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HIS col­umn is feel­ing sorry for Nicole Kid­man, the world’s great­est fe­male ac­tor and an ac­com­plished didgeri­doo player, who has suf­fered griev­ously at the hands of Ger­maine Greer and ir­re­spon­si­ble Bri­tish film crit­ics. By way of com­pen­sa­tion, and in the ab­sence of any sign of a Van John­son ret­ro­spec­tive in the wee hours on the ABC, we are rec­om­mend­ing two Kid­man films this week, in­clud­ing Prac­ti­cal Magic ( Satur­day, 7.30pm, Nine), which ad­mit­tedly isn’t much good. Nicole is a witch. Her sis­ter ( San­dra Bul­lock) is also a witch, and leg­end has it that in New Eng­land any man who loves one of the Owen sis­ters is doomed to die. Watch out, Ai­dan Quinn. Kid­man and Bul­lock are in fine hammy form, but the film never takes off on its broom­stick, de­spite spir­ited sup­port from Dianne Wi­est and the ex­cel­lent Stockard Chan­ning. In Moulin Rouge! ( Wed­nes­day, 12.30am, Seven), Kid­man’s other Baz Luhrmann film, she’s the con­sump­tive Parisian cour­te­san who falls for

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