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Pitch Per­fect 2 Three, 8pm Star­ring Anna Ken­drick, Rebel Wil­son. This Amer­i­can mu­si­cal com­edy broke box-of­fice records for its genre on its re­lease in 2015. It is again set around the Bar­den Bel­las, an a cap­pella group who have to re­gain their com­po­sure and sta­tus af­ter group mem­ber Fat Bella’s pants ac­ci­den­tally rip off in front of Pres­i­dent Obama, caus­ing a na­tional scan­dal. ★★★★

Blade Run­ner 2049 Sky Pre­miere, 8.30pm Star­ring Ryan Gosling, Har­ri­son Ford. A gor­geous, stun­ning en­deav­our that takes place 30 years af­ter the events of Ri­d­ley Scott’s sci-fi master­piece. It stars Gosling as Of­fi­cer K, a new Blade Run­ner for the LAPD who must track down Har­ri­son Ford’s Decker in a bid to solve the mystery of a miss­ing child. Brainy and vis­ually stun­ning, each scene is a con­sid­ered work of art, once again rais­ing the ques­tion of what makes us hu­man. ★★★★

Ma­hana M ori TV, 8.30pm Star­ring Te­muera Mor­ri­son, Akuhata Keefe. A beau­ti­fully crafted piece of New Zealand cin­ema where strong char­ac­ters, amaz­ing cin­e­matog­ra­phy and in­sight­ful sto­ry­telling com­bine to make this a film for a world­wide au­di­ence. Based on Witi Ihi­maera’s novel Bulibasha: King Of The Gyp­sies, it fol­lows two ri­val sheep-shear­ing fam­i­lies in 1960s East Coast New Zealand. It is Mor­ri­son’s first New Zealand movie in 20 years and prob­a­bly his best piece of act­ing in that time too, even if there is a hint of Once Were War­riors about the per­for­mance. But it is new­comer Akuhata Keefe who is a stand­out as the stroppy teenager in con­flict with his tra­di­tional grand­fa­ther. ★★★★

Get Hard TVNZ 2, 8.30pm

Star­ring Will Fer­rell, Kevin Hart. Will Fer­rell and Kevin Hart are both funny guys, but this low­brow com­edy about an in­vest­ment banker pre­par­ing for prison life is more offensive than hu­mor­ous and fails to live up to the po­ten­tial of ei­ther ac­tor. ★★

Car­ri­ers Choice, 8.30pm Star­ring Chris Pine, Piper Per­abo. Di­rec­tors David and Alex Pas­tor. Com­pe­tently made but fa­mil­iarly plot­ted apoca­lypse-themed con­ta­gion thriller in which four friends hit the road in an at­tempt to sur­vive and find sanc­tu­ary af­ter a vi­ral pan­demic sweeps Amer­ica. ★★★

The Re­main­ing TVNZ 2, 11.15pm

Star­ring Alexa Ve­gar. Ef­fec­tive hor­ror, al­though the ex­treme re­li­gious el­e­ments may of­fend. A cou­ple are cel­e­brat­ing their wed­ding when the Rap­ture strikes, tak­ing be­liev­ers to heaven and leav­ing the rest be­hind to face seven years of Tribu­la­tion, demons, lo­custs and that sort of stuff. Said cou­ple and their pals take shel­ter in a church and re-ex­am­ine their re­la­tion­ship with Je­sus. ★★★

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