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The Lord Of The Rings: The Re­turn Of The King

GO!, Fri­day, 8.30pm, M ( 2003) Pick­ing up from The Two Tow­ers, Peter Jack­son’s The Re­turn of the King sees the orig­i­nal Fel­low­ship still frac­tured, with Frodo ( Eli­jah Wood), Sam ( Sean Astin) and du­plic­i­tous Gol­lum ( Andy Serkis) mak­ing their way to Mount Doom. A mag­nif­i­cent con­clu­sion to a cin­e­matic saga that will prob­a­bly never be topped.

In­ter view With The Vam­pire

WIN, Satur­day, 11.30pm, AV15+ ( 1994) Vam­pire Brad Pitt rem­i­nisces his last 200 years and his re­la­tion­ship with his men­tor Lestat ( Tom Cruise) who ini­ti­ated him and later tried to kill him and the young girl vam­pire ( Kirsten Dunst) they both spawned. Di­rec­tor Neil Jor­dan ( The Cr ying Game) presents a gor­geously shot, vi­o­lent and bloody ho­mo­erotic feast of fun that ex­ceeds ex­pec­ta­tions with ex­cel­lent char­ac­ters.

Mys­tery Road

ABC, Sun­day, 10.30pm, M ( 2013) Some­times the best thing you can do with a film is go into it with­out know­ing a thing. All you might want to note about this Aussie thriller is who dis­plays their fine act­ing chops. Star­ring Hugo Weav­ing ( The Ma­trix), Ryan Kwan­ten ( True Blood), Jack Thompson ( Aus­tralia), Aaron Ped­er­sen ( The Cir­cuit) and Tasma Wal­ton, the psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller is set in the Queens­land hin­ter­land. It’s a slow- build, tense drama that en­tices with its de­lib­er­ate si­lences and moody cin­e­matog­ra­phy.

The Rocket

SBS TWO, Mon­day, 8.30pm, M ( 2013) Ten- year- old Ahlo ( Sit­thiphon Disamoe) is be­lieved to bring bad luck. It’s a curse he’s been carr ying since bir th and when his fam­ily is forced to move, the blame is pinned squarely on his slight shoul­ders. To tr y to win back his fa­ther’s trust and prove he’s not a bad omen, Ahlo sets about en­ter­ing a rocket into a dan­ger­ous but lu­cra­tive com­pe­ti­tion.

The Craft

ELEVEN, Tues­day, 9.30pm, M ( 1996) The new girl at school ( Robin Tun­ney) is lured into the witch­craft prac­tices of three snotty class­mates ( Fairuza Balk, Neve Camp­bell, Rachel True) and events spi­ral out of con­trol when one of them gets Car­rie- d away with the dark side of the force. If you can han­dle the bored and pout­ing looks of Balk and Camp­bell, there’s in­ven­tive and witty fun to be had.

The Per­fect Storm

GO!, Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm, M ( 2000) Di­rec­tor Wolf­gang Petersen takes a fairly straight an­gle with the true stor y of the An­drea Gail, a small fish­ing craft whose crew found them­selves in the mid­dle of a on­cein- a- life­time weather pat­tern, where three storms con­verged into one. Ge­orge Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and John C. Reilly slot easily into their wind­beaten char­ac­ters and the cli­mac­tic spe­cial ef­fects have to be seen to be be­lieved.

Dreamer:

Sit­thiphon Disamoe tries to prove he’s not bad luck in The Rocket.

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