WEEK IN MOVIES
SUNDAY THE TERMINAL 8.30PM, 7FLIX ★★★★
This Steven Spielberg film sees Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks), a tourist from the fictional eastern European republic of Krakozhia, stuck in New York’s JFK airport for an entire month after his homeland is dismantled by a military coup and his papers are rendered invalid. Hanks delivers a beautifully measured performance.
MONDAY 21 8.30PM, 7FLIX ★★★
Directed by Sydney-born filmmaker Robert Luketic ( Legally Blonde, Monsterin-Law), 21 is inspired by the true story of six MIT university students who were trained to count cards and took Vegas casinos for millions of dollars. Stars Kate Bosworth, Jim Sturgess and Kevin Spacey.
TUESDAY BATMAN VS SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE 7.40AM, PREMIERE ★★★
This spectacular superhero smackdown unleashes enough firepower to alight an audience. However, whenever the adrenalised action subsides, the lumpy sub-plotting moves like wet cement down a slight incline. Even so, hardline DC fans will get an intense contact-high from seeing two iconic faves butting heads.
WEDNESDAY THE LINCOLN LAWYER 8.30PM, 9GO! ★★★
This gripping courtroom affair signalled the beginning of Matthew McConaughey’s spectacular career U-turn after a string of romantic comedy bombs. Clever storytelling (based on a crime best-seller by Michael Connolly) keeps the cast on the run and viewers scrambling to keep up.
THURSDAY CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER 8.30PM, 7MATE ★★★★
Chris Evans stars as Steve Rogers, an undernourished soldier deemed too puny for active duty in World War II. So keen to participate he signs himself up for a topsecret military experiment that sees him injected with a radioactive super serum giving him superhero speed, reflexes and endurance.
FRIDAY HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN 7.30PM, NINE ★★★
Though the third big-screen adventure of everyone’s favourite wizardly whiz-kid is a little less magical than its predecessors, the overall spell remains unbroken. Things get dark and violent at Hogwarts as everyone awaits the arrival of Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), the prison escapee held responsible for the death of Harry’s parents.
SATURDAY 22 JUMP STREET 9.20PM, 9GO! ★★★
If 21 Jump Street was the smartest dumb movie of the millennium, then 22 Jump Street is the cleverest sequel to a dumb movie of all time. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are in cracking form as the mismatched cops Jenko and Schmidt (now recipients of an undercover upgrade from high-school to university). The movie doesn’t deny it’s a craven cash-in: in fact, many of the best jokes point out that very fact. Co-stars Ice Cube.
Stranded: Tom Hanks and Stanley Tucci star in TheTerminal.