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Moko Toa – The Re­venge Of Hara M ori TV, 3pm Ed­u­ca­tional film orig­i­nally made to pro­mote te reo uses one of Maoridom’s great leg­ends. Not re­viewed.

To­mor­row­land

TVNZ 2, 7pm

Star­ring Ge­orge Clooney, Hugh Lau­rie. Largely ac­knowl­edged as a noble fail­ure, Sony’s am­bi­tious, ex­pen­sive and vis­ually stun­ning To­mor­row­land is well worth a visit. It is a sci-fi fan­tasy with a rich story which works as en­ter­tain­ment or as a thinly veiled vi­sion of the fu­ture. Its ma­jor fail­ing is that it’s a sprawl­ing, chaotic jig­saw with too many pieces miss­ing. ★★★

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House Sky Pre­miere, 8.30pm Star­ring Liam Nee­son, Diane Lane. Mark Felt is bet­ter known by his pseu­do­nym – Deep Throat. It was his Water­gate rev­e­la­tions, passed on to Washington Post re­porters, that pre­cip­i­tated US Pres­i­dent Richard Nixon’s down­fall. Nee­son seems an odd choice for such a quin­tes­sen­tial Amer­i­can char­ac­ter but he tames the brogue and puts in a cred­itable per­for­mance in a film that fo­cuses more on Felt’s con­flict as a se­nior FBI agent and whistle­blower rather than the wider drama. ★★★

The Imag­i­nar­ium Of Dr Par­nas­sus Choice, 8.30pm Star­ring Heath Ledger, Christo­pher Plum­mer. Di­rected by for­mer Monty Python Terry Gil­liam, this was Heath Ledger’s fi­nal film and his death clearly af­fected the pro­duc­tion. To fill the gaps, his char­ac­ter is played at var­i­ous times by Johnny Depp, Colin Far­rell and Jude Law. ★★★

Billy T – Te Movie M ori TV, 8.30pm Fea­tur­ing Billy T James, Peter Row­ley. This is one of those movies that should be com­pul­sory view­ing for all Ki­wis. It is a de­fin­i­tive bio of New Zealand’s best-known and beloved co­me­dian com­bin­ing archival footage and present-day in­ter­views with those who knew Billy best, re­sult­ing in a well-rounded doco that is both in­for­ma­tive and ex­tremely en­ter­tain­ing. ★★★★

Bev­erly Hills Cop Three, 8.55pm Star­ring Ed­die Mur­phy, Brigitte Nielsen. Ed­die Mur­phy re­turns as cheeky cop Axel Fo­ley in this ac­tion com­edy se­quel. Clearly rid­ing on the suc­cess of the first,

III it fails to score on its own mer­its, but Mur­phy still man­ages to make it en­ter­tain­ing. ★★★

Rock Star

TVNZ 2, 9pm

Star­ring Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Anis­ton. The two leads do well to por­tray a some­what typ­i­cal story of the ef­fect of fame when Mark Wahlberg’s char­ac­ter is cho­sen to front for a world-fa­mous heavy metal band. ★★★

Les Mis­er­ables Three, 11pm Star­ring Hugh Jack­man, Rus­sell Crowe. If you are too mean to use a whole box of tis­sues at one sit­ting, don’t bother with this. The film adap­ta­tion of the world’s long­est-run­ning mu­si­cal is a big-name tear­jerker. Hugh Jack­man as pris­oner 24601 Jean Val­jean and Rus­sell Crowe as his ruth­less pur­suer, In­spec­tor Javert, are out­stand­ing, but it is Anne Hath­away as the tragic Fan­tine who will rip your heart apart. ★★★★

28 Days

TVNZ 2, 11pm

Star­ring San­dra Bul­lock, Viggo Mortensen. Not to be con­fused with the zom­bie hor­ror flick 28 Days Later, this cheer­ful dram­edy fea­tures San­dra Bul­lock in fine comedic form as a booz­ing writer who checks into re­hab af­ter

a drink-drive crash. Good per­for­mances from the sup­port­ing cast help the plot, which seems to run out of ideas af­ter a promis­ing start. ★★★

Good Kill

TVNZ 2, 1am (Sun­day)

Star­ring Ethan Hawke, Jan­uary Jones. Good Kill ques­tions the US ‘War on Ter­ror’ through the eyes of a drone pilot, played by Hawke. He be­comes in­creas­ingly con­cerned and dis­tressed by his mis­sions, lend­ing a hu­man and moral face to the use of such weapons. The sub­ject mat­ter is much the same as Eye In The Sky, but spends more time out­side of op­er­a­tional head­quar­ters as it ex­am­ines the stress the drone pilot’s job places on his mar­riage. ★★★★ suf­fers from ex­ces­sive pre­dictabil­ity and a weak script. ★★

Jus­tice League Sky Pre­miere, 8.30pm Star­ring Ben Af­fleck, Gal Gadot. What should have been a slam dunk of a movie man­ages to miss the hoop and lands squarely in the mud. Jus­tice League fol­lows on from the dis­mal Bat­man Vs Su­per­man: Dawn Of Jus­tice and fea­tures Ben Af­fleck’s Bat­man try­ing to form a team of su­per­heroes to pro­tect the Earth from a men­ac­ing evil. Grit­tier and with­out the fun of the Marvel fran­chise, it is hard to see how such a tal­ented cast could fail to spark on any level. Even the CGI is sec­ond-rate – quite an achieve­ment given the $300 mil­lion pro­duc­tion bud­get. ★★

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