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With the sad news of Car­rie Fisher’s death at the age of 60 this week, see her reprise her iconic role as Princess Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens (Sun­day, 7.30pm, Fox­tel Movies More). The film in­tro­duced a new gen­er­a­tion of stars, in­clud­ing Rey (Daisy Ri­d­ley), Finn (John Boyega) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), but was lent cru­cial grav­i­tas by the in­clu­sion of the orig­i­nal cast’s Fisher, Mark Hamill and Har­ri­son Ford. (It has been re­ported that Fisher re­cently com­pleted shoot­ing her scenes for Episode VIII, due out next De­cem­ber.) In a su­per­herosat­u­rated film mar­ket, Dead­pool (Satur­day, 7.05pm, Fox­tel Movies More) cuts through with a mix­ture of ul­tra-vi­o­lence and ex­plicit hu­mour. It stars Ryan Reynolds in the ti­tle role, along­side Ed Skrein ( Game of Thrones), comic ac­tor TJ Miller and the al­ways won­der­ful Morena Bac­carin. A se­quel is in the works but the pro­duc­tion is ru­moured to be trou­bled. Joss Whe­don’s bril­liant The Cabin in the Woods (Sun­day, 10.40pm, Thriller), star­ring Chris Hemsworth, is worth watch­ing if you haven’t seen it be­fore — and again if you have. It takes our ex­pec­ta­tions of the hor­ror genre and in­verts them, cre­at­ing a small meta-mas­ter­piece.

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