HD Highlights: August 11

Sky Movies Premiere: Salvation Boulevard (Sky 20, 8.30, 5.1) A heavenly cast — Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Marisa Tomei, Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris — elevates an otherwise obscure comedy/drama about a fundamentalist preacher who tries to frame a born-again member of his congregation for the accidental killing of an atheist author. “It’s not that Salvation Boulevard is bad: It’s quite funny at times and has some good performances,” the Philadelphia Inquirer said. “But it’s so predictable it has no bite, either as social satire or as slapstick comedy.” Agreed the New York Times: “As the plot swerves toward an almost crazy conclusion, there is the inkling of a strong, interesting idea here, about how some versions of modern religion are predicated on the systematic denial of reality, but Salvation Boulevard is itself too loosely tethered to the actual world to make the point with the necessary vigor or acuity.” (2011) ✭✭✩

❑ Hyundai Country Calendar (TV One, 7.00) A city girl finds her rural dream later in life. ✭✭✭✭

❑ ITM Fishing Show (TV3, 7.00) The blue marlin are biting off East Cape, so Matt hitches on the boat and takes his apprentice Jake to Waihau Bay to have a go at catching his first marlin. ✭✭✭

❑ CSI: New York (TV3, 8.30, 5.1) On the night of a young man’s 21st, his friends take him out, but when they turn up dead and he’s found in street covered in his friends’ blood, the CSIs must figure out what happened. ✭✭✭

❑ CSI: Miami (TV3 9.30, 5.1) Natalia is taken hostage by a convicted murderer who escaped from prison just as another victim he is suspected of killing is discovered. ✭✭✭

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