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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.

Sons of An­ar­chy

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