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