WEEK IN MOVIES

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - WEEK IN MOVIES - WITH LEIGH PAATSCH

SUN­DAY THE DARK KNIGHT 8.30PM, GO! ★★★★

This an­grily adrenalised and un­apolo­get­i­cally force­ful mo­tion pic­ture is a su­per­hero movie par ex­cel­lence, pit­ting a con­flicted Bat­man (Chris­tian Bale) against psy­cho­pathic new-crim-on­the-block The Joker (Heath Ledger). The act­ing is top­notch (led by an amaz­ing Ledger) and the ac­tion se­quences are phe­nom­e­nal.

MON­DAY LOUIS THEROUX: MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE 8.30PM, ABC2 ★★★

Well-known Bri­tish in­ves­tiga­tive re­porter Louis Theroux delves into Scientology’s prob­lem­atic his­tory by us­ing un­known (and rather brave) Los An­ge­les ac­tors to stage ad hoc re-en­act­ments of key mo­ments. It isn’t long be­fore his project draws the un­friendly fire of Scientology’s most ag­gres­sive de­fend­ers.

TUES­DAY THE GUARDIAN 8.30PM, AC­TION/AD­VEN­TURE ★★

It’s Top Gun in a swim­ming pool. Nev­er­the­less, The Guardian is a watch­able enough train­ing-tragedytri­umph drama, star­ring Ash­ton Kutcher as an en­er­getic coast guard re­cruit and Kevin Cost­ner as a grouchy life­sav­ing coach. The film opens and closes strongly by virtue of the two spec­tac­u­lar open-sea res­cue se­quences. Di­rected by An­drew Davis ( The Fugi­tive).

WED­NES­DAY LION 6.25PM, PRE­MIERE ★★★★

This is a fas­ci­nat­ing tale of a lost or­phan’s quest to find his fam­ily. The first sec­tion is a hell ride through In­dia in the mid-1980s by a five-yearold boy named Sa­roo (Sunny Pawar). Twenty years later, Sa­roo (now Dev Pa­tel), liv­ing in Tas­ma­nia with cou­ple Sue (Ni­cole Kid­man) and John (David Wen­ham), is con­sumed by the urge to find his real fam­ily.

THURS­DAY BAT­TLE­SHIP 8.30PM, 7MATE ★★

In the $200 mil­lion film “in­spired by” the board game, the ex­plo­sive ef­fects that ac­com­pany a suc­cess­ful strike are re­alised in graphic de­tail by Ge­orge Lu­cas’s vis­ual ef­fects house ILM. Set in space, a fleet of space­ships are forced to do bat­tle against an ex­trater­res­trial force.

FRI­DAY MEAN GIRLS 8.30PM, ELEVEN ★★★

One of the smarter teen come­dies, Mean Girls sits be­tween the sharp so­cial satire of Reese Wither­spoon’s Elec­tion and the styleover-sub­stance of Ali­cia Sil­ver­stone’s Clue­less. Lind­say Lo­han stars as a shel­tered, home-ed­u­cated in­genue ex­pe­ri­enc­ing high school for the first time.

SATUR­DAY MU­SIC AND LYRICS 7PM, GEM ★★

Alex (Hugh Grant) is a washed-up pop star flung into an un­likely song­writ­ing part­ner­ship with So­phie (Drew Bar­ry­more), a hypochon­driac air­head who once had the mak­ings of a promis­ing lit­er­ary ca­reer. To­gether, the fledg­ling tune­smiths have a week to come up with a tune for a plat­inum-sell­ing artist.

Homecoming: Lion di­rec­tor Garth Davis with star Dev Pa­tel.

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