The Men Who Stare At Goats 4pm, Showtime Premiere ★★★ M. 2009. Quirky factbased comedy starring Ewan Mcgregor and George Clooney reveals astonishing facts about the unconventional methods used by a top-secret wing of the US military during combat. Farcical glimpse of men at war. Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey. Elizabeth: The Golden Age 8.40pm, 7TWO ★★ M. 2007. Visually glamorous, if historically shaky, tale of Queen Liz (Cate Blanchett) at the time of the Spanish Armada and her apparent romance with Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen). Indian director Shekhar Kapur mixes up the facts in romance-novel fashion to give us bodiceripping, heavy-breathing history. Watch it from this viewpoint and you’ll enjoy it. Geoffrey Rush. Under Siege 2 9.30pm, Go! ★★ AV. 1995. Holidaying on a long-distance train, Steven Seagal lands in the centre of another terrorist attack, this one aiming to hijack the weapons system of a satellite. Within the allotted 100 minutes Seagal makes them regret they didn’t try Fort Knox instead and ruin someone else’s holiday. Lacks the verve of the original. Tampopo 10.30pm, SBS TWO ★★★ M. 1985. Rollicking Japanese send-up of spaghetti westerns with a truck driver coming to the aid of a young woman running a noodle shop who is threatened by gangsters. There are too many subplots to go into but it’s great fun and directed with flair by Juzo Itami.
Ron Perlman, Charlie Hunnam and Mark Boone star in FTER an Ireland tangent last season, Sons of Anarchy returns to form in its fourth-season premiere, with the action set squarely back in the motorcycle club’s hometown of Charming, California.
Even better, the show’s wannabe hero, Jax (Charlie Hunnam), is fighting again, putting forth a plan to get out of his current situation.
It’s a welcome turn from last season’s kidnapped-baby plot in which Jax reacted rather than plotted his own course.
‘‘I think you were put into my life to get me out,’’ Jax tells Tara (Maggie Siff).
‘‘The bond that holds the club together is not brotherhood; it’s just fear and greed now.’’
The new season picks up 14 months after the third season ended as members of Sons of Anarchy emerge from prison to find Charming Heights under construction and a new sheriff in town while former police chief Wayne Unser (Dayton Callie) is in sad shape.
Written by series creator Kurt Sutter, the season premiere resets the story in a way that should be satisfying to long-time fans while introducing a new, wily adversary for the club in the form of a motorcycle-riding assistant US attorney.
Sons of Anarchy. Season 4: Mondays, 8.30pm, Showcase.
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