WEEK IN MOVIES
WITH LEIGH PAATSCH
SUNDAY DIOR AND I 10PM, ABC ★★★
Top-notch documentary about the inner workings of the legendary Parisian couture house Dior. In 2012, the famously reclusive designer Raf Simons took the reins as creative director, and the film is primarily focused on how he acclimatises to one of the most public jobs in the fashion world. There is also a lot of money at stake, with the biggest customer accounts reaching more than $1 million each season. The way Simons invigorates Dior’s traditional operations with fresh ideas and intuitive leadership comes through strongly at all times.
MONDAY THE 6TH DAY 9.30PM, 9GO! ★★
For exactly 10 years, Arnold Schwarzenegger was the biggest box-office draw in the world. Times change and while The 6th Day is not all that bad a film (painting a vivid picture of a possible future), Arnie gets in the way of this attempt to jump-start a tired formula. Look for Aussie actor Sarah Wynter in the supporting cast.
TUESDAY RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS 6.15PM, FOXTEL DRAMA/ ROMANCE ★★
The incandescently inconsistent Drew Barrymore ages from 15 to 38 in this engaging tale of one woman’s determination to become a published writer. Could have lost at least a half-hour from its hefty running time, but a quality ensemble cast includes the late Brittany Murphy, James Woods, Steve Zahn and Australia’s Adam Garcia.
WEDNESDAY THE BEST OF ME 9PM, NINE ★★
Based on the best-selling sob story by Nicholas Sparks ( The Notebook) this drama will require plenty of tissues. James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan play Dawson and Amanda, long separated by an unnecessary misunderstanding. They used to go out in their teens. Then something bad happened that – deep breaths, everyone – meant they had to part company.
THURSDAY SPOTLIGHT 6.15PM, FOXTEL PREMIERE ★★★★
Deserved winner of the 2016 Best Picture Oscar. Superbly acted and scripted, this powerful factual drama tells the true story of The Boston Globe’s 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning expose of systematic molestation of the young by Catholic priests. Stars Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo.
FRIDAY SIDEWAYS 8.30PM, FOXTEL MASTERPIECE ★★★★★
As a veteran barfly once buzzed at me: “Have one glass of wine, and the truth comes out. Have another, and the lies soon follow.’’ After seeing this truly great comedy-drama Sideways – a film in which the consumption of wine plays a vital role in loosening the tongue and deceiving the mind – I now realise that overly refreshed philosopher was right all along. Leaves you high on life. Stars Paul Giamatti.
SATURDAY MAN OF STEEL 7.10PM, 9GO! ★★★
Hopes were high for Man Of Steel. Just like Batman last decade, Superman was crying out for a makeover to make him matter again. Therefore it was encouraging news to learn that the creative nucleus of the now celebrated Dark Knight trilogy were on board. But refined intentions are eventually overpowered by the rash impulses of director Zack Snyder.
Fashion forward: Designer Raf Simons in DiorandI.