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Poke­mon The Movie: I Choose You! TVNZ 2, 8.15am

Voice Unso Ishizuka. A young­ster reaches the age when he can be­come a Poke­mon trainer. Not re­viewed.

The Lit­tle Vam­pire TVNZ 2, 10.30am

Com­edy hor­ror – for kids – about a lonely boy who makes friends with a young vam­pire. Not re­viewed.

A Troll In Cen­tral Park M ori TV, 2pm (See Satur­day)

Zootopia TVNZ 2, 7pm

Voices Gin­nifer Good­win, Ja­son Bate­man. Rightly re­garded as one of the best an­i­mated films of all time, Zootopia cen­tres on Judy Hoppes, a rab­bit who be­comes a po­lice of­fi­cer in a world of an­thro­po­mor­phic mam­mals. ★★★★★

Tomb Raider Sky Premiere, 8.30pm Star­ring Ali­cia Vikan­der, Daniel Wu. As a game, Tomb Raider is a relic nowa­days, which makes this re­boot some­what less rel­e­vant as its ap­peal would largely be to those who’ve swung through ru­ins as Lara Croft. Vikan­der is fine, but Jolie some­how fit­ted the role bet­ter. ★★

The Bourne Iden­tity Three, 8.30pm Star­ring Matt Da­mon. This fast-paced retro spy thriller is based on au­thor and ex-US Marine Robert Lud­lum’s 1980 novel about a brain­washed CIA hit­man who loses his mem­ory while car­ry­ing out a covert as­sas­si­na­tion mis­sion. ★★★★

The Ghost Writer Choice, 8.30pm Star­ring Ewan McGre­gor, Pierce Bros­nan. Di­rec­tor Ro­man Polan­ski messes with our heads by tak­ing mod­ern his­tory and of­fer­ing an ex­pla­na­tion for it all in this tense mys­tery thriller which stars Ewan McGre­gor as a ghost writer hired to edit a for­mer Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter’s mem­oirs. Polan­ski co-wrote the su­perbly provoca­tive script and han­dles it with even more aplomb on screen. ★★★★

Changeling M ori TV, 8.30pm Star­ring An­gelina Jolie, John Malkovich. Di­rec­tor Clint East­wood brings the same taut­ness and aus­tere val­ues of his pre­vi­ous hit Gran Torino to this story of a sin­gle mother whose son goes miss­ing in 1920s LA. ★★★★

Into The Blue Bravo, 8.30pm Star­ring Paul Walker, Jes­sica Alba. Trea­sure hunt­ing in the sea around Bar­ba­dos, the leads get more than they bar­gained for when they dis­cover not only a ship­wreck full of gold, but a sunken plane loaded with co­caine on the ocean floor. ★★

Sui­cide Squad TVNZ 2, 9pm

Star­ring Mar­got Rob­bie, Will Smith. What could have been a dark, gritty and wickedly funny su­per­hero/vil­lain movie is in­stead a mud­dled mess. Mar­got Rob­bie tries hard as the quirky and perky Har­ley Quinn, but it’s not enough to save a film lack­ing in ideas. ★

Queen Of The Desert Choice, 10.30pm Star­ring Ni­cole Kid­man. Gertrude Bell (Kid­man) was a pi­o­neer­ing ar­chae­ol­o­gist, writer, pho­tog­ra­pher and moun­taineer who trail­blazed women’s rights dur­ing her ex­ten­sive trav­els and work in the Mid­dle East in the early 1900s. Her real-life story de­serves a bet­ter ve­hi­cle than this rather tame ef­fort. ★★

Car­rie TVNZ 2, 12.10am (Sun­day)

Star­ring Chloe Grace Moretz, Ju­lianne Moore. The orig­i­nal is a hor­ror clas­sic, and while this well-acted “reimag­in­ing” of Stephen King’s tale makes for a de­cent con­tem­po­rary up­date, it will al­ways suf­fer by com­par­i­son. ★★★

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