What to Watch: The Iris’ Weekly TV Picks (9th – 11th March 2015)

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Monday 9th March 2015

Winter’s Bone – SBS 2 – 10:15pm AEST

Revisit Jennifer Lawrence’s career-making performance in Winter’s Bone. Lawrence stars as an Ozark Mountain girl who rebels against the local code of conduct to track down her drug-dealing father in an effort to keep her family from homelessness. Lawrence is steely and daring in her role, carrying the gripping drama of this unique film.

 

Tuesday 10th March 2015

Reinventing the Royals – ABC – 8:34pm AEST

The final instalment of this two-part documentary explores the relationship between Prince William, Prince Harry and the media. It offers a particularly chilling look at the endless press attention they receive, especially the hounding of Kate, as she took her first steps into the royal family.

Precious – NITV – 9:00pm AEST

Lee Daniels’ challenging and confronting film is based on the novel Push by Sapphire. Precious (Gabourey Sidibe) is a struggling teen in Harlem, pregnant for the second time and suffering abuse from her mother. The film follows her efforts to better her life and get an education. Sidibe plays Precious with heart and soul, while Paula Patton and Mariah Carey offer strong supporting performances. Mo’Nique also puts in a fearsome turn as Precious’ abusive mother.

 

Wednesday 11th March 2015

Skyfall – GO! – 8:30 pm AEST

Whether or not you are a James Bond fan, with Sam Mendes at the helm of Skyfall and Daniel Craig imbuing Bond with gritty realism, this film transcends the franchise while preserving its best elements. Bond’s loyalty to M (the always wonderful Judi Dench) is tested as MI6 comes under attack. It is up to Bond to destroy the threat. Within this archetypal Bond narrative, Mendes brings out the dark and personal elements in the story to great effect.

The Lincoln Lawyer – Ch. 9 – 9:45pm AEST

A legal thriller that is intelligent and witty; Matthew McConaughey stars as defence attorney Mickey Haller who works out of the back of his car. However, when rich client (Ryan Phillippe) pays for his services, Haller becomes dragged into a twisted plot that he’ll need to untangle himself from. McConaughey is as charismatic as ever, exuding confidence in every scene.