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This two-part spe­cial on Syd­ney’s Lindt cafe siege is very, very dif­fi­cult view­ing. Re-cre­at­ing the se­quence of events on that in­fa­mous day, and hear­ing from the sur­vivors and the fam­i­lies of those killed, has the cu­mu­la­tive ef­fect of a lump in the throat — at best — for the du­ra­tion. Part one screened last week, ahead of the coro­ner’s re­port; part two fol­lows the re­port, and fo­cuses on op­por­tu­ni­ties al­legedly missed. doc­u­men­taries scold­ing us for so­ci­ety’s wicked­ness. Some read­ers com­mented that the no­tion of a war on waste sounded like dull view­ing, or that the no­tion of the ABC lec­tur­ing us about “waste” per se was ironic. But those who have watched this se­ries re­port some­thing akin to as­ton­ish­ment — and even shame — es­pe­cially at reve­la­tions of the waste of fresh pro­duce for aes­thetic rea­sons, in­clud­ing be­ing too small, large or ugly. In this fi­nal episode, pre­sen­ter Craig Reu­cas­sel turns his at­ten­tion to the bil­lion take­away cof­fee cups thrown into Australian land­fills each year, and also the ef­fect cheaper and dis­pos­able clothes are hav­ing on the en­vi­ron­ment. Search Party Tues­day, 8.30pm, SBS Vice­land This se­ries’ star and pro­ducer Alia Shawkat gave it a tongue-in-cheek moniker I just love: “Hip­ster Columbo”. Best known for her role as Maeby Funke in Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment, and as­sorted indie roles since, Shawkat plays Dory, an aim­less uni­ver­sity grad­u­ate in New York City. She lives with her flac­cid boyfriend, Drew (John Reynolds), and is sur­rounded by a shal­low bunch of former Obliv­ion friends. Every­thing changes for Dory when she learns that Chan­tal Wither­bot­tom (Clare McNulty), a col­lege ac­quain­tance about whom no­body re­mem­bers any­thing spe­cific about, has gone miss­ing. Dory be­comes ob­sessed with find­ing her, partly be­cause she has noth­ing bet­ter to do. This week brings us episodes five ( The Mys­tery of the Golden Charm) and six ( The Se­cret of the Sin­is­ter Cer­e­mony). All 10 episodes also are avail­able to stream on SBS On De­mand, and the show has been re­newed for a sec­ond season. Adam San­dler is hav­ing an in­trigu­ing ca­reer. Once a re­li­able cin­ema draw­card for his goofy un­der­dog characters and ro­man­tic come­dies such as 50 First Dates (To­mor­row, 8.30pm, 7Flix), he now makes films for Netflix that are crit­i­cally panned but ap­peal to what they call a par­tic­u­lar “taste com­mu­nity” across the world, and re­port­edly in im­pres­sive num­bers. It’s the cin­e­matic equiv­a­lent of a casino res­i­dency. First Dates also stars Drew Barrymore, as a woman who wakes each day with no mem­ory fol­low­ing a se­ri­ous head in­jury; San­dler’s char­ac­ter must win her heart on a daily ba­sis. One of the bet­ter Tom Cruise films in re­cent years was 2013’s Obliv­ion (Tonight, 8.50pm, Seven; not Vic, Tas, SA), which also stars Melissa Leo and An­drea Rise­bor­ough. Cruise plays Jack Harper, a drone re­pair man on a largely aban­doned planet Earth. Leo’s creepy voice in­quir­ing “are you still an ef­fec­tive team?” will stick with you long af­ter the clos­ing cred­its. Win­ner of four Os­cars in 2015 — for cos­tume, make-up, score and pro­duc­tion de­sign, but not best film — The Grand Bu­dapest Ho­tel (Fri­day, 10.30pm, Ten) is Wes An­der­son’s rol­lick­ing and en­joy­able tale of ho­tel concierge Mon­sieur Gus­tave (Ralph Fi­ennes).

Olga Kurylenko and Tom Cruise in

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