NEW IN CINEMAS THIS WEEK
The Combination Redemption - sequel to The Combination (2009). An Australian-Lebanese man, haunted by the death of his brother, is embroiled in tensions between local gangs and white supremacists.
On the Basis of Sex – legal-eagle Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s struggles for equal rights.
Capernaum – a Lebanese boy, imprisoned for a violent crime, sues his parents.
Maria by Callas (2017) – French doco about the opera singer.
Escape Room – Six strangers trapped in a deadly maze of rooms, etc
Cold Pursuit –Snowplough driver, Liam Neeson, seeks to avenge his son’s death.
Crazy Alien –Sci-fi Comedy: when a monkey trainer’s monkey is injured, he trains an alien – with hilarious consequences (apparently)
Pegasus – a former running champion tries to make a comeback.
ON THE TELLY
Fox Classics 12.30pm Monday & 11.45 am Tuesday: another chance to see the 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, in which a white lawyer (Gregory Peck) in a small Southern town, defends a black man (Brock Peters) who’s been accused of rape.
Fox Classics 8.30pm Monday: On the Waterfront (1954) Marlon Brando plays Terry Malloy, ex-boxer, now longshoreman, rebels against vicious union boss, Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb). Also starring Eve Marie Saint; Rod Steiger and Karl Malden. Script, Bud Schulberg; direction, Elia Kazan; photography Boris Kaufman; score, Leonard Bernstein.
Fox Classics 10am Tuesday & 11.45am Wednesday: His Girl Friday (1940) rapid-fire, black farce, in which newspaper editor Cary Grant, tries to woo back ace reporter, Rosalind Russell, to cover a murder case. All concerned at the top of their form.
Fox Classics 8.30pm Tuesday: The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) Epic, heroic WW2 saga set amongst British POWs in Japanese occupied Burma. Starring Alec Guinness and William Holden. Director David Lean displays his extraordinary devotion to detail.
Fox Classics10.30pm Wednesday & 1.45pm Thursday: Peter Weir’s thriller, Witness (2006), set amongst the Amish of Pennsylvania, is shot by John Seale, and stars Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis. The only drawback is Maurice Jarre’s score, but you could probably watch the movie mute; Weir’s storytelling is so cinematic.