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The 5th Wave (TVNZ 2, 7.00pm). Cute teens v the aliens: Chloë Grace Moretz learns deadly survival skills after Earth is attacked: the fifth wave refers to the final phase of the takeover, after electromagnetic attack, earthquakes, disease and possession. Messy with gaping logic holes, “the film appears to have been designed by some crazed Oedipal wing of the NRA”, said the New Yorker. (2016)

The adaptation beloved by a generation – until this year’s version by Greta Gerwig, whose free-flowing style gave the characters a modern vigour. Nevertheless, Gillian

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