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The TV Guide - - TV MOVIES -

Wit­ness Un­pro­tected Three, 1.05pm Not reviewed.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Sky Pre­miere, 8.30pm Star­ring Felic­ity Jones, Diego Luna. The Star Wars uni­verse is ex­panded in this epic pre­quel which not only brings a sense of the fa­mil­iar but also some­thing fresh and fun. Rogue One is a fast, thrill-packed ride that in­tro­duces view­ers to the Ga­lac­tic Civil War once more, but with­out the key char­ac­ters. This time it’s a bunch of un­likely he­roes who band to­gether to steal the plans to the Death Star – a bold sto­ry­line which bodes well for the fu­ture of the fran­chise. If it has a fault, it’s that there are sim­ply too many char­ac­ters – fewer would have been bet­ter – but it’s a small nig­gle about a film which will leave Star Wars fans want­ing more. ★★★

Once Were War­riors M ori TV, 8.30pm Star­ring Te­muera Mor­ri­son, Rena Owen. Di­rec­tor Lee Tama­hori’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion of ur­ban M ori life pulls no punches – much like the vi­o­lently un­pre­dictable Jake Heke him­self. Te­muera Mor­ri­son fills the screen as Jake, switch­ing be­tween love­able rogue and vi­cious thug with dis­arm­ing ease, while Rena Owen’s Beth slowly emerges as the tower of strength her fam­ily so des­per­ately needs. But that’s the power of this film. It’s easy to for­get you are watch­ing a group of ac­tors and even eas­ier to get swept up in the re­al­ism and depth of their performances. ★★★★★

The Brady Bunch Movie Bravo, 8.30pm Star­ring Shel­ley Long, Gary Cole. A clever 1995 spoof on the hit 60s/70s show which be­came a cult hit with fans of the orig­i­nal. But if you haven’t seen the show, you may well be left scratch­ing your head at the movie’s goofi­ness. ★★★★

Es­cape From New York TVNZ Duke, 8.30pm

Star­ring Kurt Rus­sell, Lee Van Cleef. Ex­cit­ing, grim, fu­tur­is­tic ac­tion, with Kurt Rus­sell in one of his best roles as one-eyed anti-hero Snake Plissken. He’s a pris­oner on Man­hat­tan, which has be­come a max­i­mum se­cu­rity prison fol­low­ing an apoc­a­lyp­tic war. Ap­par­ently it was writ­ten as a re­ac­tion to the 1970s Water­gate scan­dal. Fol­lowed by a be­lated se­quel, Es­cape From LA. ★★★★

Te­muera Mor­ri­son

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