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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 7/11/2008 9:47:57 AM   
wrenster


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So now that Halloween and Bonfire night has gone, maybe things will settle down for a while and you can get in some decent movies on TV

New listing is on page one

Enjoy!

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 14/11/2008 12:39:30 PM   
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Nothing much to say except new listing is up on page one.

Enjoy!

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 21/11/2008 10:24:11 AM   
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Hard to believe we are heading into the last week of November...where has the year gone?

Still...new listing on page one.

Enjoy!

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 1/12/2008 9:57:33 PM   
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wonder where Wrenster is...


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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 1/12/2008 10:10:51 PM   
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Yeah i was wondering that as well...

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 1/12/2008 10:16:19 PM   
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He might be busy or he just might not have got the listings for this week.He did miss a week a while back but it was never explained.Anyway,hope he gets back soon.

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 2/12/2008 12:20:10 AM   
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Wow! I never knew I was so popular.

The listings were done and I did post them this week but for some reason they never stuck. I assure you I am fine and the listings will return next week.

Apologises to one and all.

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 2/12/2008 12:35:57 AM   
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For a moment there i contemplated buying a tv mag

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 5/12/2008 8:48:17 AM   
wrenster


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As you all know, the forum is having real problems at the moment. Last week's listing was not published at all (a week of hard work gone...boo, hoo) and now this week, the edit isn't working. So for one week only (hopefully) this week's listing begins from tomorrow (Saturday) and can be found directly after this message.

Enjoy!

SATURDAY 6TH DECEMBER
 

INSPECTOR GADGET
11.40am ITV2
Live action version of the popular cartoon series, with Matthew Broderick as a security guard who dreams of being a cop, and after battling with cyber thieves, he is left injured, so is turned into a Inspector Gadget, a robotic human with gadgets everywhere, but the evil Claw wants the technology. Rupert Everett camps it up as the villain, but the plot is so weak that you just donít care about anything else.
 
THE FAMILY MAN
1pm Film4
Nicolas Cage stars as a hot-shot business man who has everything, and is given the opportunity to see how the other half lives when he wakes up one morning to find his rich life gone, and he is a regular family man with his childhood sweetheart as his wife. Will his experience change him? Trying to come across as a Frank Capra film, Brett Ratner doesn't come close, and even though Cage and Tea Leone do their best, it's all a little too sentimental to be compared to It's A Wonderful Life, which it obviously dreams of being.
 
THE VIKINGS
1.10pm More4 *RECOMMENDED*
Epic adventure with Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis as half brothers, both not knowing of their family links, who take each other on for the throne of Northumbria. Glorious stuff with a cracking score and high production values. A proper, old fashioned movie.
 
BUFFALO BILL AND THE INDIANS
1.40pm ITV1 *RECOMMENDED*
Dusty Robert Altman western with Paul Newman as Buffalo Bill, who now runs a Wild West show and who wants Sitting Bull to join his group, but the Indian leader has his own agenda involving the President and General Custer. Shambolic and at times totally incoherent, this isnít one of Altmanís strongest films, and yet it still manages to keep the attention, and with Newman in the lead, you simply cannot take your eyes off it.
 
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP
2.10pm BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Powell and Pressburger's magnificent technicolored war drama with Roger Livesey as a soldier who has fought in the Boer War and World War I, who believes he can fight in any war with gentlemanly conduct, until a German friend tells him otherwise. Brilliantly acted and with the teams extraordinary use of visuals, this is one of their finest hours and a masterpiece of British cinema. Some films are unmissable, and this is one of them.
 
LAST OF THE DOGMEN
2.20pm five *RECOMMENDED*
Tom Berenger stars as a tracker who heads into the Montana mountains to search for three escaped fugitives,. After discovering they have been murdered he comes across a tribe that have previously been believed to be wiped out. Quite a good little movie, this, with a reasonable storyline and nice cinematography.
 
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
2.20pm ITV3 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Popular musical with Topol as a Russian Jewish milkman having to cope with the problems of Pre-Revolutionary Russia while having to marry off his daughters and finding the Jewish life hard to cope. Passionate and well shot, Norman Jewisonís film of the hit musical does have some cracking songs and the set pieces are brilliantly handled, even if it is a tad too long.
 
COMANCHE
3.20pm Film4
So-so B-movie western with Dana Andrews as a cowboy whose job is to try and convince a powerful Comanche chief that peace would be a better solution to fighting a three way battle between the Indians, Mexicans and American cavalry. Nothing we havenít seen before but not as bad as some B-movies.
 
CARRY ON DOCTOR
4.20pm Channel 4
The Carry On team are never happier than in a hospital environment, and this is no exception, with Jim Dale as the young, horny doctor, who gets himself into all kinds of troubles, to the disgust of the hospital administrator and the head matron. Kenneth Williams, Hattie Jacques and the rest of the gang are here with the usual cheeky gags and slapstick. Silly but fun.
 
HULK
4.25pm ITV2
Ang Leeís version of the Marvel comic book tale was panned by fans, as he concentrated on the human drama more than the destruction of the giant green monster. Eric Bana plays the scientist who, after an accident, becomes a creature when he gets angry. Many pined for the camp TV series of the 70s, but this is a much deeper affair, and shouldnít be dismissed as kiddie fodder.
 
BEWITCHED
4.25pm Fiver
Instead of going for an out-and-out remake of the classic 60s TV comedy, Nora Ephron decides to bravely go for another angle, and fails miserably. Egomaniac Will Ferrell wants to make a remake of Bewitched, but little does he know that he is going to actually hire a witch to play Samantha. Nicole Kidman is the witch in question, and this would have worked had it not been for the incredibly unfunny script and Ferrell not given enough comedic room to make it funny. Hopelessly inept.
 
CONTACT
4.30pm five
Jodie Foster stars as a scientist who picks up signals from another world, telling her how to build a machine that can communicate with alien life forms. Robert Zemeckis's lavish but overlong film version of Carl Sagan's epic novel is interesting but it does drag in places. Foster, as ever, is good.
 
RIO LOBO
4.50pm BBC2
Standard John Wayne western with the Duke playing an aging cowboy who leads a group of ex rebels to track down a traitor who has given information to the enemy. On their journey, they come across a Texan town that seems to be under siege, by the man they are after. Howard Hawks directs, and it comes across a little lacklustred, with Wayne carrying the film himself, as he doesn't have great support from the other actors. Fine if you like westerns but we want more.
 
THE WRONG ARM OF THE LAW
5.05pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Classic crime comedy in which the crooks and the police know the score between each other until a new gang arrive and are impersonating the police to steal from the crooks, leading to a new alliance between the old school crooks and law. Peter Sellers stars as top criminal mastermind Pearly Gates with Lionel Jeffries as his nemsis Inspector Nosey Parker. A time of innocence helps to make this a delightfully amusing comedy.
 
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
6.40pm ITV4
A lesson in how not to make a cartoon hero adaptation, as the fabulous Cannon studios thought they were onto a winner by making a live action film of He-Man and his battles with Skeletor. Instead of sticking to the original story, they are transported to 80s America and Courtney Cox is there. Dolph Lundgren does look like He-Man and Frank Langella hams it up as the villain, but this is laughably bad.
 
IN GOOD COMPANY
6.55pm Film4
Comedy with Dennis Quaid as a man who is demoted from his job and his new boss (Topher Grace) is half his age. getting on with each other and their very different styles is one thing, but when the new boss starts going out with one of Quaid's daughters (Scarlett Johannson), things get a little touchy. A better-than-average film that has moments of satire but seems too afraid to poke fun out of corporate America, and so heads for safe ground with a rom-com.
 
THE FIRST WIVES CLUB
7.10pm Channel 4
Embittered female comedy in which wealthy wives Bette Midler, Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn, all spawned by their husbands for younger woman, decide to seek revenge on their former men. Based on a best seller, this is a lame comedy with very little wit or class, even considering the cast involved. What we do have is a film that leaves a nasty taste in the mouth once you have viewed it.
 
MEAN MACHINE
9pm Film4
Vinnie Jones is given his first lead roles in this British remake of the Burt Reynolds movie. Jones plays a disgraced footballer thrown into jail and forced by the governor to start a team so they can play the guards. Virtually an identical remake, but you cannot help but like it, with a nice sense of comedy. A real lads movie.
 
COPYCAT
9.10pm BBC3
Serial killer thriller in which agoraphobic criminal psychologist Sigourney Weaver must try and help detective Holly Hunter in tracking down a serial killer who copies other murderers. Nice to see that itís two female leads taking on the psychos, and this isnít as bad as most movies of this genre. Some tension and suspense is built up, helped by Weaver and Hunterís performances.
 
ALONG CAME A SPIDER
10.15pm Channel 4
Morgan Freeman returns as pathologist Alex Cross, last seen in Kiss The Girls, in this so-so thriller in which a congressman's daughter is kidnapped and Cross, recovering from the death of his last partner, is teamed up with Monica Potter. A film that is so full of clichťs, you can almost recite the script. Not good.
 
SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT
10.15pm ITV3 *RECOMMENDED*
Good ole boys comedy adventure with Burt Reynolds as an egotistical car driver who takes a bet that he and his companion Jerry Reed cannot transport beer across State lines. Hot on his trail is a desperate cop (Jackie Gleason), determined to bring him in. Along for the ride is Sally Field and what we have is a mindless, but harmless, stunt-filled road movie so popular in the 70s. Pointless,? Yes. Entertaining? Absolutely!
 
THE ART OF WAR
10.45pm ITV4
A better-than-average action film with Wesley Snipes as an United Nations cop who is framed for murder and must find out the truth behind the killing of a Chinese diplomat and a cargo ship full of dead Vietnamese before the CIA and Triads can get him. So the plot has plenty of holes to drive a truck through but the action set pieces are well handled and it keeps going at a break-neck pace for you not to notice the gaps.
 
THE HILLS HAVE EYES
10.55pm Film4
A family travelling through the desert are shown a short-cut that leads to nowhere and they wreck their car. This is only the beginning of their nightmare as they become the victims of a family of cannibals hungry for meat. Modern remake of Wes Craven's 1977 cult horror goes down the same route as most remakes of late: extra gore and lack of real suspense. The original was raw but this is too formula.
 
SHANGHAI NOON
11.20pm BBC1 *RECOMMENDED*
Mixing cowboys with kung fu worked like a charm with this energetic romp as Jackie Chan stars as a Chinese guard who comes to America in search of a kidnapped princess, and having to team up with outlaw Owen Wilson. A buddy movie with plenty of laughs and some good set pieces, particularly Chan's fight with the Indians. Nothing too taxing on the brain, just a terrific comedy action movie.
 
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
11.20pm BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
William Shakespeare'splay about a loan shark in Venice during the 16th century, who demands more than a cash payment when a merchant decides to cough up the cash for a friend, is kept reasonably faithful to the original source, and director Michael Radford allows his talented cast to show their acting muscles, with Al pacino leading the pack as Shylock. Well made and lovers of the Bard will enjoy it.
 
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
12.05am ITV3 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See earlier for review
 
MAGNOLIA
12.35am More4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Paul Thomas Andersonís follow-up to Boogie Nights, is another multi-layered ensemble piece following the connections between a group of different people in the San Fernando Valley. Perfectly played by the entire cast, including the best role Tom Cruise has ever had, this is an epic examination of friendship, family and coincidence and includes the most bizarre ending ever. A three hour treat.
 
BAMAKO
1am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
African drama set in and around a courtyard of a house belonging to a singer and her husband, who are close to breaking up, but a man decides to take on the African banks in order to find a solution to Africa's plight. A small scale drama that follows the people who come into this courtyard, and particularly the break-up of a marriage. Beautifully shot and nicely underplayed, this is a little treat for world cinema fans.
 
THE JERK
1.05am ITV4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Steve Martinís first lead role is a hilariously stupid comedy about a simple white man bought up in a black family who goes in search of his purpose in life and experiences the ups and downs before finding fame as an inventor. The gags may be a little simple but it has charm and you cannot help but laugh out loud. In the days when Martin was a wild and crazy guy. Whatever happened?
 
THE MILLION DOLLAR HOTEL
1.25am BBC2
A film with four stories in one. Starting with the suspected murder of Tim Roth, detective Mel Gibson heads to a hotel that houses people too poor to go anywhere else, and the stories of their lives. This film has so much promise and yet fails to deliver. Firstly the cast is full with talented people; it's co-written by U2's Bono and directed by Wim Wenders, and yet its too full of its own importance that you just don't care, and while it looks good, it doesn't ignite at all.
 
WHISKY
1.55am Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Thoroughly enjoyable South American comedy drama, about a man whose life has led to nothing. Then his long-lost brother resurfaces, and he has to prove to his that he has done something with his life, so plans to use a local woman to pose as his wife. Complex, farcical but a joy from start to finish, this is one of those hidden gems that needs more attention.
 
 
SUNDAY 7TH DECEMBER
 

GETTING THERE
12.05pm ITV1
Mary-Kay and Ashley Olsen star in this pointless tale of the twins celebrating their 16th birthday by driving to Salt Lake City for the Olympics and the misadventures they have when getting there (see what they did for the title?) Young girls who think the height of conversation is boys and fashion will probably think this is the greatest movie ever.
 
SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT
12.20pm ITV3 *RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday for review
 
THE SWORD AND THE ROSE
1pm five
Disneyís take on part of the life of Henry VIII as seen through the eyes of Mary Tudor, as the evil Michael Gough is determined to make her life hell, when Henry wants her to marry him, even though she loves someone else. All historical accuracy is thrown out the window and we get Richard Todd swashbuckling, Glynis Jones being all prim and proper and James Robertson Justice having the time of his life as a Scottish Henry. Itís all done in good fun, although modern children may find it laughable.
 
BOGUS
1pm Film4
Family drama about a young boy who is sent to live with his mother's foster sister after she is killed. The boy doesn't like the change, and gets help from his imaginary French friend, Bogus. Haley Joel Osmont plays the boy with Whoopie Goldberg as the woman who takes him under her wing, and Gerard Depardieu as Bogus. It's all nice and coy, but keep a sick bucket near-by.
 
BABE: PIG IN THE CITY
1.30pm ITV2
A film that does exactly as it says on the tin. The sequel to the huge family favourite sees the sheep-pig heading into town with Mrs Hoggitt, hoping to save their farm, and meeting up with a variety of other animals all willing to help. The charm of the original is lacking here, and it ends up being just another routine film that little ones will like, even if it does become quite disturbing in the way the animals gets treated.
 
SEE SPOT RUN
2.25pm Channel 4
Weak family comedy with David Arquette as a mailman who becomes the carer of a dog that just so happens to be a drug-busting FBI canine that has gone into hiding after an assassination attempt. Having been some years behind Turner and Hooch and K-9, this has plenty of slapstick nonsense that will keep the very young happy, but everyone else looking at the clock.
 
STEEL MAGNOLIAS
3pm five *RECOMMENDED*
Comedy drama chick flick based on a successful play set in and around a hair salon run by bubbly Dolly Parton as the town preapres for the wedding of young Julia Roberts, but the celebrations soon turn to tragedy as she is desperate for a child. With a strong female cast (Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah) this is surprisingly entertaining and sometimes very funny, but when the tears come, the floodgates are swung wide open.
 
SPECIAL INSPECTOR
3.10pm Film4
B-movie thriller in which a series of hijackings of trucks from Canada leads a special agent to go undercover as a trucker, and follow the trail of the criminals as his first assignment is stolen, but will his true identity be revealed. An early screen appearance of Rita Hayworth seems to be the only reason to watch this otherwise routine crime drama that lacks a decent lead and more tension.
 
STAR WARS - EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE
3.50pm ITV1
George Lucas returned to directing with this starting point in the Star Wars saga, when we are first introduced to Anakin Skywalker, the boy who would later turn into Darth Vader. The special effects are incredible but its a shame the same couldn't be said about the storyline and the acting. And who thought that Jar-Jar Blinks would be a great idea, leading him to be the most annoying character in screen history. A messy start to the series.
 
ESCAPE TO ATHENA
4.20pm Film4
Starry cast led by Roger Moore seem to be enjoying themselves in this POW drama, set in Greece, and where the prisoners not only want to escape but they plan to capture a stash of treasure hidden in a mountain top monastery. Elliott Gould, Telly Savalas and David Niven also star, and while the plot gets silly, itís all done with a sense of fun and if you donít take it too serious, this is strangely likeable.
 
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
4.30pm ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
A fair version of the classic Jane Austen novel about an upright sister who is trying to win the affections of a straight-laced new arrival to her village. Keira Knightley stars as Elizabeth Bennett and does a good job, whereas Matthew MacFadyen doesnít quite get Darcy right. Nicely directed by Atonementís Joe Wright, this isnít bad, just cannot escape the BBCs excellent adaptation.
 
HOME ALONE
5.10pm five *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
The first and best of the adventures of a young boy left home alone by his parents and having to fend off two bungling crooks who are after the familys belongings. It made Macaulay Culkin into a superstar and For a while was the most successful comedy of all times. Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern are perfect as the crooks who get battered and bruised by the boy. Tons of fun and a good start to the Christmas season.
 
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
6.20pm Channel 4
Remake of the classic Christmas movie, with Richard Attenborough as department store Santa who wants to prove that he is the real Father Christmas, and how he manages to make a little girl believe in him. Keeping the spirit of the original without trying to ruin the classic, it does lay the sentimentality on a little thicker, but it's heart is in the right place and its a fair retelling of a lovely Christmas tale.
 
CORRINA, CORRINA
6.40pm Film4
Overly sentimental drama with Ray Liotta as a man who loses his wife and his young daughter becomes withdrawn, so he hires Whoopi Goldberg as a housemaid, who starts to show the two a whole new life, even though the relationship between Liotta and Goldberg starts to raise eyebrows within the town. The performances are fine, but there's a high level of sickly sweetness laid upon it.
 
THE PINK PANTHER
7.05pm five
If anyone could pull off the physical comedy of Peter Sellers, it is Steve Martin. Shame the script and direction wasn't as strong in this feeble remake of the misadventures of Inspector Clouseau, as he goes after the person who stole the legendary diamond. Kevin Kline plays Dreyfuss and Beyonce Knowles is there for the glamour, but you can't help feeling that if a more talented director and a funnier script was in place, Martin would have been a perfect choice to step into those huge shoes left by Sellers. Instead we have a comedy lacking in laughs.
 
JUST CAUSE
9pm five
A man who is facing the electric chair for the murder of a child, calls in a professor of law to re-examine the case, only to discover some new evidence that the police don't care about. Sean Connery stars in this unremarkable thriller along with Laurence Fishburne. It moves along fine, but it adds nothing new to the genre
 
POLICE ACADEMY
9pm ITV2
The first and best of the comedy series about a group of inept cadets to the Police Academy and the antics that they get up to. Steve Guttenberg leads the ragbag of misfits, and the gags, while some are very infantile, others are of a more mature nature and you find yourself giggling away and then feeling very guilty afterwards. Just try and put the sequels out of your memory and just enjoy it for what it is.
 
MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD
9pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Spectacular ship-based drama with Russel Crowe leading a crew during the Napoleonic war, playing a cat and mouse game with a French battleship. The production designs is incredible and the action sequences are well handled, but it does drag in places. A fine looking piece from peter Weir but slightly unsatisfactory.
 
BULLETPROOF MONK
10pm Channel 4
Simply idiotic martial arts adventure with Chow Yun Fat as a monk who protect a life-affirming scroll from being taken by a former Nazi officer. The fight scenes are weak and the script even weaker, this is a poor example of a Hollywood Kung Fu movie. And even Chow looks lost.
 
THE JERK
10.35pm *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday for review
 
COPYCAT
10.45pm BBC3
See Saturday for review
 
SILENT CRY
11.05pm five *RECOMMENDED*
A dark, well handled British thriller with Emily Woolf as a single mother who is told her newborn child has died. Not accepting the story, and with the help of a hospital porter, she goes in search of the truth. Mainly ignored, this is a taut tale with a good performance from Woolf that is worth checking out.
 
TRUE LIES
11.30pm ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Super spy adventure from James Cameron, with Arnold Schwarzenegger as a secret agent on the case of stolen nuclear weapons, who is also trying to keep his job secret from his family. The action is top notch, with some superb set pieces, while the comedy is also well handled by Arnie and Jamie Lee Curtis, perfect as his wife. A wham-bang treat.
 
LIGHTS IN THE DUSK
11.35pm Film4
Aki Kaurismaki is one of those directors you either love with a passion, or hate with a passion. I fall into the latter and this amateurish thriller about a night watchman who befriends a blonde woman, and then finds himself a patsy to a gang of crooks is both incredibly dull and very badly made, and I can't think of any other reason to watch apart from being pretentious. Horrible.
 
STEAL
11.50pm BBC1
Flashy, trendy crime caper about a group of snowboarding/skateboarding robbers who plan to steal from five banks in five days, but are up against both the police and the mob. Stephen Dorff leads the gang in a film that is high on action but low on brain cells.
 
JOAN OF ARC: THE MESSENGER
12.20am BBC2
Luc Besson takes on one of Franceís most famous historical characters with Milla Jovovich as the saintly girl, who through visions from God, takes on the might of the French oppressors. While a huge task in hand, Bessonís film is visually impressive, but you canít help but think its overdone in all departments. Some of the performances too are a little over the top which drags the film down, and it becomes dull in places.
 
SCREAMERS
12.30am ITV4
A mining colony that has suffered years of war, have a new enemy, a creature that is out to destroy all life forms. Peter Weller leads a team who are out to stop them. Based on a Philip K. dick story, this sci-fi action flick could have been better with a stronger script and more money spent, but what we do have is an okay time waster.
 
CAMP
1.05am Channel 4
An unsuccessful writer starts up a camp for young performers and begins to get the inspiration to create a brand new show for his young stars to perform. Regarded at the time, as a Fame of the 21st Century, you cannot deny the energy that the young actors throw into this, but with the current craze for High School Musical, this has got lost along the way. Not bad if you like your cheese thickly sliced.
 
LOVE STORY
1.10am Film4
The ultimate tear-jerker that touched a generation in the 70s. Ryan OíNeal plays a rich kid who falls for poor girl Ali MacGraw, and finds that the two young lovers have to fend for themselves when OíNealís father disowns him. Get the hankies out by the end, as it lays the sentimentality on thick and fast. A little too coy now, but at the time there was never a dry eye.
 
 
MONDAY 8TH DECEMBER
 

STORM OVER THE NILE
10.45am More4
Remake of The Four Feathers that, considering the talent involved, is a bit of a disaster. A man is falsely accused of cowardice days before the war in the Sudan, and he has to prove himself. Co-directed by Guy Hamilton and Zoltan Korda, the movie is filled with battle scenes used in the earlier production, and the acting from Anthony Steele and Laurence Harvey, is also pretty terrible. Best stick with the original.
 
THE AMERICANO
1pm Film4
Horror shocker supreme William Castle plays it straight for this western adventure with Glenn Ford as an American working near the Amazon who has to contend with Brazilian bandits. A reasonable western with very low production values.
 
THE STORY OF ROBIN HOOD AND HIS MERRY MEN
1.50pm Channel 4 *RECOMMENDED*
Disney takes on the legendary Robin Hood, as Richard Todd slips into the Lincoln Green to play the young man and tell the tale of why he became an outlaw in the first place. With a cast of excellent English actors, and a scene stealing performance from Peter Finch as the Sheriff of Nottingham, this is a tight, fast paced adventure for the whole family.
 
THE SILVER FLEET
2.40pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Avery different wartime drama with Ralph Richardson as a shipyard owner in Holland who decides to co-operate with the occupying Germans but after hearing a nursery rhyme, changes his mind. This is a fairly good little war drama that has does tug at the heartstrings.
 
POM POKO
4.25pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Another magical adventure from the imaginative Studio Ghibli, this one involving a group of racoons who can change their shapes, who take on developers who are planning to destroy their homeland. This is a creative and superior animation that manages to be both intelligent and mystical and will delight all at any age.
 
ONE FINE DAY
6.50pm Film4
Romantic comedy with Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney as single parents who both lead busy lives and both find that their childrens have missed a school field trip. Stuck with the parents, the two adults start inflicting their views of singler life on each other, and yet having to relie on each other so they can continue with their own lives. It sounds complex, but this is a light and fluffy rom-com helped by the likeable performances from the two leads.
 
PHILADEPHIA
7.30pm Fiver *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Hollywood's first mainstream movie to deal with AIDS has an Oscar winning performance from Tom Hanks as a lawyer moving up the company ladder until he discovers he has the disease and the firm dismiss him. Hiring a small time lawyer (Denzel Washington) the men go after the company. Jonathan Demme's movie touches on the pain that the disease brings, not only to the victim but those around them, and the performances are top notch, and Hanks was never better.
 
MEAN GIRLS
9pm E4
Surprisingly entertaining high school comedy with Lindsay Lohan as a girl who comes to a new school and gets involved in the 'most popular' girls around, and their evil, twisted ways. Episodic in its delivery, this has plenty to enjoy, including some very punchy social gags, and a script that is both smart and fun. A real joy to behold.
 
TRUE LIES
9pm ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Sunday for review
 
SILENT HILL
9pm Film4
Based on the popular computer game, this effects laden horror has Rhanda Mitchell as a woman who takes her daughter to a place called Silent Hill that seems to be haunting her dreams, only to lose her there, and so begin a nightmarish hunt to find her, among the ghosts and ghouls that live there. The trouble with this movie is that it outstays its welcome and its not that shocking or chilling. Like most modern horrors, there's too much substance and not enough left to the imagination.
 
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
10pm Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
A quiet man, living in a quiet town, becomes a hero when he foils a robbery. The news spreads and suddenly he becomes the focus of some men that could shake the very foundations of his private life, particularly his family. David Cronenberg's film version of the graphic novel is a brilliant thriller with an outstanding performance from Viggo Mortensen. An unsettling film that doesn't pull any punches, and one of Cronenberg's finest.
 
STARSHIP TROOPERS 2: HERO OF THE FEDERATION
10pm five
Pointless and pretty awful sequel to Paul Verhoeven's excellent first film, in which a group of Federation soldiers find themselves stranded on a military outpost, surrounded by aliens. If it wasn't for the fact that the same aliens were being used, this straight-to-video fare would have nothing else in common. None of the wit, charm or biting satire is here, just a very poor B-movie cash-in.
 
SCREAMERS
10pm ITV4
See Sunday for review
 
BATMAN
11pm E4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Tim Burton's reinvention of the dark knight is a big budget extravaganza, with Michael Keaton as the caped crusader, up against the over-the-top Joker, played with gusto by Jack Nicholson. The production values are incredibly high, and while the film focuses more the villain than the hero, it's still a visual treat and a terrific action movie. The music by Prince does slightly interfere, but that a small quibble in a very dark piece of entertainment.
 
BULLITT
11.25pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
What could have been a routine cop thriller is given cult status by the ultra-cool Steve McQueen as a cop out to stop an underground mobster who killed a key witness in a case that would have put him away. With a terrific score by Lalo Schifrin, and the best car chase ever put on the screen, Peter Yates film just oozes style and class, and McQueen is so ice cool, he could freeze fire. A cinematic gem and one that has managed to stand the test of time.
 
SHINER
11.35pm BBC1
A routine British gangster movie is given weight with a strong lead performance from Michael Caine. He plays a boxing promoter who has been banned from legal fights, but thinks he has a contender in the form of his own son. But someone doesnít want that to happen. Caine is always good value and while this may not be another Alfie or Italian Job, he commands the screen.
 
WICKER PARK
11.50pm Channel 4
Remake of LíAppartement with Josh Hartnett as a young ad executive who believes that the woman he sees in a cafť is his long lost lover, and he becomes obsessed with finding out if it is her, and getting her back. Fans of the French original should not approach this version, as it lacks any of the style or tension that it had. And letís face it, Josh Hartnett is hardly Vincent Cassel.
 
TOTAL RECALL
12.50am ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
First-rate sci-fi adventure with Arnold Schwarzenegger as a man who goes to experience a mind trip to Mars, which triggers off hidden memories involving a conspiracy. Paul Verhoeven's direction is fast and exciting, and while some the violence is excessive, this is a terrific action flick with a nice line of subtle humour, and if the storyline does get confusing in place, stick with it, it's all worth while in the end. Great stuff.
 
ASYLUM
1.40am Film4
A bleak drama with Natasha Richardson as the wife of a psychiatrist, who falls for one of his clients, an inmate of a prison asylum, for which he was put there after disfiguring and murdering his own wife. But as the attraction grows, so do the dangers. Ian McKellen and Hugh Bonneville star in this film that is hard to really like, and yet you cannot ignore the level of good that is in it. The performances are fine, as are the production values, and yet thereís something that doesnít quite fit.
 
GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES
2.05am Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
One of Studio Ghibli's most powerful pieces, a terrific drama following a boy and his sister as they try to survive World War II, after their mother is killed, and must try to fend for themselves in an abandoned shelter. This is a heart-felt, incredibly moving tale of two people who will do anything to survive. Unlike other Ghibli films, the fantasy elements are left for real emotion to pour through. You will weep.
 
 
TUESDAY 9TH DECEMBER
 

THEY RODE WEST
11.15am More4
Routine western with Robert Francis as a doctor who is sent to a cavalry fort, there he goes against regulations by attending to the Indians that are settled near the fort. And when they head to the hills to join forces with the Commanches, the solider brand the doctor a woodhawk, a bird that turns against his own. A reasonable idea that in the hands of a more experience team would have worked, but this just comes across like amateur hour, and is just okay.
 
MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS 1pm Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
If the story of how Mary became Queen of Scotland at the age of six, only for the her cousin, Queen Elizabeth to have her imprisoned doesn't wet your appitite, then the sight of two of Britian's heavyweight actressess, Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson on the screen in the same movie is enough to make anyone want to watch. With terrific direction from Charles Jarrott and a solid supproting cast, this is an outstanding historical drama.
 
THEODORA GOES WILD
1pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Comedy set in a small American town in which the locals are up in arms about the release of a book, called The Sinner. Their prudish ways make them want the book banned, not knowing that the author is in fact one of their own, and she has to hide her secret from them but when a book jacket illustrator comes to town, she struggles to keep her identity. Irene Dunne and Melvyn Douglas star in this delightful and funny screwball comedy that moves along fast and furious.
 
THE WOODLANDERS
2.55pm Film4
Passionate love story based on the novel by Thomas Hardy, with Emily Woolf as a young girl returning home from finishing school, and her father, now thinking she is a better person, wants him to marry a doctor, and not her sweetheart before going off, a local woodsman (Rufus Sewell). Beautifully shot and nicely played, this is a slow burning romance that captures the feel of Hardy well. Not the most exciting movie, but a good drama nevertheless.
 
ONLY YESTERDAY
4.45pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
A beautiful animation from Studio Ghibli in which a young woman in search of happiness heads out to the country and it brings back the memories of her childhood and the happier time she experienced. Following the same vein as The Grave Of The Fireflies, this is a wonderful tale that captures the emotions of a strong central character, and the animation is, as usual, of such high standards.
 
CATCH THAT KID
7.10pm Film4
Childrenís adventure fodder in which Kristen Stewart plays a girl who, along with two of her friends, plan to rob a hi-tech bank in order to get the money of an operation to save her dying father. Coming on like a kidís version of Mission Impossible, it does send out the wrong messages about stealing but like all kids films, it does have its morals to live up to. High School Musicalís Corbin Bleu also stars.
 
TOTAL RECALL
9pm ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Monday for review
 
THE TRANSPORTER
9pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Ludicrous action flick with Jason Stratham as a driver who delivers goods with no questions asked, but finds himself being tracked down after discovering that one of his deliveries is a girl. The action sequences are so over the top that you canít help but enjoy it. This is dumb to the extreme, and yet strangely watchable.
 
STIR CRAZY
9pm Five US *RECOMMENDED*
Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor star in this hit comedy about a couple of men heading to Hollywood, who are accused of bank robbery in a small western town and are thrown into jail, where they just love rodeo. The partnership hit an all-time high with this funny comedy that may have a weak script, but the stars ride above it. Great fun.
 
GREEN STREET
10pm ITV4
Violent drama with Elijah Wood as an expelled University student who comes to England to stay with his sister. So he can experience the British culture, he is taken to a football match, and finds after the match that he is the victim of a gang of football thugs, until he is staved by his sister's husband's brother who shows him the underworld of football hooligans and teaches him the laws of the streets. Compared to The Football Factory, this is a masterpiece, and yet it still has enough to make you so proud to be English...I think not.
 
THE PERFECT STORM
10.35pm BBC1 *RECOMMENDED*
A group of fishermen head out into the ocean, only to find themselves caught up in the mightiest storm they have ever witnessed. Wolfgang Petersen's film of the true story of how the men fought the sea, is well made, even though the outcome is well known. George Clooney and mark Walhberg star as the men on the stricken ship, and with some terrific special effects, this is a solid adventure.
 
MIRROR
10.45pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Andrei Tarkovsky's powerful drama about a man dying who remembers what his life was like, from his childhood to this present position. A tale not only about personal reflection but also a study of Russia and the people that were around in a time of change. Tarkovsky is not only a masterful film maker, using the images to great effect but also is a craftsman in storytelling while have many layers. On of his finest.
 
TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY
11.20pm ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
James Cameron upped the budget for this blockbuster sequel to his 1984 smash, with Arnold Schwarzenegger as another terminator, this time sent from the future to protect Linda Hamilton and son Edward Furlong from a new, more advanced Terminator. It's loads of smash, bang, wallop action all the way with added, amazing special effects and while the plot holes are huge, you don't even notice them as the film fires on all cylinders. Explosive.
 
BAMAKO
12.50am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday for review
 
 
WEDNESDAY 10TH DECEMBER
 

THAT RIVIERA TOUCH
11.15am More4
Morecombe and Wise hit the big screen in an unsuccessful comedy about two traffic wardens who become involved in a jewel smuggling plot in the South of France. The problem with the Morecombe and Wise films are that they don't give the two stars a chance to really shine. Stick to their TV shows.
 
THE WRONG ARM OF THE LAW
1pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday for review
 
WENT THE DAY WELL?
1.40pm Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
British wartime drama set in a small, sleepy village where a troop of soldiers arrive, and the locals take them in with open arms, until they discover that the soldiers are in fact Germans and the villagers must come together to stop them. A well executed film which starts off quaint and turns. The Eagle Has landed followed similar grounds, this grips from the off.
 
23 PACES TO BAKER STREET
2.55pm Film4
Old fashioned mystery thriller with Van Johnson as a blind writer living in London, who overhears a conversation about the kidnapping of a child. The police refuse to do anything, so it is up to him, with the help of his butler and ex fiance to crack down the criminals. It doesn't try to be anything else but a whodunnit with a slight twist and it is the perfect time waster for a cold afternoon.
 
THE KENTUCKIAN
5pm Film4
Burt Lancaster directs and stars in this western adventure about a frontier man who tries to make a life with his son in a civilized world, but finds it too hard, so decides to leave for the wild west, and buys a servant that causes all kinds of complications. A well made adventure, with a debut performance from Walter Matthau. A good time waster.
 
THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES
7.10pm Film4
Pointless screen remake of the hit 60s TV comedy, about a poor country family who find oil and become billionaires, moving their simple life to Beverley Hills, and having to beat off those who want to "help" them with their money. Another dud for a Saturday evening with an unfunny script and uninviting cast. What did Lily Tomlin and Cloris Leachman think they were doing?
 
TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY
9pm ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Tuesday for review
 
THE TRANSPORTER 2
9pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Fans of the original Transporter will not be disappointed with this madly over the top sequel, in which Jason Stratham returns as the title character, this time living in Miami and protecting the son of an important government agent, who finds that the boy is the target for kidnappers, and he could be implicated. Forget the plot and the massive holes that appear throughout, just sit back and watch as grown men do some incredible stunts, in a loud, in-your-face piece of hokum. But boy is it fun!
 
THE BEAT THAT SKIPPED MY HEART
10pm BBC4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
An unusal movie for French cinema, as this is a remake of James Toback's 1978 thriller 'Fingers'. A man is torn between following his father's footsteps in a life of ruthless deals in real estate, or his mother who was a concert pianist, but when he starts to play the piano, his life becomes more complicated. Jacques Audiard's film is both complex and fascinating and actually improves on the original. A perfect French thriller, even if it does belong to someone else.
 
THE ART OF WAR
10pm ITV4
See Saturday for review
 
LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN
10.45pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Tarentino-style thriller with Josh Hartnett as a man who is mistaken as a man owning money to two powerful mob bosses. Persuaded to kill one of them, he starts to hatch his own plan to get out of his troubled situation, even with a hitman and a detective watching his every move. A well made, if complex tale with a very strong cast, it does get a little silly, but is very watchable and Hartnett is fine in the lead, along with the heavy weights like Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley and Bruce Willis.

UNIVERSAL SOLDIER
11pm Five US
Two soldiers, killed in Vietnam, are used as part of a reanimation programme to create new super soldiers, but when one refuses to take orders, they other is sent to dispose of him. Teaming Jean Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lungdren in an early action film from Roland Emmerich sounds like a dream come true for action fans, but it is all far too silly and the off-screen antics of the leads was far more interesting than the movie could ever match up.
 
EDEN VALLEY
11.05pm More4
Low budget british drama in which a man, who lives his life looking after horses, is joined by his wayward teenage son, who has a prison sentence looming. The two men, who haven't had much of a relationship before, are forced to try and rekindle their lives and form a bond with the seasons and the father love for racing as a bonding agent. A fairly good story is helped with decent performances from the cast of unknowns, even if it does look a little amateurish.
 
PHANTOMS
11.30pm BBC1
Horror thriller starring Ben Affleck as a local sheriff who find the mysterious deaths of a community in a small town too coincidental to ignore, as he and a group of survivors must either stop the deaths or get out alive. A pretty bland and badly made horror that has very little shocks and thrills and even though it is based on a novel by Dean R. Koontz, he seems like a rip-off of X The Unknown. And why did Peter O'Toole accept to do this?
 
THE BOURNE IDENTITY
12.15am ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Exciting spy thriller with Matt Damon as a man who has lost his memory but finds he is the target of assassins, and must find out the truth about himself before he is killed. This hugely successful movie, well directed by Doug Liman, is both full of suspense and great action scenes, while never forgetting the intelligence of the audience watching. A real cracker.
 
THE PRINCIPLE OF LUST
12.50am Film4
Low budget British drama about a writer who is struggling with his new work, who meets a man who has a psychotic side, and a sexy woman, thus building a relationship with the pair, until he has to choose one. Hard-hitting in places, and quite explicit, this is a well played black comedy about people.
 
THE LAST MITTERAND
1.40am Channel 4
This is one of those films that falls into the category of you pretend to like it because itís French, when really itís a bit of a bore. Based on journalistic conversations with President Mitterrand (and they are only loosely based), this is basically a two-dimensional piece that doesnít go anywhere. The dialogue is rather laboured and itís all a bit pretentious.
 
 
THURSDAY 11TH DECEMBER
 

COMANCHE STATION
11.15am More4
Randolph Scott western in which he plays a cowboy who rescue a woman, but comes up against three outlaws who want him dead in order to collect the reward for the return of the woman. Budd Boetticher directs this better than avergae western and it has a strong enough plot to keep the attention going thoughout.
 
WATERLOO ROAD
1pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Forgotten but well crafted British war drama with John Miles as a man who skips being drafted in order to track down Stewart Granger, who has been seeing Miles wife behind his back. Filmed in and around the streets of Waterloo Station, this is both a fascinating look at real London during the war, and a solid drama of a man driven by the acts of his adulterous wife, an excellent performance from Joy Shelton. Better than most war drama, and worth checking out.
 
LADIES IN LAVENDER
1.30pm Channel 4 *RECOMMENDED*
Charles Dance takes on directing duties with this lovely, slow moving tale of two very different sisters who discover a stranger on the beach near their home, and they take him in to tend to him until he recovers, finding out his is from another country, and causing a rift in an otherwise routine household. The film is lifted by the brilliant performances from Maggie Smith and Judi Dench as the sisters, and Dance has a good eye for the pretty. A nice, gentle drama.
 
CATTLE EMPIRE
2.30pm Film4
A recently released from prison cattle herder has to make the decision between working for the town who put him in jail, or a rival cattle baron. An uninspired b-movie western with Joel McCrea wasted in the lead role.
 
ESCAPE TO ATHENA
4.10pm Film4
See Sunday for review
 
THE PARENT TRAP
6.35pm Film4
Disney remake of a Disney classic with Lindsay Lohan in the days before drink and drugs and scandal, playing identical twins who live very separate and different lives after their parents divorced, but when a fluke meeting at Summer Camp triggers off a plot to get their parents back together. Undemanding and surprisingly entertaining, with a good performance from the young Lohan. Slightly vomit inducing in places but on the whole, fine.
 
BAD SANTA
9pm five *FILM OF THE WEEK*
Billy Bob Thornton is superb as a foul-mouthed, drunken, sex-crazed conman who gets a jobs working in department stores in order to rob them, but his life takes a turn when a child wants to become his friend. Terry Zwigoff's film could have quite easily become over sentimental, but with thornton on cracking form and good support from Bernie Mac as a security chief who wants to foil his plans, this is a laugh-riot if you can stand the very strong language and lack of respect for an image of Christmas. Fantastic.
 
THE BOURNE IDENTITY
9pm ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Wednesday for review
 
ALIVE
9pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Spielberg producer Frank Marshall directs this extraordinary true story of a rugby team from Uruguay, who find themselves stranded in the Alps after their plane crashes, and fearing they won't survive, they turn to very desperate measures. Brilliantly executed, this is a gripping tale and a triumph of the human condition, with strong performances from the cast. Not for the faint-hearted, but a worthy watch nevertheless.
 
UNIVERSAL SOLDIER
9pm Five US
See Wednesday for review
 
RED SCORPION
10pm ITV4
Action movie with Dolph Lundgren as a Russian KGB agent sent to kill an African revolutionary, but when he sees what the Russians are doing, he changes sides. Routine and rather dull actioner with the usual wooden acting from the lead and mindless violence to keep action fans happy, even if they are badly staged.
 
MEAN GIRLS
10.30pm E4 *RECOMMENDED*
See Monday for review
 
FEARDOTCOM
11pm Five US
Woefully poor horror which rips off The Ring quite badly. Four people have been found dead, all of which logged onto an internet site called feardotcom. What happened to them? Detective Stephen Dorff and Department of Health worker Natashcha McElhone must find out. It wouldn't be so bad if the tension levels were kept high, but its poorly directed and you lose interest minutes into it. Dire.
 
THE BOURNE SUPREMACY
11.20pm ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Superior sequel to The Bourne Identity with Matt Damon returning as the ex agent, this time who has to resort to his old ways when he is blamed for a botched CIA assignment that goes wrong. Paul Greengrass does a good job at keeping the action level high, as well as an intelligent, adult script. The only downside is the overly shaky camerawork.
 
THE HILLS HAVE EYES
11.25pm Film4
See Saturday for review
 
THE BEAT THAT SKIPPED MY HEART
11.30pm BBC4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Wednesday for review
 
WINTER LIGHT 1.30am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Ingmar Bergman's dark and moving drama about a priest who has lost his faith after his wife dies, and his relationship with a schoolteacher who he cannot love and is questioning the existance of God. One of Bergman's most personal movies, it is mininal in it's direction and performances and yet is has more power than most overblown Hollywood dramas. A beautifully looking piece that will capture your heart as well as your mind.
 
DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID
1.45am Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Paulette Goddard stars as a beautiful chambermaid who decides to use her beauty to move up the social ladder, but finds herself being drawn to three very different families from three different classes, and will she be able to decide who she should be with? Jean Renoir's charming costume drama is filled with class and style while keeping you interested in the twists and turns of the plot. Burgess Meredith also stars, but this film belongs to Goddard, who is perfect cast as the title character.
 
 
FRIDAY 12TH DECEMBER
 

THE TALL T
11.15am More4
Western with Randolph Scott as a cowboy who hitches a ride on a stagecoach with a couple of newlyweds. When they stop at a station, and some outlaws learn that the girl is the daughter to a rich mine owner, they hold the group ransom. Reasonable western fare that passes the time nicely without having to be too heavy on plot.
 
THE WHOLE TOWN'S TALKING
1pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
John Ford steers away from westerns for this clever comedy with Edward G. Robinson as an ordinary man who leads an ordinary life, until one day he is late for work and is fired, which then leads to a string of invents in which he is mistaken for a master criminal. While very little known, this turns out to be a gem of a comedy with Ford showing his hand at being able to cope, while Robinson is perfectly cast in an unusual role for him.
 
THE SIEGE AT RED RIVER
2.55pm Film4
B movie western with Van Johnson as a cavalry captain who has to stop a haul of Gattling Guns from being delivered to a hostile group of Indians. Routine stuff that doesnít excite or really make you want to watch. A time waster that is a waste of time.
 
THE WAY WEST
4.35pm Film4
Western adventure with Kirk Douglas as an ex senator, who, along with scout Robert Mitchum, decides to lead a group of settlers to Oregon, but finds a rebellion from the group when he starts pushing far too hard. Richard Widmark also stars in this reasonable tale that doesnít keep the excitement going throughout.
 
THE ADDAMS FAMILY
7pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Entertaining big screen version of Charles Addams creation, a family of ghoulish freaks. When the familyís Uncle Fester returns after disappearing for years, he doesnít seem to be the same person. The gags are well timed and some are corny but you canít help but laugh. Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston are perfectly cast as Gomez and Mortica.
 
BATMAN RETURNS
9pm E4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Tim Burtonís sequel to his 1989 smash is a much better and darker affair, as the caped crusader has to deal with two enemies, the power-obsessed Penguin and the mysterious Catwoman. Danny De Vito is perfect as the bird-like grotesques, but it is Michelle Pfeiffer who steals the film as the sexy, leather-clad Catwoman, who works wonders with a whip. Michael Keaton takes the title role on again for one last time. A great fantasy movie.
 
THE BOURNE SUPREMACY
9pm ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Thursday for review
 
KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
9pm More4 *RECOMMENDED*
Ridley Scott directs this large scale epic following a young blacksmith who has lost his family and almost his faith, as he goes to fight in the crusades and becomes a champion for his fellow soldiers. Orlando Bloom takes the lead as the young solider and he is the weak link in an otherwise spectacular adventure. Some of the dialogue is somewhat laughable, but Scott;s skill as a director keeps it all on track and the battle scenes are among the most exciting in a while.
 
AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER
9pm Film4
The third in the adventures of the swinging 60s super spy, as he comes up a villain who loves gold. Mike Myers creation seems to have run out of steam, and after the sixties and eighties, moves to the seventies but only comes out with the weakest of the three films. The opening and ending work well and the inclusion of Michael Caine as Austin's father is a hoot, but Beyonce is just used as eye-candy and even Dr Evil has become predictable.
 
GHOSTBUSTERS II
9pm Fiver
After the huge success of the first film it was inevitable that they would return, but the joke seems to have run dry. After closing down the Ghostbusters and the gang going their separate ways, they are forced to return when New York comes under attack by an evil slime in the sewers and a presence that wants to rule the world. Bill Murray manages to save the film but it's not as inventive as the first film and it's like watching a slightly different variation of the 1984 smash.
 
FAR AND AWAY
10pm ITV3
Ron Howard directs this long-winded immigration drama with Tom Cruise as a poor Irish farmer and Nicole Kidman as the daughter to a wealthy land-owner, who escape to America to find a new life. The accents from Cruise leaves a lot to be desired, as even though it looks good, it does drag on.
 
WALKING TALL
10.05pm ITV4
Not the recent version starring The Rock, but the original based on the true story of how a man who was so angered by the depraved way his small town was turning into, he took up a piece of wood and challenged the local sheriff for his job, so he could take on the bad guys. Stirring but violent stuff with Joe Don Baker in the title role. A decent revenge thriller.
 
TAXI
10.50pm Film4
The original French Taxi was fresh, exciting and full of fun. This Hollywood remake is just plain loud and annoying. Cop Jimmy Fallon is on the tail of a group of bank robbers, but has to rely on taxi driver Queen Latifah to help him track them down. Cue lots of shouting of not-so-smart one-liners and car crashes and stunts that were done better in the 70s. Completely pointless and lacking in any charm or imagination, best to track down the original.
 
JUDGE DREDD
11.25pm E4
Based on the 2000AD comic strip character, Sylvester Stallone stars as the law enforcer who finds himself accused of a murder, and being set up for a fall, but wanting to find the truth. Fans of the comic strip were not happy with the depiction of the hero, but the film looks good and the special effects work well, even if the story is a little well worn.
 
SEACOAL
11.45pm More4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
A powerful documentary/drama following the lives of a group of seacolaers as they have to contend with thier everyday existence while coping with the harshness of a local entrepeneur and the reality of capitalism, as their simple lives change. A raw examination of people who have worked the areas of Lynemouth Beach that is both fascinating and gripping.
 
MAD DOG AND GLORY
11.45pm ITV1 *RECOMMENDED*
Interesting comedy drama from John McNaughton about a shy police photographer who saves the life of a crime boss. Wanting to thank him, the boss gives the cop one of his employees, a beautiful woman, but does this put the cop in a difficult situation. What makes this even more interesting is the casting of Robert De Niro as the cop and Bill Murray as the mob boss. Surprisingly it works well, and we have a nicely made little movie.
 
TRESPASS
11.55pm BBC1
Tough thriller written by Back To the Future writers Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis. Two firemen discover a treasure map that leads them to an abandoned factory, not realizing that this has now become the turf of a gang, who just happen to execute one of their enemies as the firemen turn up. Directed by Walter Hill, this is a much better chase movie than most and the tension builds to a solid ending. Bill Paxton and Ice T star.
 
8 MILE
12.10am ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Surprisingly good semi-autobiographical drama with rapper Eminem, as he struggles to find success and a way out of the slums he lives in. Curtis Hanson handles this dark drama beautifully, and while the supporting cast (including Kim Basinger and Brittney Murphy are good) this is Eminem's film and he is far better than you would ever have expected.
 
THE GREATEST
12.20am ITV4
Biopic about the early life of one of the greatest boxers of all time: Mohammed Ali, following his struggles to be accepted and his rise in the ranks of the sport. The difference between this and Michael Mann's Ali, is that the great man gets to play himself, and so the realism is there, and it tells a very intriguing tale.
 
SOLARIS
12.45am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Andrei Tarkovsky's science fiction cult classic set on board a Russian spacestation, in which the crew start experiencing strange hallucination invloving their lives, partuclarly their girlfriends back on earth, but they don't understand why its happening. Some have said that this is a pretentious, overlong drama while others see it as a Russian 2001, but you cannot deny Tarkovsky's strength as a film maker.

A GAME FOR VULTURES
1.50am BBC2
Dull and uninviting drama with Richard Harris as a wealthy businessman who sparks off hatred in Rhodesia when he makes a deal buying helicopters from the Germans. What starts off pretty promising with a good action sequence then nose-dives into a heavy-handed, boring melodrama that does nothing for the careers of those who star (including Richard Roundtree, Joan Collins and Ray Milland). Worth watching for 15 minutes, then give up.

HEAD OVER HEELS
2.20am ITV1
The big question about this film isÖwhat does it want to be? Monica Potter plays a plain Jane who moves in with a group of fairly dumb models and falls for neighbour Freddie Prinze Jr. But then she sees him committing murder and decides to get her flatmates to investigate. This screwball comedy does have some nice moments but on the whole it changes gear far too often for you to really care.
 

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 5/12/2008 10:56:55 AM   
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As you all know, the forum is having real problems at the moment. Last week's listing was not published at all (a week of hard work gone...boo, hoo) and now this week, the edit isn't working. So for one week only (hopefully) this week's listing begins from tomorrow (Saturday) and can be found directly after this message.


That's weird.  I saw last weeks listing on the Friday and used it to plan my weeks film viewing as usual.  It must have been there for a while at least. 

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 8/12/2008 5:59:54 PM   
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CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR'S LISTING!!!!!!!!

Just to let you know that the Christmas listings will be here by the end of this week, so you will find two lists: The movies for next week and the complete Christmas and New Years listing as well.

This is so I can have a nice break before kicking off the 2009 listing...and also so you don't have to pay £2 for the double editions of the listings magazines...lol

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 8/12/2008 6:08:29 PM   
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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 11/12/2008 11:20:04 PM   
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Alive is great. Very moving without being mawkish, music notwithstanding. It helps that it's a true story, too.

Been an eon since I last saw that movie (at the cinema as a teenager). Amazing how much of the crash sequence I remembered shot-for shot. Quite horrific and, for the time, groundbreaking.


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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 12/12/2008 12:31:11 AM   
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Added this weeks guide to the 1st post. Thanks Wrenster

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 12/12/2008 12:37:07 AM   
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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 12/12/2008 11:29:42 AM   
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Firstly, just want to say thanks for the mods for making this the No1 thread on Movie Musing (I've finally made it!).
 
Secondly, as the edit feature is still missing, you can view this week's TV listings below (Including 2 films of the week...I couldn't split them)
 
And the big news...once I have finished it...the Christmas and New Year double whammy will be (hopefully) with you TOMORROW!
 
 
SATURDAY 13TH DECEMBER
 
BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III 11.45am ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
The final of the series is a real hoot. Marty goes in search of the doc in 1885, and we have a western version of the adventure, as Marty comes across family members from his very distant past. Filled with knowing nods and nicely played gags, this equals the first film in fun and entertainment, and a cracking heart-stopping finale.
 
THE ADDAMS FAMILY
1pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Entertaining big screen version of Charles Addams creation, a family of ghoulish freaks. When the familyís Uncle Fester returns after disappearing for years, he doesnít seem to be the same person. The gags are well timed and some are corny but you canít help but laugh. Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston are perfectly cast as Gomez and Mortica.
 
THE STING
1.25pm ITV1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Oscar winning con drama which re-teams Paul Newman and Robert Redford as two con men who decide to create a sting to capture Robert Shaw, after he has a fellow con-man murdered. George Roy Hillís film has high production values and a terrific script that keeps you guessing till the very end. A superior piece of entertainment that does exactly what it says on the tin, and who can resist Newman and Redford?
 
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
1.30pm ITV3 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Beautiful and passionate screen version of Thomas Hardy's novel in which Julie Christie plays a woman who feels her life is less than complete, and so woos three very different men, a farmer, and older bachelor and a soldier with violent tendencies. John Schlesinger captures the romance of the story wonderfully, and with a strong cast of Alan Bates, Terence Stamp and Peter Finch as the men, this is a terrific adaptation.
 
WHO'S HARRY CRUMB?
2pm Five US
John Candy was an underrated comedy star who was never really given the right material to work with, and this inept private eye flick is easily the worse, as he is hired to investigate a kidnapping of an heiress. Coming on like a low-grade Fletch, Candy dons all manner of disguises but the script is so poor that even his charm cannot save this. For Candy at his best, watch Planes, Trains and Automobiles and avoid this.
 
KING RAT
2.20pm BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Enjoyable POW drama with George Segal as a cocky, enterprising soldier who manages to bribe their Japanese captors for items he can sell to the POWs. Unsure of by fellow prisoner Tom Courtenay, Segal befriends newcomer James Fox, but as the end of the war draws closer, the two men fear they will be executed, so a plan to save their lives is hatched. Intelligent and well made, this is Segal showing us what he really could do in his early years. A very watchable performance in a worth while war drama.
 
23 PACES TO BAKER STREET
2.55pm Film4
Old fashioned mystery thriller with Van Johnson as a blind writer living in London, who overhears a conversation about the kidnapping of a child. The police refuse to do anything, so it is up to him, with the help of his butler and ex fiance to crack down the criminals. It doesn't try to be anything else but a whodunnit with a slight twist and it is the perfect time waster for a cold afternoon.
 
I LOVE TROUBLE
3pm five
Desperately trying to capture the romantic comedies of the 30s and 40s, Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts play rival newpaper reporters after the same story, the mysterious derailment of a train, and through their bickering they discover that they are falling for each other. Nancy Myers and Charles Shyer try their best with their script and some lines work, but believing that Nolte and Roberts are an item is stretching anyone's imagination.
 
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
3.55pm Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Steven Spielberg's seminal sci-fi drama about having contact with aliens. Richard Dreyfuss plays an electrician who becomes more than obsessed with having a close encounter, and we follow this ordinary man as he is almost driven to madness. The visuals are incredible and Spielberg created enough tension and atmosphere to keep even the hardest filmgoer interested. While the ending is an amazing light show, and a little disappointing, its a slight flaw in a superior sci-fi adventure.
 
GHOSTBUSTERS II
4.25pm Fiver
After the huge success of the first film it was inevitable that they would return, but the joke seems to have run dry. After closing down the Ghostbusters and the gang going their separate ways, they are forced to return when New York comes under attack by an evil slime in the sewers and a presence that wants to rule the world. Bill Murray manages to save the film but it's not as inventive as the first film and it's like watching a slightly different variation of the 1984 smash.
 
THE WOODLANDERS
4.55pm Film4
Passionate love story based on the novel by Thomas Hardy, with Emily Woolf as a young girl returning home from finishing school, and her father, now thinking she is a better person, wants him to marry a doctor, and not her sweetheart before going off, a local woodsman (Rufus Sewell). Beautifully shot and nicely played, this is a slow burning romance that captures the feel of Hardy well. Not the most exciting movie, but a good drama nevertheless.
 
THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL
5.20pm five *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
The Muppets hit all the right buttons with this hilarious and clever adaptation of Charles Dickens' Christmas story of the miser Scrooge. Michael Caine plays it perfectly while the mayhem of the Muppets are all around him. While there are elements of pure surreal comedy, they are faithful to the original, and it's just a massive budle of fun from start to finish.
 
CORRINA, CORRINA
6.45pm Film4
Overly sentimental drama with Ray Liotta as a man who loses his wife and his young daughter becomes withdrawn, so he hires Whoopi Goldberg as a housemaid, who starts to show the two a whole new life, even though the relationship between Liotta and Goldberg starts to raise eyebrows within the town. The performances are fine, but there's a high level of sickly sweetness laid upon it.
 
THE LAST SEDUCTION
9pm BBC3 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Cracking modern day film noir with Linda Fiorentino as the femme fatale, a woman who steals her husbandís money and runs away from New York, and meets a small town loser who falls for her charms. He has no idea that he wants to use him to get rid of her husband. While Peter Berg and Bill Pullman are good in the roles of lover and husband respectively, this is Fiorentinoís movie and she not only oozes sex appeal but is one of the bitchiest screen characters ever. A tremendous thriller that will have you gripped from frame one.
 
MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD
9pm Film 4 *RECOMMENDED*
Spectacular ship-based drama with Russel Crowe leading a crew during the Napoleonic war, playing a cat and mouse game with a French battleship. The production designs is incredible and the action sequences are well handled, but it does drag in places. A fine looking piece from peter Weir but slightly unsatisfactory.
 
FIVE EASY PIECES
9pm Five US *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
One of the great 70s movies, with Jack Nicholson in top form as a man who has dropped out from his rich society to work the oil-fields, when he discovers his father is ill and has to return to the life he has left behind. Bob Rafelson's film is deep on emotion and commentary of lifestyles in America, and includes one of the great scenes, in which Nicholson orders breakfast. A film that has to be viewed at some point in your life.
 
SIDEWAYS
10.05pm Channel 4
Intelligent and witty comedy with Paul Giamatti as a wine expert who is on the verge of getting married, and who goes on a trip to California with best friend Thomas Haden Church, and find the trip a journey of discovery. Alexander Payneís adult movie is a real treat with some lovely and touching moments mixed well with the subtle laughs, and both Giamatti and Haden Church are terrific.
 
TRUE LIES
10.40pm ITV1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Super spy adventure from James Cameron, with Arnold Schwarzenegger as a secret agent on the case of stolen nuclear weapons, who is also trying to keep his job secret from his family. The action is top notch, with some superb set pieces, while the comedy is also well handled by Arnie and Jamie Lee Curtis, perfect as his wife. A wham-bang treat.
 
MURDER BY DECREE
10.50pm ITV3
Vastly underrated Sherlock Holmes movie with one of the best cast around. Christopher Plummer plays the detective, who is drawn into investigating the murders done by Jack The Ripper, and finds that they may have a link with Royalty. James Mason plays Dr Watson, and while the plot jumps from one idea to another, it still grips and keeps the interest, and deserves a much bigger audience than it has previously been given.
 
INDECENT BEHAVIOUR 4
11pm Five US
Low budget, soft porn nonsense with Shannon Tweed as a fashion designer who holds a party to promote her new line, and a rival is found dead. A sex film with a thriller angle thrown in to make it more than just porn, but you cannot hide the fact that it is what it is. And a very poor one too.
 
THE ARISTOCRATS
11.05pm More4 *RECOMMENDED*
A very different documentary in which over 100 performers are invited to tell a very, very rude joke that has been a secret to Vaudeville performers, as they also analyse and dissect the joke. Some top names including Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Connolly and Eddie Izzard all give different spins on the same gag, and while very funny and very rude, it does drag when youíve heard the same thing over and over again. Still worth a look at how comics add their own look on the same thing.
 
ISOLATION
11.35pm Film4
Irish set horror film on an isolated farm whihc has been rented to a scientist who has been experimenting on the cows. It isn't until one of the cows is pregnant that the people on the farm realise that the experiments have gone wrong and so begins their night of horror. Billy O'Brien's film has plenty of ideas, some work, some don't, but it's nice to see a horror film that doesn't rely on psychotic killers desperate to rip people apart.
 
THE GREATEST
11.40pm ITV4
Biopic about the early life of one of the greatest boxers of all time: Mohammed Ali, following his struggles to be accepted and his rise in the ranks of the sport. The difference between this and Michael Mann's Ali, is that the great man gets to play himself, and so the realism is there, and it tells a very intriguing tale.
 
ACE VENTURA: WHEN NATURE CALLS
11.50pm BBC1
Jim Carrey returns to his madcap pet detective, this time going to Africa to search for a rare white bat, but when the first film was fresh and very funny, this time he is just plain annoying, and the whole rubber face routine just doesnít work. The script is lame, the gags are infantile and even Simon Callow looks embarrassed to be doing this stuff.
 
ELIZABETHTOWN
12.50am More4
After losing a billion dollars with his shoe design, depressed Orlando Bloom is about to end it all, when a call from his sister makes him travel to his home town after his beloved father dies, and he hopefully can help his mother from the relatives cashing in. On his journey there, he meets perky air stewardess Kristen Dunst, and its only the start of his troubles. A nice and slightly different rom com from Cameron Crowe, that only disappoints when you think of Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous. It has some sharp dialogue and good performances, and will pass the hours away nicely.
 
RAZORBACK
1.20am Film4
Australian horror from Highlander director Russell Mulcahy, in which a small town is terrorised by a wild pig, and the town have to come together to stop it before it kills again. The premise sounds strange but surprisingly it works, on teh grounds of some clever direction from Mulcany, giving the whole film a cultish feel that has plenty of suspense to keep it interesting.
 
MAYERLING
1.35am ITV1
Misguided and badly cast film version of the tragic love affair between the Prince of an Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the young temptress who made him give up his position. Desperately trying to cash in on Doctor Zhivago by casting Omar Sharif in the lead, it is Catherine Deneuveís lacklustre performance as the girl that drags the film down. It may make you shed a tear but the whole thing feels rather empty.
 
INTACTO
3.40am BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Spanish drama dealing with luck and fate, as four very different people find their lives are intertwined when they ahve all survived some form of disaster, and they find they have powers beyond their own control. Before you think it's like Heroes, forget it. This is a fascinating fable of how you can gamble with your lives and the consequences that happen. Beautifully put together by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, this is a well made piece of world cinema that is both gripping and poetic.
 
 
SUNDAY 14TH DECEMBER
 

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
7.55am ITV3 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday for review
 
BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III
9.40am ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday for review
 
WHO'S HARRY CRUMB?
12.20pm Five US
See Saturday for review
 
BEFORE WINTER COMES
1pm five
A strong cast star in this little wartime drama following the people who are left stranded in an Austrian camp near the border. David Niven and Topol lead the cast in this forgotten film that doesnít have too much plot but is a nicely played, watchable afternoon experience.
 
THE PARENT TRAP
1pm Film4
Disney remake of a Disney classic with Lindsay Lohan in the days before drink and drugs and scandal, playing identical twins who live very separate and different lives after their parents divorced, but when a fluke meeting at Summer Camp triggers off a plot to get their parents back together. Undemanding and surprisingly entertaining, with a good performance from the young Lohan. Slightly vomit inducing in places but on the whole, fine.
 
BLIZZARD
3.15pm five
Christmas family film directed by Star Trek's LeVar Burton, about a young ice skater who befriends one of Santa Claus' lesser known reindeers. Whoopi Goldberg provides the voice of Blizzard, while Christopher Plummer puts on the red suit, and even if it is sickly sweet and sentimental, it will kick start you into the festive season.
 
CHAIN GANG
3.25pm Film4
Newspaper crusader journalist Douglas Kennedy goes undercover in a prison on a chain gang to expose the tough and brutal conditions in the penal system, but when the Prison boss finds out about his true identity, he is determined to make life hard. This low-budget B-movie desperately wants to be taken seriously but with ropey acting and a rough script, it's hard to like.
 
STAR WARS - EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES
4.05pm ITV1 *RECOMMENDED*
A marked improvement on The Phantom Menace, as Anakin Skywalker begins to grow up and form a relationship with Padme Amidala, while his first steps towards the dark side begins, as he feels resentment for his teacher Obi-Wan Kenobi. Once again this is a special effects spectaular and even the storyline is getting stronger, although the central romance doesn't quite work, as this is a Star Wars movie and not a love story.
 
THE KENTUCKIAN
4.25pm Film4
Burt Lancaster directs and stars in this western adventure about a frontier man who tries to make a life with his son in a civilized world, but finds it too hard, so decides to leave for the wild west, and buys a servant that causes all kinds of complications. A well made adventure, with a debut performance from Walter Matthau. A good time waster.
 
FIREFOX
5.15pm five
Clint Eastwood has never had an easy time with espionage movies, and this is probably his worse. He plays a Vietnam vet who suffers from flashback syndrome, who is hired to go to Russia and steal their newest super plane. The lead up is wooden and slow, and once the plane takes off, the special effects are fairly comical. An embarrassment.
 
ELF
6.15pm Channel 4 *RECOMMENDED*
Will Ferrell shines in this likeable Christmas story of a human who was raised as an elf, but heads to the big city to find his real father, publisher James Caan, with chaos leading all the way as the giant elf tries to come to terms with life in the big city. We've been here loads of times before and yet you cannot help but laugh at the exploits of Ferrell. It does get a little sloppy by the end, but you cannot help but smile throughout, giving you a warm feeling inside.
 
ONE FINE DAY
6.50pm Film4
Romantic comedy with Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney as single parents who both lead busy lives and both find that their childrens have missed a school field trip. Stuck with the parents, the two adults start inflicting their views of singler life on each other, and yet having to relie on each other so they can continue with their own lives. It sounds complex, but this is a light and fluffy rom-com helped by the likeable performances from the two leads.
 
50 FIRST DATES
8pm five *RECOMMENDED*
Surprisingly sweet natured rom com with Adam Sandler as a laid-back zoo keeper who falls for Drew Barrymore, the survivor of a car crash who suffers from short-term memory. Determined to win her over, he must go on a series of first dates. Both Sandler and Barrymore make a likeable couple and its nice to see Sandler underplaying, and proving he can be funny without shouting and screaming.
 
THE LEOPARD
8pm BBC4 *FILM OF THE WEEK*
Luchino Visconti's lavish epic with Burt Lancaster on magnificent form as a dying aristocrat who refuses to let his fortunes go, while his nephew decides to join the growing family of a Sicilian empire. The film is slow moving yet beautiful to look at and includes a magnificent 40 minute ball scene that will take your breath away. A fantastic achievement and every movie fan should watch it.
 
MEMPHIS BELLE
9pm ITV3 *RECOMMENDED*
British made wartime drama following the true events of the American pilots of The Memphis Belle, a bomber, which is on its last mission, but they discover that the mission is over Dresden, a town in Europe that is heavily armed. Matthew Modine and Eric Stoltz lead the talented cast of young Americans in this claustrophic drama that makes you feel you are with the pilots all the way.
 
THE OMEN
9pm Film4
Remake of the 1976 horror classic with Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles as an American official and his wife whose son may be a little bit of a devil. While its perfectly fine, it is almost a carbon copy of the original and doesn't offer anything different, which then makes you ask the question...what is the point? Especially a now classic horror film like the Gregory Peck/Lee Remick one.
 
LETHAL WEAPON 4
10pm five
The final outing for Gibson, Glover and co, this time up against a Chinese gang who are desperate to get the grandfather of a Chinese family that are hiding in Gloverís house. While the gags are still here and the inclusion of Chris Rock adds another dimension to the familiar gang, the violence has been upped with a ultra-violent finale that was hacked by the censors. Fun but a long way from the original.
 
ABOUT A BOY
10pm ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
Hugh Grant stars in this entertaining comedy, playing a slacker who tries to win the hearts of as many women as possible, until he comes across an outcast boy and his suicidal mother, and this life changes completely. Following the success of Notting Hill and Four Weddings, its nice to see a change of pace for Grant, in a warm and witty film based on Nick Hornby's best seller.
 
GREEN STREET
10.35pm ITV4
Violent drama with Elijah Wood as an expelled University student who comes to England to stay with his sister. So he can experience the British culture, he is taken to a football match, and finds after the match that he is the victim of a gang of football thugs, until he is staved by his sister's husband's brother who shows him the underworld of football hooligans and teaches him the laws of the streets. Compared to The Football Factory, this is a masterpiece, and yet it still has enough to make you so proud to be English...I think not.
 
THE LAST SEDUCTION
10.45pm BBC3 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday for review
 
WOLF
11.05pm Channel 4
Disappointing werewolf horror with Jack Nicholson as an aging publisher who discovers a dying wolf one night on his way home. However, when he stops to help it, he is bitten and days later he starts feeling the effects of the change. Michelle Pfeiffer plays the love interest and is totally wasted in the role, while Jack gets to howl at the moon. There is nothing new or inventive in this story that could give the old genre extra reason to watch.
 
LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN
11.05pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Tarentino-style thriller with Josh Hartnett as a man who is mistaken as a man owning money to two powerful mob bosses. Persuaded to kill one of them, he starts to hatch his own plan to get out of his troubled situation, even with a hitman and a detective watching his every move. A well made, if complex tale with a very strong cast, it does get a little silly, but is very watchable and Hartnett is fine in the lead, along with the heavy weights like Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley and Bruce Willis.

THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS
11.50pm BBC1
Slightly disappointing film about two lions that killed 130 people over a nine month period during the 1890s, and the two men who are forced to track them down and bring their heads back. Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer star in this ĎJawsí like drama from a script by William Goldman, but Stephen Hopkins direction lacks any form of tension.
 
8 MILE
12.05am ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Surprisingly good semi-autobiographical drama with rapper Eminem, as he struggles to find success and a way out of the slums he lives in. Curtis Hanson handles this dark drama beautifully, and while the supporting cast (including Kim Basinger and Brittney Murphy are good) this is Eminem's film and he is far better than you would ever have expected.
 
LIGHTS IN THE DUSK
1.10am Film4
Aki Kaurismaki is one of those directors you either love with a passion, or hate with a passion. I fall into the latter and this amateurish thriller about a night watchman who befriends a blonde woman, and then finds himself a patsy to a gang of crooks is both incredibly dull and very badly made, and I can't think of any other reason to watch apart from being pretentious. Horrible.
 
ONLY YESTERDAY
1.30am Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
A beautiful animation from Studio Ghibli in which a young woman in search of happiness heads out to the country and it brings back the memories of her childhood and the happier time she experienced. Following the same vein as The Grave Of The Fireflies, this is a wonderful tale that captures the emotions of a strong central character, and the animation is, as usual, of such high standards.
 
THE LITTLE NORSE PRINCE
3.50am Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
A film that could have been the start of Studio Ghibli. A young kid, living in the Iron Age, finds The Sword of The Sun, and goes on a mission to return his dying father to his ancestral territory, a journey full of peril and love, as he falls for a strange girl who sings beautiful songs. Haunting, strange and a wonderment to watch, fans of Japanese animation will love it.
 
 
MONDAY 15TH DECEMBER
 

BUS STOP
11.15am More4 *RECOMMENDED*
Marilyn Monroe stars as a cafť singer who becomes the object of obsession for young rodeo star Don Murray. When she leaves to go to Los Angeles, he finds her and forces her to go home with him. Travelling on a bus, it stops at a diner where the passengers learn about the kidnapping, but he is determined to keep her. A strong melodrama with a nice turn from Murray, but this is Monroe showing what she can deliver with the right material.
 
THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING
12.45pm Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Superb adventure based on Rudyard Kipling's short story about two British officers during the reign of India, who move to another part of the country in order to be Kings. The inspired teaming of Sean Connery and Michael Caine help make this beautifully shot ripping yarn, as the two play well together and are ably assisted by Christopher Plummer and Saeed Jaffrey. John Huston directs. Terrific stuff.
 
SHE MARRIED HER BOSS
1pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Delightfully witty comedy with Claudette Colbert as a secretary in a department store who falls in love with her boss, eventually leading to marriage. But life outside the office is very different to life at home. Merlvyn Douglas plays the boss, in this sharp screwball comedy that has seemed to be forgotten. Some good comic lines and nice comic performances from all. A little treat.
 
MOULIN ROUGE
2.45pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Not the recent Nicole Kidman musical but John Huston's colourful film biography of painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and his love for the nightclub that gave the world the Can-Can. Jose Ferrer plays the diminutive artist, and gives a first-class performance, while the rest of the film is lifted by Huston's great use of sets and colour.
 
THE IRON PETTICOAT
5.05pm Film4
Amusing comedy romance with Katharine Hepburn as a Russian Captain who defects to London because she doesn't like the way she has been discriminated against. She meets Bob Hope who tries to show her what capitalism is like. A pleasant charmer this, which passes the time nicely.
 
IN GOOD COMPANY
6.55pm Film4
Comedy with Dennis Quaid as a man who is demoted from his job and his new boss (Topher Grace) is half his age. getting on with each other and their very different styles is one thing, but when the new boss starts going out with one of Quaid's daughters (Scarlett Johannson), things get a little touchy. A better-than-average film that has moments of satire but seems too afraid to poke fun out of corporate America, and so heads for safe ground with a rom-com.
 
BLIND DATE
8.10pm Fiver
Bruce Willis makes the transition from TVís Moonlighting in this Blake Edwards comedy in which he gets a blind date with the beautiful Kim Basinger. But she has a little drink problem that causes the couple all kinds of troubles. Like Edwardsí other sex comedies in the 80s, this has a good idea but tends to lean to slapstick and cheap gags to raise the laughs.
 
THE CORE
9pm E4
The earth is dying and the only way to save it is to send a group of scientists into the centre of the planet. Starry futuristic disaster movie with Hilary Swank and Aaron Eckhart leading the crew. A missed opportunity here, as the central idea has been done before, even though the effects work. Could have been a whole lot better considering the people involved.
 
ABOUT A BOY
9pm ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
See Sunday for review
 
FAILURE TO LAUNCH 9pm Film4
By-the-book rom com in which the parents of Matthew McConaughey hire Sarah Jessica parker to fall in love with him, so he will eventually move out of their home, but things don't go according to plan. It's all very predictable and nothing new is on show here, as it follows the usual lines of modern rom-coms. The two leads are fine but there's not much else to write home about.
 
BALLISTIC: ECKS VS SEVER
10pm five
One of those movies that makes you wonder how desperate the stars were for work. Antonio Banderas and Lucy Lui star as rival expert assassins hired to kill each other, but soon discovering a darker enemy is pulling their strings. Lame, lacklustre and complete nonsense, it would be unintentionally funny, if it wasnít made so badly. An inept and lifeless action flick that makes some of Seagalís stuff look like classics.
 
RED SCORPION
10pm ITV4
Action movie with Dolph Lundgren as a Russian KGB agent sent to kill an African revolutionary, but when he sees what the Russians are doing, he changes sides. Routine and rather dull actioner with the usual wooden acting from the lead and mindless violence to keep action fans happy, even if they are badly staged.
 
TO DIE FOR
10.50pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Gus Van Sant's wicked black comedy has Nicole Kidman on cracking form as a woman determined to make it in the world of television, even if it means doing anything she can to get there, including hiring three teenagers to kill her husband, one of which she starts an affair to get even more out of him. With a terrific supporting cast, this satire of the wanting of fame works on every level and Kidman is allowed to look stunning while have that evil streak running through her. A real treat.
 
BATMAN RETURNS
11.35pm E4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Tim Burtonís sequel to his 1989 smash is a much better and darker affair, as the caped crusader has to deal with two enemies, the power-obsessed Penguin and the mysterious Catwoman. Danny De Vito is perfect as the bird-like grotesques, but it is Michelle Pfeiffer who steals the film as the sexy, leather-clad Catwoman, who works wonders with a whip. Michael Keaton takes the title role on again for one last time. A great fantasy movie.
 
INTO THE SUN
11.45pm BBC1
Hum-drum The Hard Way rip-off but set in a fight pilot's world. Michael Pare plays a top gun stationed in the Med and protecting the skies from the Arabs, but then is given the job of showing actor Anthony Michael Hall around as he prepares for a part. But then they get into a plane and that's when the trouble really starts. Without any of the wit, style or even class of The Hard Way, this has nothing much really to recommend it. So I won't.
 
BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON
12.05am ITV2
Renee Zellweger returns as the British singleton, this time, nicely together with straight laced Colin Firth, until cad Hugh Grant returns on the scene. Nothing much happens in this less successful sequel, and it doesn't deliver the laughs the first film did. Disappointing.
 
ASK THE DUST
12.55am Film4
Romantic drama with Colin Farrell as a writer in the 1930s determined to create the next great American novel, but struggling with his own womanizing ways until he meets Salma Heyak, and the two begin a volatile and dangerous romance. A beautifully looking film, and well done to director Robert Towne for creating a picture perfect film, but the downfall is the storyline and while the leads are good, they are two people you donít really care about. A pity.
 
THE LUZHIN DEFENCE
1.35am Channel 4 *RECOMMENDED*
Intriguing love story about a Chess master (John Turturro) who goes to Italy for a tournament and finds the love of his life, in the form of a socialite (Emily Watson). A touching tale of an uncultured genius who doesn't know what is really out there. Both leads are in fine form in an engaging, underrated movie. Worth checking out.
 
 
TUESDAY 16TH DECEMBER
 

THE CAINE MUTINY
10.45am More4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Superb wartime courtroom drama in which an American Naval ship becomes the centre of a mutiny charge, when the Executive officer removes the Captain from his position, for fear that he is mentally unbalanced to lead the crew. Questions starts appearing, such as is this an act of mutiny or a case of saving the crew? Humphrey Bogart lead the terrific cast in this intelligent, fascinating and tense drama that keeps you guessing till the end.
 
RAID ON ENTEBBE
12.40pm Channel 4 *RECOMMENDED*
Originally made for TV but given a cinema release here, this quickly put together account of the events in an Entebee airport where 100 Jewish passengers were held hostage, and the daring rescue mission that was made to release them. An impressive cast and director Irvin Kershner have created a gripping account of the horrors of those days, making it a worth while view.
 
WATERLOO ROAD
1pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Forgotten but well crafted British war drama with john Miles as a man who skips being drafted in order to track down Stewart Granger, who has been seeing Miles wife behind his back. Filmed in and around the streets of Waterloo Station, this is both a fascinating look at real London during the war, and a solid drama of a man driven by the acts of his adulterous wife, an excellent performance from Joy Shelton. Better than most war drama, and worth checking out.
 
GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!
2.30pm Film4
Cheese-filled Elvis Presley musical, in which the King plays a fisherman who finds himself in a dilemma. His boss is retiring, so he is desperate to buy the boat that he and his father built, while trying to juggle two very different girls. Letís face it, who really watches Elvis movies for the plots? Itís bright and breezy and passes the time with some good songs and Presley doing his thing.
 
ALL ABOUT EVE
4.30pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Bitch-fest galore in this classic back-stabbing theatrical drama about the rise of a fan to international superstar. Anne Baxter is superb as the young girl who dreams of being famous, while Bette Davis is firing on all cylinders as the bitchy star who Baxter adores. This melodrama has enough smart lines to fill a dozen modern Hollywood movies, and its this sparkling wit that makes this a worthy watch.
 
THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES
7.10pm Film4
Pointless screen remake of the hit 60s TV comedy, about a poor country family who find oil and become billionaires, moving their simple life to Beverley Hills, and having to beat off those who want to "help" them with their money. Another dud for a Saturday evening with an unfunny script and uninviting cast. What did Lily Tomlin and Cloris Leachman think they were doing?
 
BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON
9pm ITV2
See Monday for review
 
CHINATOWN
9pm Film4 *FILM OF THE WEEK 2*
Roman Polanski's classic film thriller with Jack Nicholson as a private eye hired to spy on a woman, but finding himself in a complex web of intrigue, blackmail and incest, as a darker plot involving the water of LA takes shape. Stylish, intelligent and enormously watchable, this is still one of the finest thrillers around with terrific acting, great direction and shocks aplenty. One of the best movies of the 70s and one of the best movies, period.
 
IDENTITY
9pm Five US *RECOMMENDED*
Tense suspense thriller based loosely on Agatha Christieís Ten Little Indians, and set in a motel during a heavy storm, when a group of strangers are thrown together, but start being killed one by one. John Cusack and Ray Liotta lead the cast in this tale that twists and turns, but gets sillier as it goes on. Still a half decent thriller.
 
KING OF NEW YORK
10pm ITV4
Abel Ferraraís modern day variation of Robin Hood, with Christopher Walken on top form as a former drug lord who returns to New York after being released from prison, determined to do something for the poor, by wiping out the competition and distributing the profits. An ultra-violent and stylish thriller that relies on Walkenís talents to keep the attention. The score captures the mood well.
 
DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE
10.35pm BBC1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Bruce Willis returns as John McLaine, this time down on his luck, who is sent running here, there and everywhere by the brother of Hans Gruber (from the original Die Hard), through the streets of New York, stopping the place from a series of explosion. Along for the ride is Samuel L. Jackson as a bystander who gets caught up in the mess. Given a new dimension with Jackson, this is a solid adventure that has enough terrific set pieces to keep all Die Hard fans more than happy. Terrific stuff.
 
DAMAGE
10.35pm ITV3
With Louis Malle at the helm and David hare writing the screenplay, you would have thought this was a movie made in heaven, but this slow moving un-erotic drama about a politican who starts an affair with his son's fiancee plods along and is completely uninviting. Jeremy Irons and Juliette Binoche cannot ignite the screen and it's up to Miranda Richardson as the politician's wife to give the performance of the film. Disappointing.
 
ROLLERBALL
10.45pm Five US *RECOMMENDED*
Violent sci-fi drama set in a time where society's only release is a game in which players drive around a track on roller skates and bikes, chasing a metal ball. James Caan stars as the best at the game, but a conspiracy within the company that runs the sport want him out. While Norman Jewison's film slows down every time the action moves from the rink to the conspiracy story, the action scenes are brilliantly executed, however brutal they become.
 
THE THING
11.10pm ITV1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
John Carpenter's excellent sci-fi horror with Kurt Russell as a helicopter pilot out in the middle of the Norwegian Artic, who, along with a group of men working in the cold wilderness, find themselves facing an invisible foe that takes on the shapes and forms of humans. The special effects are spectacularly gory and the suspense level is whacked up to high. One of the best sci-fi shockers ever, and proof of how good Carpenter was at horror.
 
PRETTY WOMAN
11.10pm ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
Popular click flick with Richard Gere as a wealthy businessman who picks up prostitute Julia Roberts and change her from cheap, tacky call girl to graceful stunner. Itís a modern version of Cinderella and Pygmalion, and while Gere does a good job, this is Roberts movie, as she became an instant star after this. The soundtrack became hugely popular as well. Just one of those movies that captured the hearts of all who watched it. Not perfect, but enjoyable nevertheless.
 
DAYS OF THUNDER
11.35pm Film4
After the success of Top Gun, the team of Bruckheimer/Simpson, Tony Scott and Tom Cruise came back with this lame duck set around NASCAR racing. Cruise plays a hot shot racer who gets the chance of the big time, but will his temper drag him down. The racing scenes are good but the story is wafer-thin and all we get is flashy and trashy. More memorable for being the film that Cruise met Nicole Kidman.
 
ME, YOU, THEM
1.40am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Brazillian comedy drama based ona true story, about a woman who lives in a poor part of town with her three husbands, and how they cope with the pressures and the hatred of the rest of the village. Handled maturely and intelligently, this has managed to take an awkward subject matter and turn it into a beautifully directed, well acted and well written tale of polygamy without ever being crude or over sentimental.
 
 
WEDNESDAY 17TH DECEMBER
 

THE HOT ROCK
11.15am More4 *RECOMMENDED*
Enjoyable heist movie with Robert Redford and George Segal as a couple of cat burglars who are hired to steal an impressive diamond from a museum, by an African doctor who wants the gem back for his people. But things donít go to plan. William Goldmanís script lifts this from a routine crime caper, and the two leads work well together. A fun experience.
 
ICE COLD IN ALEX
12.45pm Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Fantastic war drama in which an Ambulance crew are separated from their North African Base and have to head across the desert to safety, having to fight for their lives against the elements. John Mills leads teh cracking cast in a film that actually makes you sweat while watching. the reason for the title? Wanting an ice cold beer in Alexandria. Unmissable.
 
CATTLE EMPIRE
1pm Film4
A recently released from prison cattle herder has to make the decision between working for the town who put him in jail, or a rival cattle baron. An uninspired b-movie western with Joel McCrea wasted in the lead role.
 
LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING
2.40pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Classic 50s love story with William Holden as a newsman in China during the Civil war, who meets Eurasian doctor Jennifer Jones, but as the troubles subside, their relationship grows, much to the distain of friends, claiming that cross-culture relationships wonít work. What could be better than spending an afternoon in the company of these two fine performers, guided by Henry King. Lovely.
 
CALL ME MADAM
4.50pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Colourful musical with Ethel Merman as a hostess who becomes an ambassador for President Truman. The plot in this likeable musical is not important, but Merman was such a larger-than-life performer, it is her that you will watch this film for.
 
CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN
7.10pm Film4
Another nail in the coffin of Steve Martin's comedy career, in this lame remake of the 50s family comedy. Martin and the underrated Bonnie Hunt have a family of 12, and when mum has to go and publish a book, it's up to dad to run the household, with hilarious? effects. Undemanding kids will lap up the rude gags and slapsticks, while us adults will get out our copies of The Jerk and watch the king really doing comedy.
 
PRETTY WOMAN
9pm ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
See Tuesday for review
 
FIRE IN THE SKY
9pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Based on a true story, a group of workers for the government, clearing woodlands, return one man short, and claim that he was abducted by aliens, but will anyone really believe them. A fascinating drama with a strong cast of young character actors, who make the film more gripping and has somewhat been forgotten over the past few years. Time to have another look and enjoy a terriifc mystery.
 
COCKLES AND MUSCLES
10pm BBC4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
A delightful French comedy about a family going for a holiday in a seaside house, and the complications that arrive when old flames of the couple arrive, and the children get into their own relationship problems. It's bright and breezy and refreshing, but with its wit and its charm. Nice to see a French comedy that genuinely sparkles. Give it a go.
 
WALKING TALL
10pm ITV4
Not the recent version starring The Rock, but the original based on the true story of how a man who was so angered by the depraved way his small town was turning into, he took up a piece of wood and challenged the local sheriff for his job, so he could take on the bad guys. Stirring but violent stuff with Joe Don Baker in the title role. A decent revenge thriller.
 
HAMBURGER HILL
10.15pm five *RECOMMENDED*
Released at the same time as Platoon, but grossly overlooked, this depicts the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam war, and follows the men as they head for almost certain doom. While not as sophisticated as Oliver Stone's movie, it still manages to pull no punches, and the tale is just as striking and as powerful as the Oscar winner. What also makes this an interesting watch now, is to see the young cast that some of them have gone on to bigger things (Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott etc).
 
PORKY'S
11pm E4
Panned by the critics and loved by the public, this juvenile sex comedy about a group of high school kids (who all look in their 30s) who start a running battle with a local bar and brothel owner. The jokes are simple and crude and yet they somehow work. The plotline is wafer thin, but letís face it, if youíre a pre-pubescent teen you donít care about plot, just lots of naughty comedy, and this delivers by the truck load.
 
ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO
11pm Five US
Robert Rodriguezís third El Mariachi movie with Antonio Banderas returning as the guitar playing killer, this time involved in international espionage, and dealing with a psychotic CIA agent and a Mexican general. Johnny Depp adds some muscle as the CIA agent, and while the action is as overblown as in Desperado, it lacks the element of fun.
 
BIRTHDAY GIRL
11.10pm Film4
Ben Chaplin plays a regular guy who orders a bride from Russia. Everything seems to be going okay, as he finally finds happiness, until her cousins arrive for her birthday, and he finds himself caught up in a world of corruption and crime. Nicole Kidman is wasted as the Russian bride, and the trouble with this film is that it doesn't know what it wants to be; a rom com or a crime caper. Either way, it just doesn't work.
 
JUNIOR BONNER
11.30pm BBC1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Sam Peckenpah takes a more leisurely route with this heart-felt modern western, with Steve McQueen as an aging rodeo star who wants nothing more than to ride those horses, while his family stuffer from all kinds of disruption. What makes this movie work is that Peckenpah shows he really cares for these characters and what happens to them, and the slow motion violence is replaced by slow motion bucking horses. A true 70s gem.
 
BOOGEYMAN
11.40pm ITV1
A young man, trumatised by events that occurred to him when he was a child, returns to his old home to face his fears and confront the thing that may or may not exist in his old bedroom. Don't be fooled by the Sam Raimi connection, he only produced this tripe, and tripe it is too. The special effects are fine, but everything else is awful, and let's not even go near the ending. Bad. Very bad.
 
KING OF NEW YORK
11.45pm ITV4
See Tuesday for review
 
SHAUN OF THE DEAD
11.55pm ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
What would you do if you woke up one morning to find everyone around you has turned into zombies, but your main concern is trying to win back the woman you love. Simon Pegg and Edgar Wallaceís hilarious and affectionate homage to George A. Romeroís Living Dead movies is a joy from start to finish, with some great gags, clever use of music and a relentlessly funny pace. Nick Frost steals the film as Peggís slobby friend, but this is a treat and always worth watching.
 
BEING JOHN MALKOVICH
12.55am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Bizarre but brilliant surreal comedy with John Cusack as a puppeteer who gets a job in a strange office, only to discover a portal that leads inside the head of John Malkovich. Almost impossible to sell by a short paragraph, if you have never experienced this genius film, you must. It will make youy laugh as well as make you think, and the scene with loads of Malkovichs is a true classic. Cameron Diaz (almost unrecognizable) also stars.
 
ANOTHER YOU
1.25am ITV3
The re-teaming of Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor was always an exciting prospect. However, this was a total disaster, and Pryor, very ill at the time, just looks frail and a shadow of his former self. Gene Wilder plays a man who is released from a mental hospital and tries to adapt to life with the help of a con-man (Richard Pryor) but when people start mistaking Wilder for a wealthy millionaire, Pryor can see a profit in it. Some lines work but this is a lame duck for two performers who deserved much better.
 
POM POKO
1.55am Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Another magical adventure from the imaginative Studio Ghibli, this one involving a group of racoons who can change their shapes, who take on developers who are planning to destroy their homeland. This is a creative and superior animation that manages to be both intelligent and mystical and will delight all at any age.
 
WHISPER OF THE HEART
4am Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Another delight from Studio Ghibli, as a young girl, who has a love for books, discovers that the books she takes from the library are also being taken out by a mysterious boy, and so she goes to find that person, only to meet a young boy only doing it to get close to her. Charming and full of beauty, this is a lovely tale that will capture the heart everyone who watches. Wonderful.
 
 
THURSDAY 18TH DECEMBER
 

CARRY ON DOCTOR
11.15am More4
The Carry On team are never happier than in a hospital environment, and this is no exception, with Jim Dale as the young, horny doctor, who gets himself into all kinds of troubles, to the disgust of the hospital administrator and the head matron. Kenneth Williams, Hattie Jacques and the rest of the gang are here with the usual cheeky gags and slapstick. Silly but fun.
 
AIRPORT
12.40pm Channel 4 *RECOMMENDED*
If ever there was a start of the disaster movie, then this is it. Based on Arthur Hailey's novel, an airport comes under all kinds of trouble during a snowy night, when a bomber boards a plane. Crammed with an all-star cast, headed by Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin, this maybe pure melodrama but it grabs the attention and if you were comparing it the other Airport movies, this is the Ben Hur of the lot. Utter nonsense but great fun.
 
THE SIEGE AT RED RIVER
1pm Film4
B movie western with Van Johnson as a cavalry captain who has to stop a haul of Gattling Guns from being delivered to a hostile group of Indians. Routine stuff that doesnít excite or really make you want to watch. A time waster that is a waste of time.
 
YOU BELONG TO ME
2.45pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Leaving her family to find a career on the stage, it has been ten years since Barbara Stanwyck has returned, but when her daughter invites her to see a school play, she returns, making the town start to talk and bringing up old conflicts. Douglas Sirkís period melodrama is a well played , well structured piece that fans of the director will enjoy immensely.
 
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
4.35pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Clint Eastwood stars and directs this moving, mature love story, as he plays a photographer who starts a short but sweet affair with bored housewife Meryl Streep. The two stars work extremely well together, making for a tender, intelligent tale, and while the film is slow moving, it helps build to a very tear-jerking finale, and shows Eastwoodís softer side.
 
IN AND OUT
7.15pm Film4
An actor, during a speech at an awards ceremony, outs his drama teacher, causing a chain of events that shake up the small community that the teacher lives. An idea taken from Tom Hanks' Oscar speech for Philadephia, this starts off with plenty of promise but fails to live up to the start and heads down to stereotypes and cliches. Still Kevin Kline is good as the teacher and if you don't mind a slightly homophobic undertone, it's a passable comedy.
 
SHAUN OF THE DEAD
9pm ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Wednesday for review
 
THE OMEN
9pm Film4
See Sunday for review
 
ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO
9pm Five US
See Wednesday for review
 
CITY SLICKERS II: THE LEGEND OF CURLY'S GOLD
10.30pm ITV4
A sequel too far. City Slickers was a surprise smash and a very funny comedy to boot, but lightning could never strike twice, and we are left with this woeful follow-up when Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern and Jon Lovitz (replacing Bruno Kirby), head back to the mountains to search for gold left by Jack Palance's character. Bring him back as his own brother doesn't work, and we get an embarrassment of a movie.
 
DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER
11pm ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
Bruce Willis returns, this time its another Christmas, and another terrorist threat at Washingtonís Dulles Airport. A group of military types try to overrun the airport as a disgraced general is flying in, and only John McClaine can stop them. The stunts and action scenes are well executed, and we get the same level of smart comments from Willis, but already he seems to be indestructible, as some of the scenes are just silly. Still top notch entertainment, nevertheless.
 
LAUREL CANYON
11pm Five US
Relationships and rock n roll are the subject matter for this disappointing character study, that promises so much, no more so that the excellent cast. A newly qualified psychiatrist arrives in LA with his wife and moves in with his rock producer mother, who isnít the best at influencing people to work. With Frances McDormand, Christian Bale and Kate Beckinsdale in the leads, you would hope that the film will amaze, but it just simply moves along and is forgotten once its over.
 
DOGVILLE
11.05pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Impressive and challenging Lars Von Trierís drama with Nicole Kidman as a mobís girl, who escapes his clutches and hides out in a small town, where she works for the people in exchanged for protection, until the mobster comes hunting for her. Von Trierís movie has no scenery and looks more like a play, but while it takes time to accept, stick with it. This is powerful, superb filmmaking with a top notch cast. Pushes the boundaries of cinema to a limit. Cracking stuff.
 
OUTLAND
11.55pm ITV3
Sci-fi remake of High Noon, with Sean Connery as the sheriff on a mining community on one of Jupiter's moon, who discovers some naughty business by the management and so they hire some gunfighters to take the law out, but they don't know that they might have met their match. So don't expect a great deal of intelligence here, but its a decent update of a western classic, well handled by Peter Hyams, and Connery is always good value.
 
THE FABULOUS DORSEYS
12midnight BBC4
Musical biopic about the life and rise to fame of the popular Dorsey brothers Jimmy and Tommy, as they look back over thier own career. Given the Hollywood treatment but casting the brothers as themselves would have been a good idea if the acting was any good, which it isn't. Still if you like jazz it's a winner.
 
COCKLES AND MUSCLES
1.25am BBC4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Wednesday for review
 
MADE IN AMERICA
1.35am Channel 4
Dire comedy with Whoopi Goldberg as the mother of a daughter who discovers not only that her father was a sperm donor, but he was also white. Ted Danson plays the father and this one joke movie just turns into a mushy mess when Goldberg and Danson meet. One to leave alone. Will Smith also stars.
 
 
FRIDAY 19TH DECEMBER
 

STEALING HARVARD
10.50am five
Bad taste comedy with Jason Lee as a man who has to turn to a life of crime in order to pay for his niece to go to Harvard University. Tom Green plays his neighbour who not only is a bad influence but gets him in more trouble than he wanted. Lee is wasted in this predictable, low-brow rubbish, whereas we have come to expect Green to appear in stuff like this. Useless.
 
THE SIEGE OF THE SAXONS
11.15am More4
Pretty terrible British movie while follows the death of King Arthur, and how his daughter escapes from the killers, to run into the arms of outlaw Ronald Lewis, determined to bring down the Saxons invaders. Everything about this pile of nonsense is bad, from the terrible script and lacklustre direction, to the unintentionally funny headwear the Saxons are forced to wear. Dreadful.
 
CHARIOTS OF FIRE
12.50pm Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Oscar winning British drama following two athletes are they prepare for the 1924 Paris Olympics, and the problems they face, one being Jewish and the other a strict religious man who refuses to run on a Sunday. Hugh Hudsonís film is class throughout, with beautiful photography, good performances and that music by Vangelis. A true classic.
 
THE IRON PETTICOAT
1pm Film4
See Monday for review
 
MOULIN ROUGE
2.50pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
See Monday for review
 
BEYOND THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE
3.20pm five
Pointless sequel to the classic disaster movie, in which Michael Caine leads a group of salvagers to the up-turned cruise liner, and finds he is not the only one who wants a piece of the action. Whereas the original had loads of peril and suspense, this has very little as we don't really care what happens to the characters as the ship slowly starts to sink. Sally Field also stars and the cast should have known better.
 
GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!
5.10pm Film4
See Tuesday for review
 
JINGLE ALL THE WAY
7.10pm Film4
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a father who has to get the must have Christmas present for his son, but finds its tougher than he ever thought to get his hands on it. The premise of every father's nightmare at Christmas would have made for a good Christmas movie, but alas, this isn't it. Turning it into a slapstick comedy with oodles of slush and giving Arnie the chance to be funny just doesn't work, and it becomes annoying very quickly.
 
ROBIN AND THE SEVEN HOODS
7.30pm BBC4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Delightful gangster updating of the tale of Robin Hood, as a corrupt sheriff and his criminal sidekick decide to take over Chicago, not knowing that they will come up against Frank Sinatra and his gang who are going to stop the madness. Any film with Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and for good measure, Bing Crosby, is worth watching again and again. It's so full of fun, you forget that these guys were actually making a movie.
 
DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER
9pm ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
See Thursday for review
 
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S ROMEO + JULIET
9pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Baz Lurhmannís flashy MTV style adaptation of Shakespeareís tragic love story, set in a contemporary Miami and with Leonardo DiCaprio and Clare Danes as the lovers from two warring families. Fans of Shakespeare will be horrified at the obviousness of the text, while it did manage to bring the Bard to a whole new generation who otherwise would have ignored it, and thatís a good thing.
 
LAYER CAKE
9pm Fiver *RECOMMENDED*
Matthew Vaughn, Guy Ritchieís producer, takes the directorial reins with this very good British gangster thriller, with Daniel Craig, pre-Bond, as a drug dealer who wants out, but must do two more jobs for the drug kingpin before he can go. A fascinating, stylish thriller that is both gripping and in places funny, with an array of British talent doing a good job. Puts Ritchieís more recent movies to shame.
 
THE CORE
10pm E4
The earth is dying and the only way to save it is to send a group of scientists into the centre of the planet. Starry futuristic disaster movie with Hilary Swank and Aaron Eckhart leading the crew. A missed opportunity here, as the central idea has been done before, even though the effects work. Could have been a whole lot better considering the people involved.
 
GREAT BALLS OF FIRE!
10pm ITV3
Dennis Quaid manages to really get his teeth into the eccentric rock star Jerry Lee Lewis, as we follow his rise to fame and his controversial marriage to his 13 year-old cousin, played by Winona Ryder. The music and Quaid's performance moves this otherwise routine biopic along nicely.
 
CITY SLICKERS II: THE LEGEND OF CURLY'S GOLD
10pm ITV4
See Thursday for review
 
GANGS OF NEW YORK
10pm More4 *RECOMMENDED*
Martin Scorseseís ambitious, violent drama with Leonardo DiCaprio as a man who returns to New York to rally his fellow Irishmen in order to seek revenge on the man who killed his father. Daniel Day Lewis returned to the screen as a vicious rival gang leader, and while the production values are extremely high, this isnít as impressive as we hoped for. A good film but we really want more from a cinematic master like Scorsese.
 
BIRTH
11.20pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
A strange follow up for director Jonathan Grazer, who brought us the excellent Sexy Beast. Nicole Kidman plays a woman still grieving for her late husband, but trying to start again, meets a ten year old boy who claims to be her dead husband reincarnated. Intriguing and slightly disturbing, this has plenty to talk about and plenty to admire, yet many may find it completely unsettling, especially the scenes between Kidman and the boy. A brave movie indeed, but one that will split its audience.
 
THE STICKUP
11.55pm BBC1
Better than most heist movie set in a small town where nothing much happens until the local bank is hit by crowns holding the place up. Determined to get his man, a local cop starts a deadly game of cat and mouse with James Spader, the robber and former cop, while various unsavoury types become involved. Directed by Road House helmer Rowdy Herrington, this is a decent flick with some nicely played subplots and some good set pieces.
 
GERONIMO: AN AMERICAN LEGEND
12.20am ITV4 *RECOMMENDED*
Big and glossy western adventure based (loosely) on the story of Germoino, the leader of the last Indian tribe to stand up against the US Government, and follows his capture and his escape, only to be followed by a cavalry officer determined to bring together the Americans and the Indians. Walter Hill directs this starry cast and a script by John Millius, and while it may not be accurate, it's a lot more fun than most westerns. Gene Hackman and Robert Duvall star.
 
SCHOOL FOR SEDUCTION
12.25am ITV2
Mildly entertaining British comedy with Kelly Brook as an Italian seductress who comes to Newcastle to teach a group of bored women the fine art of seduction, leading the women to use their newly aquired gifts on their unsuspecting partners. It perfectly fine, and comes across like a female version of The Full Monty. Neither brilliant or terrible, it's perfectly fine.
 
THE EYE
1.15am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Unnerving and creepy Hong Kong horror about a blind girl who is given the opportunity to see again after an eye transplant, but finds that along with her new sight, she can see some quite unpleasant ghosts. She goes on a journey to find the souls of the dead and the truth about her eyes. This works as a spine tingler because the atmosphere is right and the suspense is kept going throughout. A solid tale of terror.
 
DADDY LONG LEGS
1.30am ITV1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Colourful musical with Fred Astaire as a man visiting Paris and being drawn to a 18 year old Leslie Caron. He sponsors her to study in America and after a few years visits her again and falls in love, but love is never that simple. one of those films that you can sit back and wash over you, making you feel all warm and fuzzy. The musical numbers, of course, are the star attractions, and Astaire is on fire here.
 
FREDDIE GOT FINGERED
3.10am BBC2
A film that should warn any movie company never to let an egomaniac comic the opportunity to make his own film. Tom Greenís appalling so-called comedy is a messy pile of cack as a cartoonist goes to live with his parents, but when they ask him to leave, he starts spreading rumours about his father. Infantile, sick and just not funny, this is a movie that should be avoided at all cost. Unless you find Tom Green remotely funny, then you will have a blast.

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 15/12/2008 8:03:19 AM   
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Here it is, as promised...if a little late (due to technical problems). The Christmas listing is here and the New Year's listing is on the next thread. Every film being shown over the Christmas period on terrestrial and freeview.

See you in 2009

ENJOY!

SATURDAY 20TH DECEMBER
 
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS 11.50am BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
A pumpkin king stumbles onto Christmas land and plots a scheme where he kidnaps Santa Claus and takes his place in order to understand Christmas, but he finds some unexpected surprises. An absolute gem of animation as Henry Selick's creations, with the help of tim Burton, are skilfully brought to life. With some terrific songs by Danny Elfman, this is fast becoming one of the essential movies for this time of year. Still amazing.
 
NANNY MCPHEE
12.25pm ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
A darker Mary Poppins style comedy written and starring Emma Thompson. Colin Firth plays a widower with seven unruly children, who are so badly behaved that he cannot keep a nanny, until he hired Nanny McPhee, a strange looking woman with magical powers. The things that makes this charming family film work is Thompson delightful script and a sense that it never talks down to its audience. A wonderful little film with plenty to enjoy.
 
UP POMPEII
1.10pm ITV3
Frankie Howerd stars in this big screen outing of the hit TV series, as the servant during Roman times, and his various misadventures with his master and the Roman Army. Whereas the TV series gently added the nudge nudge humour, this comes at us with a sledgehammer, and we have a series of crude and wilful gags that are poorly delivered and badly miscalculated. Even the great Mr Howerd seems to be struggling.
 
