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

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Shark Tale

GO!, Fri­day, 7.30pm, G ( 2004) The mak­ers of Shrek head to the ocean to de­liver some top laughs in a fishy tale that pokes fun at mob­ster films. Will Smith voices Os­car, a lit­tle fish who be­comes a celebrity when he falsely earns the rep­u­ta­tion of shark slayer. Boss shark Don Lino ( Robert De Niro) vows re­venge on him. Com­plet­ing a top- drawer voice cast are Jack Black, An­gelina Jolie, Re­nee Zell­weger and Martin Scors­ese. One for the whole fam­ily to en­joy.

Spi­der- Man 2

SEVEN, Satur­day, 7pm, PG ( 2004) The sec­ond spin on the Marvel Comics hero may be guilty of cov­er­ing sim­i­lar ground to the en­thralling orig­i­nal. Nonethe­less, it ups the ante on ef­fects, char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment and self- deprecating hu­mour. Peter Parker ( Tobey Maguire) is at a cross­roads, un­sure whether to hang up his cos­tume and pro­fess his un­re­quited love to sweet­hear t Mary- Jane Wat­son ( Kirsten Dunst), or don the tights again to take on New York City’s new­est su­per- vil­lain: fu­sion ge­nius Dr Otto “Doc Ock” Oc­tavius ( Al­fred Molina).

Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble – Ghost Pro­to­col

SC TEN, Satur­day, 9pm, M ( 2011) Tom Cruise reprises his role as crack se­cret agent Ethan Hunt in the sur­pris­ingly ex­cel­lent four th chap­ter of the pop­u­lar fran­chise. With help from tal­ented be­hind- the- scenes play­ers ( di­rec­tor Brad Bird and pro­ducer JJ Abrams), this spy yarn fea­tures great set- pieces as Hunt is forced to go rogue af­ter a mis­sion goes bad in Moscow and the Krem­lin is oblit­er­ated. Do not miss the show­stop­ping scene when Cruise scales the out­side of Dubai’s gar­gan­tuan Burj Khal­ifa ho­tel.


SBS, Sun­day, 11.30pm, M ( 2001) Di­rec­tor Ray Lawrence’s bold, un­con­ven­tional mys­ter y binds the fates of a large and var­ied group of Syd­neysiders, as chance and cir­cum­stance bring them to­gether, be­fore tear­ing them apar t. A flaw­less cast ( Ge­of­frey Rush, Rachael Blake, Bar­bara Her­shey and Vince Colosimo, led by AFI Award win­ners An­thony LaPaglia and Kerr y Armstrong) bring a risky, strik­ingly orig­i­nal nar­ra­tive to life. This in­cred­i­bly ef­fec­tive drama will leave you talk­ing, think­ing and moved be­yond words.

Boyz N The Hood

SBS 2, Mon­day, 8.30pm, M ( 1991) Drugs, pover ty, guns and po­lice ha­rass­ment rep­re­sent the so­cial malaise of South Cen­tral Los An­ge­les in 1984 in this un­for­get­table di­rec­to­rial de­but from John Sin­gle­ton. In a neigh­bour­hood where vi­o­lence is a fact of life, Tre ( Cuba Good­ing Jr) has the smarts and the de­ter­mi­na­tion to go far, but with trou­ble around ever y cor­ner, bad choices can quickly spi­ral out of con­trol. Tre is sent to live with his fa­ther ( Lau­rence Fish­burne) in the hope his strict rules will keep him on the straight and nar­row.

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