A sweet and silly treat

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Made­line 5.20pm, TVNZ2 Frances McDor­mand and Nigel Hawthorne team up for this 1998 adap­ta­tion of the much-loved chil­dren’s books by Lud­wig Bemel­mans. ‘‘This is not one of those chil­dren’s movies that de­pend on noise and ac­tion to keep the at­ten­tion of the au­di­ence. The movie has some of the same deco­rum and un­der­stated hu­mour as the books,’’ wrote Chicago Sun Times’ Roger Ebert. The Artist 8.30pm, Ma¯ori TV It’s easy to see why this near­si­lent French/Bel­gian co­pro­duc­tion was the toast of Hol­ly­wood in 2012. Shot in the US, it is es­sen­tially a love let­ter to old­school Amer­i­can film­mak­ing and the Euro­pean direc­tors who headed to La La Land to make their mark in those days. An artis­tic tri­umph, this film is cin­e­matic gold. ‘‘ The Artist en­cap­su­lates ev­ery­thing we go to movies for: ac­tion, laughs, tears and a chance to get lost in an­other world. It just might leave you speech­less,’’ wrote Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers. The Mon­u­ments Men 9.20pm, Three Ge­orge Clooney co-wrote, di­rected and stars in this 2014 pe­riod drama about an un­likely World War II pla­toon tasked to res­cue art master­pieces from Nazi thieves and re­turn them to their own­ers. ‘‘This is a solid, al­beit slow-build­ing film with few dull mo­ments,’’ wrote Chicago SunTimes’ Richard Roeper. Padding­ton 7.30pm, Prime Michael Bond had ev­ery rea­son to be fear­ful.

Garfield, Doo­gal and The Smurfs are all beloved chil­dren’s char­ac­ters whose stand­ings were sul­lied by a brush with the big screen.

So the thought of a mod­ern CGI-in­fused up­date of his more than 50-year-old mar­maladead­dicted bear from dark­est Peru must have given the au­thor con­nip­tions – espe­cially when first-choice vo­caliser Colin Firth pulled out, cit­ing an in­com­pat­i­bil­ity with the char­ac­ter.

How­ever, the end re­sult is a sen­si­tive, sweet and supremely silly 2014 film that will de­light au­di­ences of all ages.

Direc­tor Paul King (TV’s The Mighty Boosh) has clearly been at pains to look af­ter Bond’s bear and from his lush, plush looks (a mix­ture of an­i­ma­tron­ics and pix­els) to the gen­tle, wist­ful tones of Ben Whishaw, Padding­ton has All-Star Fam­ily Feud 7.30pm, Three The Jono& Ben crew are out for re­venge on this spe­cial re­match episode. The dy­namic duo will be joined by Laura been brought to life in a way that is likely to en­dear him to a whole new gen­er­a­tion of fans.

In­ven­tive and in­tel­li­gent, Padding­ton seam­lessly com­bines mod­ern tech­nol­ogy with old­school sto­ry­telling, mak­ing clever use of sound ef­fects and beau­ti­fully ex­e­cuted slap­stick set pieces and a stel­lar cast that in­cludes Hugh Bon­neville, Sally Hawkins, Peter Ca­paldi, Julie Wal­ters, Ni­cole Kidman and Jim Broad­bent.

A se­quel will be re­leased in De­cem­ber. – James Croot The Bank Job 8.30pm, Three In­spired by a real-life rob­bery in Septem­ber 1971, this en­gag­ing 2008 crime drama, star­ring Ja­son Statham, was penned by vet­eran writ­ing team Dick Cle­ment and Ian La Fre­nais ( Auf Wieder­sehn, Pet). Filled with crooked cops, up­per-class madams and as­sorted shady char­ac­ters with crazy names, it re­minds one of Guy Ritchie’s early ‘‘good’’ movies.

Ben Wishaw pro­vides the voice of Padding­ton in the charm­ing 2014 movie, di­rected by Paul King.

The Artist won the Os­car for best pic­ture in 2012.

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