IN GOOD COMPANY
1pm Film4
Comedy with Dennis Quaid as a man who is demoted from his job and his new boss (Topher Grace) is half his age. getting on with each other and their very different styles is one thing, but when the new boss starts going out with one of Quaid's daughters (Scarlett Johannson), things get a little touchy. A better-than-average film that has moments of satire but seems too afraid to poke fun out of corporate America, and so heads for safe ground with a rom-com.
 
SOCCER DOG: EUROPEAN CUP
1.10pm Five US
Follow up of Soccer Dog in which a dog that plays football gets to plat for the European Cup. Obviously this is an American's idea for the European Cup and it makes a mockery of both football and cup matches, as well as the Europeans. Nick Moran agreed to do this, quite clearly for the money. Terrible.
 
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
1.30pm More4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
One of the great Christmas movies, along with It's A Wonderful Life, in which Edmund Gywnn stars as a man who claims to be Kris Kringle, but no one believes him apart from a young girl, who persuades her lawyer mother to defend him. It pulls every emotional trick in the book, but it is done with such class and gentleness that you can't help but fall in love with it. A very young Natalie Wood also stars as the girl. Miss this and you must hate Christmas.
 
MRS PALFREY AT THE CLAREMONT
1.50pm BBC2 *RECOMMENDED*
Joan Plowright gets the opportunity to shine as an elderly lady believing that The Claremont is an exclusive hotel, but turns out to be a retirement home, and the strange relationship she starts with a young musical. Rupert Friend plays the man she meets but is Plowright's film and she is often left in the background, but when she steps out in the lead, she really is great in this likeable comedy drama.
 
HONEY
2.40pm ITV1
Jessica Alba struggles to work two jobs but dreams of becoming a dancer in music videos. Her dreams come true when she meets a director, but his intentions are far from honourable, and so she has to decide which road she wants to take: the hard or the easy. Fairly dumb dance movie for teens, but even tey find this a bit drab. Alba looks good, however, even if she is given an awful script to work with.
 
RIVER OF NO RETURN
3.10pm Film4
Melodramatic western adventure with Robert Mitchum as a farmer recently released from prison who must return home and try and rekindle a relationship with his son, but a beautiful saloon singer comes between them. Marilyn Monroe co-stars as the singer in Otto Preminger's worth while western that doesn't offer anything special, except the teaming of two of Hollywood's greats.
 
ON THE BUSES
3.30pm ITV3
The first in a series of movie spin-offs of the popular 70s sit-com with Reg Varney as the smutty bus driver who finds his overtime taken away from him when the bus company hire women to take the extra time, leading him and his conductor friend Jack to plot a way of sabotaging them. With added postcard humour, this surprisingly is an interesting look back at the way of life in the early 70s, but the gags are lame and dated.
 
STUART LITTLE
2 4.25pm Fiver
Cute family sequel about the mouse who has human qualities and who live with the Little family (Geena Davis and Hugh Laurie return as mum and dad). This time Stuart befriends a bird without knowing that she is being controlled by an evil falcon. Michael J. Fox returns as the voice of Stuart, while Melanie Griffith and James Woods also join in with voice duty. Not as witty as the first, but a painless enough experience and better than some family fare.
 
BUGSY MALONE
4.45pm Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Alan Parkerís energetic musical taking the basic of 30s gangster movies, and have a cast of children playing all the parts and custard pies galore. The storyline, about a confident young boxing promoter who gets involved in gangland warfare, is very slim, but the songs by Paul Williams and the pure energy of the cast, including Jodie Foster, is infectious and a big bundle of fun.
 
MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING
4.55pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Terrific little romantic comedy starring and written by Nina Vardalos as a Greek woman who falls for a non-Greek man and tries to introduce him to her family and her cultures. Some nicely observed comic moments and while the romance is a little too formulaic, the secondary characters lift the film to better-than-average.
 
MUTINY ON THE BUSES
5.15pm ITV3
More dated comedy from the On The Buses team, given a second outing as Stan manages to get Arthur a job as a driver and he lands up taking a special bus to Windsor Safari Park. Laughs aplenty (I'm being ironic) with Reg Varney and the gang, if you can stand sexist, pun-riddled comedies.
 
DAD'S ARMY
5.30pm BBC2 *RECOMMENDED*
Big screen outing for the aging soldiers of Warrington-On-Sea, as Arthur Lowe lead the group in a film of three halves, the first showing how they got together, the second all the training and the third a plot involving a hostage situation with the Germans. While the plotting doesn't quite work, it still has loads of the comci charm that the TV series offered, and its nice to see them out and about instead of stuck in that famous hut. Just as funny as the show and a nice reminder of a time when British comedy was king.
 
PETER PAN
6.35pm ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
Colourful live action version of J.M. Barrieís immortal tale of the boy who never grew up, who takes children from a London family to his world where he has an on-going war with the evil Captain Hook. The effects are outstanding, as we are taken to this magical world, and Jason Issac enjoys himself as the pantomime villain Hook. A visual treat and an underrated piece of escapism.
 
THE AFRICAN QUEEN
6.55pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
John Hustonís Oscar winning drama with Humphrey Bogart as the owner of a small steamboat, who takes missionary Katherine Hepburn to safety, after her mission is attacked. As they face the dangers of the river, they also find love. Both stars are at the top of their game, in this compelling, entertaining romantic adventure.
 
HOLIDAY ON THE BUSES
7pm ITV3
The third and possibly the worse of the On The Buses spin offs, if that is possible as Reg Varney and the gang head off to a holiday camp, in which they are driving the buses around for the other campers and getting into all kinds of mishaps. if you like sexual innuendo and lame slapstick, then this is for you.
 
THE DISH
7.05pm More4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Wonderfully joyful Australian comedy based on fact, about a satellite dish in the outback that is the only form of communication between the earth and the Apollo 11 moon landing, and how the whole thing almost went terribly wrong. Filled with interesting characters, this is handled extremely well by all and is both interesting and very funny. Sam Neil stars.
 
THE BEST OF BENNY HILL
8.50pm ITV3
For years, Benny Hill was TVís master of comedy, until the 80s when his saucy humour was looked upon as being sexist and he disappeared from our screens. This compilation of his funniest sketches taken from his Thames TV years gives us an opportunity to see Hill not just being a smutty old man but some very clever and fun skits proves there was more than just fast moving chases.
 
GREMLINS
8.55pm ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Joe Dante's dark take on all things fluffy, as Zach Gallagher is given a furry little creature as a gift from his father, but doesn't listen to the list of rules, and hence a group of mischievous monsters start to run amok in the small town. This could be looked upon as the anti-Christmas movie with Pheobe Cates' now classic Christmas nightmare speech and even the Gremlins attack on Santa; it still is a witty, darkly comic tale of destruction of suburbia. Class stuff.
 
A KNIGHT'S TALE
9pm Channel 4 *RECOMMENDED*
A knight's servant dreams of becoming a hero, and is given the opportunity when his master dies, and he pretends to be him for a tournament. Along with a band of misfits, they try to win the major jousting events while the fake knight falls for a beautiful royal lady. Enjoyable, if a little too long, mix of modern attitudes, comedy and old fashion swashbuckling. Heath Ledger is the knight but it's Paul Bettany who steals the film as an over-the-top, gambling Geffrey Chaucher. Great fun.
 
IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON
9pm More4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
An outstanding and fascinating documentary which tells of the NASA Apollo missions, and by using the surviving members of the trips to space, we can build up a side of the adventures that we may never have thought we would see. A truly gripping and interesting movie that captures not only the excitement, but the fears and joy they all experienced. A worth while watch indeed.
 
FAILURE TO LAUNCH
9pm Film4
By-the-book rom com in which the parents of Matthew McConaughey hire Sarah Jessica parker to fall in love with him, so he will eventually move out of their home, but things don't go according to plan. It's all very predictable and nothing new is on show here, as it follows the usual lines of modern rom-coms. The two leads are fine but there's not much else to write home about.
 
NATIONAL SECURITY
9pm Fiver
Pathetic comedy adventure with Martin Lawrence and Steve Zahn as a pair of ill-matched security guards who become involved in a smuggling operation. Desperate to try and cash in on Lawrenceís Bad Boy persona, this is neither funny or exciting and just ends up looking dumb. Steve Zahn deserves better.
 
HERBIE: FULLY LOADED
9.45pm BBC3
The Love Bug VW is back in a modern re-invention, as he becomes owned by Lindsay Lohan, who shows his talents as a super car when he enters and wins a car race, to the annoyance of racer Matt Dillon, who wants a rematch in a proper NASCAR race.With the modern spin and the big name stars (Michael Keaton plays Lohan's father, while Justin Long is her best friend), it fails to really ignite, and the modern updating of a classic car has left it heading for the scrapheap.
 
PAL JOEY
9.45pm BBC4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Musical with Frank Sinatra as a smooth, likeable Joe who falls for showgirl Rita Hayworth, as the two seem made for each other, until mousey Kim Novak walks into their lives and Sinatra finds himself falling for her charms. A simple love triangle of a musical, with great songs by Rodgers and Hart and good arrangements by Nelson Riddle. Sinatra shines and gives us some cool renditions including The Lady Is A Tramp. Great.
 
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE II
9.55pm ITV1
Tom Cruise returns in this disappointing sequel to Brian De Palma's original. John Woo takes the director's reins and throws in his trademarks, but the plot, involving a virus that kills in 24 hours, and Cruise having to go after a renegade agent, is fairly empty, while the slow-motion scenes are sometimes silly and pretentious. A massively missed opportunity.
 
GERONIMO: AN AMERICAN LEGEND
9.55pm ITV4 *RECOMMENDED*
Big and glossy western adventure based (loosely) on the story of Germoino, the leader of the last Indian tribe to stand up against the US Government, and follows his capture and his escape, only to be followed by a cavalry officer determined to bring together the Americans and the Indians. Walter Hill directs this starry cast and a script by John Millius, and while it may not be accurate, it's a lot more fun than most westerns. Gene Hackman and Robert Duvall star.
 
V FOR VENDETTA
10.25pm BBC2 *RECOMMENDED*
Flashy 1984 style drama based on a graphic novel with Hugo Weaving as a masked terrorist who plots to overthrow the government that is ruling London with an iron claw, and after rescuing a young girl he may have found the perfect ally. Natalie portman famously shaved her head for the role, and while it looks spectacular, the Wachowski Brothers' wordy script slow things down and it's not as good as if really could have been.
 
UP POMPEII
10.30pm ITV3
See earlier for review
 
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
10.50pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
A quiet man, living in a quiet town, becomes a hero when he foils a robbery. The news spreads and suddenly he becomes the focus of some men that could shake the very foundations of his private life, particularly his family. David Cronenberg's film version of the graphic novel is a brilliant thriller with an outstanding performance from Viggo Mortensen. An unsettling film that doesn't pull any punches, and one of Cronenberg's finest.
 
CLIFFHANGER
11pm ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
Better-than-average action movie with Sylvester Stallone as a mountain rescue ranger who hangs up his gloves after an accident, but finds himself back on the mountains, fighting for his life when he becomes the only man to stop a group of high profile thieves. John Lithgow laps up the chance of playing evil, while the stunts are the stars of this Renny Harlin movie.
 
FOUR BROTHERS
11pm More4 *RECOMMENDED*
John Singleton returns to form with this 70s style revenge thriller as Mark Walhberg is one of four adopted brothers who decides to seek vengeance on the killers of their 'mother', but discover it's more than just a random killing. While it does get a little violent, it follows the style of the classic thrillers of days gone by, and it doesn't take itself too seriously.
 
HIDDEN
11.35pm Channel 4 *FILM OF THE DAY*
Terrific thriller from Michael Haneke with Daniel Auteuil as a TV critic who starts receiving videos of him and his family. Not sure what these mean, they get more and more personal, as if someone knows him. The police refuse to help him as a crime hasn't been commited and so he must find out the truth by himself. Juliette Binoche stars as his wife in a tense, suspense-filled film that keeps you guessing from start to finish. Great stuff.
 
SNAKE EYES
11.40pm BBC1
Set around a Boxing match, a corrupt cop has to investigate the murder of an important politician, but finds that everyone who is there is a suspect, and corruption is rife. Brian De Palma sets up an interesting premise but is let down by an over plotted tale that suffered from a trailer that gave away everything. Nicolas Cage plays the cop with Gary Sinse on hand. Stylish but heavy going.
 
HOLIDAY ON THE BUSES
12.20am ITV3
See earlier for review
 
OFFSIDE
12.40am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Based on true events, this is the story of a group of women who attempt to enter a football stadium in Iran, when they are playing an important game for World Cup qualification. Islamic laws state women are banned from entering the stadium, so they have to dress as boys. Showing another side of Iran, this doesn't sound that interesting, but director Jafar Panahi has managed to create a positive, sometimes funny tale about women's struggle to be recognised in a repressed society.
 
DUEL
1.20am ITV1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Steven Spielberg's first feature was originally a TV movie but got a cinema release over here, and deservedly so. Dennis Weaver plays a man driving along the highways and dirt roads of America terrorised by a mysterious truck determined to run him off the road forever. Incredibly tense and with suspense around each corner, this was a fine starting point for the director and he managed to deliver a classic thriller with his first shot.
 
SANTEE
1.45am BBC2
Tired western with Glen Ford as a former marshall who turns bounty hunter after his son is murdered by a gang of outlaws. Ford then kills a man and takes the man's son and they start to form a relationship that fills the gap of his own dead son. Taking from this western and that western, we've been in this territory before, even if Ford is good.
 
OLD JOY
2.25am Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Low budget drama in which two old friends decide to reunite and go on a camping trip. But time hasnít bode well for the strength of the friendship, and both men, with very different needs, find themselves not only struggling with getting older, but that they are not so much friends anymore. This is a well played and well directed little drama that covers so many areas in its short running time, that it is amazing how much director Kelly Reichardt has managed to cram into it. A solid piece of work.
 
FRANKIE AND JOHNNY
2.35am ITV1
Not the Al Pacino/Michelle Pfeiffer love story but the Elvis Presley comedy western in which he plays a riverboat gambler who needs a redhead, as they bring good luck. Only trouble is, a blonde is after him with a gun. Plot-wise it doesnít need a great deal of thinking about, but the songs are good and itís colourful and energetic.
 
 
SUNDAY 21ST DECEMBER
 

NANNY MCPHEE
9.55am ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday 20th for review
 
THAT DARN CAT!
10.05am BBC2
Fun Disney comedy in which the owner of a cat calls the police after it returns home with a wristwatch around its neck. The trail begins as she believes its a vital clue to the whereabouts of a kidnap victim and a gang of bank robbers. Hayley Mills and Dean Jones star in this light and fluffy comedy that doesn't take itself too seriously.
 
SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON
11am BBC1
Beautiful looking yet slightly dull animation about a wild stallion travelling across the wild west, who befriends a human who wants to tame him. It's all really well made with Matt Damon as the voice of teh horse, but it's far too moralistic and not half as exciting or fun as most cartoons. And Bryan Adams provides the music. Make your own mind up there.
 
CURLY SUE
11.55am ITV1
John Hughes hit an all-time low with this overly sentimental slushy tale of a homeless man and his daughter, who scam people into feeding them, until he tricks a wealthy woman into letting them stay in her home, and he believes this is the right place for his daughter. James Belushi plays the father but itís the over cute kid that makes you want to vomit. Yuck!
 
MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING
1pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday 20th for review
 
STUART LITTLE 2
1.40pm Fiver
See Saturday 20th for review
 
CASPER
1.55pm ITV1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Delightful family flick in which widower Bill Pullman and his loner daughter Christina Ricci move into a large house that just so happens to be inhabited by Casper, a friendly ghost who befriends the girl, while trying to control his three out-of-control brothers. Add to the equations Cathy Moriarty and Eric Idle, who want to get the house for themselves and you have an inventive and funny family comedy based on the hit cartoon strip, which will also have you grabbing for the hankies by the end. A little gem of a movie.
 
CALL ME MADAM
2.50pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Colourful musical with Ethel Merman as a hostess who becomes an ambassador for President Truman. The plot in this likeable musical is not important, but Merman was such a larger-than-life performer, it is her that you will watch this film for.
 
ET: THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL
3.45pm ITV1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Steven Spielbergís touching, heart-warming family adventure in which a small alien is left alone on Earth and befriends a young boy called Elliot, who has to protect him from the scientists and authority who would want to find out more about him. Still after all these years it manages to bring a tear to the eye, helped by John Williamsí magnificent score. A true classic.
 
WATERSHIP DOWN
5.05pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Animated version of Richard Adamsí epic novel about a group of rabbit desperate to find sanctuary after their home is destroyed by builders. This dark and brooding tale of survival could be too dark for younger children, but is a lovingly made and surprisingly adult affair. Altogether nowÖBright eyes, burning like fire.
 
FATHER HOOD
5.15pm five
Patrick Swayze tries his hand at a family friendly movie, and ends up in a messy, disagreeable tale of a crooked father who takes his children on a journey away from the foster home after he has just committed a crime. It's all too coy and sickly sweet by the end and leave a bad taste in the mouth.
 
OLIVER TWIST
6.30pm Channel 4
Roman Polanksi gets his hands on Charles Dickens immortal tale of a young orphan boy who finds himself on the streets of London, and is taken in by the leader of a gang of young pickpockets. Ben Kingsley tries his best to give a different angle to Fagin, and even if the film looks authentically grubby and grimy, there seems to have been too many version, and so comparisons are constantly made, leaving this grim version slightly lacking, especially from such a highly regarded director.
 
A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH
6.50pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Excellent Powell and Pressburger drama with David Niven as a war pilot who must defend his life in front of a court in heaven. Imaginative, beautifully shot and well played by all, this truly deserves being called a classic. One of the best war fantasies ever made. Truly unmissable.
 
THE JEWEL OF THE NILE 6.55pm ITV3 *RECOMMENDED*
Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner return in this sequel to Romancing The Stone, this time they are asked to find the legendary Jewel Of The Nile, but there are a few people who want to stop them. Danny DeVito also returns in a fun follow-up that doesnít quite reach the same level of the original, but still has plenty in its favour.
 
CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS
7pm five
Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis star as a couple who decide not to celebrate Christmas when their only daughter goes away, but at the last minute she changes her mind and they must get into the holiday spirit, and fast. This is suppose to be a comedy, but the lack of comic timing and a dire script, plus the added splatter of sentimentality at the end, it's all rather ridiculous and a waste of two talented stars.
 
NATIONAL SECURITY
7.20pm Fiver
See Saturday 20th for review
 
FINDING NEMO
8pm BBC3 *FILM OF THE DAY*
Disney and Pixar hit the top spot with this impressive underwater animation about a missing clown fish, and the journey that his father has to take to get him back. There is so much to enjoy here, from the superb computer generated animation, to the witty banter between Albert Brooks and Ellen Degeneres, to the array of colourful characters they meet along the way. And the story is incredibly touching too. The perfect family fare.
 
KING KONG
9pm ITV2
Hugely anticipated but ultimately disappointing remake of the classic 1930s monster movie, this time in the hands of Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson. The problem lies in the length, a three-hour marathon, as Jack Blackís obsessive director takes a crew to a mysterious island and discover a giant ape. The first hour aboard the boat drags the film down, while hour number two could have been a Jurassic Park remake. Only the final hour is amazing, and by then, you may have lost interest. The effects are incredible but there was no need for stretching this tale any longer.
 
DAVE
9pm ITV3 *RECOMMENDED*
Likeably old-fashioned comedy with Kevin Kline as a mild-mannered temp agent who bare an uncanny resemblance to the President, and is asked to take over in order to stop a scandal when the actual President is taken ill. One of those simple, nice comedies that breezes along and brings a smile to the face, helped by the amiable Kline and good support from Sigourney Weaver. One to just kick back to and relax.
 
THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW
9pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Surprisingly good disaster movie on a global scale, about the day that global warming takes its toll and the few survivors of the new ice age. Dennis Quaid plays a man in search of his son, while Jake Gyllanhaal plays his boy. Roland (Independence Day) Emmerich has created a decent adventure that is better than most of the disaster movies of late. Good special effects helps, even if the ending is a little slushy.
 
BAD SANTA
9pm Fiver *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Billy Bob Thornton is superb as a foul-mouthed, drunken, sex-crazed conman who gets a jobs working in department stores in order to rob them, but his life takes a turn when a child wants to become his friend. Terry Zwigoff's film could have quite easily become over sentimental, but with thornton on cracking form and good support from Bernie Mac as a security chief who wants to foil his plans, this is a laugh-riot if you can stand the very strong language and lack of respect for an image of Christmas. Fantastic.
 
ROAD HOUSE
9pm Virgin 1 *RECOMMENDED*
What started out as just another action flick has grown a cult following as Patrick Swayze plays a bouncer with a way to make things calm, and yet knows how to use his fists, when trying to protect the bar he works at from evil Ben Gazzara. Totally mindless, it is extremely watchable and surprisingly fun, considering how violent it does get, and along with Gazzara, Sam Elliott is brilliant as Swayze's mentor and buddy. Crap, yes, but very good crap.
 
PORKY'S
11pm E4
Panned by the critics and loved by the public, this juvenile sex comedy about a group of high school kids (who all look in their 30s) who start a running battle with a local bar and brothel owner. The jokes are simple and crude and yet they somehow work. The plotline is wafer thin, but letís face it, if youíre a pre-pubescent teen you donít care about plot, just lots of naughty comedy, and this delivers by the truck load.
 
THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT'S WOMAN
11.15pm ITV3 *RECOMMENDED*
Bewitchingly beautiful love story about a film being made of a man who falls for a mysterious woman he sees by the sea. The parallels between the film story and the real world become almost inseparable. Meryl Streep and Jeremy irons play the lovers in this slow-moving but well executed movie.
 
FACE/OFF
11.20pm BBC1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
John Woo goes all out for action in an incredibly silly thriller with John Travolta as a cop chasing crook Nicolas Cage, but when a bomb is planted somewhere and no one knows, the cop swaps faces with the crook to infiltrate his gang, not knowing that the dead crook is alive and about to use the cop's face to infiltrate his family. Leave you brain at the door and sit back for a rollercoaster of slow motion, flying birds and bullets galore as Travolta and Cage get to ham it up all over the place. Fun with a capital F.
 
ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER
11.40pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Another gem from director Pedro Almodovar, in which a young woman, dreaming of becoming a writer, finds herself wanting to learn more about the father she never knew, thanks to his secret being kept by her mother. Full of sharp dialogue and plenty of colour, this is Almodovar's most personal movie, and that helps to make it a cracker, with terrific performances from all. A great film from a great director.
 
STEPHEN KING'S SLEEPWALKERS
12midnight Five US
The fact that Stephen King's name is on the title shouldn't make you think this is going to be any good. A dodgy vampire movie in which a mother and son who have the ability to change their forms, move to a new town in order to find a virgin they can feed off. Brian Kruse and Alice Krige play the happy family in this clichťd-ridden horror that doesn't add nothing to an already over-cooked genre.
 
BAT-21
12.05am ITV4 *RECOMMENDED*
Set during the Vietnam war, an observation plane crashes behind enemy lines and only Gene Hackman is the survivor. While the army have forgotten him, a lone helicopter pilot hears his distress call and is determined to find him before he falls into the hands of the Viet-Cong. Danny Glover also stars in this well made drama about friendship and the need for survival. Both men give excellent performances and while it does get a bit predictable, itís still a worth while view.
 
THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE
1.20am Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Fascinating documentary on the life of Hollywood film producer Robert Evans, from his days as a matinee idol to how he managed to run Paramount Pictures during the heady days of the 70s. A little egotistical and over using the flashy effects, this is nevertheless and insightful look at a time of a new Hollywood, and will keep most film lovers interested.
 
WILD RIVER
2am BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Tough and almost forgotten drama from Elia Kazan with Montgomery Clift as a young field administrator for a company wanting to build a dam on the Mississippi river, and finding himself having to deal with unhelpful locals, particularly an old woman and her daughter, who he finds himself falling for. Lee Remick plays the love interest in this intriguing drama that pulls no punches and fits nicely in the same league as other dramas of the period.
 
 
MONDAY 22ND DECEMBER
 

BIG TOP PEE-WEE
7.30am Channel 4
Following the success of Pee-Weeís Big Adventure, it was a sure thing that there would be a second film starring Pee-Wee Herman. This time, Pee-Wee is living on a farm when a circus blows onto his land, and he lets them stay, so he can see what life is like under the Big Top. The film lacks the imagination of Tim Burtonís original, and while Paul Reubens characters is just a wide-eyed innocence, it does become annoying after a while.
 
A WALK IN THE SUN
11am BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Lewis Milestone tried to go for a more realistic feel with this war film starring Dana Andrews as part of a troop who have landed in Italy and head off to capture a farmhouse. Scenes of long dialogue are interrupted by unexpected bouts of violence and this helps to make this a far better war film than most of the time. A strong ensemble cast also helps.
 
CARRY ON DOCTOR
11.15am More4
The Carry On team are never happier than in a hospital environment, and this is no exception, with Jim Dale as the young, horny doctor, who gets himself into all kinds of troubles, to the disgust of the hospital administrator and the head matron. Kenneth Williams, Hattie Jacques and the rest of the gang are here with the usual cheeky gags and slapstick. Silly but fun.
 
CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE MOVIE
12.35pm Channel 4
Animated musical version of Charles Dickens tale with a host of stars giving their vocal talents for a reasonable retelling. But as there are so many versions of this, it was always going to be criticized for being like all the others. Still, itís fine for the young and young at heart, while Kate Winslet had a hit with one of the songs.
 
ALL ABOUT EVE
1pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Bitch-fest galore in this classic back-stabbing theatrical drama about the rise of a fan to international superstar. Anne Baxter is superb as the young girl who dreams of being famous, while Bette Davis is firing on all cylinders as the bitchy star who Baxter adores. This melodrama has enough smart lines to fill a dozen modern Hollywood movies, and its this sparkling wit that makes this a worthy watch.
 
JOYEUX NOEL
1.40pm BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
The legendary story of how the soldiers in the front lines of World War I battlefields, stopped their fighting on Christmas day and came together for a football match. This is a genuinely touching human tale of how one day and one sport can bring even the enemies as one. Beautifully shot and played, this could be one of the great Christmas movies of all time.
 
THE NEW ADVENTURES OF PIPPI LONGSTOCKING
2pm Fiver
Based on the popular stories, a young girl finds herself stranded in a house regarded by others an haunted, afetr her father's ship disappears. Two children venture into the house to discover the girl and so begins a series of adventures including keeping Pippi out of an orphanage. The lead is annoying beyond the point of screaming, and while it could keep your kids quiet for a few hours, it will make you want to smash the TV.
 
RED RIVER
3.50pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Classic epic western from Howard Hawks with John Wayne as a cattle rancher who, along with his adopted son, Mongomery Clift, take his herd on a long journey from Texas to Missouri. But the boss' tyrannical ways and a dark secret emerges, his son takes the cattle away, leading to battle for revenge. A stunning beautiful looking movie with a strong story of family betrayal, and good turns from the two leads. The only downside is it's length, but its worth while watching if you havenít seen it.
 
THE CAT IN THE HAT
4pm BBC1
Cashing in on the success of The Grinch, Mike Myers dons Dr Seuss' most famous character, a mischievious cat who brings havoc to the life of two children left alone for the day by their parents, and while the inventive craziness is captured, it lacks the sense of fun that The Grinch had, and while Myers tries hios best, it needs a comedic performer who is a little more manic to really pull off the lead. Young kids might enjoy it, but adults will get annoyed very quickly.
 
MUPPETS FROM SPACE
4.15pm Fiver
Not one of the Muppets better efforts but still plenty to enjoy, as Gonzo is kidnapped by aliens and its up to Kermit and the gang to get him back and return him to his family. The usual array of famous people like Andie McDowell pop up, and there are some inventively comic moments, but it lacks the drive that Muppet Christmas Carol had, and is a bit of a disappointment considering what they can produce.
 
FINDING NEVERLAND
5.55pm BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
A charming and beautifully produced drama centring around J.M. Barrie and how he befriends a family that became the inspiration for his famous Peter Pan. Johnny Depp does a fine job as Barrie, even if the accent is a little dodgy in places, while Kate Winslet looks divine as the mother. Marc Forster has done a superb job capturing the magic of a man's imagination and the look of the film is majestic.
 
THE JEWEL OF THE NILE
5.55pm ITV3 *RECOMMENDED*
See Sunday 21st for review
 
THE PARENT TRAP
6.35pm Film4
Disney remake of a Disney classic with Lindsay Lohan in the days before drink and drugs and scandal, playing identical twins who live very separate and different lives after their parents divorced, but when a fluke meeting at Summer Camp triggers off a plot to get their parents back together. Undemanding and surprisingly entertaining, with a good performance from the young Lohan. Slightly vomit inducing in places but on the whole, fine.
 
THE BROTHERS GRIMM
8.30pm BBC2
Terry Gilliam would seem the perfect director for this tale of two con-men who travel the land claiming to protect the land from curses, but find that they are really put to the case when a real curse in a forest appears. Matt Damon and Heath Ledger seem to have loads of fun, and the visuals are great, but the film lacks the same magical feel that Gilliam has managed to perform in previous works, and so it's not as exciting as it could have been.
 
HERBIE: FULLY LOADED
10.30pm BBC3
See Saturday 20th for review
 
HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE
9pm five
Disappointing cop comedy with Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett as cops who when not working for the LAPD, have other jobs which they do badly. When a young rapper is murdered, the two investigate, getting involved in the music industry, and hoping for a break in their other careers. A fine idea but just badly executed, which is a shame considering the talent involved. A missed opportunity.
 
THE NUTTY PROFESSOR
9pm E4
Eddie Murphy stars in this successful remake of the Jerry Lewis classic, playing a professor who discovers a formula that changes him from overweight, gentle-hearted genius into a cocky, confident smooth loverman. This comedy is more enjoyable than it should be and Murphy relishes playing most of the Klump family. Some good gags, but not a patch on the original.
 
PAN'S LABYRINTH
9pm Film4 *FILM OF THE DAY*
Guillermo del Toroís masterpiece mixing fantasy with politics, set in Spain during the Fascist reign of the 40s, a young girl tries to escape from her sadistic army stepfather, to a mystical world, in which she is a princess who must take three tasks, otherwise she will never see her real father again. Beautifully conceived with miles more imagination and spirit than most movies, this is not only amazing on the eye but treats its audience as adults. One of the finest movies of recent times.
 
LOVE ACTUALLY
10pm ITV2
Richard Curtis penned this multi-character, episodic examination of love as the days count down to Christmas. Hugh Grant stars as a young PM who falls for his tea lady, while Emma Thompson sees her marriage on the rocks when she thinks husband Alan Rickman is having an affair. Some of the stories work, while others don't, but it's sweet and was very popular, but not one of Curtis' best.
 
THE TWO JAKES
10pm ITV4
Sequel to the classic Chinatown with Jack Nicholson (also directing) returning as the private eye, this time getting involved with another man named Jake (Harvey Keitel) who has accused his wife of adultery, but things are never that simple in Jake Giles world. If this hadn't have been a sequel, this could have been a good film noir thriller, but you can't help but compare it to Chinatown, and that's where the film falls short.
 
MONSTER'S BALL
11.05pm More4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Superior but very bleak drama with Billy Bob Thornton as a racist prison guard who starts an affair with the wife of the last man he executed. The wife is black, which starts to cause tension among his family and a re-evaluation of both their lives. Halle Berry won her Oscar for the role of the woman caught up in a world of racists, adn very good she is too. Marc Forster's film deals with the race issue very sutblely, and while the film doesn't move along at a great pace, it does include some excellent performances from Thonton, Peter Boyle, Heath Ledger and Sean (Puff Daddy) Combs. A worthwhile watch.
 
THE FAMILY STONE
11.15pm Channel 4
Christmas choas as Sarah Jessica Parker plays a stuck-up business woman who joins her boyfriend for a traditional family Christmas with his clan, and find that she is the outsider in an eccentric bunch of people who just don't like her. With a really strong ensemble cast (Diane Keaton, Claire Danes, Luke Wilson) this should have been great, but it falls into every Christmas/rom com trap and it becomes predictable and full of falsed emotional scenes. The comedy isn't that funny either.
 
DAYS OF THUNDER
11.15pm Film4
After the success of Top Gun, the team of Bruckheimer/Simpson, Tony Scott and Tom Cruise came back with this lame duck set around NASCAR racing. Cruise plays a hot shot racer who gets the chance of the big time, but will his temper drag him down. The racing scenes are good but the story is wafer-thin and all we get is flashy and trashy. More memorable for being the film that Cruise met Nicole Kidman.
 
MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN
12midnight Five US
After the success of Bram Stokerís Dracula, Kenneth Branagh takes the directorial reins and the role of Dr Frankenstein in this atmospheric version of the classic horror. A doctor has a vision of creating a human being, but when it all goes wrong, he rejects his creation, only for the creature he made to seek revenge. Robert De Niro plays the creature, and while it tries to stay with the original source material, you cannot forget the 1930s version, which had more heart. A brave attempt.
 
SURVIVING CHRISTMAS
12.20am BBC1
Awful Christmas comedy with Ben Affleck as a lonely millionaire who wants to rekindle the Christmas spirit by going back to his home he grew up in, only to find a new family living there, so he pays them to become part of their family. You know things can only go wrong. James Gandolfini must have thought this was a good idea to play light, but it is so painfully bad, you want Christmas to just go away.
 
NIGHTWING
12.50am ITV4
Ropey creatures on the attack horror, set on an Indian reservation in New Mexico, where the inhabitants find themselves under attack by a colony of bats. Considering the low budget and a cast including Nick Mancuso and David Warner, this tries desperately to be different with an added supernatural feel, but it is basically a duff B-movie, directed by an A-list director, Arthur Hiller, who should have delivered better.
 
5 X 2: CINQ FOIS DEUX
1.20am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
The relationship between a man and a woman is the simplistic structure to Francois Ozon's mesmerising story told from the end and showing how the relationship grew to its humble beginnings. Nicely played and shot with grace, this captivating tale may seem straight forward and yet is both touching and incredibly powerful. Subtle yet striking.
 
DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES
2.40pm BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Jack Lemmon and Lee remick star in this unusual love story about an alcoholic who falls in love with a woman and she is introduced to the 'pleasures' of drink, but finds that their perfect life is slowly going down the drain. Blake Edwards hands the drama brilliantly and we get a tale of what we do for love with a tale of what drink can do to love. Not an easy watch but worth while, nevertheless.
 
 
TUESDAY 23RD DECEMBER
 

THE ADVENTURES OF ELMO IN GROUCHLAND
7.35am Channel 4
Sesame Street's cute character Elmo has a blue blanket, which is sent into a faraway land after a tug-or-war, and Elmo has to go off to retreive it. Fans of the Muppets may find this one disappointing but for the very young, it's a wonderful little adventure that they can get lost in.
 
I WAS A MALE WAR BRIDE
11.15am More4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Pure classic Howard Hawks comedy with Cary Grant on top form as a French officer assigned to work with a female American Lieutenant, and after they fall in love, she gets called back to the US, but find that she cannot bring her new love with her, unless they act on a law that allows men to bring females back. Ann Sheridan plays the love interest but this is Grant's film, and he milks every comedy possibility going. The cross dressing comedy is a dream and a must for fans of a good giggle.
 
