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8.30pm, Eleven

M. 2008. What a bummer. In the mid­dle of a cool party, be­ing videoed by one of the char­ac­ters, a gi­ant mon­ster ar­rives to de­stroy Man­hat­tan. The video keeps rolling to record this as the mil­i­tary tries to kill them and peo­ple run for their lives. Not that great but di­rec­tor JJ Abrams knows his au­di­ence and serves up young, male fare with aplomb. Jes­sica Lu­cas. 9.25pm, SBS ONE

M. 2008. Like­able French drama adds a cold dash of re­al­ity to feel-good films about in­spi­ra­tional teach­ers. Teach­ing a class of poor, work­ing-class kids Fran­cois Be­gaudeau is un­doubt­edly tal­ented, but it takes more than tal­ent to teach these kids. There are some tri­umphs and dis­ap­point­ments and days when it’s just a hard grind. Agame Malembo-emene. 9.30pm, One

M. 2008. Is for­mer Spe­cial Forces war­rior Don Chea­dle, a Mus­lim and some­thing of a loose canon, also a mem­ber of a ter­ror­ist group? It sure looks that way. CIA agent Guy Pearce hunts him down. Slick, down­beat thriller keeps us guess­ing as to Chea­dle’s true mo­tives.

Movie of the Week 11.10pm, ABC1

M. 1974. In­volv­ing down­beat movie about alien­ation fol­lows an in­tro­verted sur­veil­lance ex­pert Gene Hack­man as he goes about his work – his only link to other peo­ple in­volves eaves­drop­ping on their con­ver­sa­tions. Con­sid­ered Fran­cis Ford Cop­pola’s best movie with a stun­ning per­for­mance from Hack­man.

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