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8.30pm, Gem

M. 2000. Thought­pro­vok­ing time travel ad­ven­ture. Jim Caviezel makes con­tact with his dead fa­ther Dennis Quaid through an old ra­dio set. Able to com­mu­ni­cate with the past only for min­utes at a time, he tries to give him in­struc­tions that will pre­vent his death.

Die Hard with A Vengeance

8.30pm, Ten, Ten SC

M. 1995. Bruce Wil­lis re­turns as New York de­tec­tive John Mc­Clane, this time forced to team with a Sa­muel L. Jack­son as Har­lem iden­tity Zeus to stop a mad bomber who is hold­ing the city to ran­som. Jeremy Irons makes for a creepy bad guy.

Red Hill

9.30pm, Go!

AV. 2010. Aus­tralian west­ern bor­rows el­e­ments from High Noon and Bad

Day at Black Rock among oth­ers, as new deputy Ryan Kwan­ten ar­rives on the job to find a feared Abo­rig­i­nal prison es­capee is on his way to town to ex­act re­venge. And what dark se­crets are top cop Steve Bis­ley and his co­horts hid­ing? Ex­cel­lent pro­duc­tion val­ues marred by too many cliches.

Seven Samu­rai

10.40pm, SBS2

PG. 1954. Seven samu­rai are re­cruited by poor vil­lagers to pro­tect them against ban­dits. Akira Kura­sawa’s epic Ja­panese ac­tion drama features bril­liant set ac­tion pieces, in­clud­ing the dra­matic fi­nal bat­tle, shot in a swirling rain­storm. Ba­sis for the west­ern The Mag­nif­i­cent

Seven and the in­spi­ra­tion for oth­ers. Stun­ning black-and­white pho­tog­ra­phy makes this a mas­ter­piece.

The Swim­mer

11.50pm, ABC1

PG. 1968. Adapted from a tale from US au­thor John Cheever. Burt Lan­caster re­turns to his ru­ral home town and no­tices pools now span the en­tire the val­ley. He sets him­self the mis­sion of jog­ging from pool to pool to swim then all. In­ter­ac­tions at each stop tell his life story.

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