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Movie of the Week 8.30pm, Ten, Ten SC

M. 2009. James Cameron’s outer space block­buster hits the small screen but, with­out the 3D. Crip­pled ma­rine Sam Wor­thing­ton jour­neys to a dis­tant planet where his mind is trans­ferred into the able body of an alien life form to help Earth con­quer the aliens. Bril­liant spe­cial ef­fects make for a sci-fi mas­ter­piece. 8.30pm, One

M. 2002. Ter­rific sus­pense thriller in which a traf­fic ac­ci­dent sends the lives of hot­shot lawyer Ben Af­fleck and fam­ily man Sa­muel L. Jack­son spi­ralling out of con­trol. Good char­ac­ter­i­sa­tions by the leads show how a sim­ple twist of fate can lead to bad judg­ment and, even­tu­ally amoral acts. Guar­an­teed to make you drive more safely. 9.20pm, SBS ONE

M. 2007. Life was tough for leg­endary French chanteuse Edith Piaf. Grim, un­re­lent­ing biopic cov­ers her ne­glected child­hood, work­ing in a cir­cus, grow­ing up in a brothel, singing for pen­nies, not to men­tion booze, drugs and bad lovers. Mar­ion Cotil­lard de­liv­ers a great Os­car-win­ning per­for­mance. 9.30pm, 7MATE

MA. 2008. Seann Wil­liam Scott and Paul Rudd are placed on good be­hav­iour bonds that in­volve men­tor­ing young kids. Why any­one thinks it’s a good idea to ex­pose kids to these dudes doesn’t bear think­ing about. Suf­fice to say the kids – one a nerd, the other a street kid – do the teach­ing. Typ­i­cal guy com­edy with jokes. T’S a blind au­di­tion be­ing staged for Chan­nel 9’s new TV tal­ent show The Voice and it’s far from the train wreck seen at many TV tal­ent quests.

None have a voice so bad you feel em­bar­rassed for them. Ev­ery one knows they have tal­ent.

All can sing – and there’s a rea­son for that. They are cho­sen to au­di­tion for the se­ries and re­ceive an of­fi­cial in­vi­ta­tion. Most are pro­fes­sional singers. The four coaches – Keith Ur­ban, Seal, Joel Mad­den and Delta Goodrem – each get to pick 12 con­tes­tants they will ad­vise.

All of the coaches sit and lis­ten to a per­for­mance with their backs to the con­tes­tant. How­ever, they can see the au­di­ence and their re­ac­tion.

Be­cause of that, au­di­ence mem­bers are told to ap­plaud, stand and gen­er­ally ex­press their ap­proval loudly.

Per­haps be­cause the tal­ent level is high the coaches are also nicer than on some other tal­ent show au­di­tions. Singer Re­becca Jensen doesn’t get picked by the judges though all say she did a great job.

The same thing hap­pens with the sec­ond con­tes­tant Shauna Jensen, who gets hugs from Delta and Ur­ban when she ex­plains Re­becca is her daugh­ter.

‘‘I just didn’t know what I could do with your voice,’’ Mad­den ex­plains why he had to pass.

Next con­tes­tant Kelsie Rim­mer, a 20-year-old singer with a gui­tar, from the Sun­shine Coast, per­forms Teenaged Dream. The au­di­ence is ob­vi­ously en­gaged with her emo­tive voice.

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