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Wayne’s world

Well done, 2:35 p.m.

With Mike Myers, Dana Carvey.

A hit classic from the 90s that spawned a thousand slogans. Myers and Carvey are Wayne and Garth – two young rock fanatics who host an underground TV show and are offered a life of fame and wealth when they are discovered by big slimy wig Rob Lowe. Great entertainment. ??

The movie SpongeBob: The sponge out of the water.

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The movie SpongeBob: The sponge out of the water.

The SpongeBob movie: The sponge out of the water

TVNZ 2, 6.30 p.m.

Voice Tom Kenny.

When a pirate steals the Krabby Patty Formula, SpongeBob and his nemesis Plankton must team up in an attempt to retrieve it. Not revised.

Prince of egypt

Maori TV, 7 p.m.

Voices Ralph Fiennes, Val Kilmer.

Spectacularly staged animated story from the biblical account of Moses. With a collection of celebrity voices and an improved musical score, this can be watched for all ages, although the story sometimes drags on. ??

Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia!  Here we go again.

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Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia! Here we go again.

Mom Mia! Here we go again

Three, 7 p.m.

With Lily James, Amanda Seyfried.

The cast of the previous film returns with a whole range of newcomers, making this a film that fans new and old can sing along to. It is essentially a film built on mourning with the story of Donna, now deceased, told in flashback. Meryl Streep makes too brief an appearance but still manages to provide the emotional core of the story as Cher shows off her true talent with the little material she is given. The first movie used the best of Abba’s songs, but even the B collection here makes it such a joyful affair… so much so that you’re even willing to ignore the fact that a lot of actors can’t sing that well. ??

Linda Hamilton in Terminator: Dark Fate.

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Linda Hamilton in Terminator: Dark Fate.

Terminator: Dark Fate

Sky Premiere, 8:30 p.m.

With Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

This 2019 movie was meant to resurrect the franchise after the disappointments of 2015 Terminator Genisys. Dark fate sort of reboots things by being, in fact, a direct sequel to the years 1991 Judgment Day, and without taking into account Lifting of machines and the horrible Genisys in the franchise story. Original stars Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger return, ostensibly to pass the baton on to new characters. It didn’t go very well financially, but it was a welcome return to the style of the old Terminator movie theater. ??

Gold stone

Maori TV, 8:45 p.m.

With Aaron Pedersen, Alex Russell.

The sequel to the much-loved Outback crime drama Mystery Route picks up the story of native detective Jay Swan, who this time is sent to the mining town of Goldstone to find a missing Asian tourist. It’s kind of like the first movie, mixing social themes with solid crime drama. Here, Swan runs into sex traffickers and dubious miners. ??

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Two pistols

Three, 9:15 p.m.

With Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg.

Action comedy of sorts in which Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are two bank robbers who both turn out to be government agents spying on each other. Washington and Wahlberg handle this stuff as well as Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon, but this movie is too complicated, and it’s a flaw in a genre that relies on jokes and visual jokes. ??

Black sheep

TVNZ 2, 9:30 p.m.

With Peter Feeney, Tammy Davis.

It’s a quirky, dark, comedic horror set in which genetically engineered mutant super-sheep go wild on a remote farm in New Zealand. Full of disgusting gore and extremely bad effects, not bad for a laugh or two. ??

Mark Wahlberg in Patriot's Day.

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Mark Wahlberg in Patriot’s Day.

Patriots Day

Three, 11:30 p.m.

With Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon.

A flawless look at the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath. Director Peter Berg isn’t afraid of graphic content, but it’s never free and treats both victims and first responders with respect. At the heart of the story is Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Wahlberg), a fictional cop with a key role in the search for the two suicide bombers. Saunders may be a little too alpha male to be true, but it’s a little quibble about some captivating entertainment. ??

Dogs of war

TVNZ 2, 11:10 p.m.

With Jonah Hill, Miles Teller.

