HDTV Movie Premieres: July 24-30
Stuck on You: Sky Movies Greats, 8.30pm Saturday.
Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear star in this Farrelly Brothers comedy about conjoined twins who share a liver but not the same personalities or dreams: one’s shy and anxious, the other’s an outgoing, aspiring actor looking to make it big in Hollywood. Funny sight gags and a goofy charm make Stuck on You worth sticking with. (2003)
Knowing is worth viewing more for its sensational HD strengths than its fusion of science, spiritualism and philosophy. It stars Nicolas Cage as a sad-sack scientist who unlocks a 50-year-old code that has correctly forecast a half-century of disasters – and still has one to go that could seal the fate of mankind. This spooky doomsday thriller combines spectacular special effects with thought-provoking ideas about the nature of the Universe and randomness vs determinism but, like its numerology narrative, doesn’t add up. Damages’ Rose Byrne co-stars. (2009)
Laws of Attraction: Sky Movies Greats, 8.30pm Sunday.
Sliding Doors’ Peter Howitt directs Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore as dueling Big Apple divorce lawyers in love in a modern spin on Adam’s Rib that amuses but doesn’t raise the bar on romantic comedies. Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses) wrote the screenplay. (2004)
A Little Thing Called Murder: TV3, 10.55pm Sunday.
“This is not great art, but it’s great fun.” So observed the New York Times of this made-for-TV dramatisation of how a mother and son, Sante and Kenny Kimes, criss-crossed the United States on a killing spree. Judy Davis and Jonathan Jackson star. (2006)
Director Doug Liman’s post-Bourne Identity descent from the giddy genius of Swingers, which bows on Blu-ray in September, and Go to the hollow, high-concept heroics of Mr & Mrs Smith accelerates with this stinker of a sci-fi thriller. Shattered Glass’ Hayden Christensen plays a “jumper” who, inexplicably, can teleport himself to anywhere in the world while eluding globe-hopping assassin Samuel L Jackson. Jamie Bell co-stars. (2008)
I Heart Huckabees: Sky Movies Greats, 8.30pm Monday.
Jason Schwartzman (The Darjeeling Limited) stars in this offbeat comedy from director David O Russell (Three Kings) about a soul-searching doorman who turns to a detective agency to help solve the mysteries of his universe. Isabelle Huppert, Dustin Hoffman, Lily Tomlin, Jude Law, Mark Wahlberg and Naomi Watts co-star. (2004)
Miss March: Sky Movies, 8.30pm Tuesday.
Quipped The Hollywood Reporter, in unison with every other review of this teen sex comedy about a dude who awakes from a four-year coma to find the virginal girl of his dreams is now a Playboy centerfold: “The worst sex cartoon in Playboy’s long history can’t compete with the sheer vacuousness of this inane comedy.” (2009)