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OR those not at­tracted to Un­der­belly, or de­ter­mined on prin­ci­ple to avoid it, Nine is show­ing Ocean’s Eleven ( Satur­day, 1pm), a much more salu­bri­ous gang­ster story set in the Las Ve­gas end of Collins Street, and who cares if they’ve shown it 11 times al­ready? Every­one loves Ge­orge Clooney, and as heist come­dies go, this may be the best: a re­make of the 1960 Rat Pack ca­per with Frank Si­na­tra, Dean Martin, Peter Law­ford and the rest. Here we have Matt Da­mon, Andy Gar­cia, Brad Pitt and Ju­lia Roberts, all looking a lit­tle bit younger. In NSW and WA, Ten has an­other Clooney pic­ture, Out of Sight ( Satur­day, 8.30pm, NSW. 9pm, WA only), based on an El­more Leonard novel with the usual col­lec­tion of un­savoury Leonard char­ac­ters, in­clud­ing an un­cred­ited Sa­muel L. Jack­son and Don Chea­dle as a psy­cho box­ing en­thu­si­ast. This is one of the sex­i­est crime thrillers I can re­mem­ber. It starts with Jen­nifer Lopez, fed­eral agent, trapped in the boot of a car with Clooney, a bank rob­ber, af­ter which the plot be­comes un­be­liev­able. Stylishly di­rected by Steven Soderbergh, with a be­guil­ing mood of fa­tal­ism, even a touch of sad­ness. Heart­break Ridge ( Fri­day, Nine - check guide pages op­po­site for ex­act times) is one of Clint East­wood’s lesser achieve­ments, and a use­ful re­minder, for those over­whelmed by the cur­rent tide of East­wood adu­la­tion ( most of it de­served) of what run-of-the mill Clint pic­tures were like be­fore his canon­i­sa­tion. I think it was the first East­wood film I re­viewed in this pa­per, and all I can re­mem­ber is the voice — some­where be­tween a lethal whis­per and a chain­saw. East­wood is Gun­nery Sergeant Tom High­way, ap­proach­ing re­tire­ment af­ter three tours in ’ Nam, and just the sort of old-style tra­di­tion­al­ist to turn a bunch of no-hop­ers into real marines ready to lib­er­ate Granada. The men go through hell, as does the au­di­ence. Jay and Si­lent Bob Strike Back ( Satur­day, 11.20pm, WIN only) is for peo­ple who like Kevin Smith’s come­dies about low-life slack­ers, and con­sider Clerks a mas­ter­piece of low-bud­get in­de­pen­dent cin­ema in the ’ 90s. Two of Smith’s re­cur­ring char­ac­ters ( Si­lent Bob is played by Smith) dis­cover that Blunt­man and Chronic, a comic strip for which they take creative credit, is be­ing made into a film without their per­mis­sion, and they’re de­ter­mined to sab­o­tage the project, though it might have been bet­ter if they’d sab­o­taged Jay and Si­lent Bob Strike Back . Air­plane!, aka

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