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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Much like TV’s West­world, 2014’s Ex Machina (Satur­day, 9.30pm, SBS) will leave you lit­i­gat­ing who is and who isn’t a ro­bot long af­ter the cred­its roll. Star­ring Os­car Isaac, Ali­cia Vikan­der and Domh­nall Gleeson, and writ­ten and di­rected by Alex Gar­land, it tells the story of the birth of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and the fa­mous Tur­ing test, wherein ma­chines are re­quired to pass them­selves off as hu­man. With John Wick: Chap­ter 2 fin­ish­ing its the­atri­cal run, check out the orig­i­nal John Wick (Sun­day, 9.30pm, GO!) star­ring Keanu Reeves as the epony­mous hero and re­tired hit­man, who wreaks an as­ton­ish­ing and ki­netic path of de­struc­tion be­cause some thugs killed his puppy. It also stars Game of Thrones’ Al­fie Allen, Brid­get Moy­na­han, Dean Win­ters, John Leguizamo, Willem Dafoe, plus two stars of TV’s Amer­i­can Gods: Michael Nyqvist and Ian McShane. Along with The Oth­ers and Dogville, I would rate To Die For (Mon­day, 8.30pm, SBS Vice­land) as one of Ni­cole Kid­man’s best films. Di­rected by Gus Van Sant, and also star­ring Matt Dil­lon and Joaquin Phoenix, it tells the story of as­pir­ing news an­chor Suzanne Stone (Kid­man) and her win-at-all-costs men­tal­ity. Chill­ingly, it was in­spired by a true story.

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