WEEK IN MOVIES
SUNDAY THE WOLF OF WALL STREET 9PM, GO! ★★★★
A morality tale this most certainly is not. An immorality tale? That is more like it. This is the true story of Jordan Belfort (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), the man who put the “broke” in stockbroker. The movie marked a welcome return by legendary director Martin Scorsese to the scorchedearth brand of filmmaking with which he made his name. Co-stars Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie.
MONDAY MY WEEK WITH MARILYN 1PM, NINE ★★★
All that matters about this lightweight look at a thin sliver of the life of Marilyn Monroe is Michelle Williams’ performance as the late, great screen siren. Monroe’s bearing of her beauty (and baring of her body) left little to the imagination. But there was more to the woman than curves, swerves and pouts. So it is with great imagination that Williams reveals the rest of what Monroe was all about. Dougray Scott plays Arthur Miller.
TUESDAY SKYFALL 8.30PM, GO! ★★★★
On the brink of falling apart, this solid Bond reformed the franchise. We lost sight of him in the murky mess of Quantum of Solace (2008), one of the most pedestrian and downright boring movies ever misfired from the 007 cannon. With Skyfall, we can quickly exhale a sigh of relief, then inhale as many deep breaths as possible, for one of the most compelling entries of the 50-year-old series.
WEDNESDAY YOUTH 4.35PM, FOXTEL’S MASTERPIECE ★★★★
Looking for a film that is warm, wise, serenely calming and completely at odds with anything else you have seen this year? Then throw your arms around Youth as soon as you can. And do not let go. Fred Bellinger (Michael Caine), an acclaimed orchestra conductor, is unwilling to share his rare musical gift with the world any longer. So why the silent treatment when it comes to music? Fred has his reasons and will let you in on a very private secret in good time.
THURSDAY MONEY MONSTER 8.30PM, FOXTEL’S PREMIERE ★★
Director Jodie Foster bemoaned the formulaic state of franchise films these days, then offered this: an unshapely, stale hunk of filmed lard about how the stock market keeps sticking it to the little guy. The multi-Oscar-nominated The Big Short addressed the same theme with more humour and intelligence. Stars George Clooney and Julia Roberts.
FRIDAY THE LAKE HOUSE 8.30PM, FOXTEL’S ROMANCE ★★★
Think too hard about The Lake House and you might just blow a brain valve. After all, from whatever angle you assess the construction of this rickety chick flick, it remains a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside a Keanu Reeves/Sandra Bullock movie. Sometimes it’s too much, other times it’s not enough. Nevertheless, it dares you to keep looking, even when you know you shouldn’t.
SATURDAY JERSEY BOYS 8.30PM, 7TWO ★★★
This is the movie of the stage show that has packed out theatres all over the globe during the past decade. Powered by the irresistibly catchy back catalogue of ’60s pop superstars Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys is very much a crowdpleasing jukebox musical. However, this well-crafted screen adaptation is not about to let the hits do all the heavy lifting.
Iconic: Michelle Williams and Dougray Scott in MyWeek withMarilyn.