Mr flicks

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The In­va­sion 9.30pm, Go! ★★★ M. 2007. Jour­ney­man ver­sion of The In­va­sion of the Body Snatch­ers is no match for the orig­i­nal, but still makes you shiver at the prospect of aliens tak­ing over the hu­man race. Psy­chi­a­trist Ni­cole Kid­man and pal Daniel Craig wake up to the plot as their friends drift into zom­bielike states. The fate of the world rests on their shoul­ders. Still a great yarn. The Prom­ise 9.30pm, SBS TWO ★★ M. 2006. Hy­per­ac­tive mar­tial arts mish­mash about a princess in­ca­pable of love, fly­ing fairies, grav­ity-de­fy­ing fight­ers and huge set-piece bat­tle se­quences. An un­holy cou­pling of Chi­nese cinema and video games, it de­fies ra­tio­nal nar­ra­tive but ev­ery cent of the $44 mil­lion bud­get can be seen on screen. Big, bold and brash. Casino 9.40pm, Show­time Drama ★★★ MA. 1995. Martin Scors­ese di­rects Robert De Niro as a suc­cess­ful Las Ve­gas casino owner. Now if only he could rein in his giddy wife Sharon Stone and mate Joe Pesci. Epic about money, sex and brute force is a grandly con­ceived study of what hap­pens when good­fel­las from the mean streets out­strip their wildest dreams. Hit the Road 11.05pm, SBS ONE ★ M. 2008. Mar­i­ana Loureiro, pur­sued by creeps, meets wheelchair­bound Fele Martinez, on his own quest to re­cover some stolen prop­erty. They take off in his ute and el­e­vate the art of bick­er­ing to a new level. Brazil­ian road movie suf­fers from dizzy­ing cin­e­matic tics and two of the least lik­able char­ac­ters on film.

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