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Bolt TVNZ 2, 5.20pm

Voices John Tra­volta, Mi­ley Cyrus. It’s no Pixar pro­duc­tion, but the clever premise of this an­i­mated ac­tion ad­ven­ture helps save it from medi­ocrity. John Tra­volta voices the movie’s star, a dog who fea­tures in his own TV show about a su­per-pow­ered ca­nine. Trou­ble is, the con­fused pooch thinks his pow­ers are real, lead­ing to all sorts of trou­ble when he es­capes into the big wide open. ★★★

The Smurfs Three, 7pm Star­ring Hank Azaria, Neil Pa­trick Har­ris. Adult Smurfs fans hoping to nos­tal­gi­cally re­visit the glo­ri­ously smurfy mem­o­ries of their youth may find them­selves a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed by this big-screen adap­ta­tion, but as a fam­ily film, in gen­eral, this is a great one to watch with the kids. ★★★

Jour­ney 2: The Mys­te­ri­ous Is­land TVNZ 2, 7pm

Star­ring Josh Hutch­er­son, Dwayne John­son. Silly but en­joy­able fam­ily ad­ven­ture in which Josh Hutch­er­son reprises his role from 2008’s Jour­ney To The Cen­tre Of The Earth, this time tak­ing along his new stepfather for good mea­sure af­ter he re­ceives a dis­tress call from a mys­te­ri­ous is­land. There are no sur­prises, but it is ev­ery­thing a young teen could wish for and Josh even has a love in­ter­est thrown in for good mea­sure. ★★★

The Beguiled Sky Pre­miere, 8.30pm Star­ring Colin Far­rell, Ni­cole Kid­man. Sofia Cop­pola’s slowly paced thriller, which is a re­make of the 1971 Clint East­wood film, lacks the emo­tional kick of the orig­i­nal but it forces view­ers to ques­tion their own be­hav­iour. The ac­tion is set in a Vir­ginia board­ing school where a wounded Union solider throws him­self on the mercy of its fe­male in­mates. In a world with­out men, pas­sions are stirred and sex be­comes the cur­rency to sell a story which comes per­ilously close to com­edy at times. But Far­rell and Kid­man are su­perb, rais­ing The Beguiled above the usual his­tor­i­cal drama. ★★★★

Amal M ori TV, 8.30pm Star­ring Rupin­der Na­gra, Naseerudin Shah. Cap­ti­vat­ing, story-driven Cana­dian film about a kind-hearted New Delhi rick­shaw driver who is re­warded for his gen­eros­ity af­ter un­know­ingly help­ing a pas­sen­ger who turns out to be a millionaire. A warmly pre­sented, feel-good movie which ac­cu­rately cap­tures the fre­netic street life of ur­ban In­dia as seen through the back­seat of a rick­shaw. ★★★★

Time Out Of Mind Choice, 8.30pm Star­ring Richard Gere, Jena Malone. Richard Gere plays a con­fused, harm­less alcoholic who is thrown out of his apart­ment and forced to sleep on the streets. From then on, his life be­comes a mine­field of nav­i­gat­ing the wel­fare sys­tem and try­ing to find some­where to live. It’s a well-mean­ing so­cially aware film, but Gere is prob­a­bly not the best pick for the role. ★★★

Wil­liam Shake­speare’s Romeo + Juliet Three, 8.55pm Star­ring Leonardo Di­Caprio, Claire Danes. A bold, self-con­sciously hip, con­tem­po­rary up­date of Shake­speare’s famed tragedy, in which doomed lovers Leonardo Di­Caprio and Claire Danes con­duct a for­bid­den tryst while their re­spec­tive fam­i­lies en­gage in a vi­o­lent gang­land feud. At times it can be dif­fi­cult to make out the ac­tors’ lines against the pound­ing mu­sic and stylised ac­tion se­quences, but for

nov­elty value alone this film is def­i­nitely worth a watch. ★★★

Reign Of Fire TVNZ 2, 8.35pm

Star­ring Matthew McConaughey, Chris­tian Bale. X-Files veteran Rob Bow­man di­rects this se­ri­ously de­liv­ered tale of a near-fu­ture Earth that is plagued by drag­ons. Matthew McConaughey and Chris­tian Bale play two of hu­man­ity’s few sur­vivors who butt heads over how best to van­quish the sole male dragon that is fer­til­is­ing its pop­u­la­tion. ★★★

The Fugitive TVNZ 2, 10.35pm

Star­ring Har­ri­son Ford, Tommy Lee Jones. Heart-pump­ing ac­tion thriller in­spired by the pop­u­lar 60s TV se­ries star­ring David Janssen. Har­ri­son Ford is a re­spected vas­cu­lar sur­geon un­justly ac­cused of mur­der­ing his wife. Es­cap­ing cus­tody dur­ing a spec­tac­u­lar bus crash/train wreck, he pur­sues the real killer, while scene-steal­ing fed­eral agent Tommy Lee Jones re­lent­lessly closes in. ★★★★

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