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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

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