WEEK IN MOVIES

WITH LEIGH PAATSCH

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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.

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