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Critical Condition: Dynasties

Dynasties | TVNZ 1, 7.00 Sunday ☆☆☆☆ “A lot of scripted dramas don’t have the emotional impact and, yes, dramatic arcs, that are on display in the latest stunning natural history documentary series from the producers of Planet Earth II and the BBC … The five-part series has the same stunning visual panache of Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II, but […]

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Network Movies in HD: January 19 – 25

   Saturday     Storks | TVNZ 2, 7.00    Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian | Three, 7.00    Saving Mr Banks | TVNZ 1, 8.30    The Equalizer| TVNZ 2, 8.30    Deep Blue Sea | Three, 9.05    Keanu | TVNZ 2, 11.10 The Pyramid | Three, 11.15   Sunday    Babysitter’s Black Book | TVNZ […]

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HD Heads-Up: January 26 – February 1

➢➢ FBI (Prime, 8.30 Mondays from January 28) is the latest Law & Order drama from veteran producer Dick Wolf. It’s set in the New York office of the bureau and, from next month, will go head-to-head with TVNZ 1’s Manifest (which originally was slated for TVNZ 2). Reviews ranged from “a fast-paced drama that’s engaging […]

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Critical Condition: Butterfly

Butterfly | TVNZ 1, 8.30 Wednesday ☆☆☆☆ “As you might expect from the first mainstream drama about a transgender child who wants to transition, there is a sense of touchstones being arranged … Beyond these few odd clunks, it is a wonderfully delicate drama that covers new ground carefully and features fully realised characters at war with […]

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Critical Condition: Roswell, New Mexico

Roswell, New Mexico | TVNZ OnDemand, from Wednesday ☆☆☆☆ “Roswell, New Mexico, the CW network’s second adaptation of Melinda Metz’s acclaimed Roswell High novel (the first being 1999’s Roswell, which aired on the WB and UPN), isn’t so much a reboot as it is a reimagining of a familiar story updated for today’s volatile political climate […]

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Critical Condition: The Passage

The Passage | TVNZ OnDemand, from Tuesday ☆☆☆☆ “The Passage is a high-concept sci-fi thriller based on popular novels by Justin Cronin. It has been boiled down to its most essential elements and easily digestible plot points, exactly the right way to mainstream the show for a broadcast audience without making it dull, dumb or disingenuous … what makes […]

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Critical Condition: True Detective (S3)

True Detective | SoHo, 3.00/7.30 Monday ☆☆☆☆ “Season 3 is very good. Structurally, it uses the same reopened case conceit as Season 1, where a detective is talking to investigators about a long-ago mystery that still haunts him, but it adds a third timeline to great effect. Oscar winner Mahershala Ali plays Wayne ‘Purple’ Hays, […]

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New to Sky Box Sets in February

The first four seasons of SoHo’s hypnotic The Affair will screen next month for the first time on Sky Box Sets. Also new to the back catalogue binge channel will be Generation Kill, Little Britain and the 2007 series, Tell Me You Love Me. Screening in order of their nightly rotation will be: Big Love […]

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Network Movie Highlights: January 12 – 18

   Saturday     Flubber | TVNZ 2, 7.00    Night at the Museum | Three, 7.00    The Aviator | TVNZ 1, 9.00    8 Mile | Three, 9.10    The Hollow Man | Duke, 9.20 The Spectacular Now | TVNZ 2, 10.30 Aliens vs Predator – Requiem | Three, 11.20   Sunday    Yoga Hosers | TVNZ 2, 12.15am   […]

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Critical Condition: Titans

Titans | Netflix, from Friday ☆☆☆☆ “The high-powered team behind the show — the Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, the uber-producer Greg Berlanti and the DC veteran Geoff Johns, a one-time Teen Titans writer — is aiming for the superhero version of kitchen-sink realism rather than comic-book gloss. Like Netflix’s Marvel series and Mr. Berlanti’s DC […]

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