THE STORY OF AN AFRICAN FARM
11.30am BBC2
A strange movie based on a novel by Olive Schreiner, with Richard E Grant as a man living in South Africa in the 1800s who, along with his children and father, have to run a farm, but face up to the gap between the Afrikaners and the English. It looks lovely but the film has an old fashion feel to it, and I'm not sure who it's audience really is, as it is too depressing to be for the young.
 
20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA
11.55am Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
A cracking Disney adventure as Kirk Douglas leads a crew sent to investigate the sinking of several ships, only to discover a new super submarine, captained by James Mason, but as they get to learn about the captain's intentions, they come across a series of sea creatures. Capturing Jules Vernes novel, this is a rip-roaring adventure film that has aged well, even if the special effects may look a little rubbery, but it has loads of energy and bundles of fun.
 
NOEL
1pm five *RECOMMENDED*
Chazz Palminteri directs this heart-warming Christmas drama about a group of New yorkers all wanting a miracle to happen in their lives. With a strong cast including Susan Sarandon and Penelope Cruz, this is a well balanced tale that doesn't try to be anything else but a wondrous tale of how you can get what you want. Sure it plays the emotional card more than once, but with good performances, it's all handled well.
 
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
1pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Clint Eastwood stars and directs this moving, mature love story, as he plays a photographer who starts a short but sweet affair with bored housewife Meryl Streep. The two stars work extremely well together, making for a tender, intelligent tale, and while the film is slow moving, it helps build to a very tear-jerking finale, and shows Eastwoodís softer side.
 
THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
1.35pm ITV3
Sticking closely to the original story, this is a mix of live action and animation as we follow the story of the puppet who comes to life and dreams of being a real boy. Martin Landau stars as the toy maker, and while it starts off very slowly, it does build to a better-than-average family fare. The Disney version still, however, wins my heart every time.
 
MUPPETS FROM SPACE
2.25pm Fiver
See Monday 22nd for review
 
CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE MOVIE
3.25pm Film4
See Monday 22nd for review
 
SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT II
3.45pm ITV3
More adventures with the good ole boys Burt Reynolds and Jerry Reed, this time transporting an elephant across the country. Jackie Gleason is back as the cop who wants to stop the Bandit, while Sally Field also returns. Not as good as the original, but still bundles of fun in an empty-headed way. The out-takes at the end are worth watching, however.
 
SNOW DOGS
4.30pm BBC1
Cuba Gooding Jr stars as a Miami dentist who goes to Alaska to collect on his inheritance left by his mother. Thinking it would be something great, he finds it is a set of sled dogs, all who have it in for the newcomer, but determined to prove to his mother that he can look after them, he begins to train them for a race. This whimsical Disney comedy has its moments, but only the young will get anything out of this.
 
SEABISCUIT
4.35pm BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Beautifully shot and faithful telling of the true story of how an undersized race horse, during the Depression, managed to win the hearts and respect of the American nation, and the relationship between the horse, jockey, trainer and coach. A real heart-lifter this, as Tobey Maguire, Chris Cooper and Jeff Bridges leads the strong cast in a film that, regardless of going through the underdog clichťs, still manages to capture the viewer and with good direction from Gary Ross and high production values, this is a cracking little movie.
 
BLACK NARCISSUS
5.10pm Film4 *FILM OF THE DAY*
Visually stunning Powell and Pressburger movie about a group of nuns who set up their order in the Himalayas, only to find themselves having to deal with the locals as well as themselves. Deborah Kerr and Flora Robson star in this superb drama that can rate as one of the cinematic greats.
 
IN AND OUT
7.10pm Film4
An actor, during a speech at an awards ceremony, outs his drama teacher, causing a chain of events that shake up the small community that the teacher lives. An idea taken from Tom Hanks' Oscar speech for Philadephia, this starts off with plenty of promise but fails to live up to the start and heads down to stereotypes and cliches. Still Kevin Kline is good as the teacher and if you don't mind a slightly homophobic undertone, it's a passable comedy.
 
ALIEN AUTOPSY
8pm BBC3
TV favourites Ant and Dec try to break into the movies with this film version of teh true story behind the notorious filming of an alien autopsy, conning the world in believing it is real. While the two stars are perfectly fine, and the film does have its moments, it has a surprisingly slow pace for a comedy and the tale of how big their idea became doesn't interest as much as it really should.
 
CLIFFHANGER
9pm ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday 20th for review
 
CONAN THE DESTROYER
9pm ITV4
After the mystical heaviness of the first film, Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as Conan, in this light-weight, sword and sorcery tale in which he leads a gang of misfits to find a princess. The fight scenes are well handled but this is total nonsense and only fans of Arnie or this type of tripe will enjoy it. Grace Jones also stars.
 
MR & MRS SMITH
9pm Film4
Action packed comedy adventure with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as a married couple going through a few problems within their life, and that's without realising that they are both in the assassination business and they also don't know is that their next targets are themselves. Director Doug Liman brings the wit he had in Swingers and the action from The Bourne Identity together and while it is very silly in places, Pitt and Jolie look great and its undeamanding nonsense.
 
MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN
9pm Five US
See Monday 22nd for review
 
OVERBOARD
10pm ITV3
Comedy with Goldie Hawn as a rich bitch who pushed overboard her boat by her inheritance hungry husband, and she loses her memory, only to be adopted as the wife to blue collar worker Kurt Russell and his clan, but how long before she starts remembering who she really is. Pleasant enough time waster, with Hawn toning down the kookiness and enjoying the chance to play two very different sides to her character. Plenty to like but instantly forgettable.
 
CON AIR
10.35pm BBC1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Action packed blockbuster with Nicolas Cage as a man released from prison who happens to be travelling on a plane filled with the worse criminals, who plan to hijack it to their freedom, not knowing that Cage doesn't want a part of it. John Malkovich relishes hamming it up as a brutal serial killer, while John Cusack tries to control things from the ground. It's incredibly silly, loud and violent, and yet the most fun you'll have from a mindles blockbuster. Pure 100% escapism.
 
ALI G INDAHOUSE
10.40pm ITV1
Sasha Coren Baron got it right with Borat but badly misfired with this film of his popular youth character, Ali G, who, in this unfunny comedy, goes up against the government to try and stop them shutting down his beloved sports centre in his hometown. Relying of toilet humour that wouldnít look out of place in a 70s soft porn movie, this is a waste of a usually funny character.
 
THE GRUDGE
11.10pm ITV2
Sarah Michelle Gellar stars in this remake of the Japanese horror, playing a nurse in Tokyo who finds herself involved in a curse that is possessing people and leading to their deaths, which she must stop before it gets her. Fans of the original will complain about the almost blueprint of this version, but others who haven't experienced Ju-On will find this an effective supernatural tale.
 
NIGHTWING
11.10pm ITV4
See Monday 22nd for review
 
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S ROMEO + JULIET
11.15pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Baz Lurhmannís flashy MTV style adaptation of Shakespeareís tragic love story, set in a contemporary Miami and with Leonardo DiCaprio and Clare Danes as the lovers from two warring families. Fans of Shakespeare will be horrified at the obviousness of the text, while it did manage to bring the Bard to a whole new generation who otherwise would have ignored it, and thatís a good thing.
 
THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT'S WOMAN
12.15am ITV3 *RECOMMENDED*
See Sunday 21st for review
 
APT PUPIL
12.20am Five US *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Bryan Singerís film version of Stephen Kingís tale of a boy (Brad Renfro) who discovers that his neighbour was a Nazi war criminal and instead of going to the authorities, blackmails him into telling tales of his experiences during the war. The darker the tales, the more they start affecting the boy. Ian McKellen is superb as the old man whose tales becomes a fascination, in this tense and skilful thriller, showing early signs of Singerís ability as a movie storyteller.
 
HONEYMOON IN VEGAS
12.25am BBC1 *RECOMMENDED*
A delightful comedy with Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker as a couple going to spend a few days in Las Vegas, but when Cage ends up in a poker game with gangster James Caan, he loses his beloved and is desperate to win her back. A funny premise is made even better by the outrageous ending involving a plane load of Elvisí. A joy.
 
OFFSIDE
1.35am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday 20th for review
 
 
WEDNESDAY 24TH DECEMBER - CHRISTMAS EVE
 

THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN
7.10am Channel 4 *RECOMMENDED*
More fun with the world's favourite puppets as Kermit and the gang head off to New York to try and get their musical onto a Broadway stage, but find it isn't as simple as they first believed. Plenty for both kids and adults to enjoy, and Frank Oz's direction keeps the action moving along nicely. Plus there's the usual cameos from more human members. Enjoyable.
 
SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS
10.35am ITV3 *RECOMMENDED*
Classic British children's drama based on the famous book, about a group of children in the 20s who go on holiday in the Lake District and create their own fantasy world of pirates as they start messing around on the waters, and find there are rivals in the area. Gentle and complete safe for anyone to watch, it just brings a smile to those who remember when it first came out. (Showing my age now).
 
THE PREACHER'S WIFE
11.30am BBC2
Disappointing remake of the classic The Bishopís Wife, with Courtney B. Vance as the Preacher who spends his time with his community and yet is concerned about losing his wife. He prays and down comes angel Denzel Washington, but his presence seems to make matters worse. Whitney Houston plays the wife, and while the cast try their best, it is too thick with sentimentality to be really entertaining.
 
FREAKY FRIDAY
12.05pm Channel 4 *RECOMMENDED*
Inventive Disney comedy in which mother Barbara Harris and child Jodie Foster find that they have swapped bodies and life for the pair will never be the same again. Plenty of laughs are here as the pair come up against their differing generations. Harris, particularly, relishes as a teenager, and while the remake has become more well known, this is just as much fun.
 
THE THREE WORLDS OF GULLIVER
12.30pm five
Kerwin matthews takes on the famous Jonathan Swift character, of a man travelling on a ship to india, finds himself shipwrecked on an island inhabited by little people. Whereas the wonder of the special effects were there on its original release, they look fairly naff now, and the plotting is very slow and may leave younger viewers a little bored.
 
RED RIVER
1pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Monday 22nd for review
 
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
1.50pm More4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday 20th for review
 
THE SANTA CLAUSE
2.40pm BBC1
Tim Allen stars as a man who accidentally kills Santa Claus, and is left with instruction to take his place, but finds the job a lot harder than he thought, especially with his son, who doesnít believe in Santa. Amiable Christmas fodder that has its moments and will probably become a Yuletide favourite over the years, helped by Allen likeable persona.
 
SANTA CLAUS: THE MOVIE
12.55pm ITV1
Seasonal favourite and a movie of two halves, the first looking at how a kindly old man became Santa, the second following Dudley Mooreís elf who wants to break out on his own and falls for the plans of an evil toy maker. While the intentions are good, the film isnít and we have a film that doesnít deliver the Christmas cheer it should have.
 
THE POLAR EXPRESS
3pm ITV1
Robert Zemeckis' animated Christmas story in which a young boy, who doesn't believe in Santa Claus, gets a visit on Christmas Eve by a mysterious train with Tom Hanks as the conductor, ready to take the boy on a magical journey to the South Pole. Like the recent Beowulf, the animation is more azaming than the story, and while it will amaze how they have managed to capture Tom Hanks as a cartoon, it does run out of steam before the end of the film. Still a treat for the eye.
 
RIVER OF NO RETURN
3.35pm Film4
See Saturday 20th for review
 
THE MIRROR CRACK'D
3.55pm ITV3
Angela Lansbury is perfectly cast as the mild-mannered Miss Marple, in this Agatha Christie adaptation, in which a murder occurs on the set of a movie. The starry cast including Rock Hudson and Tony Curtis are outshined by Elizabeth Taylor's and Kim Novak's bitchy actresses. Not one of the best Christie movies, but a fair way to waste an afternoon.
 
NOEL
4pm Five US *RECOMMENDED*
See Tuesday 23rd for review
 
SKY HIGH
4.10pm BBC1 *RECOMMENDED*
A surprisingly entertaining Disney comedy in which being a superhero is normal, and a special school is set up to help the young cope, but one such boy is finding it hard to balance being special and being a normal teenage boy. Kurt Russell and Kelly Preston star as the parents in a film that is both inventive and quite funny, with the special effects being used to bring out the comedy. It does go sentimental by the end, but ignore that, and you will have a really good time.
 
WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
4.50pm ITV1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
This Roald Dahl adaptation is a dream. A group of different children get the opportunity to enter the magical world of a chocolate factory owned by the bizarre Willy Wonka. Gene Wilder is perfect as the title character, while the sets and songs all work well. Letís not forget the Oom-pah Loom-pahs!
 
SCROOGE
4.50pm five *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Alistair Sims is perfect as Charles Dickens miser in this classic version of A Christmas Carol, as the money grabber is visited by three ghosts to show him his past, present and future in order to change his way. There have been many variations of this tale, but none better than this, with Sims showing what a superior and underrated actor he really was. If you are going to watch one Christmas movie this year, then make it this one.
 
BRIEF ENCOUNTER
5.20pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Classic British love story based on a play by Noel Coward, with Cecil Johnson and Trevor Howard as the couple who meet at a train station and start a very brief affair. Both touching and beautiful, this is how a decent love story should be made, with great use of music and perfect direction from David Lean. One of the best British movies ever.
 
SABRINA
6pm ITV3
Sydney Pollock took some chances in remake this Billy Wilder classic, in which unnoticeable Sabrina (Julia Ormond) the daughter of a rich familyís chauffeur, returns to the fold after some time away a beautiful swan and captures the attention of playboy Harrison Ford, even if she does stand in the way of a billion dollar deal. With plenty of charm, Ormond looks lovely but doesnít quite fill Audrey Hepburnís shoes. A nice film but one that considering the talent involved should have been better.
 
TOY STORY 2
6.05pm BBC1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
A sequel that equals the original! The toys are back, and this time, itís Woody who is in trouble, and needs help from Buzz and the rest of Andyís toys, as the cowboy is taken by a toy collector who wants to send him to Japan. The computer animation is still of a high quality and the gags come thick and fast, including some nice knocks about the problems Disney and Pixar had with their line of Buzz Lightyear toys. Great fun for everyone.
 
PICTURE PERFECT
7pm E4
So-so rom-com with jennifer Aniston as a single girl who is being passed up for promotion because of her status, so invents a fiance in order to show she is stable, but it starts to lead her into all kinds of trouble. Aniston is better than the material, as are Jay Mohr and Kevin Bacon, who only seem to be here for the money. Why else would you want to appear in stuff this silly?

CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN
7.10pm Film4
Another nail in the coffin of Steve Martin's comedy career, in this lame remake of the 50s family comedy. Martin and the underrated Bonnie Hunt have a family of 12, and when mum has to go and publish a book, it's up to dad to run the household, with hilarious? effects. Undemanding kids will lap up the rude gags and slapsticks, while us adults will get out our copies of The Jerk and watch the king really doing comedy.
 
CALENDER GIRLS
8.30pm BBC2 *RECOMMENDED*
Gentle British comedy based on the events that led to a Womenís Institute group dropping their clothes for their annual calendar. Helen Mirren and Julie Walters leads the cast in a delightful and sweet natured tale that could have easily been a BBC drama than a feature film. Still itís nicely performed and does manage to induce a little bit of happiness.
 
PETER PAN
8.30pm ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday 20th for review
 
OVERBOARD
8.30pm ITV3
See Tuesday 23rd for review
 
MONSTER-IN-LAW
9pm Film4
Jane Fonda came out of retirement to star in this so-so comedy playing the mother-in-law from hell. Jennifer Lopez plays a woman who has never found the right man until she meets and falls for Michael Vartan, not knowing that his mother, embittered after losing her job as a news anchor, isn't going to lose her son as well. Lopez seems to have fallen into these roles for a career, but Fonda is far better than the material on show and deserves so much better.
 
AVALANCHE EXPRESS
10pm ITV4
Cold war thriller set on a train with Lee Marvin as a CIA agent who tries to use Russian defector Robert Shaw to entrap a top Soviet scientist. Shaw and director Mark Robson both died during the making of this, and it sadly shows, as there seems to be huge gaps in both plot and filming style. What could have been good, is a bit of a shambles.
 
AMERICAN PSYCHO
10.55pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Christian Bale gives an extraordinary performance as a yuppie who has everything he wants, but his jealousy of others turns him into a psychotic serial killer. Part horror, part black comedy, part satire, this grisly movie will have you laughing and shaking in equal measures, and while the cast of well-known faces are fine, it is Bale who excels, giving a performance of pure evil. Its worth watching just for him.
 
THE CHORUS
11pm BBC4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Outstanding drama set in a boarding school for difficult boys, in which a new music teacher arrives and finds himself trying to rehibilitate the youngsters through forming a choir, and finding a new level of respect from his charges. Beautifully crafted and incredibly touching, this will grab you by the heart-strings and pull you every which way emotionally. One of the finest French movies in years.
 
LOVE ACTUALLY
11.05pm ITV2
See Monday 22nd for review
 
THE JERK
11.45pm ITV1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Steve Martinís first lead role is a hilariously stupid comedy about a simple white man bought up in a black family who goes in search of his purpose in life and experiences the ups and downs before finding fame as an inventor. The gags may be a little simple but it has charm and you cannot help but laugh out loud. In the days when Martin was a wild and crazy guy. Whatever happened?
 
FLATLINERS
12midnight Five US
Flashy, trashy sci-fi thriller in which a group of medical students decide to experiment with near-death experiences and find that the deeper they go the more dangerous the experiment becomes, that could lead to the death of them. Keifer Sutherland, Julia Roberts and Kevin Bacon lead the cast, and under direction from Joel Schumaker, this throws every visual trick in the book to try and make the audience jump. Alas, it doesn't work and you find yourself more fascinated by the large hair than the complex horror.
 
BLACK CHRISTMAS
12.20am Channel 4
Early slasher horror set in a sorority house where a group of girls plan for the Christmas holidays but find themselves terrorised by a mysterious stranger. Porkyís director Bob Clark does a good job with this atmospheric shocker, and Olivia Hussey and Margot Kidder play the sorority sisters. A much better bet than the recent remake, it does have enough thrills to keep horror fans happy.
 
THE ICE HARVEST
12.40am ITV3
Hugely disappointing crime caper with John Cusack as a lawyer planning to commit a crime on Christmas Eve by swindling cash out of a mobster, but finds this isn't as easy as he first plans. Billy Bob Thornton also stars and with Harold Ramis at the helm, this could have been so much fun, but it is not funny and isn't that thrilling and so we are left with a film that doesn't know what it wants to be, and two stars floundering.
 
GRUMPY OLD MEN
12.45am BBC1
Two aging neighbours have been arguing since childhood, and their fighting will get worse when a woman they both like arrives in the neighbourhood. Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau are hilarious as the old fighters, and prove that no matter how lame the script is, they are a great comic team. But their limelight is stolen by Burgess Meredith as Lemmonís straight-talking dad. Worth a view for a guilty giggle.
 
SWIMMING POOL
1am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Intriguing French thriller with Charlotte Rampling as a British mystery writer, who goes to publisher Charles Dance's French villa for inspiration and meets with his daughter, a sexually charge teenager who brings problems for the quiet author. A reasonably paced movie that keeps the interest throughout and give Rampling the chance to prove how good she can be with the right material. A worthy watch.
 
HUCKLEBERRY FINN
1.35am ITV1
Another version of Mark Twainís classic adventure, with Jeff East as the hero, a young boy who decides to escape from his overbearing father by floating down the Mississippi river on a raft with a slave boy. This version, produced by Readerís Digest, no less, is fairly workmanlike and director J. Lee Thompson cannot add any spice and real excitement to an oft-told tale.
 
POINT BLANK
1.50am five *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Excellent 60s thriller from John Boorman, with Lee Marvin as a master criminal left for dead after a robbery, and coming back to track down his double-crossing partner. Stylish, exciting and very violent, this was later remade by mel Gibson as Payback, and if you like that, then you will love the original, with Marvin as tough as he has ever been, and Boorman's direction is spot on, keeping the pace going throughout.
 
THE BIG HEAT
2.40am BBC2 *FILM OF THE DAY*
Classic film noir with Glenn Ford as a cop who is investigating the suicide of a police sergeant, when information arrives revealing it was murder. Told to stay away, Ford cannot, and becomes involved in battle corruption and revenge when a local mob boss accidentally kills Ford's wife. Tough, powerful and uncompromising, this is Fritz Lang's best thriller in America and a cracking performance from Ford makes this a must see.
 
GOOD GUYS WEAR BLACK
3.20am five
Very early lead for Chuck Norris, playing an ex commando whose platoon is being killed off one by one, and he must find out why before he becomes the next victim. Directed by Ted Post of Magnum Force fame, this looks cheap and lacks any real excitement, while Norris proves what a terrible actor he was, and really, did things improve over the years?
 
A WALK IN THE CLOUDS
3.25am Channel 4
Beautiful looking yet slightly dull romance, with Keanu Reeves as a man returning home from college, and meeting a pregnant single woman on the bus. So she wonít feel the wrath of her father, he persuades her to pretend that he is her husband, but love starts to complicate things. Alfonso Arauís has put together a lovely little film but the storyline isnít strong enough for a movie.
 
 
THURSDAY 25TH DECEMBER - CHRISTMAS DAY
 

MOBY DICK
9.30am ITV3 *RECOMMENDED*
Gregory Peck stars in John Huston's film version of the classic adventure of a captian and his obsession which hunting down a legendary white whale, even at the cost of his crew. The sea sequences are well filmed and while this is regarded as the definitive version, it takes a long time to get going, and Peck does tend to ham things up. Still a decent adventure.
 
MY FAIR LADY
10am BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Oscar winning musical based on George Bernard Shaw's Pgymallion, with Rex Harrison as a professor who takes a bet that he can't turn a common flower seller into a sophisticated woman of society. Audrey Hepburn is smashing as the flower seller (even if she doesn't actually sing) and while the costumes and settings are brilliantly realised, it does suffer from being overlong. Still one of the best musicals around.
 
THE SANTA CLAUSE 2
11.25am BBC1
More from Tim Allen, who has become the perfect Santa, but he has two new problems. One is that his son has become bad, and finds himself on the naughty list, and two, he must find himself a wife. Not as good as the original but there are moments of invention and fans of the first film with enjoy its silliness, but it already looks like its running out of steam.
 
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION
11.25am ITV1
Seasonal sequel with Chevy Chase back as bumbling Clark Griswald, who has decided not to go away for the holidays but spend time making this the best Christmas ever for his family. Cue tons of slapstick and pratfalls, and some of it actually works. I did say some, however. The majority, like Chase, falls flat on its face, and where the original had some wit, this doesnít.
 
OKLAHOMA!
12.45pm BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Great musical from Rogers and Hammerstein, with Gordon Macrae and Shirley Jones as young lovers who are struggling to show their feeling, but have to deal with the interference of an evil ranch hand. Tons of terrific, memorable tunes and wonderful dance routines, director Fred Zinnermann keeps things moving along nicely, and Rod Steiger is surprisingly good as the baddie. A musical treat.
 
CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE MOVIE
1pm Film4
See Monday 22nd for review
 
LASSIE
1.15pm Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Take an iconic movie legend and give her an update for a modern audience and what you have is a surprisingly emotional experience for everyone to enjoy, as a family in the 20s who are struggling to survive, have to sell their bloved collie, but when the dog escape, then the long journey home begins. Kudos to director/ writer Charles Sturridge for doing a terrific job and making this a very likeable movie indeed.
 
THE MIRROR CRACK'D
1.40pm ITV3
See Wednesday 24th for review
 
ACES HIGH
2pm ITV4 *RECOMMENDED*
World War I drama set around a platoon of fighter pilots as a new recruit, wanting to receive the highest honour a pilot can get, finds that life in the service is not as glamourous as he first expected. A solid cast, led by Malcolm McDowell do well in their parts, but the real star of this film is the superb flying sequences, bringing a sense of realism to the proceedings.
 
THE UNFORGIVEN
2pm Virgin 1
John Hustonís racial western with Burt Lancaster as the eldest brother of a family who have been living their lives peacefully until new neighbours arrive and accuse the family of stealing the daughter from Indians. Audrey Hepburn plays the daughter, and while this is a well played piece, it does drag its feet and comes across a little contrived in places. Still there is plenty to enjoy, just could have been so much better.
 
CORRINA, CORRINA
2.45pm Film4
Overly sentimental drama with Ray Liotta as a man who loses his wife and his young daughter becomes withdrawn, so he hires Whoopi Goldberg as a housemaid, who starts to show the two a whole new life, even though the relationship between Liotta and Goldberg starts to raise eyebrows within the town. The performances are fine, but there's a high level of sickly sweetness laid upon it.
 
SHARK'S TALE
3.10pm BBC1
Disappointing computer generated animation considering the cast. Will Smith provides the voice of a fish who makes a pact with a shark in order to become a hero, but with the status comes the shark's mob-like family out for revenge. With the voices of Robert De Niro, Jack Black and Martin Scorsese, this should have been a laugh riot, but it lacks the fun that Shrek has and does become a little dull quickly.
 
HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN
3.10pm ITV1 *RECOMMENDED*
The third in the series has a darker feeling to it, as Harry becomes involved in being linked with an escaped prisoner. While the school uniform has gone and the doom and gloom feeling is added to the proceedings, it doesnít really add anything to a series that will be successful no matter what. Still undemanding family entertainment.
 
THE GODLESS GIRL
3.10pm More4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Cecil B. De Milleís powerful drama about a girl and a boy who is in a Catholic school, and who turns against the religion they are being brought up in. But when another girl is accidentally killed, the girl and boy have to go to reform school, where they are pushed to the limits. A remarkable story about a remarkable woman who refused to be pushed around by authority. A truly inspirational movie.
 
SCROOGED
4pm Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Terrific modern day version of the Dickens tale, with Bill Murray on fire as a ruthless TV executive who gets visited by ghost showing him the error of his way. The story is kept in tact but it gives Murray the opportunity to really show what a comedy king he is. With some lovely cameos, it does go all gooey at the end, but you are sure to laugh all the way through. Cracking.
 
WALLACE AND GROMIT IN THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT
4.30pm BBC1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Nick Park's clay creations get the big screen treatment, as the dynamic duo go after a mysterious creature is stalking the land and stealing the carrots. The amount that is crammed into this hilarious comedy could fill six other films, but it still has everything we have grown to love about Wallace and Gromit: the charm, the warmth and the surreal humour. Bloody marvellous,
 
JINGLE ALL THE WAY
5.05pm Film4
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a father who has to get the must have Christmas present for his son, but finds its tougher than he ever thought to get his hands on it. The premise of every father's nightmare at Christmas would have made for a good Christmas movie, but alas, this isn't it. Turning it into a slapstick comedy with oodles of slush and giving Arnie the chance to be funny just doesn't work, and it becomes annoying very quickly.
 
E.T: THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL
5.45pm ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Sunday 21st for review
 
ON THE BUSES
6.15pm ITV3
See Saturday 20th for review
 
MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
6.45pm five *RECOMMENDED*
Lavish and beautiful looking drama based on the award winning book, about a nine year old girl from a fishing village who is sold as a geisha to a jealous man who trains her to become one of the best at her job, until the arrival of World War II. Rob Marshall's film is lovely to look at, even if it does drag on a little too long, but the style is classy and the performances are strong.
 
THE AFRICAN QUEEN
6.45pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday 20th for review
 
AVALANCHE EXPRESS
7.15pm ITV4
See Wednesday 24th for review
 
MUTINY ON THE BUSES
8pm ITV3
See Saturday 20th for review
 
TWINS
8.05pm ITV2
Ivan Reitmanís one-gag movie that has Arnold Scwarzenegger and Danny De Vito as identical twin brothers. The pair decide to try and find their natural mother. While the pair are likeable enough, with a softer Arnie than usual, this desperately hangs onto the gag with all its might. It ran out right at the beginning.
 
COOL RUNNINGS
8.30pm BBC3 *RECOMMENDED*
Feel good comedy inspired by the true story of four Jamaicans who have never seen snow before, but are determined to enter the Winter Olympics as a bobsleigh team. John Candy stars as the coach in one of Disneyís better comedies which has plenty to like about and you will end up cheering by the end. A small but pleasing little gem.
 
RUSH HOUR 2
9pm Film4
Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker re-team for a second outing of cross culture comedy cop thrills as the two buddies head to Honk Kong for a break and end up involved in a counterfeit scam. The action is still quite fun but the gags are running thin and Tucker, in places, just gets annoying. Lacks the fun of the first movie.
 
FLATLINERS
9pm Five US
See Wednesday 24th for review
 
SABRINA
9.50pm ITV3
See Wednesday 24th for review
 
633 SQUADRON
10.05pm ITV4
Heroic and exciting war drama following the efforts of a squadron of RAF pilots as they prepare to knock out a secret rocket site that the Germans have set up to bomb Britain. Cliff Robertson stars in a film that is more famous for its theme music. The flying scenes are worth a look alone.
 
CASANOVA
10.30pm BBC2 *RECOMMENDED*
Heath Ledger takes on the role of the infamous 18th century lover who, after failing to the love of a woman, decides to go out and find the true meaning of the word, and gets a reputation with it. What could have been an interesting historical piece, turns into a farcical romp that is fun and teh cast all seem to be having a good time, but it's an unusual style for teh normally serious director Lasse Hallstrom.
 
UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION
10.45pm Film4
The war between vampies and werewolves continues when the leader of the vampires needs the key to release his werewolf brother. Kate Beckinsdale dons the black rubber once more in a tighter and shorter film that ups the violence but the plot is better than the first film. A touch of class is added by Derek Jacobi as a mortal with all the answers.
 
GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS
11.15pm ITV2
Flashy, trashy high-octane car caper with Nicolas Cage as a wiz car thief who is forced into stealing a large amount of cars within 24 hours to save his brother. Starting off slow, the film picks up with stunts galore as the crimes begin. Cage is as edgy as ever but Angelina Jolie is given nothing to do. Brits Vinnie Jones and Christopher Eccleston also star.
 
BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM
11.45pm BBC1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Smash hit British comedy with Parminder Nagra as a young Asian girl with a love for football, even though her family are against her passsion. She joins a female team and starts to defy her parents wish for her to live a traditional Indian lifestyle. Gurinder Chadha's charming and funny tale shows the cultures and beliefs of an Indian family living in modern Britian well, and it also made Keira Knightley a star as Nagra footballing friend. A joy.
 
MERMAIDS
11.45pm ITV1
Charming family drama with Cher as a woman who, after another failed relationship, moves her two daughters to another town to start again, but her teenage daughter is having relationship problems of her own, as she dreams of being a nun. Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci play the daughters, and while light-weight, forgettable stuff, itís fine while itís playing.
 
THE TWO JAKES
12.05am ITV4
See Monday 22nd for review
 
THE WOODS
12.15am Five US
B-movie horror in which a young rebellious girl is sent to a boarding school next to some creepy woods. Picked upon by the rest of the students and her headmistress, she finds the gilrs are disappearing and believes that it has something to do with the visions she is suffering. A decent psychological horror that has a spooky atmosphere and anything with Bruce campbell in must be worth taking a look at.
 
THE BEST OF BENNY HILL
12.25am ITV3
See Saturday 20th for review
 
VAULT OF HORROR
12.40am Channel 4 *RECOMMENDED*
Horror from the Amicus studios in which five men head down to a basement, each with their own fears and finding themselves sharing tales of horror and death. With a terrific cast of British acting talent, this is a sometimes creepy horror anthology with some good scares considering the slightly dated feel now. But then, Iím a sucker for this kind of movie.
 
THE SEVENTH SEAL
12.50am Film4 *FILM OF THE DAY*
Ingmar Bergman's most famous and celebrated movie in which a man who is desperate for questions about life, death and the existance of God, gets to have his thoughts answered when he takes on the Grim Reaper at a game of chess. Dark, bleak and moody in atmopshere, this is a masterpiece of Swedish cinema and one of those films that lingers long after it has finished. When people talk about classic movies, this should always be mentioned.
 
CARRY ON FOLLOW THAT CAMEL
1.40am BBC1
The Carry On team head into the desert for this farce set around the Foreign Legion, and with the added bonus of having Phil Silvers in the cast. Some decent gags and Silvers reprising his Bilko persona makes for an entertaining entry into the famous series.
 
GILDA
1.40am BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
One of the most famous film noirs, mainly for making Rita Hayworth into a megastar, as she plays the flamed-haired femme fatale placed by her mobster boyfriend into the care of Glenn Ford, who was once her lover and the romance hasn't died. Incredibly stylish, brilliantly directed by Charles Vidor, and with one of the most sensual scenes in movie history (Hayworth singing Put The Blame On Mame), this is a true classic and a must see.
 
THE GOLDEN SEAL
1.50am ITV1
Cute animal film in which a young boy befriends a seal and its pup, which happens to have golden fur, but immediately becomes a target for hunters. One for the younger viewer, and on the plus side is the scenery is lovely to look at, even if its one of those films that has a story that has been done to death since (re: Free Willy). Still Steve Railback plays the boy's father, and it's good to see him not so manic.
 
CIRCUS
1.55am five
Massively over complicated British gangster film in which John Hannah plays a man in Brighton who is being pressured into opening a casino, but first must get rid of the wife of a mobster's bodyguard's wife. From then on it gets far too messy and it so desperately wants to be Lock Stock but fails miserably with stereotype characters and a ludicrous script. A completely wasted cast including Famke Janssen and Eddie Izzard just look as confused as the audience.
 
DYING YOUNG
2.10am Channel 4
Dire tear jerker with Julia Roberts as a jilted woman who starts a new job looking after a terminally ill man, and finding herself falling in love with him. The underrated Campbell Scoot does his best, and Roberts used her star power to draw the audience, but this is a cynically by-the-book love story with the most obvious ending ever. Fine for those who fall for this kind of junk.
 
CRASH
2.15am Five US *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Not the Oscar winner, but David Cronenbergís controversial film version of J.G. Ballardís novel, following a group of people and their sexual fetishes with car crashes. Sometimes so shocking it crosses the line of good taste, this is a well-made drama that deals with the subject matter seriously and maturely, and will disturb some. James Spader and Holly Hunter star.
 
 
FRIDAY 26TH DECEMBER - BOXING DAY
 

A GOOFY MOVIE
10.40am BBC1
Goofy is given his first full length movie, and itís given a modern spin, as his son Max wants to impress a pretty girl, but is embarrassed by his father, so they two men go on a bonding fishing trip. The morals of no matter what a father is like, you must still love him, but that would be far too deep for the audience this film is aimed at. Not classic Disney, but the little ones will like it.
 
BLACK BEAUTY
11.25am ITV1
A beautifully shot version of Anna Sewell's classic family story of a horse and its life with a variety of owners. The only downside to this well made movie is having Alan Cummings as the voice of Black Beauty, and even if it does move the story along, it does occasionally become obtrusive and annoying. Sean Bean and David Thewlis also star in this nice movie.
 
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
11.50am BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Anthony Asquithís superior version of Oscar Wildeís popular play, in which two friends (Michael Redgrave and Michael Denison) decide to take on the identity of a man called Earnest in order to woo the two women in their lives. Complication abound, yet this delightfully funny film is a true British classic, and with the memorable Edith Evans as Lady Bracknell, this is one not to be missed.
 
