FRIDAY AUGUST 29
Sibling Rivalry (Comedy), MGM, 9 pm
Cast: Kirstie Alley, Bill Pullman, Carrie Fisher
Frustrated wife Marjorie Turner (Kirstie Alley) tired of her husband of 10 years and his stuck-up relatives, takes her sister’s advice to indulge in a fling. All seems to be going to plan when she allows herself to be picked up in a grocery store by an unknown man, and taken back to his hotel room. Things get complicated when her new lover dies during their sexual encounter. Carrie Fisher, who has a supporting role in the film, is best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars Trilogy.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Action),
Movies Now, 10.50 pm
Cast: Hugh Jackman,
Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds
The fourth instalment in the X-Men series takes us back to Wolverine’s childhood. James—the boy who become Wolverine—witnesses his father’s murder. The shock triggers his mutation and he kills his father’s murderer, but not before finding out that the killer is his real father. He escapes with the killer’s son Victor, his half-brother. The two join Team X, a team of mutants, but trouble comes when James wants to leave. Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber performed many of their own stunt scenes in this film.
Trust The Man (Romance / Comedy), Romedy Now, 2.10 pm
Cast: David Duchovny, Julian Moore, Billy Crudup, Maggie Gyllenhaal
The story revolves around Tom (David Duchovny) and Rebecca (Julian Moore), who are having troubles with their marriage. Rebecca is an actress, whose career has forced her husband to give up his lucrative job in advertising to be there for their daughter. With close to no intimacy between the two, Tom turns to pornography and other women, while Rebecca is toying with the idea of sleeping with her younger co-star. Director-writer Bart Freundlich is married to Moore, and some think that aspects of the film are modelled on their relationship.
Animal Kingdom (Crime / Drama),
Z Studio, 4.50 pm
Cast: Ben Mendelsohn,
Joel Edgerton, Guy Pearce
Joshua ‘J’ Cody (James Frecheville) is forced to move in with his grandmother, after his mother dies of a heroin overdose. The matriarch of a Melbourne crime family, his grandmother Janine Smurf Cody’s (Jacki Weaver) house is used as a base for a host of illegal activities including drugs and arms dealings. The 17-year-old soon finds himself in a web of crime, with his family seeing him as a potential threat to their
safety. The film is loosely based on Melbourne’s Pettingill family.
SATURDAY AUGUST 30
Citizen Kane (Drama), TCM, 11.45 am
Cast: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore
This classic American drama revolves around the life and legacy of Charles Foster Kane, a millionaire newspaper tycoon played by Orson Welles. Following his death, a reporter attempts to decipher his mysterious last word, ‘rosebud’. As his investigations delve deeper, Kane’s fascinating rise to the top of the publishing world is laid bare. The film was nominated for Academy Awards in nine categories when it was released in 1941, and is considered by many critics to be one of the greatest films ever made.
Ultra Violet (Sci-fi / Action),
Star Movies Action, 4.30 pm
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Cameron Bright, Nick Chinlund,
It’s 2078 and a global epidemic seems to have taken over the world, infecting humans with a virus that causes vampire-like symptoms that include superhuman strength and long canines. A medical militant group has taken control of the government and is exterminating affected humans to help control the virus. But Violet Song Jat Shariff (Milla Jovovich) has made it her mission to find a cure for the virus. Jovovich claimed she was not part of the discussions in the editing stages, and was not allowed to see her own performance, which might have been better if she had had a say.
HBO Broken City Defined, 11.30 pm
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright
When cop Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) kills Mikey Tavarez, the murderer and rapist of 16-year-old Yessenia Barea, mayor Nicholos Hostetler (Russell Crowe) lets him walk free. Seven years later, Taggart’s detective agency is struggling to stay afloat. So when he is asked by Hostetler to spy on his wife, Cathleen (Catherine Zeta-Jones), he takes up the offer. Little does