WEEK IN MOVIES

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SUN­DAY

THE HOL­I­DAY 8.30PM, 7FLIX ★★★ A syrupy, star-stud­ded ro­man­tic com­edy from pop­u­lar writer-di­rec­tor Nancy Meyers ( It’s Com­pli­cated). Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet swap ad­dresses in the US and UK for the Christ­mas hol­i­days, and both get great new guys (Jude Law and Jack Black re­spec­tively) as house­warm­ing presents. Not much more than a trans-At­lantic take on the same gloopy mat­ters ad­dressed by Love Ac­tu­ally, but it’s an ef­fec­tive sum­mer date movie, nonethe­less.

MON­DAY

THE BOURNE LEGACY 9PM, SEVEN ★★ No Matt Da­mon? Not re­ally a Bourne movie then. Play­ing a long-lost fugi­tive sta­ble­mate of Ja­son Bourne, Jeremy Ren­ner ( The Hurt Locker) does not de­ploy that em­phatic look-at- me fac­tor needed to quell any right­ful doubts one might have about the movie. The Bourne Legacy in no way hon­ours the Bourne legacy. It is merely an ex­er­cise in brand main­te­nance. Co-stars Rachel Weisz.

TUES­DAY

HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU 8.30PM, FOX­TEL DRAMA/ RO­MANCE ★★★★ Fea­tur­ing a won­der­ful en­sem­ble of fe­male ac­tors – how could any­thing star­ring Jen­nifer Anis­ton, Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, Drew Bar­ry­more and Jen­nifer Con­nolly not work? – a series of in­ter­lock­ing sto­ry­lines is ex­plored at a breezy pace.

WED­NES­DAY

SICARIO 6.25PM, FOX­TEL PRE­MIERE ★★★★ Brace your­self for what is a mi­nor masterpiec­e about one of the ma­jor is­sues of our time: the war on drugs. Di­rec­tor De­nis Vil­leneuve ( Pris­on­ers) takes us to where he be­lieves the height of the fight­ing is cur­rently at its most in­tense. The bat­tle zone is a small cross-sec­tion of the bor­der where Texas meets Mex­ico. Emily Blunt stars as a low-level FBI agent in­vited to join a black ops project whose prime ar­chi­tects (played by Josh Brolin and Beni­cio Del Toro) are work­ing to a rad­i­cal new agenda.

THURS­DAY

ANT-MAN (M) 8.30PM, AC­TION/AD­VEN­TURE ★★★ Both an en­ter­tain­ing and em­i­nently dis­pos­able su­per­hero movie from the dom­i­nant Marvel Stu­dios sta­ble. Paul Rudd makes a good fit for the self­dep­re­cat­ing hu­mour in play, star­ring as a for­mer whitecol­lar crook who must shrink to mi­cro­scopic size to stop a weapon of mass re­duc­tion fall­ing into the wrong hands.

FRI­DAY

ALI SBS, 8.30PM ★★ The movie bi­og­ra­phy of boxer Muham­mad Ali may float like a but­ter­fly but it doesn’t quite sting like a bee. Will Smith’s Os­car-nom­i­nated per­for­mance in the ti­tle role is un­de­ni­ably bril­liant, chan­nelling both the beloved icon’s swag­ger and sen­si­tiv­ity in equal parts, but the fo­cus on a mere 10 years from Ali’s re­mark­able life is too nar­row.

SATUR­DAY

NIGHT AT THE MU­SEUM 8PM, TEN ★★ A be­low-par Ben Stiller stars as a nervy night­watch­man try­ing to rein in the chaos that breaks out in a mu­seum ev­ery evening. Thank­fully, the spe­cial ef­fects used to sim­u­late the static ex­hibits com­ing to life (di­nosaurs, stat­ues and war­riors) are both strong and var­ied enough to pre­vent a to­tally worn-out wel­come.

Drug war: Emily Blunt stars in Sicario.

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