WEEK IN MOVIES
SUNDAY GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK 8.30PM, FOXTEL’S MASTERPIECE ★★★★
The balanced reporting of genuine current affairs and the balance sheets of commercial television parted company many decades ago. Good Night and Good Luck laments the painful end of this uncomfortable relationship and celebrates the miracle of the two ever knowing each other at all.
MONDAY THE QUEEN 8.30PM, FOXTEL’S MASTERPIECE ★★★★
An entertaining and disarmingly insightful look at the events of early September 1997 in the UK. As the nation mourns the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II (played by Helen Mirren) refuses to budge from her Scottish retreat and acknowledge the public’s grief, leaving new PM Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) to apply his powers of persuasion to end the stand-off between ruler and subjects.
TUESDAY WE’RE THE MILLERS 9.45PM, NINE ★★
There are just enough laughs to be had to give this sketchy, smutty comedy the benefit of the doubt. While definitely not leading-man material in any sense, Jason Sudeikis has a comedic cunning that serves him and this movie well enough, but his co-star Jennifer Aniston finds the going tougher.
WEDNESDAY PACIFIC RIM 8.30PM, 9GO! ★★★
Pacific Rim isn’t shy about laying on an all-you-can-eat buffet of creature-versus machine smackdowns, so get set to gorge. All that matters are those many moments when the Jaegers (robots) and the Kaiju (monsters) embark upon one tectonic skirmish after another.
THURSDAY EDDIE THE EAGLE 1.40PM, FOXTEL’S PREMIERE ★★★
A heart-warming tale loosely based on Great Britain’s first Olympic ski jumper. This is pleasant enough but could have been better if the makers had stuck to Eddie’s incredible true story, instead of making up half the stuff. Even so, it’s an inspiring, often amusing story of the underdog not exactly winning, but at least taking part. Stars Taron Edgerton and Hugh Jackman.
FRIDAY THE LONGEST RIDE 8.30PM, ELEVEN ★★
The golden rule in author Nicholas Sparks’ gilt-edged formula for success is to frame events around a young couple making all the wrong choices in all the right ways. In what could be construed as an absolute bargain in some circles, The Longest Ride serves up two panting pairings for the price of one, including leads Sophia (Britt Robertson) and Luke (Scott “Son of Clint” Eastwood).
SATURDAY BROOKLYN 8.30PM, FOXTEL’S MASTERPIECE ★★★★
A rare, feel-good romantic drama that finds something fresh in the most familiar places. Due to dire job prospects in her home village in Ireland, Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) must cross the seas in a crowded passenger liner and step onto the streets of 1950s New York. A movingly memorable adaptation by Nick Hornby of Colm Toibin’s acclaimed 2009 novel.
Mesmerising: Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in TheQueen.