WEEK IN MOVIES
WITH LEIGH PAATSCH INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
7MATE, 9PM ★★★★
The facts surrounding the German occupation of France during World War II get pulped into fiction by maverick filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. The story centres on a team of JewishAmerican commandos who become involved in a bizarre attempt to assassinate Hitler in a Paris cinema. Tarantino’s trademarked, highly stylised use of blood, guts and violence still burst to the fore on occasion. However, there is no escaping that Inglourious Basterds prefers yakety-yak to all-out attack. This blockbuster 150-minute production is Tarantino just shy of his very best: irreverent, irrational and irresistibly entertaining. Stars Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Diane Kruger.
plays an expat American student in Taiwan who has been commandeered as a drug mule by local traffickers. After the accidental intake of a dangerous new substance, Lucy’s brain capacity starts expanding at an exponential rate. The power unleashed by this ever-opening mind can manifest itself in ways which must be seen to be believed. And just as often, not believed.
A few elves. Many orcs. And a standing invitation to lie back and take a quick nap whenever you like. Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) and dwarf warrior Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) are still on a slow and scenic mission to reclaim the lost land of Erebor. The roadblock up ahead in this movie will be found at Lonely Mountain, where a vicious dragon named Smaug (voiced with a venom both sinister and sarcastic by Benedict Cumberbatch) resides.
On the hunt: Eli Roth and Brad Pitt star in maverick filmmaker Quentin Tarantino’s InglouriousBasterds.