WEEK IN MOVIES
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.