WEEK IN MOVIES

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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.

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