ELLA ENCHANTED
11.55am BBC1 *RECOMMENDED*
Surprisingly entertaining fairy tale with Anne Hathaway as a young girl who is cursed with having to do everything she is told to do, while her wicked stepmother wants to rule her home with her two sisters. Add to the plot a prince and a talking snake and you have a lightweight re-vamp on the Cinderella story, which has some very funny moments. Hathaway is as charming as ever.
 
E.T: THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL
1pm ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Sunday 21st for review
 
MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO
1pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Magical Studio Ghibli adventure about two sisters who move to be with their ailing mother, and find a mysterious forest inhabited by strange creatures. This is a touching little gem of a movie from the master of genre Hayao Miyazaki. This is a personal favourite of mine, as it captivate your imagination as well as telling a good solid story. Lovely.
 
SOUTH PACIFIC
1.25pm BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Romantic musical set during World War II and starring Mitzi Gaynor as a naval nurse who meets and falls for French plantation owner Rossano Brazzi, while sailors who land on the island have their own ideas of falling in love with the natives. Rogers And Hammerstein's score is crisp and full of fun, even if it does go on forever, and the use of a followspot everytime there is a solo song is a little distracting. Still a great musical.
 
IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD
1.25pm five *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
With a cast to die for, this massive slapstick classic still manages to keep a smile on your face, as a group of ordinary people become savagely greedy after hearing the dying words of a thief telling them that a large amount of money is hidden in a California park. Cue everyone else trying desperately to get to the money first, and attempting to stop the others. Stanley Kramer's comedy goes at a frantic pace and the cast, including Spencer Tracy and Terry-Thomas, all seem to be having a blast. If there is one criticism, it's slightly too long, but then if your having a blast, who cares.
 
THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
1.50pm ITV3
See Tuesday 23rd for review
 
THE BIG COUNTRY
2pm Virgin 1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
William Wyler's classic western with Gregroy Peck as a sea captain who moves to the west to marry but instantly finds himself in the middle of a dispute about land and water rights. A complex tale of western folks with a strong cast and some terrific set pieces, even if it could have half an hour cut from its running time.
 
BIG
2.30pm BBC1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Absolutely delightful family comedy in which a young boy wishes he was big, and he turns into Tom Hanks overnight, but he has to run away and gets a job as a toy tester, but being big isn't always what you want. What makes this work so well is Hanks' innocent performance, making him both loveable and sympathetic, and with Elizabeth Perkins in fine form as the woman who falls for his charms, this is slowly becoming a classic.
 
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
2.35pm More4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Cecil B. DeMille's cinematic classic based on the biblical tale of Moses, from being found in the bullrushes to the message from god and leading the followers through the spectacular parting of the Red Sea. Charlton Heston dons the robes and long beard as Moses, with an all-star cast. Even with it's length, this is a tremendous film and considering when the film was made, the effects are amazing.
 
BRIEF ENCOUNTER
2.55pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Wednesday 24th for review
 
MARY POPPINS
3.25pm ITV1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Classic Disney musical with Julie Andrews as a nanny who happens to fly in to look after two unruly children, and take them on a series of adventure with cheeky cockerney Dick Van Dyke. Mixing live action with animation, this is a popular musical treat that suffers from being too long and having to listen to Van Dyke awful accent, even if his dancing is full of energy.
 
DR STRANGELOVE
4pm Five US *FILM OF THE DAY*
A classic black comedy from Stanley Kurbrick about the problems of a nuclear attack led by a mad general. A scathing attack at war, this hilarious movie gives Peter Sellers his best roles to date, playing three very different characters, including the title character. Filled with cracking lines and a most satisfying ending, this is a must see movie for those who have never seen it.
 
MADAGASCAR
4.10pm BBC1
Computer generated animation in which four animals from the New York zoo find themselves sent off to Madagascar where they have to fend for themselves, even though they are not use to life outside the cages. Ben Stiller and Chris Rock supply the voices and while there are moments of real hilarity, it lacks the same level of comedy that is often found in Dreamworks previous films. Perfect for time wasting but doesn't stick with you afterwards.
 
ELF
4.40pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Will Ferrell shines in this likeable Christmas story of a human who was raised as an elf, but heads to the big city to find his real father, publisher James Caan, with chaos leading all the way as the giant elf tries to come to terms with life in the big city. We've been here loads of times before and yet you cannot help but laugh at the exploits of Ferrell. It does get a little sloppy by the end, but you cannot help but smile throughout, giving you a warm feeling inside.
 
ACES HIGH
5pm ITV4 *RECOMMENDED*
See Thursday 25th for review
 
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
5.50pm BBC1 *RECOMMENDED*
Big screen adaptation of C.S. Lewis's classic adventure in which four children discover the land of Narnia through a wardrobe and become involved in a battle between a lion and The White Witch. The battle scenes may not be as spectactular as those in Lord Of The Rings (which this is often compared to) but it's still a terrific adventure and fans of the books won't be too disappointed with this. Tilda Swinton is perfect as the witch.
 
NICHOLAS NICKLEBY
5.55pm BBC2 *RECOMMENDED*
Douglas McGrath, who did such a good job with Emma, takes on Dickens with this adaptation of the young man who goes from being rich to having to fend for himself when his father dies. Filled with an all-star cast of very talented performers, this isn't a bad version but there is so much that is left out, that you can't help but feel it's far too episodic. Newcomer Charlie Hunnam tries to hold his own, but the supporting cast all seem to want to outdo the other.
 
DEATH BECOMES HER
6pm ITV3
One of those films that promises so much but delivers so little. A writer and an actress have hated each other for years, and one plots to kill the other because of stealing her fiancťe, but will find it hard when she has taken a medicine that will give her eternal life. Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn get to go completely over-the-top as the feuding women while Bruce Willis seems stuck in the middle. The special effects are very good, but a comedy cannot rely of effects alone for laughs, and this Robert Zemeckis film becomes a disappointment.
 
SMALL SOLDIERS
6.10pm ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
Entertaining Joe Dante movie in which a military weapon is placed inside some toy soldiers, who accidentally find themselves starting a small war in a small American suburb. Once again, Danteís satire on small town American life (like with Gremlins and The Ďburbs) is very funny. Tommy Lee Jones adds his voice to the soldierís leader. Great fun.
 
THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW
6.40pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
See Sunday 21st for review
 
BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI
6.45pm More4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
David Lean's outstanding wartime drama about a mission to destroy a bridge that will aid the Japanese during the war. William Holden leads the mission, but it is Alec Guinness as the stiff upper lipped colonel in the Japanese POW camp, who is helping build the bridge that the film has its true heart and soul, with Guinness giving an Oscar winning performance. The cinematography is excellent and it grips from the first frame to the brilliant finale.
 
633 SQUADRON
7pm ITV4
See Thursday 25th for review
 
CROCODILE DUNDEE
8pm Channel 4 *RECOMMENDED*
Massive comedy smash with Paul Hogan as an Australian outback man who takes a New York reporter through the uncharted parts of Australia, until she decides to take him to back home, and he has to cope with American life. Some sly and funny comments on modern living, with the likeable Hogan keeping things moving nicely along. Please note: this might be badly edited considering the time it is being shown.
 
SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT II
8pm ITV3
See Tuesday 23rd for review
 
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST
8.30pm BBC1 *RECOMMENDED*
First sequel to the massively successful original but lacking in the fun that the first film bought, due to the beginning of the most complicated plot in any film adventure. The gang all return with Johnny Depp still injecting the same level of comedy he did in the first movie, but the rest of the film feels slow paced and not half as enjoyable as it was. Still a good watch but not quite as good as it could have been.
 
GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS
9pm ITV1
See Thursday 25th for review
 
STUCK ON YOU
9pm E4
The Farrelly Brothers have looked at all sorts of disabilities for humour, so why not Siamese twins. Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear star in this tale of brothers joined together, one quite shy while the other wants to break into movies. There are some very funny moments, but you canít help but think that the Farrellys are running out of steam
 
THE TRANSPORTER
9pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Ludicrous action flick with Jason Stratham as a driver who delivers goods with no questions asked, but finds himself being tracked down after discovering that one of his deliveries is a girl. The action sequences are so over the top that you canít help but enjoy it. This is dumb to the extreme, and yet strangely watchable.
 
RICHARD III
9.55pm More4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Taking Shakespeare's historical drama and transfering it to the 1930s with the image that England has become a fascist regime might sound risky, but it works on all levels, as Ian McKellen steps into the lead, still as the ruthless leader who will kill anyone who gets in his way. Annette Bening also stars, but this is McKellen at his finest and proving what a great actor he is. Director Richard Loncraine has produced an unique and exciting new vision to an intense play.
 
NINE MONTHS
10.45pm ITV1
Fairly naff romantic comedy with Hugh Grant as a comitment- fearing man whose girlfriend becomes pregnant, and he has to change his whole life if he is be a decent father, but it's never going to be that easy. Chris Columbus, coming off the success of Mrs Doubtfire, followed it up with this lame tale which has Tom Arnold as Grant's friend, so you know what level it is going for. Julianne Moore is wasted as the girlfriend.
 
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
10.45pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday 20th for review
 
FEARDOTCOM
12midnight Five US
Woefully poor horror which rips off The Ring quite badly. Four people have been found dead, all of which logged onto an internet site called feardotcom. What happened to them? Detective Stephen Dorff and Department of Health worker Natashcha McElhone must find out. It wouldn't be so bad if the tension levels were kept high, but its poorly directed and you lose interest minutes into it. Dire.
 
MARRIED TO THE MOB
12.15am ITV3 *RECOMMENDED*
Jonathan Demme's comedy thriller has Michelle Pfeiffer as the widow of a mafia boss who decides to have a change of life but not without the mob getting involved, as well as the FBI. A superb cast including a scene stealing performance from dean Stockwell makes for a nicely balanced black comedy, and shows that Pfeiffer can turn her hand at anything.
 
ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER
12.40am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Sunday 21st for review
 
THE WILD GEESE
1.05am BBC1
Gung-ho boy's own action film in which a team of aging mercenaries are sent into an African country to overthrow a powerful dictator and rescue a politician who could make some changes. While this isn't the greatest action film ever, it's still fun to see Richard Burton, Richard Harris and Roger Moore playing soldiers, and the set pieces are well staged.
 
THE WIZ
1.15am ITV1
Sidney Lumet seems the have made a big mistake when taking on the all-black, funky version of The Wizard Of Oz, with Diana Ross far too old to play Dorothy, as she tries to find the wizard in order to return home. Michael Jackson does a fair job as the Scarecrow, and while the song are full of energy, this doesn't do the actual musical any justice, and even Richard Pryor as The Wiz cannot inject any fun, in a messy movie.
 
SWEET AND LOWDOWN
2.25am BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Woody Allen's comedy drama about jazz guitarist Emmet Ray, a boozy womaniser during the 1930s whose life of chasing the ladies is altered when he meets a deaf mute willing to show him another way. Allen's wit is still there but this is more bitter sweet than comic, and Sean Penn is perfectly cast as Ray. The real revelation is Samantha Morton as the girl, in a role that shows so much depth without ever uttering a word. A beauty to behold.
 
 

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And now The New Year's listing.


SATURDAY 27TH DECEMBER
 

THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE
7.45am ITV3 *RECOMMENDED*
Maggie Smith gives an incredible performance as the Scottish teacher in an all-girls school, teaching them how to be proper ladies. When her affairs with two men become public knowledge, she has to fight for her job. Based on the play, this is stagey by worth watching for Ms Smith at her best.

THE LITTLE POLAR BEAR
10.50am ITV1
Delightfully cute animation based on the popular children's book, about a Polar Bear who befriends a seal and they have to get all the other animals together to protect each other from a fish stealing monster. While the animation may not be of Disney quality, it is good enough to keep the very young happy for a little time.

SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON
12noon BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Adventure from Disney and based on the classic novel Johann Wyss, with John Mills as the father to a family that are shipwrecked on a desert island, and have to fend for themselves, unable to leave due to the damage to their ship and pirates that surround the place. All done with loads of energy and not knowing what will happen next, this is an excellent adaptation of a family friendly story.

THE BROWNING VERSION
12.10pm five *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Michael Redgrave is outstanding in this classic version of Terrence Rattigan play, as Redgrave plays a teacher at a public school who is hated by both pupils and staff, and finds kindness in a student who could rekindle his persona. A life affirming drama with a feel good ending that works with the stiff upper-lip style of the rest of the film.

ELF
1pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
See Friday 26th for review

IVANHOE
1.55pm five *RECOMMENDED*
Dashing swashbuckler with Robert Taylor as Sir Walter Scott's hero, as he joins Robin Hood's band to overthrow the evil Prince John. With Elizabeth Taylor as the love interest, and a cracking score from Miklos Rosza, this glorious technicoloured adventure is a true classic of the genre.

DR STRANGELOVE
2pm Five US *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Friday 26th for review

APACHE
2pm Virgin 1
Burt Lancaster stars in this Robert Aldrich directed western, playing an Apache Indian who escapes from being taken to Florida, so he can return home to the woman he loves, but the posse have other ideas. Not the best western ever, but it passes the time and Lancaster is always good value.

WE DIVE AT DAWN
2.05pm BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Tension filled British war classic as the crew of a submarine are called back from leave in order to track a new German battleship. As they follow the ship, it enters highly defended Baltic waters, but the crew must enter and risk their lives in order to complete the mission. John Mills stars in this superior war drama that builds the suspense nicely, with good direction from Anthony Asquith.

CARRY ON UP THE KYBER
2.45pm More4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
The best in the Carry On series as the gang take on the story of the battle at the Kyber pass, with their usual mix of silly names, innuendos and a classic ending. Not as crude as others, this is a clever, funny movie that shows the series wasnít just postcard smut.

A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH
2.45pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Sunday 21st for review

EIGHT BELOW
3pm BBC1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Exciting Disney adventure based on true events about a guide for a science base who, along with a team of dogs, are sent on a dangerous expedition to find a meteroite in the Antartica, and how they have to fight for survival as a storm heads their way that could easily kill. Director Frank Marshall keeps the tension building and while teh dogs are really the stars, we have to dop a hat towards the usually terrible Paul Walker for actually doing a pretty good job.

TWINS
3.35pm ITV2
See Thursday 25th for review

FATHER OF THE BRIDE PART II
4.50pm BBC1
More from Steve Martin and his struggle to realise that his little girl is growing up. The last time it was the wedding, now she is going to have a baby and he is going to be a grandfather. Once again this is a sickly sweet comedy that does nothing to help Martinís slow decline into comic failure. Diane Keaton returns as his wife as does Martin Short as the wedding planner. Donít ask. A two bucket job.

SCROOGED
4.50pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Thursday 25th for review

KING KONG
6.05pm ITV2
See Sunday 21st for review

MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
6.50pm Fiver *RECOMMENDED*
See thursday 25th for review

THE SCHOOL OF ROCK
6.50pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Jack Black plays a down-on-his-luck rock musician who finds himself at a prep school teaching music, but he has his own ideas and style that he wants to convey to the students. Hilarious comedy showing Black's likeable ability to win over his audience, with a good soundtrack, and at last a fish out of water film that doesn't make you want to vomit. Terrific fun.

CROCODILE DUNDEE II
6.55pm Channel 4
The continuing adventures of Mick Dundee, now living in New York but still finding life hard, until his partner gets involved in a story about drug dealers, that leads him back to Australia in order to stop them. Paul Hoganís character is still as likeable as before but the gags are thin and this is more of an adventure film than a comedy.

DEATH BECOMES HER
7.50pm ITV3
See Friday 26th for review

FINDING NEMO
7.55pm BBC3 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Sunday 21st for review

ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13
9pm Film4
Remake of John Carpenter's cult classic with Ethan Hawke as a cop assigned to a deserted police station with a jail full of crooks, who come under siege and he must turn to the criminals to help. If this wasn't a remake, you would think this as a good action movie, but it lacks the tension and suspense of the original. Laurence Fishbourne also stars.

CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS
9pm Fiver
See Sunday 21st for review

STARTER FOR 10
9.30pm BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Charming comedy drama with James McAvoy as a working class student who gets into University and wants to prove his intelligence by appearing on the quiz show, University Challenge. This is one of those films that us Brits do so well, plenty of comic wit and a feeling of relaxed ease, with McAvoy being the perfect lead in a film that is just as good as some of the recent Brit coms.

JURASSIC PARK
9.40pm ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Steven Spielberg's blockbuster smash in which Richard Attenborough brings a group of experts to experience his island filled with dinosaurs, but then things start going wrong when the monsters escape from their enclosures. The special effects are still breath-taking, while Spielberg's way of building the nail-biting tension is perfect. Loads of fun, and a real exciting rollercoaster ride of an adventure.

FIRECE CREATURES
9.50pm ITV3
Re-teaming the group who made A Fish Called Wanda, this is a completely different tale, set in a zoo, bought by a wealthy businessman, who needs to find a way of turning it from a quaint money-losing venture into a big business by introducing fierce creatures. Not as funny as their first film, John Cleese (who co-wrote the script) and the gang give it loads of energy and it does raise some belly laughs.

BAT-21
9.50pm ITV4
See Sunday 21st for review

WILD ORCHID
10pm Virgin 1
Mickey Rourke re-teams with 9 1/2 Weeks writer Zalman King for this dire soft porn drama, playing an American tycoon in Brazil who falls for a lawyer's assistant and takes her on a journey of sexual awakening. Carrie Otis looks pretty but cannot act to save her life and the script is so bad, you could end up laughing unintentionally at it. It's not even close to being erotic or sexy.

INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE
10.50pm BBC1 *RECOMMENDED*
Starry cast in which a vampire (Brad Pitt) comes to the flat of a reporter (Christian Slater) and recounts his life story, and how he became a vampire after meeting the sophisticated and smooth Lestat (Tom Cruise). Neil Jordanís film version of Anne Riceís novel looks magnificent, and while some of the performances are a tad over-the-top, you cannot deny that this is a most enjoyable experience. And it introduced us to Kirsten Dunst who steals the film from all the big names.

BIRD ON A WIRE
11.05pm ITV1
Woeful chase movie with Mel Gibson as a man in hiding from the mob, who is discovered by his ex-wife Goldie Hawn, who believed he was dead, but leading the mob to track him down and thus starts a chase across the States. This star vehicle for Gibson and Hawn just doesnít work on any level. The leads, however cute, seem flat and the excitement level is low, as there seems to be no real peril. John Badham seems to have directed this by the book comedy thriller with his eyes closed.

SAW
11.05pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Gory but cleverly plotted horror in which two men find themselves in a room chained to the wall, with a blunt saw as the only way out, but it cannot cut through metal. A twisted and deranged plan is hatch which will leave the men either dead, or with a limb missing. What makes this more palatable than most of the recent torture porn horrors is the twisting plot that leaves you guessing till the end. Shame they didn't leave it here and not make sequel after sequel.

KING KONG
11.30pm BBC4 *FILM OF THE DAY*
The big daddy of monster movies. Hard to believe that this film was made in the 30s, the effects are still as breath-taking as they were on its original release. Fay Wray plays teh damsel in distress who becomes the apple of the giant ape's eye, and no matter how many times it's remade, this cannot be bettered. Peter Jackson should have taken note on how to deliver an exciting and fast-paced fantasy. Fnatastic.

MARRIED TO THE MOB
11.40pm ITV3 *RECOMMENDED*
See Friday 26th for review

JAGGED EDGE
12.10am Channel 4 *RECOMMENDED*
A wealthy heiress is murdered and her husband becomes the prime suspect, but with the help of a female lawyer, she starts investigating the case, and wants to prove his innocence, but when their relationship grows, things arenít what they seem. Very popular murder thriller with a twist, and with good performances from Jeff Bridges as the accused, and Glenn Close in top form as the lawyer. Will keep you guessing till the very last frame, and is a total crowd-pleaser.

RICHARD PRYOR LIVE IN CONCERT
1am BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
The king of offensive comedy shone in this recording of one of his sell-out concerts, in which Pryor touches on everything from his heart attack, to animals in the forest to sex. His ability to become every object, creature and thought makes for a hilarious film, and one of the best comedy concert movies around. Superb, and proof what a comic genius this man was.

MISTER LONELY
1.05am Film4
An interesting concept that doesn't quite work. A michael Jackson look-a-like meets a Marilyn Monroe look-a-like and follows her to an remote Scottish community which just so happens to be filled with celebrity look-a-likes. Diego Luna and Samantha Morton star in this quirky comedy drama that doesn't know what it wants to be and so leaves the viewer bewildered.

GREAT BALLS OF FIRE
2.10am ITV1
Dennis Quaid manages to really get his teeth into the eccentric rock star Jerry Lee Lewis, as we follow his rise to fame and his controversial marriage to his 13 year-old cousin, played by Winona Ryder. The music and Quaid's performance moves this otherwise routine biopic along nicely.

C.R.A.Z.Y.
2.20am Channel 4 *RECOMMENDED*
Canadian comedy drama set mainly in the 70s, and following an ordinary family with extraordinary lives. A father who dotes on his five sons, and one particularly, who is slightly different to the others and really loves his father. A hard film to explain this without giving too much away, but its entertaining and very different, and uses loads of religious connotations, but don't let that put you off.


SUNDAY 28TH DECEMBER
 

THE LITTLE VAMPIRE
10am BBC1
Based on the popular books, this is the tale of a young boy who only wants a best friend in life, and finds one in a vampire boy, but their friendship could be cut short after a plan to end the vampire line comes up and its up to the boy who lives during the day to help. A reasonably entertaining family film but a strange choice for director Uli Edel, more reknowned for controversy.

HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE
10.05am BBC2 *FILM OF THE DAY*
Hayao Miyazaki is teh master of the surreal and the surprising and he doesn't disappoint with this wonderful tale of a young girl cursed in the body of an old witch who must persuade a wise wizard and his companions who live in a walking castle to help her. More imagination than any movie deserves, with fantastic animation. Studio Ghibli certainly do rule.

TOOTH
10.10am ITV1
Confused kids movie in which a feisty tooth fairy decides to give loads of money to a poor family and then has to get it back otherwise Christmas wonít happen. Frankly, who really cares. A movie packed with top notch British talent being totally wasted on a messy kids film that will only really appeal to the very young, and flopping miserably, is hardly encouraging for the British film industry. All hang your heads in shame.

THE BORROWERS
11.30am BBC1 *RECOMMENDED*
Charming film version of Mary Norton's famous books, as a family of tiny people living under the floorboards of a house, have to take on property developer John Goodman and stop him from destroying their home. While not exactly close to the original story, this is still a delightful film with touches of Home Alone, but with a cracking cast including Jim Broadbent, Hugh Laurie and Mark Williams. A treat for the family.

PRANCER
11.45am ITV1
Overly sweet and sickly Christmas drama in which a young girl who believes in Santa Claus, comes across an injured reindeer and she thinks it is Prancer and so hides it in a barn, until her father finds it and has other ideas. If you like cute kids and animals, then this is for you, if not, stay away, you will hate it.

THE SCHOOL OF ROCK
1pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday 27th for review

40 GUNS TO APACHE PASS
1.05pm five
Disappointing last western from Audie Murphy. The Apaches are not happy, and itís up to Murphy to protect a shipment of rifles, not knowing that a group of mutinous soldiers and greedy whiter traders want the weapons as well. The film suffers from a wordy script and a lack of budget.

SMALL SOLDIERS
1.35pm ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
See Friday 26th for review

DEATH ON THE NILE
1.45pm ITV3
All star cast in this adaptation of Agatha Christieís whodunnit, with Peter Ustinov as the infamous Poriot, as a murder occurs on a steamboat down the Nile, and everyone is a suspect. Bette Davis and David Niven star in this so-so mystery that is not a patch on Murder On The Orient Express, but Ustinov makes a perfect detective.

THE EAGLE HAS LANDED
1.50pm BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Terrific wartime drama in which German paratroopers are sent to England in a plot to kidnap Winston Churchill, and dressed as Polish soldiers, they wait in a small village for the right time to strike. based on the novel by Jack higgins, Michael Caine leads the impressive cast as the German officer in charge, and while it's not the greatest war film ever, it has plenty to enjoy.

DUEL AT DIABLO
2pm Virgin 1
Western adventure with Bill Travers leading a mixed bag of soldiers delivering ammunition to a fort but having to travel through Apache territory, in which scout James Garner has to find a woman who has disappeared into the Indian frontier, causing their journey more peril than needed. Sidney Poitier also stars in this decent and action packed movie that while never reaching the heights of the great westerns, is still a very good piece of escapism.

BENJI THE HUNTED
2.20pm Channel 4
Children's favourite Benji is back for another adventure, this time he is lost at sea and finds himself wandering the wilderness of Oregen, trying to get back to his master, and protecting four courage cubs from hunters. The film moves along nicely and the very young will enjoy seeing a scruffy dog up against all kinds of misadventures. Harmless fun.

GENEVIEVE
3.10pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Gentle and sweet-natured British comedy set around the London to Brighton vintage car race, with Ann Sheridan and Kenneth More in charge of a car called Genevieve, as they come across problem after problem in their bid to win. This is one of those movies that pop up from time to time and many ignore it. You shouldn't. It's great fun and passes the time very nicely. Larry Adler's harmonica music adds to the quaint feeling the film portrays. A joy.

YOU'VE GOT MAIL
3.15pm ITV1
Update of The Shop On The Corner, with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan as rival bookshop owners who cannot stand each other, but without realising, fall in love with each other on the internet as they pass messages to each other. The appealing team of Hanks and Ryan always make for a nice gentle romantic comedy, but don't expect the same class as the original. A pleasing time waster.

THE ANIMAL
4.55pm
Ludicrous comedy with Rob Schneider as a mild mannered guy who dreams of being a cop. But when he is in an accident, and the surgeon uses animal organs transplanted into his body, he fulfill that dream, but will the animals inside take over. If you like stupid, no-brainers, then you will lap this limp comedy up. If you want something more intelligent, then stay well away.

CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS
5pm Fiver
See Sunday 21st for review

ONLY YOU
5.45pm five
Amiable rom com with Marisa Tomei as a woman who decides to seek out the man of her dreams after being told about him through a Ouija board and a fortune teller. Dragging her sister with her, they head to Italy to find him. Robert Downey Jr plays the love interest, and while Norman Jewison's movie isn't earth shattering, it passes the time nicely, and the underrated Bonnie Hunt steals the show as the sister.

THE PARENT TRAP 6.35pm Film4
See Monday 22nd for review

MAN OF THE HOUSE
7pm Fiver
Embarrassingly unfunny comedy with Tommy Lee Jones as a Texas ranger who must protect the only witnesses to a murder of a key figure of a case against a drug lord. However, the witnesses are four young cheerleaders who only live for make-up, boys and partying. All the stereotypes are here on display as Jones' gruff, tough ranger starts to fall for the charms of the dim-witted cheerleaders. Lame stuff indeed.

CROCODILE DUNDEE IN LOS ANGELES
7.15pm Channel 4
Years after the first two movies, Paul Hogan decides to bring back his popular Australian outback character, and this time sends him to L.A., along with his son, having him deal with the weird people of the town. Why this was even considered as a good idea is anybodies guess. A cash-in that nobody wanted and nobody went to.

THE PRINCESS DIARIES
7.40pm BBC3
One for young girls, as Anne Hathaway plays an awkward 15-year-old who has never really fitted in, but then discovers that she is the next in line to the throne of a distant country, but can the girl become a princess or will her wayward lifestyle stay with her. Julie Andrews adds a touch of class to the proceedings as the Queen, but it is the partnership of the two leads that lifts this from a routine teen comedy, while director Garry Marshall knows how to handle the comedy. A pleasing little family flick.

JURASSIC PARK
8pm ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday 27th for review

SECRET WINDOW
9pm five
Johnny Depp stars in this weaker Stephen King adaptation, playing a writer who hides in a remote woodland house, finds himself being stalked by John Turturro, a psychotic who claims that he had one of his stories stolen by the writer. Trying to capture the same feel as Misery, this one doesnít have the scare factor, and even Depp looks likes he is sleepwalking his way through it.

FIRECE CREATURES
9pm ITV3
See Saturday 27th for review

PICTURE PERFECT
9pm E4
See Wednesday 24th for review

THE FAMILY STONE
9pm Film4
See Monday 22nd for review

THE END OF THE AFFAIR
9pm Fiver *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Neil Jordan's beautifully shot wartime romance with Ralph Fiennes falling for married Julianne Moore, the wife of his best friend. As the war creeps closer to London, so the affair becomes intensified, until they are tailed by private investigators. Grahame Greene's tale of seduction and forbidden love captures the feel of the war and the sex scenes lifted this otherwise strong love story into the realms of an 18.

COOL RUNNINGS
9.30pm BBC3 *RECOMMENDED*
See Thursday 25th for review

WILD ORCHID 2
10pm Virgin 1
Another truly awful soft porn drama that has nothing to do with the original apart from the title and Zalman King. A teenage girl has to fend for herself after her father dies and she finds herself moving into a brothel where she begins to learn more about her sexuality. Yawn!

I'LL SLEEP WHEN I'M DEAD
10.05pm ITV4 *RECOMMENDED*
Director Mike Hodges returns to his Get Carter days with this tale of a reformed gangster (Clive Owen) who has been living the quiet life for years in the country, until his young brother commits suicide. Returning to his old haunting grounds, the gangster discovers that before the death, the brother was raped, and so revenge becomes the name of the game. Dark and brooding, this doesnít have the cool of Carter, but itís still an impressive thriller with Owen perfect as the disturbed gangster.

THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK
10.25pm
Continuing the dinosaur adventure, Jeff Goldblum returns, this time to a second island that happens to have more monsters, but more importantly, to get his girlfriend, Julianne Moore, off the place before she becomes food. The effects are just as amazing as in the first film, but we've been here before and the plot is so full of holes, you question whether they really thought the audience wouldn't see them.

AGATHA
10.55pm ITV3
Intriguing mystery based on the true events around the disappearance of writer Agatha Christie. Dustin Hoffman plays the American determined to track her down. The film looks beautiful and director Michael Apted has captured the period well. Now more infamous for the falling out of Dustin Hoffman and producer David Puttnam, but this is a well made small drama that is worth a look.

THE GETAWAY
11pm BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Sam Peckinpah's violent crime thriller has Steve McQueen as a newly released ex-con who is only allowed out if he commits a bank robbery for a Sheriff, but when the robbery goes wrong, the Sheriff wants the thief dead, only it might be harder than he thinks. Stylish and with a cracking script by Walter Hill, it has a cool look and McQueen is as smooth as ever, along with Ali McGraw as his love interest.

CLOSER
11pm five *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Powerful adult drama about relationships and adultery as two couples are brough closer when one of the men starts an affair with the other's wife. Patrick Marber's award-winning play moves smoothly to the screen with strong performances from the four leads, Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Jude Law and Natalie Portman, and while it moves slowly along and is very wordy, its still a satisfying experience and will keep you talking about it long after it has finished.

STUCK ON YOU
11pm E4
See Friday 26th for review

UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION
11pm Film4
See Thursday 25th for review

STAR TREK: NEMESIS
11.10pm Channel 4
The last of the Generation movies has Picard and the crew of the Enterprise entering in peace talks with the Romulans, but a rebel member wants to set a trap in which he captures Picard and then destroys the earth. A high standard in the special effects department, but the storyline is a little too heavy for a great Star Trek movie. Fair but nowhere in the league of Wrath Of Khan.

DAREDEVIL
11.35pm BBC1
Disappointing film version of the Marvel superhero, with Ben Affleck as the blind lawyer with a secret identity and super senses, out to stop Michael Clarke Duncanís Kingpin. The action is stodgy and the plot isnít that involving. The only revelation is Jennifer Garner as Elektra. A wasted opportunity.

HOLLOW MAN 2
12midnight Five US
DTV sequel of the sci-fi thriller, this time with Christian Slater as a rogue soldier, who is made invisible in order to commit murder without trace, but a detective is on the case and is determined to track him down and stop him. Completely pointless and with absolutely no connection to the original, this is a waste of time and space and should be avoided.

SWING TIME
12.35am BBC4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
More loveliness from Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers as they bring another touch of class to the screen. Astaire plays a gambler who needs to raise enough money to marry his fiance, and so travels to New York, but things get complicated when he falls in love with an aspiring dancer (Ms Rogers). There is something magical when watching these two giants of teh dance world when they come together and this has the same effect as all the others. They don't make 'em like this anymore, but thank goodness that they did and we can still share in them.

BLACK NARCISSUS
1.05am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Tuesday 23rd for review

AT THE EARTH'S CORE
1.15am ITV1 *RECOMMENDED*
Ah, take me back to my childhood days with this silly yet filled with affection (personally) as Peter Cushing stars as a scientist who, along with an American explorer (Doug McClure), test a new machine that can bore into the earth, but find themselves heading towards the earth's core where a new world is discovered. So the monsters are hardly convincing, and the action is sometimes comical, but this was my childhood and so I won't hear a bad word said about it. (But it is crap really).

THE EDUKATORS
1.20am Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Superb German drama about two activists who go into rich mansions and rearrange the interiors, leaving subliminal messages. When one of the activists girlfriend is forced to move in with the men, after having an accident which leaves her broke, she goes to the rich man's house to seek her revenge, but when they are caught, they have to kidnap him. What makes this movie so good is the fact that the characters are allowed to delevope and the triangle between the three leads is both believable and interesting. A really good piece of modern German cinema.

PATRICK
1.40am BBC2 *RECOMMENDED*
Tense psychological horror from Australia, as a comatose patient develops a relationship with a nurse, using her to trigger off a series of violent telekinetic events. This surprisingly effective shocker is high on the creepy factory with good use of atmosphere and effective use of the hospital setting. A minor horror gem.


MONDAY 29TH DECEMBER
 

THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO!
7.20am Channel 4
The first big screen outing for Gerry and Sylvia Andersonís smash hit TV puppets, and in this one, they are hired to protect the launch of a new space craft, after the first was sabotaged. The slight problem with the Thunderbird films are the lengths but they still amaze and entertain in equal measures. Perfect for the young and the young at heart.

SUSPICION
10.05am BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Excellent Alfred Hitchcock paranoia thriller with Cary Grant as a playboy who meets and marries wealthy Joan Fontaine. But she becomes suspicious of her new husband when he starts showing interest in poisons. Hitchcockís expert use of photography and building of tension makes for a tense thriller.

THOMAS AND THE MAGIC RAILROAD
10.35am BBC1
Who honestly thought that bringing the classic stories of a train to life and giving it a Hollywood touch was a good idea must really need their heads tested. Perfectly sweet as a cartoon, but throw in Alec Baldwin as the Conductor and even make Peter Fonda lose his coolness as Grandpa must have seemed a good idea...when drunk. Dire.

CARRY ON JACK
11.25am ITV1 *RECOMMENDED*
Fun Carry On comedy set on a ship and with Bernard Cribbins as a shipís second mate who has his identity stolen by Juliet Mills, pretending to be a man in order to sail the seas. Without too many postcard gags and only a handful of Carry On regulars (Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtrey being the only prominent ones) this is better than most of the latter comedies.

NOTORIOUS
11.40am BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Alfred Hitchcockís classic spy romance with Ingrid Bergman as a woman whose father has died, and she is asked to go to South America in order to spy on her fatherís Nazi friends. She starts to fall for her operative Cary Grant, but will she start to take her work too seriously. Beautifully played by the leads with Hitchcock upping the suspense every minute. A true classic.

