WEEK IN MOVIES
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.