WEEK IN MOVIES
SUNDAY A SINGLE MAN
8.30PM, FOXTEL’S MASTERPIECE ★★★ Based on the novel by Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man tracks a day in the life of George Falconer (Colin Firth), a gay, middleaged Brit teaching literature at a Los Angeles college in the early 1960s. Such is the despair in which we find George, who recently lost his life partner in a car accident, it could be the last day of his life. Co-stars Julianne Moore. Bleak but beautiful. MONDAY THE OTHER WOMAN 8.30PM, TEN ★★ Revenge comedy about three women wronged by a right jerk of a bloke. The trio (Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton) form an improbable alliance to get square with the predatory pantsman ( Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Be warned: the performances can be all over the shop and the screenplay switches tone from manic to moronic without notice. TUESDAY TRAINWRECK 8.30PM, FOXTEL’S COMEDY ★★★ Amy Schumer quickly made a name pushing a provocative brand of humour that erases boundaries as it crosses them. By comparison, her semi-raunchy movie debut plays it quite safe. Schumer plays a boozy-floozy journo doing a hatchet job on a mildmannered sports medico (Bill Hader), only to discover there is more to life than parties. Watch for a cameo by NBL superstar LeBron James. WEDNESDAY ADAPTATION 10.25PM, SBS VICELAND ★★★★ Adaptation marks the reunion of the two tricksters responsible for the brilliant cult classic Being John Malkovich – director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. Nicolas Cage plays both Kaufman and his imaginary sibling Donald (a less-gifted screenwriter). Co-stars Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper and Maggie Gyllenhaal. THURSDAY SUFFRAGETTE 8.30PM, FOXTEL’S MASTERPIECE ★★★★ This arresting period drama isolates a crucial point in time for an important movement that fought hard to secure the right to vote for British women. Stars Carey Mullgan, Meryl Streep, Helen Bonham Caerter and Anne-Marie Duff. FRIDAY SAVING PRIVATE RYAN 8.30PM, SBS ★★★★★ Tom Hanks stars as an everyman who leads a select group of soldiers on a mission to recover the surviving son of Mrs Ryan of Iowa. The first 30 minutes recreates the landing of US troops on Omaha Beach during the Normandy invasion of 1944. See this sequence once and you’ll never forget it. One of the defining cinematic works of our time. SATURDAY KINKY BOOTS 7PM, NINE ★★ Before you see the musical, see the film. Think The Full Monty, Calendar Girls and Billy Elliot. The story concerns black drag queen Lola (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who sashays to the rescue of an ailing shoe factory, led by boss bootman Charlie Price (a low-key Joel Edgerton).
Colin Firth and Julianne Moore star in ASingleMan.