THE ROAD TO EL DORADO
11.55am BBC1 *RECOMMENDED*
Delightfully funny animation about two con artists who get their hands on a map leading them to the legendary city of El Dorado. Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh are prefect as the double act, bouncing off each other with ease, while teh drawings are of a high standard, this is a forgotten little gem that needs to be rewatched.

CARRY ON BEHIND
12.20pm Channel 4
Trying to capture the same level of comedy they had in Carry On Camping, the team return to outdoor activities with this lame entry involving an archaeological dig and caravanning. Kenneth Williams and Elke Sommers star but by now the series was running out of steam.

THE ANIMAL
1pm Film4
See Sunday 29th for review

ANDROCLES AND THE LION
1.05pm five
The tale of the young man who removed a thorn from a lion's paw, and then finds himself in an arena with the same lion is given the Hollywood treatment. The 50s were full of these movies from religious stories, and while this doesn't come close to the likes of The ten Commandants or Ben Hur, it has a sense of fun that the others don't deliver. Alan Young plays the hero, with Victor Mature and Jean Simmons.

MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND
1.30pm BBC1 *RECOMMENDED*
After the success of Muppet Christmas Carol, another classic novel is given the irrelevant approach by Kermit and the gang, with Tim Curry hamming it up as Long John Silver while the rest of the characters are played by Muppets and the odd human alike. Not as good as Christmas Carol, it does have its moments and is a far better bet than some family movies that are made.

OLIVER TWIST
2pm Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
The best screen adaptation of Charles Dicken's classic novel with John Howard Davies as the orphan who finds himself involved with the street hoods. Alec Guinness gives the definitely screen version of Fagin, while Robert Newton is perfect as Bill Sykes. David Lean's film is glorious to watch, as he manages to bring the characters of Dicken's book to life, while the production values are extremely high. Excellent.

CORRINA, CORRINA
2.35pm Film4
See Thursday 25th for review

K-9
2.40pm ITV2
Following the same level as Turner And Hooch, this inferior (if Turner was any better) cop and dog comedy thriller has James Belushi as a police officer determined to get the drug baron who wants him dead, so is given a German Shepherd to help track the baddie down. Of course the two don't get along, and the dog sets out to ruin Belushi's life, and while there are moments of comic flashes, this is standard, buddy stuff that just isn't funny enough to keep the interest.

40 GUNS TO APACHE PASS
4pm Five US
See Sunday 28th for review

MAN OF THE HOUSE
4pm Fiver
See Sunday 28th for review

LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS
4.25pm BBC1 *RECOMMENDED*
Darkly comic family film based on a series of books, in which three wealthy children, who lose their parents in a fire, are sent to a distant relative to live, not knowing that he plots to kill them for their money. Coming across like a Tim Burton movie, this is surprisingly effective and enormous fun, as Jim Carrey gets to play as the bizarre Count Olaf. Might be too dark for the very young, but a pleasant change from the usual overly sentimental family flick.

UNCLE BUCK
4.40pm ITV1
John Candy is given the opportunity to shine in this John Hughes comedy, as he plays a snobbish uncle who has a reputation of being a disaster area, is given the chance to prove himself when he is left to look after his brotherís children. Macaulay Culkin went on to make Home Alone after this overly cute performance, and while sentimentality creeps in, its Candy who relishes in his biggest role of his career, and he is so likeable, you cannot hate it.

THE CAT RETURNS
4.50pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Studio Ghibli's imaginative tale of a girl who saves a cat from being hit by traffic, and becomes the hero of the King of the Cats, who wants her to marry his son, but with the aid of another cat and a statue that comes to life, she has to rely on them to help her. Once again the animation is of a very high standard and the inventiveness of the storyline beyond anyone's imagination. It loses itself within the second half, but this is still a good movie.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
6.25pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Joel Schumaker takes the reins for this lavish screen version of Andrew Lloyd Webberís award-winning musical, with Gerald Butler as the disfigured man who terrorizes a Paris Opera House, and who falls for the beautiful woman he trains as a singer. Emmy Rossum plays the muse and while the high standard of production values is there, and thereís much to admire, if youíre not a fan of Lloyd Webber, it will turn you off immediately.

CURLY SUE
6.45pm ITV2
See Sunday 21st for review

THE PRINCESS DIARIES
7.10pm BBC3
See Monday 28th for review

SUPERMAN RETURNS
8.30pm BBC1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Bryan Singer, who had done such a good job with X-men, gets his hands on the Man Of Steel, and does another great job. Brandon Routh does a fine job stepping into the superhero's shoes, while the film is stolen from a wickedly over-the-top performance from Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor. The story is simple, as Superman returns after a long time away to win Lois Lane's heart again, while battling Luthor's plan for world domination. Fans of the Christopher Reeve films won't be disappointed.

WUTHERING HEIGHTS
8.30pm ITV3
Emily Bronte's classic love story is given another outing with Juliette Binoche as the tragic heroine Cathy, while Ralph Fiennes, with long flowing locks, playing Heathcliff. I was never a fan of the book and so the film does nothing for me, but that also could be the lack of passion from the two leads, who don't quite ignite on screen.

THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE
9pm five *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Surprisingly spooky horror thriller with Laura Linney as a lawyer who is out to defend preist Tom Wilkinson for performing an exorcism on a young girl he believed was possessed. Part courtroom drama, part horror, the film is lifted above most modern horrors by the outstanding performances from Linney and Wilkinson, and a genuinely frightening story that has plenty of jumps for horror fans while the thriller lovers won't be disappointed by its storyline.

THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK
9pm ITV2
See Sunday 28th for review

MR & MRS SMITH
9pm Film4
See Tuesday 23rd for review

CONAN THE DESTROYER
10pm ITV4
See Tuesday 23rd for review

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
10.45pm ITV3 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Superb romantic comedy with Joseph Fiennes as William Shakespeare, struggling with writer's block and having to cope with the difficulties of being the Queen's favourite writer with a bunch of inept actors, and loansharks after him, and to make matters even more complicated, his leading man is a woman who he is falling for. Gwyneth Paltrow and Judi Dench won Oscars for this delightfully funny and brilliantly made tale that has plenty of modern touches to its historically inaccurate storyline.

PAN'S LABYRINTH
11.15pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Monday 22nd for review

JURASSIC PARK 3
11.35pm ITV2
Spielberg hands the directing duties to Joe Johnson in this third outing about the island filled with dinosaurs, as Sam Neill returns, being tricked into going back by a wealthy couple and finding themselves fighting for their lives. The effects are still incredible and some of the scenes are very tense, but its just another overlong chase movie where they have to escape from the monsters.

LET HIM HAVE IT
12.10am ITV4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
First rate British drama centring around the events that led to the death of Derek Bentley, a young man who becomes involved with a young thug, and this leads to the death of a policeman, in which Bentleyís words ĎLet Him Have Ití lad to the controversial court case. Christopher Eccleston is superb as Bentley while Paul Reynolds makes a good job of playing Chris Craig. A powerful and unsettling drama that makes you about how right the justice system is sometimes.

MARY REILLY
12.15am Five US
Not one of Stephen Frears' best films, this story of the housemaid of the infamous Dr Jekyll and how she fell in love with him, suffers from a badly miscast Julia Roberts in the lead role. Struggling with an English accent, it does make the film laughable, but ignoring that, this is a well made costume drama that has a solid supporting cast. It isn't a total disaster, just not up to the standard of some Frears' other works.

BRINGING UP BABY
12.20am BBC4 *FILM OF THE DAY*
Sparkling screwball comedy with Cary Grant as a dinosaur expert who finds himself being dragged into the world of wealth Katharine Hepburn, and having to look after a leopard called Baby. Howard Hawks's fast moving comedy is a laugh a minute and teh pairing of Grant and Hepburn could not have been better. A truly great comedy and one that has managed to stand the test of time.

DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID
1.30am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Paulette Goddard stars as a beautiful chambermaid who decides to use her beauty to move up the social ladder, but finds herself being drawn to three very different families from three different classes, and will she be able to decide who she should be with? Jean Renoir's charming costume drama is filled with class and style while keeping you interested in the twists and turns of the plot. Burgess Meredith also stars, but this film belongs to Goddard, who is perfect cast as the title character.

SERIAL MOM
2.35am Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
The king of trash scores a winner with this black comedy. John Waters has never been afraid to shock and he doesn't disappoint with this outrageous comedy about a gentle housewife and mother, who will go to any lengths to protect her family. Kathleen Turner is delightfully malicious as the title character, and manages to carry off the role with great aplomb. The set pieces, particularly the courtroom scene, is terrific, and its made even eerie by the notion that this is based on true events. A Waters winner.


TUESDAY 30TH DECEMBER
 

THUNDERBIRD 6
7.20am Channel 4
The second of the original Thunderbirds movies is a less than successful affair compared to Thunderbirds Are Go. A new plane is being launched and some of the members of International Rescue have been invited to the maiden flight, but is hi-jacked and heading for certain doom, until the rest of the team spring into action. Fans of the series will have fond memories while newcomers may find it all a little primitive. Still loads of fun.

THE MAGIC ROUNDABOUT
10pm BBC1
Fans of the childrenís TV series of the 60s will be massively disappointed by this computer generated version, in which Dougal and his friends must go on a journey into danger in order to stop the evil Zeebad from turning their world into ice. With the vocal talents of Kylie Minogue, Bill Nighy, Tom Baker and Robbie Williams as Dougal, this should have been so much better than it is, and you canít help but think this was a wasted opportunity.

DANGEROUS MOONLIGHT
10.20am BBC2
Wartime romantic drama written by Terence Young, about an American newswoman who meets and falls for a Polish piano virtuoso, but fears when he wants to return to his native home and fight in the war. Tearjerker that plays out beautifully as it goes through flashbacks of the events of the two people's lives. A nice way to waste a few hours.

PAULIE
11.20am BBC1
Cute kiddies movie about a talking parrot who tells of his adventurous life from his first owners to his last, and how he managed to teach a young girl not to stutter. A reasonable family movie that is helped along by a good cast, including Gena Rowlands and Tony Shalhoub, and a story that is genuinely heart-warming.

VICE VERSA
11.50am More4
Body swap comedy so popular in the late 80s with Judge Reinhold (remember him?) swapping with his son, Fred Savage (remember him too?) and causing all kinds of chaos. As far as body swap comedies are concerned, this is one of the better ones, but alas, it all gets very silly, yet Reinhold seems to enjoy himself playing a 10 year old.

TIGER BAY
11.55am BBC2 *RECOMMENDED*
Impressive British drama with Hayley Mills as a young girl who witnesses a Polish Sailor murdering his girlfriend. Finding the gun that was used, she hides it, but when the police question her, she makes up a story that is going to get her into deeper trouble. A well made film that is both gripping and exciting. Hayley Mills gives a very mature performance along with dad John Mills. A worth watch.

THE WILD THORNBERRY MOVIE
12.35pm Channel 4
Fans of the Nickleodeon cartoon series will know what to expect with this enviromentaly friendly family with a daughter who can speak to the animals, and her relationship with her bickering sister is pushed to the limits when she her life becomes in danger. The low production values are upped but this isn't as much fun as the Rugrats, who are from the same creation team.

CARRY ON COWBOY
12.55pm ITV1
One of the better entries for the Carry On team as they gently poke fun at the Western, with all the clichťs ripped apart with the usual humour. Sid James plays a character called the Rumpo Kid. Need I say any more. If you need a childish giggle, then you could do no wrong here.

TWO BROTHERS
1pm BBC1 *RECOMMENDED*
Beautifully sweet animal drama from The Bear director Jean-Jacques Annaud, about two tigers who were separated at birth but inadvertantly brought back together again in later lives as enermies by a hunter, played by Guy Pearce. A wonderfully shot piece and amazing what the animals can do, and it has the same loving feel that The Bear did. if you like your animal movies, then you can't miss this.

CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN
1pm Film4
See Wednesday 24th for review

DANIEL AND THE DEVIL
1.25pm five *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Comedy drama about a farmer who has struggled for years, who makes a deal with the devil in order of having seven years of good fortune on his side, but things get complicated when teh devil arrives for the payment. A film that is both funny and thought-provoking, with some delightful performances from Edward Arnold and Walter Huston. Rarely screened, make a note to look out for this one.

THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN
1.30pm Fiver *RECOMMENDED*
Terry Gilliam's imagination runs riot in this amazing looking yet messy fantasy about an aging story teller who tells of his incredible life and the adventures that he has encountered along with the extraordinary people he has met. This should have been a walk in the park for Gilliam, but it flopped at the box office, mainly for the confused storyline. Still it's worth a look but could have been so much better.

WARGAMES
2.05pm Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Superior thriller with Matthew Broderick as a boy who accidentally hacks into a computer system, inadvertently triggering World War III. A nice build of tension from director John Badham, and an interesting historical piece now, when you look at how forward technology has got to then. Still a perfectly exciting family thriller.

40 GUNS TO APACHE PASS
2.10pm Five US
See Sunday 28th for review

GOAL!
2.40pm BBC1 *RECOMMENDED*
Rags to riches story of a young man from LA who harbours a dream of becoming a professional football player, until a string of events leads him to the chance of playing for Newcastle United. The first in a series of football dramas, you don't have to like the beautiful game to like this human drama, even if there are slightly too many cliches for my liking. Director Danny Cannon keeps the film moving and the football sequences are the best around.

THE NEVERENDING STORY
2.45pm ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Wolfgang Petersen directs this magical children's fantasy, as a troubled young boy finds himself in a mystical land from the pages of a book he is given in an old bookshop, and finds himself a hero in a land that desperately needs his help. Filled with inventive characters and terrific special effects, this is a joyful adventure that will capture the imagination of child within us. And let's not forget that theme tune.

WATERSHIP DOWN
2.45pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
See Sunday 21st for review

SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS
3.30pm ITV3 *RECOMMENDED*
See Wednesday 24th for review

THE PRINCESS BRIDE
4pm Fiver *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Superb fairy tale based on the novel by William Goldman, that involved pirates, giants, large rats and a six fingered villain. There's no point in going into plot as there is so much to enjoy here. Let's just say its a love story with loads of adventure, tons of laughs and gallons of fun. A family film that doesn't talk down to the kids and keeps the adults interested, and with an excellent cast, this is one of the best.

TIME BANDITS
4.40pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Magical fantasy adventure with a twang of Monty Python. A young boy finds himself on an adventure with a group of dwarfs as they travel through time with a special map that is wanted by the Devil. A fun-filled movie with nice cameos from Sean Connery and John Cleese, and the inventiveness of Terry Gilliamís direction. A real treat.

THE FLINTSTONES
4.45pm ITV1
With a whole host of writers, some inventive creature creations and a perfectly cast John Goodman as Fred Flintstone, this live action version of the hit cartoon is ultimately unsatisfactory, as a plot involving Fredís promotion just doesnít work. Patchy stuff.

THE WORLD'S FASTEST INDIAN
5pm BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
An absolute gem of a movie as Anthony Hopkins plays a man with a dream, of rebuilding his beloved Indian motorbike and trying for the land speed record on the salt plains of Utah. A wide-eyed innocence surrounds this old-fashioned fable based on true events, with director Roger Donaldson leading us through this simple tale, and Hopkins is magnificent as the man who won;t stop at nothing to fulfill his dreams. A really enjoyable piece of escapism.

BABE
6.45pm ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Delightful family film about a young pig who dreams of becoming something different, and showing his talents as a sheepdog, much to the suprise of the farmer James Cromwell. Not the strongest of storylines, but it oozes charm and some nice comic moments, and the amazing animatronics of the creatures will have you wondering what is live and what is not. A joy from start to finish.

FREAKY FRIDAY
6.55pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
See Wednesday 24th for review

JURASSIC PARK 3
9pm ITV2
See Monday 29th for review

MONSTER-IN-LAW
9pm Film4
See Wednesday 24th for review

MARY REILLY
9pm Five US
See Monday 29th for review

LET THEM HAVE IT
10pm ITV4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Monday 29th for review

THE MAGDALENE SISTERS
10.05pm Channel 4
A powerful and unnerving piece from Peter Mullan, following three young girls who find themselves being abused and humiliated by the nuns at The Magdalene Sisters Asylum. Not an easy film to sit through, and you find yourself emotionally involved, but brilliant performances from the almost unknown cast and fine direction makes this a worth while experience, if you can stomach it.

ANNA KARENIA
10.10pm ITV4
Bernard Rose's film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's passionater love story about a woman married to a wealthy and older man, who falls for a much younger man but is refused a divorce by her husband. Sophie Moreau has the perfect face for Anna, but Sean Bean is slightly miscasted as her lover and that's where the film struggles to convince. It looks great but it lacks the passion of the book.

THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS
10.55pm ITV2
Flashy, trashy action movie with Paul Walker as a cop sent undercover to infiltrate a hijacking ring by joining the underground world of drag racing on the streets of L.A. But finds himself drawn to the criminal world. The stunts and car driving are amazing, but this expensive B-movie is loud and totally mindless and with Vin Diesel becoming a star off this, it is apparent that we are not dealing with high quality stuff here. Fine for adrenaline junkies, but others will get a headache.

I AM CUBA
10.55pm Film4 *FILM OF THE DAY*
An incredible movie that for most of its life had been hidden from Western eyes, a four story examination of how communism works, and produced by the Soviet Union and Cuba. most of the time wordless, and filmed in long shot, this is a remarkable piece of cinematic history that lets us see a very different lifestyle, and how Cuba really was in the 1960s. Shown with the complimentary documentary I Am Cuba, The Siberian Mammoth.

DEEP IMPACT
11pm BBC1
Slightly out spaced by Armageddon, this comet heading to earth disaster movie tries to be different by telling the story of a lottery in which only a certain amount of people will survive, while astronauts are sent to space to try and stop the approaching rock. Unfortunately it doesnít work, and what we are left is an overly sentimental dribble. I like to call it Deep Immac.

CITIZEN KANE
11.35pm BBC4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Regarded by many as one of the greatest movies of all time, Orsen Welles's film about the life of media mogul Charles Foster Kane, as reporters try to unscramble his final words. It was a massive cinematic achievement and every movie fan should see it once. Unfortunately, I found it quite dull and while I can appreciate the enormous steps forward it made in cinema, it still was a struggle to get through.

THE DENTIST
12.15am Five US
Low grade horror with Corbin Bernsen as a successful dentist who has everything, the near perfect life, until he finds out that his wife is having an affair, and he slowly heads down the road of insanity, taking out his madness on his patients. Directed by Brian Yuzna, this could have been a high camp shocker but Bersen's perfromance lets things down and it isn't that shocking either. Just bad.

HALLAM FOE
12.20am Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Jamie Bell gives a brilliant performance as the title character in this superbly dark romance, playing a young man angered by the suicide of his mother, and so starts spying on the locals until he meets Sophie Myles and offers him a job, and then a very strange romance begins. Well paced and extremely well written, this is a terrific British movie that gives Bell the opportunity to show what a talented actor his is, and Mylers is perfect as the love interest. A very good film indeed.

AGATHA
12.20am ITV4
See Sunday 28th for review

I AM CUBA, THE SIBERIAN MAMMOTH
1.40am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
A complimentary documentary examining the making and the effects of the Communist propaganda film I Am Cuba. And if you saw the original film, then you must see how the changes in Cuba since the 1960s has affected the film's attitude. Wonderful.

SUPERMAN RETURNS
1.55am BBC1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Monday 29th for review

COVER-UP
2.40am BBC2 *RECOMMENDED*
Low Budget film noir in which an insurance investigator is sent to a small town to check up on a suicide before the company will pay out, but soon discovers that there is nothing that will lead to the death apart from a possible cover-up and murder. Direct and to the point, it has plenty of suspense to keep you interested and a good ending.


WEDNESDAY 31ST DECEMBER - NEW YEAR'S EVE
 

WARLORDS OF ATLANTS
7am Channel 4 *RECOMMENDED*
A crew of a ship go in search of teh lost city of Atlantis and find themselves captured by an alien race who want to rule the humans but will our heroes save the day. One of those films in which you can leave your brain at the door and just take it for what it is, a complete pile of entertaining rubbish. With the added bonus of Doug McClure. Wonderful tripe.

SPELLBOUND
10.20am BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Underrated Hitchcock thriller with Gregory Peck as a doctor who is suffering from amnesia, and with the help of fellow doctor Ingrid Bergman, who has fallen for him and is trying to cure him, has to help him escape a murder rap. Technically superior, it crosses over in the realms of the surreal, along with some truly amazing visuals, this is n intriguing tale that goes deeper than most, and really knows how to mess up the mind. Excellent stuff.

ROBIN HOOD
10.45am BBC1 *RECOMMENDED*
Another variation on the legendary hero's story, this time from Disney's animation department, and with Robin as a fox, as he tackles the evil Prince John. One of the better later Disney cartoons, helped by good use of actors to voice the characters, including the excellent Peter Ustinov as the Prince and Terry-Thomas as his sidekick Sir Hiss. Great fun.

CARRY ON CLEO
11.25am ITV1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
One of the best in the series has Amanda Barrie as Cleopatra. The usual gags, winks and coooorrrrs, but the script does throw up some pure gems: Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it in for me! Great.

HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE
12noon More4 *RECOMMENDED*
50s comedy with Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall as three women with a plan to entrap and eventually marry a millionaire each, but things never go to plan when the millionaires aren't exactly what they are looking for. While the storyline maybe a little dated, the performances are likeable and the film moves along nicely, with Bacall taking the merits, and giving an icy cool performance.

SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS
12.05pm BBC1
Animated adventure of the legendary sailor who has to travel the end of the world to find the Book of Peace, which an evil godess has accused Sinbad of stealing. Brad Pitt provides the voice of the hero in a decent cartoon that should keep the young at ehart very happy.

CARVE HER NAME WITH PRIDE
12.05pm BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Virginia McKenna stars in Lewis Gilbert's classic war drama, playing a woman who meets, falls in love and marries a Frenchman and has a child with him. But while in North Africa, he is killed, leaving her holding the baby, but when she is called up to work for the Special Operations Executive, does she take the call or stay looking aftre her child. Brillianted affecting and tugging the heart-strings, this shows what a terrific actress McKenna really was. A touching war drama.

THE CAT RETURNS
1pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Monday 29th for review

THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE
1.10pm Channel 4
Big budget war drama playing out events heading to a New Year in which the Germans want to re-take French territory and the port of Antwerp, while the Maericans must counter-attack. Henry Fonda and Robert Shaw lead the cast as it looks at the attack from both angles, and while a well made war film, it does suffer from being overlong. Fans of war films will enjoy.

THE PRINCE AND ME
1.35pm BBC1
Teen romantic comedy with Julia Stiles as a young farmer's daughter who, while at university, falls for the Danish exchange student, who just so happens to be a prince in his native country. It's sloppy and sickly and young girls will love it. Even the usually reliable Stiles looks a little bored with being in this trifle.

BABE
1.45pm ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Tuesday 30th for review

SOCCER DOG: EUROPEAN CUP
2.10pm Five US
See Saturday 20th for review

GENEVIEVE
2.35pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
See Sunday 28th for review

SISTER ACT 2: BACK IN THE HABIT
3.20pm BBC1
Whoopi Goldberg returns as the nightclub singer who turned a nun's choir into stars. She is asked back, this time to help a school from being destroyed, and the way she helps is through teaching the worse class in the buidling how to sing. Filled with cliches and a script that isn't remotely funny, it's only worth looking into to see Lauren Hill before she lost the plot.

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
3.45pm ITV1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Based on Ian Flemingís childrenís book, this is a bright, colourful fun family musical with Dick Van Dyke as a crackpot inventor who creates a car that can fly, and along with his two children and the daughter of a sweet maker, they travel to a far-off land to save their kidnapped grandfather. The songs are catchy, the cast seem to be enjoying themselves (although the kids are annoying) and it has the best baddie ever. A family favourite.

VOLCANO
4.20pm Film4
Special effects disaster movie with Tommy Lee Jones as a volcano appears and erupts in Los Angeles. Yes, it is a silly premise but the effects are spectacular and with the presence of Jones and Anne Heche, it does make for an agreeable adventure that is better than most modern disaster films.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
6.20pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
See Monday 29th for review

BABE: PIG IN THE CITY
6.45pm ITV2
A film that does exactly as it says on the tin. The sequel to the huge family favourite sees the sheep-pig heading into town with Mrs Hoggitt, hoping to save their farm, and meeting up with a variety of other animals all willing to help. The charm of the original is lacking here, and it ends up being just another routine film that little ones will like, even if it does become quite disturbing in the way the animals gets treated.

JUST LIKE HEAVEN
7.05pm BBC2
A fantasy romantic comedy with a touch of class, as Mark Ruffalo moves into a new apartment and finds that he has to share it with the spirit of the woman who lived there before. Reece Witherspoon plays teh ghost, and while it is all complete nonsense, the two leads are solid performancers to make the whole thing bareable and surprisingly engaging.

THE NUTTY PROFESSOR
7.15pm Channel 4
Eddie Murphy stars in this successful remake of the Jerry Lewis classic, playing a professor who discovers a formula that changes him from overweight, gentle-hearted genius into a cocky, confident smooth loverman. This comedy is more enjoyable than it should be and Murphy relishes playing most of the Klump family. Some good gags, but not a patch on the original.

MEET THE FOCKERS
9pm BBC1
Sequel to the hugely successful Meet The Parents, this time Ben Stiller takes future parent-in-laws Robert De Niro and Blythe Danner to meet his embarrassing parents Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand. Cue some cringe-worthy moments as the very different worlds collide in a weak comedy that takes most of the same style of gags from the first film and just re-invents them. Pity since the strong cast deserves so much better.

CHOCOLAT
9pm BBC2 *RECOMMENDED*
Quaint and likeable drama set in a small French village and starring Juliette Binoche as a young single mother, who opens a chocolate shop which stirs up the town considering it is opposed by the local church, but her magical chocolate manages to woo everyone. Gentle, easy on the eye, and with some pleasing performances from all, this isn't the most ground breaking movie but if you want to just sit back and relax with a film that will brush over you, this is it. A harmless piece that will make you smile inside.

THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS
9pm ITV2
See Tuesday 30th for review

ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13
9pm Film4
See Saturday 28th for review

THE GREAT ESCAPE
9pm Virgin 1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
The classic prisoner of war drama with Steve McQueen leading the top notch cast, as a mix of British and American plan the biggest escape from a German POW camp. Richard Attenborough leads the plan, while McQueen plays the Cooler King, a man who spends his time in solitary. One of the most popular war films of all time, it doesn't matter how many showings there are, and it still manages to keep the attention. Priceless.

MOLL FLANDERS
10.05pm ITV3
Robin Wright stars as Daniel DeFoe's tragic heroine, a girl who is placed into a nunnery when young and who escapes to the streets of London after dealing with an abusive priest, to take up a live of prostitution. Morgan Freeman also stars and while Wright is very good, as are the rest of the cast, it doesn't move along fast enough and you find yourself wandering.

GARDEN STATE
11.05pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Scrubs star Zack Braff wrote, directed and starred in this surreal comedy about a man who returns home to his family when his mother dies and begins a relationship with a girl who has some problems of her own. Sometimes strange, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, this romantic comedy give Natalie Portman the best role she has had in ages, and visually this is a very clever and well presented movie.

2 FAST 2 FURIOUS
11.10pm ITV2
First sequel to The Fast And The Furious but without Vin Diesel. Paul Walker returns, this time going to Florida to redeem himself by trying to infiltrate a money laundering ring. Basically the same as before except in the sunshine, this is loud, trashy crap with some good stunts but thatís about it. What on earth is Boyz N The Hood director John Singleton doing tripe like this.

THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE
12midnight Five US *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Monday 29th for review

AIRPLANE!
12.10pm Channel 4 *FILM OF THE DAY*
Still regarded as one of the funniest movies ever made, this madcap spoof of the airline in distress disaster movies has more gags per minute than any other movie, and sure, some miss the mark, but most hit them square on. Film fans will love the movie references, while the puns and play on words are both clever and groan-worthy. When they say a laugh-a-minute, they mean it.

RISKY BUSINESS
12.20am BBC1 *RECOMMENDED*
The movie that made Tom Cruise a star. A tale of when the cats away, the mice will play, as teenage Cruise is left alone by his parents, so he goes in search of fun but getting involved with beautiful prostitute Rebecca De Morney. More a serious examination of teenage angst than a frat comedy, this has some very touching moments as well as that famous shirt and y-fronts scene.

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
12.25am BBC4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Mel Brooks has never been better than this hilarious spoof of the classic Universal horror, with Gene Wilder as the nephew of Dr Frankenstein who inherits the old castle and starts his own experiements in bring the dead back to life. There are so many high points to this delicious comedy that its hard to single one out, but the cast are superb and the script is crisp and fresh, even after all these years.

OUTSIDE PROVIDENCE 12.50am ITV1
The Farrelly brothers provide the screenplay (Based on Peter Farrellyís novel) about an out-of control teenager who gets in trouble once too often and is given an ultimatum by his father: go to a Prep school in a small town and graduate, or go to jail. But it isnít that easy. Light and bright comedy that is a good time waster but doesnít reach the same level of comic opportunity as Dumb and Dumber. Still a pleasant enough experience.

DANCE PARTY, USA
1am Film4
Very low budget drama about two teenagers who have no aim in life, until they meet each other and they share their dark past lives with each other. There is a certain amount of amateurist feel about this film that does get under the skin. The acting isn't brilliant, and even if the film makers intentions are there, it is a diffcult film to really enjoy.

WHAT'S COOKING?
1.50am Channel 4 *RECOMMENDED*
Before Bend It Like Beckham, director Gurinda Chadha gave us this bitter sweet comedy drama about four very different families with their own troubles all having to cope with the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Mercedes Ruehl stars in this likeable film that, even with it's multi-story strands, is still a very entertaining piece and you could see Chadha going onto bigger and better things.

QUIET CITY 2.20am Film4
A young woman has come to New York to visit a friend, but when she discovers that she can't find her, she meets a stranger and the pair decide to kill time by exploring the city while finding out about each other. This low budget Independant flick about two people and the city they are in is quirky, sweet and slightly pretentious. The acting is so-so but the journey is harmless and those who like wannabe Woody Allens will like this.


THURSDAY 1ST JANUARY - NEW YEAR'S DAY
 

JIMMY NEUTRON: BOY GENIUS
7.10am Channel 4
Based on the hit cartoon series, a big screen outing for the young boy with an enormous brain, as aliens abduct all adults and it's up to Jimmy and his friends to create a spaceship that will send them to the alien planet and save everyone. Plenty of surreal laughs abound that even the old generation may find amusing.

THE SHAGGY DOG
11.55am BBC1
Remake of a classic Disney comedy with Tim Allen as a dog hating lawyer who is bitten by a sheepdog and some of its DNA mixes into his own, causing him to start acting and changing into the thing that he dislikes. Robert Downey Jr also stars as a scientist but even with the two big name leads, it cannot escape from being both very silly and very unfunny.

POLLYANNA
12.05pm ITV1 *RECOMMENDED*
Likeable and cute family treasure from Disney, with Hayley Mills as a positive young girl who comes to stay with her aunt in a town full of embitterment and anger, and she starts to change the attitudes of the locals with her outlook on life, and her sense of fun. Old-fashioned in its approach to life, this is entertaining and Mills simply shines in the lead. One for kids who still have hold of their innocence.

THE ALAMO
12.50pm BBC2
Misguided retelling of the infamous battle of The Alamo, where the American-born Texans struggled to keep an important missionary from the Mexican-born Texans. Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton and Jason Patric all star in a well made but ultimately dull western, that flopped enormously. Best watch the John Wayne version.

MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO
1pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Friday 26th for review

BABE: PIG IN THE CITY
2.25pm ITV2
See Wednesday 31st for review

JANE EYRE
2.30pm ITV3
Recent version of the classic Charlotte Bronte novel with Charlotte Gainsbough playing the tragic heroine, an orphan who wants to be a teacher and finds employment at a school run by the charismatic Mr Rochester (William Hurt). Franco Zeffirelliís film certainly looks good and the performances are strong, although itís not a patch on the Orson Welles version, and the last 20 minutes are a little misguided.

THE THIEF OF BAGDAD
2.45pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Bright and colourful adventure from Michael Powell (and Ludwig Berger), based on the Arabian Knights adventure about a Prince who is cast into a cave by an evil Grand Vizier, and befriends a young thief to help him. A wondrous fantasy that will keep anyone happy, made by a master filmmaker.

THE HEROES OF TELEMARK
2.55pm BBC2
Based loosely on the true events, this is the tale of how Norwegian resistant fighters who discover the German army are planning to build an atomic bomb but will they have time to alert the allies before the enemy complete their plan. Kirk Douglas and Richard Harris star in this boys own style adventure that is perfect fine as a time waster but is not historically accurate.

STUART LITTLE
3.50pm BBC1 *RECOMMENDED*
A little gem of a family movie about a human family who adopt a talking mouse called Stuart, but who has to escape the clutches of the house cat. Michael J Fox provides the voice of Stuart, in this nice mix of computer generated animation and live action. Geena Davis and Hugh Laurie are the elder family members, while Nathan Lane is perfect as the cat. A little sickly sweet but all can be forgiven for being so much fun.

THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
4.25pm ITV1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Big and brassy Bond adventure as Roger Moore is given a partner in the form of Russian agent Barbara Bach, as they try to track down missing nuclear submarines. The stunts and set pieces are at their most spectacular, with an opening that even out-bonds anything else that Bond has done before. With underwater cars, Curt Jurgens villain and Richard Kiel's metal mouthed Jaws, this is a Bond to savour.

FREAKY FRIDAY
4.50pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
See Wednesday 24th for review

VON RYAN'S EXPRESS
5pm BBC1 *RECOMMENDED*
Top notch wartime action flick with Frank Sinatra as an American Prisoner-of-war who leads a group of mainly British escaped prisoners on a deadly journey from Germany to Italy on board a train, and having to get the Brits to trust the American leader. Trevor Howard also stars in this terrific Boy's own adventure that is a nice compliment to The Great Escape.

SHREK 2
5.15pm BBC1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Dreamworks couldn't resist making a sequel to their smash hit cartoon and they manage to outdo the first story, as Shrek and his new bride-to-be travel to meet the parents of Princess Fiona, but an evil plan to destroy him by Prince Charming and the Fairy Godmother has been hatched. What makes this work so well is the introduction of the new characters, particularly Puss In Boots. Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz all return with a host of others offering their vocal talents. Plenty for adults to enjoy along with the little ones.

GARFIELD
5.20pm Channel 4
From the pages of the comic strip comes a live action/computer generated film version of the loveable, smart-talking ginger cat, and his owner Jon, who buys a dog, but when the dog goes missing, itís up to Garfield to find him. The idea of Bill Murray voicing Garfield sounds perfect but the script is so kiddie friendly, we don't get the same level of dead-pan humour we would usually get from Murray. Fine if you want to keep the kids happy for a few hours.

THE GREAT ESCAPE
6pm Virgin 1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Wednesday 31st for review

YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES
6.50pm Film4
Family adventure which has Sherlock Holmes and Watson as school friends who encounter their first mystery as people around them are dying after experiencing strange delusions, and they must find out what is causing this. Directed by Barry Levinson and produced by Steven Spielberg, this has plenty to enjoy with some nicely handled set pieces, but the leads are a little weak and so drag the film down.

