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. ★★★★