WEEK IN MOVIES
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.