WEEK IN MOVIES

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Week In Movies - WITH LEIGH PAATSCH

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.

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