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Your guide to the best free- to- air movies this week

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Easy A

GO!, Satur­day, 9.40pm, M ( 2010) Af­ter a lit­tle white lie about los­ing her vir­gin­ity gets out, clean- cut highschool girl Olive ( Emma Stone) sees her life par­al­lel­ing the fallen Hester Pr ynne’s in the 19th- cen­tur y novel The Scar­let Let­ter – un­til she de­cides to use the ru­mour mill to ad­vance her so­cial and fi­nan­cial stand­ing. Main­tain­ing her chastity through­out the film, Olive rakes in gifts and money for “pre­tend­ing” to have sex with var­i­ous nerds at school, who are also keen to im­prove their rep­u­ta­tions.

The Tru­man Show

ELEVEN, Sun­day, 8.30pm, PG ( 1998) Noth­ing is real in the seden­tar y life of desk- bound Tru­man Bur­bank ( Jim Car­rey). Un­be­known to poor Tru­man, his life is one big soap opera and the world is his au­di­ence. But what hap­pens when the cha­rade is bro­ken? That’s the crux of Peter Weir’s haunting as­sess­ment of the de­cline of mod­ern tele­vi­sion, based on Aussie di­rec­tor An­drew Nic­col’s savvy script. Touch­ing, funny and per­haps clever enough to re­ver­ber­ate for decades to come, this durable drama fea­tures a fine cast ( in­clud­ing Laura Lin­ney and Ed Harris) and the score is a gem, lift­ing Tru­man’s fair ytale awak­en­ing to ma­jes­tic heights.

21 Jump Street

GO!, Mon­day, 9.30pm, MA15+ ( 2012) In another of Hol­ly­wood’s re­cy­cled pro­duc­tions, this ac­tion- com­edy is nabbed from Johnny Depp’s 1980s break­through TV show. But un­like the rather un­for­get­table orig­i­nal, the fresh script has ris­ing stars Jonah Hill and Magic Mike’s Chan­ning Ta­tum at the helm, in­ject­ing a big dose of vi­brancy and hi­lar­i­ous laugh- out- loud hu­mour. Hill plays over­weight and awk­ward Sch­midt, and Ta­tum is Jenko, a cool, beef­cake jock. Work­ing to­gether af­ter join­ing the po­lice force, the oddly paired duo go back to school, work­ing un­der­cover to in­ves­ti­gate a drug ring.

Brides­maids

SEVEN, Tues­day, 9.30pm, MA15+ ( 2011) Bro­mance king Judd Apa­tow tries his hand at a fe­male- driven flick with this rib- tick­ler star­ring and co- writ­ten by Kris­ten Wiig. The film fol­lows the down- and- out An­nie ( Wiig) as she pre­pares for the wed­ding of her best friend Lil­lian ( Maya Ru­dolph), while de­vel­op­ing inse­cu­ri­ties about Lil­lian’s new friend, the pic­tureper­fect He­len ( Rose Byrne).

Lethal Weapon

GO!, Wed­nes­day, 9.30pm, M ( 1987) Mel Gib­son’s blue- eyed charm over­comes his hir­sute hor­rors in an all- out bl­itzkrieg of ac­tion in the first of the box- of­fice- bust­ing cop buddy movies. As the LAPD de­tec­tive par tner, Danny Glover pro­vides the per­fect foil for Gib­son’s er­ratic, sui­ci­dal hero­ics and di­rec­tor Richard Donner coun­ter­bal­ances the fire­works by ex­tract­ing hu­mour and light pathos from Shane Black’s lu­cid script. Re­live the ex­cite­ment.

Noth­ing as it seems:

Hol­land Tay­lor, Jim Car­rey and Laura Lin­ney in The Tru­man Show.

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