WEEK IN MOVIES
SUNDAY TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 5.30PM, 9GO! ★★
You remember the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, right? They were everywhere as the 1980s became the ’90s. There were the toys, the TV shows, the movies and yes, the cheese-injected pizzas. Now they are back. Most fight sequences are well-staged, if over-edited. The physical representation of the turtles – achieved via motion-capture, as is becoming the norm these days – also impresses.
MONDAY A ROYAL NIGHT OUT 1PM, ABC ★★
Let’s meet the Windsor girls of the ferociously fluffy light comedy that is A Royal Night Out, shall we? Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon), aka Lilibet, is the elder at 19. Then there’s Margaret (Bel Powley), aka Mags. She’s 14, going on 49. Tonight, this pair of princesses are gonna party like it’s 1945. Overall, it’s as charming and disposable as you allow it to be.
TUESDAY MAO’S LAST DANCER 6.30PM, MASTERPIECE ★★
Based on the best-selling 2003 autobiography by Chinese-born ballet star Li Cunxin, Mao’s Last Dancer follows Cunxin’s amazing life journey, as he leaves his remote village home to learn ballet at China’s most prestigious dance academy. His meteoric rise to prominence as a principal dancer with the Houston Ballet is handled through tremendous dance scenes.
WEDNESDAY FACE/OFF 8.30PM, 7FLIX ★★★★★
Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) has rigged up a bomb that will blow Los Angeles off the face of the earth. Before he can even tape a ransom message, he is rendered a vegetable during an explosive capture operation at an airport. This mission is led by crack FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta). What follows is an exhilarating high jinks of thrills and spills with remarkable acting by Cage and Travolta. Astounding.
THURSDAY MOONRISE KINGDOM 9.35PM, SBS ★★★★
It’s 1965 on a remote US island known as New Penzance. Two 12-year-olds have run away together. One search party is led by a bumbling scout leader (Edward Norton). Another acts on the say-so of the only cop on duty (Bruce Willis). This rather absurd chase scenario is not to be taken lightly. A unique delight from director Wes Anderson.
FRIDAY DESPICABLE ME 2 6.30PM, 7FLIX ★★★
Cartoon hit Despicable Me delighted audiences of all ages. This same playful, naughty-but-nice humour returns for Despicable Me 2. Once a supervillain, Gru is now a soft-hearted single dad. He’s on a mission to find the new baddie in town who is turning his hilarious yellow helpers, known as Minions, into frightening purple people-eaters. The pacing and vocal performances are sharp and the visuals are as eye-popping as before.
SATURDAY THE DRESSMAKER 4.35PM, MASTERPIECE ★★★★
Seductive fashion is a destructive weapon in a proudly unconventional, yet very entertaining, Australian film set in the 1950s. Kate Winslet and a strong local ensemble cast work wonders with a defiantly odd story of a seamstress whose beautiful designer outfits take down an ugly town. Based on the 2000 novel by Rosalie Ham.
Turtle power: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.