Dark comedy based on the story of David Packouz, a Miami massage therapist who found himself selling weapons in Iraq and Afghanistan after his side business of selling cotton sheets left him bankrupt. Director Todd Phillips, best known for films such as Old School, Road Trip and many other fratboy type comedies, tries to bring this style of storytelling here but doesn’t quite succeed. Cheerful and irreverent at times, Dogs of war starts out strong, and while it doesn’t always keep the momentum going, it’s still a good watch. ??

Jerking

TVNZ 2, 1h10 (Sun)

With Rosa Salazar.

Two friends fight over a girl and start pranking on YouTube to impress her. ??

Buffy the vampire slayer

TVNZ 2, 2:40 (Sun)

With Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland.

The forerunner of the hit TV series that aired five years after that 1992 effort. It’s a horror comedy and not as gothic as the TV shows. Sutherland plays the Slayer who trains Buffy, until then a Valley cheerleader, while Rutger Hauer plays the Vampire King. ??

Sunday

Mixture

TVNZ 2, 7 p.m.

With Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore.

A bland romantic comedy that reunites former co-stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, but sadly lacks the charm of previous collaborations The wedding singer and 50 first dates. ??

Distraught

Well done, 7 p.m.

With Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd.

Funny satire inspired by Jane Austen Emma. Alicia Silverstone is Cher, a spoiled Beverly Hills teenager whose selfish good deeds begin to backfire. ??

Grave robber

Three, 8 p.m.

With Alicia Vikander, Daniel Wu.

When the first movie came out, the video game was relentlessly browsed by a new generation of gamers. The game is a relic these days, which makes this reboot a little less relevant as its appeal would largely be for those who play the game. And Vikander is fine, but Jolie suited the role better. ??

Russell Crowe in Unhinged.

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Russell Crowe in Unhinged.

Disarmed

Sky Premiere, 8:30 p.m.

With Russell Crowe, Caren Pistorius.

Crowe plays an unstable man who stalks a female driver and her teenage son after a road rage incident. These are B-series movies with no real depth or interest and things are unfolding predictably towards a predictable outcome. Crowe is a class act and it’s hard to see why he would want to be a part of something so so. It makes you think twice before yelling at someone, which isn’t a bad thing. ??

Rams

Maori TV, 8:40 p.m.

With Sigurour Sigurjonsson, Theodor Juliusson.

Many are familiar with last year’s remake of that Icelandic film, an Australian effort starring Sam Neill and Michael Caton. The original was made about five years ago. Both versions feature two estranged brothers, both sheep farmers, who reconcile when disease threatens their flocks. While it might be easier for the Kiwi audience to relate to Neill and Cato, the Icelandic version, with its gloominess and characters who look and behave as if they barely live in the limit of civilization, somehow seems more real. However, both films are excellent. ??

Thelma & Louise

Well done, 9:05 p.m.

With Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon.

An Oscar-winning screenplay sets this chick commercial road trip film apart. Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, well paired, leave behind their old life for a weekend to be unleashed, to become fugitives after an unfortunate incident. It also features a brand new Brad Pitt. ??

Robert De Niro in The Intern.

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Robert De Niro in The Intern.

Trainee

TVNZ 2, 9:15 p.m.

With Anne Hathaway, Robert De Niro.

De Niro is Ben Whitaker, a bored retiree who lands an internship position at an online fashion company run by Anne Hathaway’s Jules Ostin. In no time, Ben’s coworkers are teaching him the ins and outs of tech, and Ben helps them get through life’s ups and downs. While the plot is barely believable, all is forgiven and forgotten thanks to the unexpected chemistry between Hathaway and De Niro. ??

Exorcist II: The Heretic

TVNZ 2, 11:30 p.m.

With Linda Blair, Richard Burton.

The classic horror demon is back to haunt the girl again. While the first film kept people awake, audiences in 1977 scoffed at this sequel. ??

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