tele­vi­sion: What to watch on the box in 2012..............

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5.40pm, Show­time Pre­miere ★★ MA. 2008. In this para­ble of Amer­i­can dreams and delu­sions, three would-be en­trepreneurs try to in­vent a rocket belt. Re­crim­i­na­tions, re­tal­i­a­tions, a kid­nap­ping and mur­der fol­low. Billy Crudup, Paul Gia­matti, De­nis O’hare and Kris­ten Wiig give solid per­for­mances in this sharp satire by writer/di­rec­tor Paul Sch­nei­der. 7.30pm, Go! ★★ PG. 2003. Paris Hil­ton­style spoilt brat Brit­tany Mur­phy nan­nies hard­case kid Dakota Fan­ning. The pair dis­like each other on sight, trad­ing in­sults, but even­tu­ally help each other achieve some sort of nor­mal­ity. Dodgy com­edy slums in im­pov­er­ished dra­matic ter­ri­tory. 8.30pm, Nine, NBN ★★★ M. 1992. Marines on trial for killing a fel­low sol­dier are de­fended by Tom Cruise and Demi Moore, who take on the en­tire chain of com­mand for con­don­ing such things. Pow­er­ful story and strong per­for­mances from all (par­tic­u­larly Jack Nicholson as a vi­cious of­fi­cer) are let down by a laugh­able court­room fi­nale. 9.30pm, Go! ★★ MA. 2005. Af­ter watch­ing this ragged, slap­dash but rather funny com­edy you may never eat fast food again. Ryan Reynolds and his co-stars are food ser­vice peo­ple in a diner that gives short shrift to hy­giene, cus­tomer ser­vice and ac­cept­able man­ners. More a set of sketches than a story, it re­veals more about what you eat when you go out than you want to know.

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