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SUN­DAY ARTHUR CHRIST­MAS 6.30PM, 7FLIX ★★★

Ever won­dered how Santa can de­liver gifts to ev­ery kid in the world in 24 hours? Turns out the jovial gent is com­man­der-in-chief of a rig­or­ously planned mil­i­tary ex­er­cise ev­ery De­cem­ber 25. This cute and chip­per af­fair is the work of Aard­man Stu­dios, some­thing of a UK Pixar renowned for clas­sic works star­ring the great Wal­lace and Gromit. Stars the voices of James McAvoy, Jim Broad­bent and Hugh Lau­rie.

MON­DAY THE GRAND BU­DAPEST HO­TEL 8.30PM, ELEVEN ★★★★

From great US film­maker Wes An­der­son, this is a sprawl­ing, lav­ish and highly en­joy­able es­cape from re­al­ity. The year is 1932, and the set­ting is a fic­tional five-star crash-pad in an equally fic­tional cor­ner of East­ern Europe. Here we find the mys­te­ri­ous M. Gus­tave (a hi­lar­i­ous Ralph Fi­ennes) at the peak of his pow­ers as the Grand Bu­dapest’s cel­e­brated chief concierge. What fol­lows is a ma­jes­ti­cally mad­cap ad­ven­ture ca­per, with Gus­tave and his loyal off­sider fight­ing to keep some for­mi­da­ble en­e­mies at bay.

TUES­DAY A TIME TO KILL 8.30PM, ONE ★★★

An­other one-size-fits-all slab of le­gal ea­glery from the plat­inum pa­per­back pen of John Gr­isham. The set­ting is Amer­ica’s deep south, where the necks are red, the right are white, and a black steel worker (Sa­muel L. Jack­son) is un­likely to get a fair trial for killing the two thugs who raped his young daugh­ter.

WED­NES­DAY THE WHITE RIB­BON 1.25AM, SBS ★★★

A doc­tor falls from a horse af­ter gal­lop­ing over a trip­wire. A woman falls through a hole to her death. A child is strung up and badly beaten. Yes, the bad times are rolling for Aus­trian wri­ter­di­rec­tor Michael Haneke in this enig­matic med­i­ta­tion upon hu­man cru­elty and its abil­ity to thrive in­side and out­side so­cial norms.

THURS­DAY THE FAM­ILY MAN 9.30PM, 9GO! ★★

It’s “what if ?” time again, when some­one will learn the er­ror of their ways by copping a glimpse at what could have been. In The Fam­ily Man, the un­will­ing re­cip­i­ent of this tem­po­rary erase-and-rewind ex­er­cise is Wall St ex­ec­u­tive Jack Camp­bell (Ni­co­las Cage). Thir­teen years ago, he promised his then-girl­friend Kate (Tea Leoni) that a year spent in Lon­don would not tear them apart. But in­stead of re­turn­ing to walk down the aisle, Jack mar­ried his job.

FRI­DAY RED DOG 8.30PM, NINE ★★★★

This su­perb, all-ages pic­ture is based on a true story, ir­re­sistibly em­bel­lished by the Out­back myth that grew around it. There’s a fair bit of the pop­u­lar book by Bri­tish writer Louis de Bernieres in it, too. The ti­tle char­ac­ter, a cop­per-hued kelpie, which be­came a liv­ing leg­end in WA’s Pil­bara re­gion in the ’70s, was played by a re­mark­ably ex­pres­sive pooch named Koko. Stars Josh Lu­cas, Rachael Tay­lor and Noah Tay­lor.

SATUR­DAY WISH YOU WERE HERE 9.30PM, 7TWO ★★★

This tor­rid con­tem­po­rary drama marks a promis­ing fea­ture di­rec­to­rial de­but from Syd­ney film­maker Kieran Darcy-Smith. The com­pelling tale cen­tres on a quar­tet of thir­tysome­thing Aus­tralians, of whom only three have re­turned from a re­cent Cam­bo­dian hol­i­day. With the truth sur­round­ing the dis­ap­pear­ance of their friend yet to be de­ter­mined, each char­ac­ter faces a cri­sis from which they may never re­cover. Stars Joel Edger­ton and Teresa Palmer.

Hi­lar­i­ous: Ralph Fi­ennes stars in TheGrandBu­dapestHo­tel.

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