Flicks

Your guide to the best free- to- air movies this week

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Due Date

GO!, Fri­day, 9.30pm, MA15+ ( 2010) Todd Phillips ( The Hang­over) re­vis­its sim­i­lar com­edy ground in this road trip bro­mance. Highly strung fa­therto- be Peter High­man ( Robert Downey Jr) be­comes en­tan­gled with potsmok­ing wannabe ac­tor Ethan ( Zach Galifianakis) as he boards a plane to Los An­ge­les to get home in time for his child’s bir th. When Ethan’s an­tics get both men kicked off the plane and put on a “no fly” list, Peter has no op­tion but to share a car with Ethan and drive across the countr y. Cue all kinds of gags in­volv­ing cor­rupt Mex­i­can bor­der of­fi­cials, an ex­citable dog and mishaps with Ethan’s dead fa­ther’s ashes. A throw­away road trip com­edy that doesn’t quite reach its des­ti­na­tion.

Spi­der- Man

SEVEN, Satur­day, 7pm, PG ( 2002) From the su­perb credit se­quence it’s im­me­di­ately ap­par­ent SpiderMan is a comic- book adap­ta­tion of the high­est or­der. On a field trip, high- school nerd Peter Parker ( Tobey Maguire) is bit­ten by a ge­net­i­cally en­hanced spi­der. Next day, he’s climb­ing the walls, shoot­ing high­t­en­sile web­bing from his wrists and ad­mir­ing his rip­pling physique. Al­ter ego es­tab­lished, he uses his pow­ers to get the girl ( Kirsten Dunst), net the bad­dies and save New York from the evil Green Goblin ( Willem Dafoe). Ap­ply­ing fa­nat­i­cal de­vo­tion to the leg­end, di­rec­tor Sam Raimi does an amaz­ing job of jug­gling char­ac­ter, ac­tion and plot to stamp his comic- book sen­si­bil­i­ties on the stor y.

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

ABC, Sun­day, 11.30pm, M ( 1966) The quin­tes­sen­tial spaghetti western, Ser­gio Leone draws to­gether all the best el­e­ments of the genre into a jour­ney of greed and vi­o­lence. Three gun­slingers, Blondie “The Good” ( Clint East­wood), An­gel Eyes “The Bad” ( Lee Van Cleef) and Tuco “The Ugly” ( Eli Wal­lach), pur­sue a buried trea­sure across the west dur­ing the tur­bu­lent pe­riod of the Civil War. Each holds a piece of the puz­zle to its lo­ca­tion, and their re­la­tion­ship swings be­tween co- op­er­a­tion and deadly op­po­si­tion, mo­ment by mo­ment. Fea­tur­ing a genre- defin­ing score by En­nio Mor­ri­cone and pow­er­ful per­for­mances, this is cer tainly one to stay up for.

Law Abid­ing Citizen

GO!, Mon­day, 9.30pm, AV15+ ( 2009) Ger­ard But­ler ( 300) squares off against Os­car- win­ner Jamie Foxx in this ex­plo­sive re­venge thriller from F. Gary Gray. But­ler plays Clyde Shel­ton, a fam­ily man whose life is torn apar t when his wife and daugh­ter are tor tured and killed dur­ing a grisly break- in. When one of the mur­der­ers gets off with a light sen­tence thanks to dis­trict at­tor­ney Nick Rice ( Foxx), the frus­trated wi­d­ower takes jus­tice into his own hands. Shel­ton tar­gets not only the killer, but the en­tire le­gal sys­tem he be­lieves con­spired to deny jus­tice to his fam­ily. Never more than a few scenes away from a loud ex­plo­sion or grue­some death, this is a testos­terone- charged vengeance flick at its best.

He’s a good ‘ un: Clint East­wood plays Blondie in The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.

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