Best known for his role as Michael Bluth in the comedy Arrested Development, Jason Bateman is about to blow everyone’s mind as Marty Byrde in Ozark, a thriller that opens in Chicago. Byrde is a sober — perhaps even dull — family man and financial adviser. Secretly, however, he has been laundering money for a drug cartel, and when his partner is caught cheating them, things get bloody. Byrde flees with his family — played by Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz and Skylar Gaertner — to the Ozarks in Missouri to relaunch the moneylaundering operation. Naturally, the region is not the bucolic paradise it seems; it has its own local drug trade. Bateman is outstanding, portraying a relatable devotion to his family, even while he imperils them, not unlike Breaking Bad’s Walter White. (And remember: Bryan Cranston was best known for comedy before that career-defining role came along.) Ozark is highly recommended viewing. When director Ron Howard was recently called on to save Disney’s Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, chances are it wasn’t on the strength of Inferno (Thursday, 8.30pm, Premiere). Based on the book by Dan Brown, it stars Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon, the world’s pre-eminent symbolist, this time saving the everyone from a virus. Also starring Felicity Jones, Sidse Babett Knudsen and Irrfan Khan, it was not loved by critics or audiences in the US, but did very well at the international box office. Check out one of Wes Anderson’s most singularly strange films, The Royal Tenenbaums (Thursday, 10.05pm, Masterpiece). There are so many odd scenes that stick with you: Gwyneth Paltrow’s Margot, sulking endlessly in a bathtub; Ben Stiller’s Chas and his overprotected, overcoached sons Uzi and Ari; or Owen Wilson’s drug-addled Eli, wearing face paint and crashing his car through a wall. Oliver Stone is has always been a polarising director. His most recent work, The Putin Interviews, is available to stream on SBS On Demand. And his last film, 2016’s Snowden (Sunday, 8.30pm, Premiere), starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley and Melissa Leo, screens here.
Jason Bateman in Ozark