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The Simp­sons Movie Three, 4.05pm Voices Dan Castel­lan­eta, Hank Azaria. Like The Simp­sons them­selves, this re­ally needs no in­tro­duc­tion. Suf­fice to say, it’s more of the same ir­rev­er­ent hu­mour we’ve come to know and love, and fans of the show will cer­tainly not be dis­ap­pointed. Hi­lar­i­ous. ★★★★

Thum­be­lina M ori TV, 7pm Voice Jodi Ben­son. An­i­mated film about a tiny girl who is saved from the crea­tures of the woods by a fairy prince. Not re­viewed.

Storks TVNZ 2, 7pm

Voices Andy Sam­berg, Jen­nifer Anis­ton. A stork de­liv­ery ser­vice which used to de­liver ba­bies has since evolved into an Ama­zon-es­que postal ser­vice. It’s from the same stu­dio that came out with the smash hit Lego Movie and has the same snappy tone and smart one-lin­ers. ★★★★

Night At The Mu­seum: Bat­tle Of The Smith­so­nian Three, 7pm Star­ring Ben Stiller. Just as good as the first film, this sec­ond in­stal­ment in the fran­chise has Stiller, now a fa­mous in­ven­tor, en­ter­ing Wash­ing­ton’s fa­mous Smith­so­nian In­sti­tu­tion to res­cue his for­merly inan­i­mate friends. ★★★

Hey Arnold! The Movie Choice, 7pm Voices Craig Bartlett, Francesca Smith. This fea­ture-length ver­sion of the pop­u­lar car­toon se­ries is sur­pris­ingly hip, de­spite be­ing a mi­nor effort in both con­tent and form by to­day’s an­i­ma­tion stan­dards. That won’t stop the kids from en­joy­ing them­selves though. ★★★

Love, Si­mon Sky Premiere, 8.30pm Star­ring Nick Robin­son. Typ­i­cal teen rom­com about a gay high school stu­dent try­ing to keep his sex­u­al­ity se­cret from his par­ents while si­mul­ta­ne­ously try­ing to find out the true iden­tity of the class­mate he has fallen for online. Gen­uinely funny, in a sweet way, and ex­tremely life-af­firm­ing. ★★★★

Sav­ing Mr. Banks TVNZ 1, 8.30pm

Star­ring Tom Hanks, Emma Thomp­son. Mary Pop­pins was a much more com­plex work as a se­ries of sto­ries than the film por­trayed them. This is the compelling story of how Walt Dis­ney per­suaded a reluctant Pop­pins’ au­thor P.L. Travers to give him the film rights. ★★★★ Hec­tor And The Search For Hap­pi­ness Choice, 8.30pm Star­ring Si­mon Pegg. Smug, and silly, blok­ish fan­tasy in which a psy­chol­o­gist sets off on a world trip as a way of find­ing a so­lu­tion to his mid-life cri­sis. ★★

Mr Turner M ori TV, 8.35pm Star­ring Ti­mothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson. J.M.W. Turner is now revered as one of Eng­land’s finest painters. But in his day he was a con­tro­ver­sial fig­ure, with an ec­cen­tric na­ture and sub­ject to bouts of se­vere de­pres­sion. Spall does an ex­cel­lent job of flesh­ing out the char­ac­ter, whose last words were, “The Sun is God”. ★★★★

The Equal­izer TVNZ 2, 8.40pm

Star­ring Den­zel Wash­ing­ton, Mar­ton Csokas. In­stantly bring­ing to mind the movie Man On Fire, this equally bru­tal vengeance flick has Den­zel Wash­ing­ton again dis­pens­ing jus­tice and dish­ing out ret­ri­bu­tion left, right and cen­tre as he takes on a crew of vi­o­lent Rus­sian gang­sters. ★★★

Deep Blue Sea Three, 9.05pm Star­ring Thomas Jane, Sa­muel L Jack­son. Ac­tion-filled thriller in which three ge­net­i­cally

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