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The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Week In Movies - SU­PER 8 ELEVEN, 8.30PM

Writer-di­rec­tor J.J. Abrams ( has taken the mod­ern creature-fea­ture (a genre he ear­lier med­dled with as the pro­ducer of Clover­field) and clev­erly blended it with fam­i­lyfriendly ad­ven­ture of a very spe­cific vin­tage. If films such as Stand By Me, Grem­lins and E.T. were part of your youth, you will be sure to ap­pre­ci­ate what is go­ing down in Su­per 8. The year is 1979. In a small steel town, a group of young friends film­ing a no-bud­get movie wit­ness a train crash. A strange, in­de­scrib­able cargo strewn among the wreck­age threat­ens the sur­vival of one and all. Abrams takes his time go­ing for his “big re­veal”, fo­cus­ing in­stead on the warmth he finds amid his en­dear­ing teen pro­tag­o­nists. Stars Elle Fan­ning and Joel Court­ney. the ring. The film tells the true story of the in­ter­sect­ing ca­reers of half-brothers who em­body very dif­fer­ent brands of boxer. Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) is care­fully guard­ing a store of po­ten­tial that could take him all the way to the top. Dicky Ek­lund (Christian Bale) blew all the po­ten­tial he had on an ad­dic­tion to crack co­caine. The Fighter may trace a fa­mil­iar sto­ry­telling arc, but it steers clear of many cliches. is par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive. If you are not punch­ing the air at the sight of the A-Team­ers op­er­at­ing an ar­tillery tank while it plum­mets from a launch point just out­side the planet’s at­mos­phere, you are just too hard to please. Stars Liam Nee­son, Bradley Cooper. project could eas­ily have been A Few Good Nazis. This per­fectly ac­cept­able World War II thriller – telling the true story of an as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt on Hitler in 1944 – fea­tures an ef­fec­tive per­for­mance from its lead­ing man. Cruise plays Colonel Claus von Stauf­fen­berg, a maimed mil­i­tary of­fi­cer who be­comes both an en­light­ened ar­chi­tect and a re­luc­tant linch­pin of a plan to bomb Hitler’s com­pound.

Out­back epic: Ni­cole Kid­man and Hugh Jack­man star in di­rec­tor Baz Luhrmann’s

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