The Ant Bully TVNZ 2, 7am
Voices Nicolas Cage, Julia Roberts. While boasting an impressive array of voice talent, this animated feature is more squarely aimed at the kiddies than most of its kind. A mildly pleasant watch. ★★★
Pleasantville TVNZ 2, noon
Starring Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon. Two teenage siblings who are magically propelled into a clean-cut black-and-white 50s family TV show start tampering with the storylines. As the characters are exposed to new emotions, they start to burst into colour. ★★★ Asteroid: Final Impact Three, noon Starring Mark Lutz. A whistleblower conceives a desperate plan to stop an asteroid from hitting Earth. Not reviewed.
A Fish Tale Three, 2pm Starring Lexi Giovagnoli. Two sisters unite after a 10-year separation. Not reviewed.
Tooth Fairy Three, 3.50pm Starring Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd. Even Dwayne Johnson’s charisma can’t quite overcome the weak scripting of this average family film about a minor league ice hockey player saddled with a fantastical new occupation. ★★
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed And Fabulous TVNZ 2, 7.30pm
Starring Sandra Bullock. Bullock has a natural flair for comedy, which is just as well, as this sequel to the original box-office smash doesn’t have nearly as much going for it. ★★
Step Brothers Prime, 8.30pm Starring Will Ferrell, John C Reilly Thanks to their ability to convincingly portray adults who have never emotionally advanced beyond pre-adolescent years, Will Ferrell and John C Reilly perfectly inhabit two obnoxious yet hilarious characters. ★★★
Goodbye Christopher Robin Sky Premiere, 8.30pm Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie. The story of the creation of Winnie-the-Pooh is almost as entertaining as the children’s cartoon itself. But while this film glosses over some of the more interesting details, it’s still a moving tale examining the pitfalls of celebrity status and the danger of sharing children’s lives with the world. ★★★
Wild Things TVNZ Duke, 8.30pm
Starring Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell. Twisting all the way to the end, the growing greed and distrust of all involved in this sexy thriller gets exponentially more predictable towards the end, although this does nothing to lessen the entertainment value. ★★★
Two Weeks Notice TVNZ 2, 9.45pm
Starring Hugh Grant, Sandra Bullock. An environmental lawyer working for a well-meaning but indecisive billionaire becomes frustrated and quits the job, but then gets jealous of her replacement in this routine romantic comedy. ★★★