WEEK IN MOVIES

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - When in Movies - WITH LEIGH PAATSCH

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.

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