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An­nie M ori TV, 3pm Star­ring Aileen Quinn, Al­bert Fin­ney. En­dur­ing clas­sic fam­ily mu­si­cal about an or­phan girl who wins the heart of a bil­lion­aire in De­pres­sion-era New York. The star cast (in­clud­ing Carol Bur­nett and Tim Curry as the su­perbly un­scrupu­lous cou­ple out to cash in on An­nie’s new-found wealth) are worth the watch. ★★★★

The Karate Kid Three, 7pm Star­ring Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan. This re­make of the 1984 clas­sic moves the ac­tion from Cal­i­for­nia to China, but the plot re­mains much the same, al­beit with younger ac­tors. Here, Will Smith’s son Jaden plays Dre, who moves from Detroit to Bei­jing when his mother takes a new job. Bul­lies make life at his new school un­bear­able, un­til tac­i­turn care­taker Jackie Chan teaches him kung fu. That’s right – kung fu, not karate. ★★★

Shrek 2

TVNZ 2, 7pm

Voices Mike Myers, Ed­die Mur­phy. Stacked with fa­mous voices, this an­i­mated com­edy se­quel adds to the con­tem­po­rary send-ups and hu­mour from the first film. Shrek gets to meet his royal in-laws, who are un­aware that both their daugh­ter and son-in-law are ogres. ★★★★

Blinky Bill Choice, 7pm Voices Billy Birm­ing­ham, Toni Col­lette. An ad­ven­tur­ous young koala em­barks on a jour­ney across the Aus­tralian Out­back in the hope of find­ing his miss­ing fa­ther. Av­er­age Aussie an­i­ma­tion. ★★★

Phan­tom Thread Sky Pre­miere, 8.30pm Star­ring Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis. This Os­car win­ner about a glam­orous fash­ion de­signer and his ro­mance with a younger woman may drag a lit­tle but is saved by the two leads and stun­ning art di­rec­tion. Daniel Day-Lewis dis­ap­pears com­pletely into the role as Reynolds Wood­cocks, but the high­light is the break­out per­for­mance of Vicky Krieps, who steals the spot­light as the wait­ress who be­comes muse to the trou­bled and neu­rotic de­signer. ★★★★★

In­glou­ri­ous Bas­terds M ori TV, 8.30pm Star­ring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz. With his first film since the Grind­house and Death­proof dou­ble fea­ture, di­rec­tor Quentin Tarantino seems to have re­turned to form, although Brad Pitt’s ac­cent be­comes rather grat­ing at times. Of course, Christoph Waltz’s Os­car-win­ning per­for­mance as the Jew-hunt­ing Nazi Colonel Hans Landa more than makes up for that. ★★★★

The In­ter­view

TVNZ 2, 8.45pm

Star­ring James Franco, Seth Ro­gen. This com­edy about an in­ept US TV jour­nal­ist and his cam­era­man in­ter­view­ing North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un had a huge shot of un­wanted pub­lic­ity when many cin­e­mas got cold feet fol­low­ing threats of cy­ber at­tacks. Sony re­leased it for DVD but for many, the wait wasn’t worth it as the film isn’t that funny, or con­tro­ver­sial. Ran­dall Park steals the show as Jong-Un. ★★

Friends With Kids Choice, 8.30pm Star­ring Adam Scott, Jen­nifer West­feld. This en­sem­ble com­edy about two friends who de­cide to have a child to­gether while keep­ing their re­la­tion­ship pla­tonic favours clever di­a­logue over real sto­ry­telling but is a mostly en­gag­ing watch none­the­less. ★★★


TVNZ Duke, 9.25pm

Star­ring Jon Voight, Jen­nifer Lopez. With the ad­vent of CGI, a for­mu­laic thriller about

gi­ant killer snakes had to be made at some point, and this was it. Jen­nifer Lopez, Ice Cube and Eric Stoltz head a Na­tional Geo­graphic team which treks to the Ama­zon to find the world’s largest snake, but are taken hostage by an in­sane hunter – Jon Voight in good form. ★★ 21

Three, 9.45pm Star­ring Kevin Spacey, Jim Sturgess. Fact-based drama in which a col­lege pro­fes­sor re­cruits a bunch of maths-ge­nius stu­dents into a scheme to swin­dle Las Ve­gas casi­nos out of mil­lions by count­ing cards. En­joy­able fluff that, re­gret­tably, could have been so much more. ★★★

Dan­ger­ous Minds

TVNZ 2, 11.05pm

Star­ring Michelle Pfeif­fer, Wade Dominguez. A for­mer Ma­rine (Pfeif­fer) uses un­con­ven­tional meth­ods to teach her class of teenagers from tough, un­der­priv­i­leged back­grounds at a low so­cio-eco­nomic school in Bel­mont, Cal­i­for­nia. Some­what pre­dictable but based on a true story. ★★★

De­liv­ery Man

TVNZ 2, 1am (Sun­day)

Star­ring Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt. Vince Vaughn is well cast as a man who finds out he has fa­thered 533 chil­dren through anony­mous sperm dona­tions, but the film as a whole is merely medi­ocre schmaltz. ★★

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