.

FRI­DAY THE TAL­ENTED MR RI­P­LEY 8.40PM, SBS ★★★★

This film is in­tel­li­gent and in­trigu­ing, even if it doesn’t quite play the game the way you’d like. Matt Da­mon is bril­liant as the chameleon who in­sin­u­ates him­self into the jet­set life of rich layabout Jude Law in 1950s Italy, while Gwyneth Pal­trow and Cate Blanchett shine in sup­port­ing roles.

SATUR­DAY SERENDIP­ITY 8.30PM, DRAMA/RO­MANCE ★★★

Date-movie devo­tees look­ing for a film to cud­dle up to will find ex­actly what they’re after here. A decade after their only meet­ing, a pair of would-be lovers with wed­dings loom­ing start look­ing for each other all over again. This rom-com makes the most of the crack­ling chem­istry be­tween John Cu­sack and Kate Beck­in­sale.

Back in ac­tion: Tobey Maguire re­turns as the hero in Spi­der-Man3.

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