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Movie of the Week 8.30pm, ABC2

M. 1955. Charles Laughton’s sole di­rec­to­rial con­tri­bu­tion was this chill­ing, night­mar­ish tale of two chil­dren be­ing pur­sued by psy­cho­pathic preacher Robert Mitchum, who has killed their mother. He coaxes a stun­ning per­for­mance from Mitchum in this mas­ter­piece. Also stars Shel­ley Win­ters. 8.45pm, Seven, Prime7

M. 2009. Flat tyre en­try in the F&F fran­chise with Vin Diesel, the un­der­ground racer, and Paul Walker, the mus­cle car-fan­cy­ing FBI agent, join­ing forces to bring down a drug smug­gler. Af­ter a smash open­ing, the plot goes into neu­tral, in need of dra­matic hot wiring. Diesel is largely wasted and the story is as au­then­tic as the in­evitable video game. 9.15pm, SBS ONE

M. 2007. Sis­ter Ni­cole Kid­man ar­rives at the fam­ily home for Jen­nifer Ja­son Leigh’s mar­riage, bring­ing with her in­sults and gra­tu­itous crit­i­cisms for all and sundry, in­clud­ing her own son. Words are weapons in this film and it plays like a war movie with Kid­man in the Sch­warzen­neger role. These are not like­able peo­ple, but try tak­ing your eyes off them. 10pm, ABC2

PG. 1956. Humphrey Bog­art’s last film and it’s a beaut! He’s to­tally be­liev­able as a hard-bit­ten box­ing writer, down on his luck, who’s hired by crooked syn­di­cate boss Rod Steiger to pro­mote a new fighter. The de­vi­ous wheel­ing and deal­ing be­comes too much and he aims to bust the syn­di­cate. One of Bo­gie’s best.

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