THE FLINTSTONES 6.45pm ITV2
See Tuesday 30th for review

FANTASTIC FOUR
8pm Channel 4
Live action, effects laden version of the hit Marvel comic strip, in which a group of scientists head off for a space mission and are hit by radiation that changes their lives , given them all superhuman powers that can change the world, even though one of them wants to use his powers for evil. Yes, the special effects are amazing, but the storyline is thin and the film, unlike Spider-Man, has no heart. A huge missed opportunity.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL
8pm BBC3 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Who would have thought that a movie based on an amusement ride would be so much fun. The smash hit, big budget adventure with Orlando Bloom as a blacksmith who needs to travel on the seas to bring back the woman he loves, and having to enlist the help of a notorious pirate, while the girl's kidnappers hold a dark and terrifying secret. The film works on so many levels, none more so than Johnny Depp's Oscar nominated performance as Captain Jack Sparrow. This is pure escapism at its finest. Shame they couldn't capture that same essence in the sequels.

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
8pm ITV3 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Monday 29th for review

2 FAST 2 FURIOUS
9pm ITV2
See Wednesday 31st for review

KINGPIN
9pm E4 *RECOMMENDED*
Bad taste directors The Farrelly Brothers hit the perfect note with this ten-pin bowling comedy, as Woody Harrelson plays a down on his luck bowler with a rubber hand, who finds another chance in the form of an Amish man. The laughs are from some fairly basic elements, but this is hilarious, and Bill Murray as an egotistical bowler is superb. A big, fat, dumb comedy.

THE FAMILY STONE
9pm Film4
See Monday 22nd for review

THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE
9pm Five US *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Monday 29th for review

JANE EYRE
10.25pm ITV3
See Thursday 1st for review

SEXY BEAST
11pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
First rate British crime drama with Ray Winstone as a retired safecracker living in Spain, who is brought back to do one last job by an evil thug. While it may not be the most original of stories, the film is boosted by a truly amazing performance from Ben Kingsley as the brutal thug Don Logan. A tour-de-force. Take note, Nick Love. This is how to make a good gangster movie.

THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT
11.10pm ITV2
With no Vin Diesel or Paul Walker, this is only linked with the Fast and Furious series in the fact that cars are involved. Lucas Black plays a young man who moves to Tokyo to escape a jail sentence and finds himself involved in the underground of drift racing. A thin script is hung on fast cars, lots or noise and stunts, and if you like the first two, then you will enjoy this.

THE TERMINAL
11.15pm BBC1
Tom Hanks stars as an immigrant who finds himself trapped in JFK airport after his home country becomes involved in a war, leaving him stranded inside the airport and making it his new home. Catherine Zeta Jones plays an air hostess who takes pity on him, and while Steven Spielbergís whimsical comedy drama has its moments, it does drag in places, and Hanksí accent leaves a lot to be desired. Still a pleasant time waster.

CITY SLICKERS II: THE LEGEND OF CURLY'S GOLD
11.15pm ITV1
A sequel too far. City Slickers was a surprise smash and a very funny comedy to boot, but lightning could never strike twice, and we are left with this woeful follow-up when Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern and Jon Lovitz (replacing Bruno Kirby), head back to the mountains to search for gold left by Jack Palance's character. Bring him back as his own brother doesn't work, and we get an embarrassment of a movie.

THE FLY
11.55pm Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
David Cronenberg took a B-movie from the 50s and gave it a distinguished face-lift as Jeff Goldblum plays a scientist who creates a transportation machine, but when a fly gets in with him, the DNA starts mixing and he starts changing. Even though it is a gore-fest, there is a touching love story mixed between Goldblum and Geena Davis.

THE DEAD ZONE
12.20am Five US *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Superb adaptation of Stephen King's novel with Christopher Walken as a man who after being involved in a car crash, finds he has psychic powers that can help solve crimes, as well as forsee a possible assassination attempt. David Cronenberg gives us a tightly directed shocker that keeps the tension high, and with a superb cast, he delivers a great horror. Walken is perfectly cast in one of the best films of one of King's books.

I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE
12.25am BBC4 *FILM OF THE DAY*
Classic zombie movie from director Jacques Tourneur in which a young nurse goes to the West Indies, to look after the wife of a plantation owner, who seems to be suffering from a mental paralysis, and the use of Voodoo powers could be the only cure. Losing none of its creepiness, this B-movie horror has grown in statue over the years to be regarded as a classic, and deservedly so, in my opinion. A great little horror.

ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER
12.45am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Sunday 21st for review

CRADLE WILL ROCK
1.25am ITV1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Unfairly underrated and overlooked drama written and directed by Tim Robbins, and following the true events in the 30s, when Orsen Welles and his acting troupe decided to put on a musical about a steel strike, and coming under attack from anti-communist activists. With a first rate cast and Robbins solid handling of his material, this is a terrific piece of entertainment while at the same time dealing with an interesting subject matter. Worth a look.

CARRIE
1.45am Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
One of the best Stephen King adaptations, with Sissy Spacek as a shy, awkward high school girl, who is bullied by the other girls and pestered by her over religious mother. But she has a secret power: the ability to move things with her mind, which could become a nightmare for everyone. Brian De Palmaís stylish and pitch-perfect horror is not only great to look at (split screens, long tracking shots are all put to good use) but Spacek and Piper Laurie as her mother are terrific.

THE NAKED CITY
2.30am BBC2 *RECOMMENDED*
Using New York and the people who live there as part of the storyline, this terrific film noir mixes a documentary style to evoke the emotions. A blonde model is murdered and the police find the investigation isn't as routine as they first thought. A gritty, realistic vision that works on all levels, and delivers a powerful punch. Worth checking out.


FRIDAY 2ND JANUARY
 

BOO, ZINO AND THE SNURKS
7.05am Channel 4
German/Spanish/UK computer animation fantasy in which a small community of elf like creatures are facing extinction after a precious magic stone is stolen, and two of the snurks must venture out into the unknown to find it. Very young children who don't mind unimaginative story telling may enjoy this, but the animation isn't brilliant and it all looks a little lazy compared to other films or its type.

RETURN TO NEVER LAND
10am BBC1
Disney have recently started this trend of making sequels to some of their classic films, and this, a follow-up to Peter Pan, is one of them. Set a few years later, Wendy has a daughter, who is kidnapped by Captain Hook, and it's up to Peter Pan to save the day. It's done quite well but if you love the original, you won't want it spoilt by such obvious cash-ins.

THE RAINS OF RANCHIPUR
10.35am BBC1
Set in India, a stubborn woman falls for an Indian doctor and then meets an old friend who is also an alcoholic. As she starts building relationships between the two men, a rain storm comes that could trap them all. Lana Turner, Richard Burton and Fred McMurray all star in this trashy melodrama which survives on the visuals more than the story.

THE SWORD IN THE STONE
11.05am BBC1 *RECOMMENDED*
Disney animation about the young life of the boy who would become King Arthur, and the misadventures he has with Merlin. While the animation is up to the high standards of Disney, this doesn't have the same quality of storyline. Still kids will love it.

CARRY ON UP THE KYBER
11.15am More4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday 27th for review

HELLO, DOLLY!
11.50am Channel 4 *RECOMMENDED*
Lavish and colourful musical with Barbra Streisand as a famous matchmaker who has always found love for others but not herself, who falls for a wealthy industrialist, who isn't interested, so she plans to get her man. Walter Matthau is the unlikely male lead and with some hummable tunes and an appearance from Louis Armstrong, this is fair if overlong musical entertainment.

D2: THE MIGHTY DUCKS
12.25pm BBC1
Sequel to The Mighty Ducks with Emilio Estervez returning as the coach who this time is offered the job of coaching Team USA in an International tournament, but he is distracted from his job when, moving to LA, he starts enjoying the attention he is getting. Following down the same road of The Bad News Bears, this is another ice hockey comedy with kids that keeps to the rule book of how to make kid sports movies.

CARRY ON SCREAMING
12.55pm ITV1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
The Carry On team are on form in this spoof of the Hammer horrors, with Harry H. Corbett as a detective who is investigating the disappearance of women in Victorian London. Kenneth Williams is the evil genius in a film with enough memorable scenes to outdo most other Carry Ons. They even managed to make it slightly scary with the monsters, and yet you still have a good laugh. Frying tonight!

GEORGE BALANCHINE'S THE NUTCRACKER
1pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
The famous ballet is given the big screen treatment as a young girl falls asleep at a party, and dreams of a world filled with toys, and where a young prince has to defend her from the Mouse King. Macaulay Culkin plays the Prince in a colourful and delightful film that captures the woinder of the dance, with some amazing sets and costumes. Fans of ballet will have a ball.

THE WRONG MAN
1.15pm BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller based on the true story of how an innocent jazz musician is mistaken for a robber and the effects this has on his family when he is taken to court with a possible jail sentence looming. Hitchcock's ability to make the man seem as guilty as can be is beautifully realised by Henry Fonda with excellent support from Vera Miles as his wife. A treat for fans of Hitch and thrillers.

RYAN'S DAUGHTER
1.25pm five *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
David Lean's high standard of cineamtography plays wonders in Ireland, with this romantic drama about a small village where a group of revolutionaries arrive and upset the balance, while the town's pub owner's daughter has married an older man but has fallen for a British soldier. A stellar cast including Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles and an Oscar winning turn by John Mills, and with a script by Robert Bolt, this might be a tad too long, but its still a beautiful looking masterpiece.

BLACK BEAUTY
2.05pm ITV3
See Friday 26th for review

THE THIEF LORD
2.20pm BBC1
Family adventure about two brothers, fearing separation, who escape to Venice and are taken in by a gang of children and their leader, a masked character called The Thief Lord, who steal from the rich to support themselves, but their adventures are only just beginning. A well made tale based on a popular book, with the children all performing well, and enough decent set pieces to keep the young very happy.

THE FLINTSTONES
2.45pm ITV2
See Tuesday 30th for review
DR DOLITTLE 3
2.35pm Channel 4

Pointless DTV cash in on the popular Dr Dolittle series but without Eddie Murphy, this time following daughter Kyla Pratt as she is sent to save a ranch from being taken over, using her animal talking skills to help. It's neither funny nor inventive and is a total waste of anyone's time.

THE HOT ROCK
2.50pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Enjoyable heist movie with Robert Redford and George Segal as a couple of cat burglars who are hired to steal an impressive diamond from a museum, by an African doctor who wants the gem back for his people. But things donít go to plan. William Goldmanís script lifts this from a routine crime caper, and the two leads work well together. A fun experience.

MARY POPPINS
4.10pm ITV3 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Friday 26th for review

RAT RACE
4.50pm Film4
Jerry Zuckerís updating of Itís A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a fast and frantic comedy chase with John Cleese as a millionaire who offers a prize of $2 million to six strangers, in order for him to create a new betting scam. So off across the country they go in a series of madcap, slapstick craziness. Whoopi Goldberg, Rowan Atkinson and Cuba Gooding Jr all join in the chase, and while it may not be the most original of movies, itís energy does raise a smile here and there.

DANCES WITH WOLVES
5.10pm BBC2 *FILM OF THE DAY*
Staggeringly beautiful western directed and starring Kevin Costner as a cavalry soldier sent to the last surviving outpost and finding himself drawn into the world of the near-by native Indians and understanding their point of view about their enemies, the US Cavalry. With a sweeping score by John Barry, this epic western is both involvoing, even at three hours long, and wonderfully shot and Costner has never been better.

K-9
6pm ITV2
See Monday 29th for review

SCROOGED
6.55pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Thursday 25th for review

DEATH ON THE NILE
8pm ITV3
See Sunday for review

THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT
9pm ITV2
See Thursday 1st for review

THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS
9pm More4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Michael Mannís spectacular western with Daniel Day Lewis as the half breed who is sent to protect a group of British from the impending war, and has to take them on a dangerous journey to safety. Lewis makes for a decent action hero and Madeline Stowe is fine as the love interest, but the star of this film is the superb cinematography,. One of Mannís less flashy movies, and one of his best.

THE TRANSPORTER
9pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
See Friday 26th for review

BLINK
10pm five
After being blind for years, cellist Madeline Stowe has her sight restored, but her eyes start playing tricks on her and she is sure she is the witness to a murder, even though she feels that her eyes could be lying. An effective thriller from Michael Apted with Ms Stowe given a lead role and doing a great job. Aidan Quinn also stars and it's a shame it is led down by a slightly predictable ending.

SWEENEY!
10pm ITV4 *RECOMMENDED*
Big screen version of the 70s hit TV series, has John Thaw as Jack Reagan, framed on a drink driving charge and left out on his own to stop a political conspiracy. Given more opportunities than on TV, the film is more violent and tougher than the show, but still manages to keep the excitement that made it such a hit. Dennis Waterman also stars.

POSEIDON
10.40pm BBC1
Remake of the 70s disaster movie The Poseidon Advenutre, about a cruise liner that is flipped upside down after a storm, and a group of survivors, lead by Josh Lucas and Kurt Russell, desperately trying to find a way out. As remakes go, Wolfgang Petersen hasn't done a bad job, and while the effects of the ship turning over is excellent produced, it's so close to the original, that the whole thing seems slightly pointless.

SAW
10.50pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday 27th for review

HIGHLANDER
11.15pm ITV1
Sword and sorcery fantasy with Christopher Lambert as an immortal who can only be killed by having his head removed, and finding that an evil immortal wants to do just that. Sean Connery plays a Spanish man (with Scots accent) who trains Lambert, and while the visuals are good and the use of Queen's soundtrack works, it does get silly in places. Popular with the fantasy fans while others may find it a bore.

THE FOG
12.05am ITV4 *RECOMMENDED*
John Carpenterís terrific horror about a small costal town that becomes engulfed with a mysterious thick fog, bringing with it a dark, terrifying secret. What makes this great horror work is that it is left to the imagination as to what is happening. Creepy, and filled with decent jumpy moments, this is how a good shocker should be made.

CARRY ON GIRLS
12.10am BBC1
The Carry On team take a naughty pop at the British obsession with beauty pageants, as Sid James and the gang literally go all seaside postcard with some truly awful gags in this tale of trying to save a failing seaside town with some glamour. This one was starting to show that the series had really run it's course.

BASIC INSTINCT
12.10am ITV2
Paul Verhoevenís sexually charged thriller with Michael Douglas as a cop with a past who is investigating a murder and finds himself becoming deeply involved with the prime suspect, a thriller writer with a passion for sex. Sharon Stone became an overnight star with her steamy performance where she showed every part of her. Very violent and scenes that get close to pornographic, this is a solid piece that does keep you guessing.

BUILD MY GALLOWS HIGH
12.35am BBC4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
The big daddy of film noirs with Robert Mitchum as an ex private eye who, through flashbacks, tells the story of how he was hired to track down a woman who left Kirk Douglas for dead and ran off with his money, but who cast a spell of Mitchum. Years later, and Douglas has hired him again, only this time, there's something different. Classy, moody and full of suspense, Jacques Tourneur's masterpiece is one of the best, and a must see experience for fans of 40s thrillers.

ARLINGTON ROAD
12.50am Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Good paranoia thriller with Jeff Bridges as a widowed professor whose wife was killed in a terrorist attack, who tries to get his life back on track and befriends his new neighbour, until he suspects something is not right about them. Tim Robbins plays the neighbour in a tense, intelligent thriller that may not be perfect but will keep you watching throughout.

MAD DOG AND GLORY
1.20am ITV1 *RECOMMENDED*
Interesting comedy drama from John McNaughton about a shy police photographer who saves the life of a crime boss. Wanting to thank him, the boss gives the cop one of his employees, a beautiful woman, but does this put the cop in a difficult situation. What makes this even more interesting is the casting of Robert De Niro as the cop and Bill Murray as the mob boss. Surprisingly it works well, and we have a nicely made little movie.

THE STRANGER
2.15am BBC2 *RECOMMENDED*
A professor is about to marry a girl in a small American town, when his past raises his ugly head. He isnít as upstanding as everyone thinks, but a Nazi who was in charge of a concentration camp, and his past is about to come out in the open when a War Crimes Commission officer comes hunting for him. Orson Welles directs and stars in this intriguing thriller with Edward G Robinson as the officer looking for this hidden fiend. A solid film noir.




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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 16/12/2008 7:19:14 PM   
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Nice work, Wrenster!! Flippin' 'eck, that must have taken you ages.

Some great films to watch out for, and yes C.R.A.Z.Y. is a little gem.

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 17/12/2008 7:09:45 PM   
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It did take two weeks to compile, so thanks. And now I get two weeks off until the next new listing is ready to produce.

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 3/1/2009 2:22:07 AM   
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First of all...HAPPY NEW YEAR! Another year has come and gone and so we begin with a brand new line-up of movies for your televisual viewing (well the same line-up with some added extras). And for a start of the year it's not oo bad, with some very decent films to view, including a couple from Ingmar Bergman and the film of the week which is a spaghetti western classic.

So in my own words...Enjoy!

SATURDAY 3RD JANUARY


BEETHOVEN'S 2ND 11.55am ITV1
A second helping of the loveable St Bernard and his adopted family of Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt. This time round there's double trouble as Beethoven falls in love. It's all amiable family stuff that is slightly bettered by having Grodin as the dead-pan, dog-hating dad. Still a little sickly sweet but as a sequel it's not too painful.

AMERICAN GUN 1pm five *RECOMMENDED*
A powerful and shocking tale of a man's journey as he follows the gun that killed his daughter, as it passes from person to person, in order to find out the truth about the murder. James Coburn, in his last movie role, is incredible and proves what a talent the man really was. Handled in a non-exploitive way, this is a gruelling experience but worthwhile.

RAT RACE 1pm Film4
Jerry Zuckerís updating of Itís A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a fast and frantic comedy chase with John Cleese as a millionaire who offers a prize of $2 million to six strangers, in order for him to create a new betting scam. So off across the country they go in a series of madcap, slapstick craziness. Whoopi Goldberg, Rowan Atkinson and Cuba Gooding Jr all join in the chase, and while it may not be the most original of movies, itís energy does raise a smile here and there.

ALEXANDER THE GREAT 1.10pm BBC2
Epic adventure with Richard Burton as the young king who managed to bring together a country of people who were falling apart. While Burton throws his acting weight around, the film is let down by some dodgy dialogue, slow pacing and bad editing.

3 NINJAS KICK BACK 1.25pm Fiver
The three high kicking kids are back, this time they travel to Japan to save their grandfather from an evil enemy. Isn't this Karate Kid Part 2? Same plot, but badly executed. Kids will like it though.

KING KONG 1.35pm ITV1
The 1976 version of the classic monkey movie is so bad it is almost brilliant. Jeff Bridges and Charles Grodin are the adventurer and film maker with Jessica Lange as the beauty who becomes the object of the giant apeís eye. While Rick Bakerís monkey suitted creature is fine, it does offer some quite laughable moments and should only be taken as a curiosity piece.

BATTLE OF THE RIVER PLATE 3.05pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Superb British wartime drama from Powell and Pressburger, and following the true events of a small collection of British ships who had to protect a stretch of water so that British supplies could get through from the might of the German Navy. True stiff-upper lipped stuff expertly handled by the masters and a gripping story to boot. Peter Finch and John Gregson star.

MARY POPPINS 3.10pm ITV3 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Classic Disney musical with Julie Andrews as a nanny who happens to fly in to look after two unruly children, and take them on a series of adventure with cheeky cockerney Dick Van Dyke. Mixing live action with animation, this is a popular musical treat that suffers from being too long and having to listen to Van Dyke awful accent, even if his dancing is full of energy.

RV 3.10pm Fiver
Robin Williams decides to take his family on a road trip holiday in a giant recreational vehicle, so he can get back in touch with them but the journey is going to be one disaster after another. Routine family comedy with routine slapstick humour. Nice to see Williams back doing comedy and he is about the saving grace in this otherwise unoriginal comedy.

THE SCORPION KING
3.15pm ITV4
Plotless, pointless movie for a character in The Mummy Returns, telling the story of how The Scorpion King became so. Wrestling star The Rock gets to flex his muscles and play with swords, but we are left wondering if anything really interesting is going to happen. A waste of time and effort.

BITTER VICTORY 3.20pm BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Nicholas Ray's war drama concentrates more on the human element than the battle scenes, as Richard Burton plays a commander who is commissioned for an attack on Rommell, that he was unfit to do, while his wife is having an affair with a fellow officer. Instead of going for all out action, this has more depth and keeps the attention by the strong performances.

BIG BUSINESS 4.20pm five
Comedy with Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin as sisters who are in fact twins that were mixed at birth, and now one set are about to meet their other halves when a big corporation decide to close a small factory. The farcical elements are all in place and the effects for its time are fine, but it just doesn't quite deliver the laughs is should have, even in the hands of Jim Abrahams. I expected better.

HONEY 4.30pm ITV2
Jessica Alba struggles to work two jobs but dreams of becoming a dancer in music videos. Her dreams come true when she meets a director, but his intentions are far from honourable, and so she has to decide which road she wants to take: the hard or the easy. Fairly dumb dance movie for teens, but even they find this a bit drab. Alba looks good, however, even if she is given an awful script to work with.

ARE WE THERE YET? 5.10pm Fiver
Ridiculously infantile comedy with Ice Cube as a man who tries to impress the children of his new love, by taking them on a road trip, that turns into a living disaster. The only real disaster here is why we are made to watch dribble like this. Ten years out of date, this is one of the worse comedies of recent years, unless you count its recently released sequel, Are We Done Yet? Let's hope so.

JINGLE ALL THE WAY 5.20pm Film4
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a father who has to get the must have Christmas present for his son, but finds its tougher than he ever thought to get his hands on it. The premise of every father's nightmare at Christmas would have made for a good Christmas movie, but alas, this isn't it. Turning it into a slapstick comedy with oodles of slush and giving Arnie the chance to be funny just doesn't work, and it becomes annoying very quickly.

LITTLE NIKITA 6.10pm five
Reasonable thriller with Sidney Poitier as an FBI agent who discovers that an ordinary family are, in fact, Russian spies, who have been 'sleeping' for a long time until they are needed. Only trouble is, their teenage son doesn't know about their secret and could be the key to Poitier getting to the family. River Phoenix plays the boy in a wordy but interesting thriller that does keep you watching.

VOLCANO 7pm Film4
Special effects disaster movie with Tommy Lee Jones as a volcano appears and erupts in Los Angeles. Yes, it is a silly premise but the effects are spectacular and with the presence of Jones and Anne Heche, it does make for an agreeable adventure that is better than most modern disaster films.

THE PRINCESS BRIDE 7pm Fiver *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Superb fairy tale based on the novel by William Goldman, that involved pirates, giants, large rats and a six fingered villain. There's no point in going into plot as there is so much to enjoy here. Let's just say its a love story with loads of adventure, tons of laughs and gallons of fun. A family film that doesn't talk down to the kids and keeps the adults interested, and with an excellent cast, this is one of the best.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE COURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL 8.20pm BBC3 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Who would have thought that a movie based on an amusement ride would be so much fun. The smash hit, big budget adventure with Orlando Bloom as a blacksmith who needs to travel on the seas to bring back the woman he loves, and having to enlist the help of a notorious pirate, while the girl's kidnappers hold a dark and terrifying secret. The film works on so many levels, none more so than Johnny Depp's Oscar nominated performance as Captain Jack Sparrow. This is pure escapism at its finest. Shame they couldn't capture that same essence in the sequels.

THE UNTOUCHABLES 9pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Brian De Palma's brilliant gangster thriller with Kevin Costner as FBI agent Elliot Ness, out to try and bring down the kingdom of Robert De Niro's Al Capone with the help of his three very different partners. Full of visual flair and classy scenes, as well as Sean Connery's Oscar-winning performance as the aging Irish cop. Ennio Morricone's incredible score is the icing on top of the cake, and this is definitely De Palma's crowning moment.

DARKNESS FALLS 9pm Five US
Sounding more like a Nightmare On Elm Street rip-off, this so-so horror tells of a vengeful spirit who has taken the form of the Tooth Fairy and is killing the occupants of a town who lynched her years ago, and only one girl can stop her. Yeah, yeah, we've seen it all before.

BLOWN AWAY 9pm Virgin 1
A former IRA bomber escapes from prison and heads to America where he starts to cause havoc, and destroying the life of a fellow member who has now become an explosives expert for the police. Jeff Bridges plays the cop and Tommy Lee Jones is badly miscast, with an over-the-top accent, in this misguided action flick, that may have good explosions, but that's all.

AMERICAN PIE 9.05pm ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
The re-invention of the teen sex comedy is given a boost with this enjoyable slice, as four friends vow to lose their virginity before they go their separate ways and college life. Eugene Levy steals the whole film from under everyone's noses as a very interfering dad, and while the low-brow humour is funny, there are some genuinely touching moments too. A better example of the genre. Shame about the sequels, though.

KISS THE GIRLS 10pm Channel 4
Morgan Freeman stars in this decent thriller playing a police psychologist who becomes involved in the investigation of a serial killer no one has been able to stop, but with the help of the only survivor, a young woman played by Ashley Judd, he is determined to crack the case. It moves along nicely and Freeman is always good value, even if the twist can be seen a mile off.

THE FOG
10.05pm ITV4 *RECOMMENDED*
John Carpenterís terrific horror about a small costal town that becomes engulfed with a mysterious thick fog, bringing with it a dark, terrifying secret. What makes this great horror work is that it is left to the imagination as to what is happening. Creepy, and filled with decent jumpy moments, this is how a good shocker should be made.

WHAT WOMEN WANT 10.10pm BBC1
A decent premise with Mel Gibson as a womanising sexist executive who, after an accident, finds that he can actually hear the thoughts of women, and uses his power to his own good will, particularly to seduce his new boss. Helen Hunt also stars in this light-weight comedy that does run out of steam by the end.

MOLL FLANDERS
10.10pm ITV3
Robin Wright stars as Daniel DeFoe's tragic heroine, a girl who is placed into a nunnery when young and who escapes to the streets of London after dealing with an abusive priest, to take up a live of prostitution. Morgan Freeman also stars and while Wright is very good, as are the rest of the cast, it doesn't move along fast enough and you find yourself wandering.

STILL CRAZY 10.30pm BBC4 *RECOMMENDED*
Strange Fruit were a huge rock band of the 70s, who lived the rock life to the full, right down to the early death of their lead singer. Twenty years later, and public demand leads the band to reform, but are these ordinary, aging men ready for the rock life again? A better-than-average comedy from Dick Clement and Ian De La Francis, with a strong cast and a decent ending. Bill Nighy once again steals the show. Fun.

WAYNE'S WORLD 2 10.55pm ITV2
Disappointing sequel to the smash hit 1992 comedy has Mike Myers and Dana Carvey returning as Wayne and Gareth, trying to organise a rock concert, while having to deal with their own insecurities with women. While there are some good moments (Kim Basinger's seduction of Gareth is hilarious) it lacks the laughter count of the first film and a sense of been here before occurs.

SAW II
11.20pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Quick sequel to the hit horror, this time the crazed serial killer Jigsaw has trapped eight people in a booby trapped shelter, and they must find a way out before the leathal gas takes over, but it's not going to be as easy as that. Not as clever as the original, this still manages to keep the attention with the twists and turns that it takes, and the gore is upped for those who can stomach it.

RED ROCK WEST 11.50pm ITV1 *RECOMMENDED*
Effective thriller with Nicolas Cage who, after losing a job, is mistaken for a hit man hired by Dennis Hopper to kill his unfaithful wife. Seeing this as an opportunity to get easy money, Cage makes a run for it, but thatís just a massive mistake that throws him into a very dark and violent world. John Dehlís tense thriller has plenty to keep any thriller fan happy, and enough twists and turns to keep any viewer amused.

I'LL SLEEP WHEN I'M DEAD 12midnight ITV4 *RECOMMENDED*
Director Mike Hodges returns to his Get Carter days with this tale of a reformed gangster (Clive Owen) who has been living the quiet life for years in the country, until his young brother commits suicide. Returning to his old haunting grounds, the gangster discovers that before the death, the brother was raped, and so revenge becomes the name of the game. Dark and brooding, this doesnít have the cool of Carter, but itís still an impressive thriller with Owen perfect as the disturbed gangster.

SOUTHERN COMFORT 12.15am BBC1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Superb Walter Hill drama about a group of volunteer soldiers on routine training in the murky backwaters of the Louisiana swamplands, who upset the locals and find themselves being hunted down. Keith Carradine and Powers Booth star in this tense, intelligent action flick that keeps the suspense going throughout.

THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY
1.05am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Deeply rich Ingmar Bergman drama in which a young woman returns to her family's island after spending some time in a mental hospital, and finds herself slowly losing her grip on her sanity as well as her family connection. A fine example of Bergman at his best, using the collection of very different characters to good use all affecting the mind of another. Beautifully played by all and one of the director's most underrated dramas.

HEAD OVER HEELS 1.40am ITV1
The big question about this film isÖwhat does it want to be? Monica Potter plays a plain Jane who moves in with a group of fairly dumb models and falls for neighbour Freddie Prinze Jr. But then she sees him committing murder and decides to get her flatmates to investigate. This screwball comedy does have some nice moments but on the whole it changes gear far too often for you to really care.

DARK BLUE WORLD 2.40am BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Low key World War II drama set in a Czechoslovian labour camp and cutting to the time in which a young pilot fleed his country when Germany invaded and headed to join the RAF in England but on his return is thrown into a camp suspected of anti-Communist ideas. A moving yet understated tale that has been wrongly ignored. Worth a look.

SUNDAY 4TH JANUARY

WAYNE'S WORLD 2 11.10am ITV2
See Saturday for review

RV 12.15pm Fiver
See Saturday for review

HONEY 1pm ITV2
See Saturday for review

EXPLORERS
1pm Film4
Three outcast boys discover a magical sphere that gives the ability to fly, so they build a spaceship and head off into space. Joe Danteís family friendly fantasy with a young River Phoenix and Ethan Hawke. While the film builds slowly, it picks up as soon as the boys are air-bound, and Danteís usual eye for satire comes into play in the form of aliens who have learnt from watching TV. Slow but fun.

SPEED 2: CRUISE CONTROL
1.10pm E4
Speed was a high-octane, edge of your seat action thriller that grabbed your attention from the opening scene and never let go. Speed 2, however, does have any of the original's qualities. Gone is Keanu Reeves (one of his best decisions) but Sandra Bullock is now left carrying the film along with Jason Patric, as they go on a cruise liner that is taken over by mad terrorist Willem DaFoe. About as exciting as watching paint dry.

CARRY ON CRUISING
1.30pm ITV3
The Carry On team take their earlier humour (lacking in smut and innuendo) on board a cruise liner where Captain Sid James has to work with a new and mismatched crew who could be more trouble than its worth. The first Carry On film in colour, its gentle fun with some good gags. Not a classic, but an entertaining entry nevertheless.

THE BIG COUNTRY
2pm Virgin 1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
William Wyler's classic western with Gregroy Peck as a sea captain who moves to the west to marry but instantly finds himself in the middle of a dispute about land and water rights. A complex tale of western folks with a strong cast and some terrific set pieces, even if it could have half an hour cut from its running time.

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS 2.10pm five *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
An outstanding historical drama with a performance that will blow you away. Paul Scofield is incredible as Sir Thomas More, the man who stood up to Henry VIII when he rejected the Roman Catholic Church so he could divorce. Robert Shaw is perfect as the King, but along with Robert Bolt's outstanding script and Fred Zinnermann's pitch perfect direction, this is one of teh best historical dramas, and Scofield should have been a much bigger star than he was. Still this is his finest hour.

ARE WE THERE YET? 2.15pm Fiver
See Saturday for review

CARRY ON JACK 3.10pm ITV3 *RECOMMENDED*
Fun Carry On comedy set on a ship and with Bernard Cribbins as a shipís second mate who has his identity stolen by Juliet Mills, pretending to be a man in order to sail the seas. Without too many postcard gags and only a handful of Carry On regulars (Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtrey being the only prominent ones) this is better than most of the latter comedies.

CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN 3.10pm Film4
Another nail in the coffin of Steve Martin's comedy career, in this lame remake of the 50s family comedy. Martin and the underrated Bonnie Hunt have a family of 12, and when mum has to go and publish a book, it's up to dad to run the household, with hilarious? effects. Undemanding kids will lap up the rude gags and slapsticks, while us adults will get out our copies of The Jerk and watch the king really doing comedy.

JOHNNY ENGLISH
3.50pm ITV1
Rowan Atkinsonís credit card advert character is given  the big screen treatment and unfortunately falls flat on its face. Johnny English is a so-called super spy who is out to solve who has stolen the Crown Jewel, but bungles his way from one mishap to another. Desperate to be like Clouseau, but failing in all departments, this is neither funny nor clever.

COP AND A HALF 4.30pm five
Awful family comedy with Burt reynolds struggling with a terrible script as a cop who lands himself a new partner, a cop obsessed kid who is witness to a murder. It's a bit like K-9 but with the most annoying boy ever, who cannot act and not surprising I don't think he ever mader another movie after this. Just dreadful is an understatement.

GEORGE BALANCHINE'S THE NUTCRACKER
4.55pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
The famous ballet is given the big screen treatment as a young girl falls asleep at a party, and dreams of a world filled with toys, and where a young prince has to defend her from the Mouse King. Macaulay Culkin plays the Prince in a colourful and delightful film that captures the woinder of the dance, with some amazing sets and costumes. Fans of ballet will have a ball.

CARRY ON COWBOY 5.10pm ITV3
One of the better entries for the Carry On team as they gently poke fun at the Western, with all the clichťs ripped apart with the usual humour. Sid James plays a character called the Rumpo Kid. Need I say any more. If you need a childish giggle, then you could do no wrong here.

THE MISSING 6.25pm five *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchett star in this western adventure, in which they play father and daughter, who must put their difference aside in order to try and track down Blanchett's own daughter, who has been kidnapped. Ron Howard's movie is a majestic sweeping epic tale that captures the feel of classic westerns like The Searchers. And with Jones and Blanchett working well together, this is a very underrated western adventure.

YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES 6.50pm Film4
Family adventure which has Sherlock Holmes and Watson as school friends who encounter their first mystery as people around them are dying after experiencing strange delusions, and they must find out what is causing this. Directed by Barry Levinson and produced by Steven Spielberg, this has plenty to enjoy with some nicely handled set pieces, but the leads are a little weak and so drag the film down.

CARRY ON SCREAMING 7pm ITV3 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
The Carry On team are on form in this spoof of the Hammer horrors, with Harry H. Corbett as a detective who is investigating the disappearance of women in Victorian London. Kenneth Williams is the evil genius in a film with enough memorable scenes to outdo most other Carry Ons. They even managed to make it slightly scary with the monsters, and yet you still have a good laugh. Frying tonight!

CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN 2
7.10pm Channel 4
Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt return with their extended family, this time deciding to take a holiday on the lakes and coming up against competition from Eugene Levy and clan. If you enjoyed the first film then it is more of the same, but the formula is so predictable, the script must have been written in a lunchtime. Lame.

LOOK WHO'S TALKING 8pm BBC3
Popular comedy in which Kirstie Alley gives birth to baby Mikey, who happens to have the voice of Bruce Willis. The little baby then tries to find the perfect father, as his was the result of an affair with Alleyís boss, and John Travoltaís air pilot fits the bill. While the basic idea is fine, this does turn into a one-joke movie, with most of the humour relying of Willisí wise cracking.

ERASER 9pm five
A worker for a top secret weapons manufacturers needs to be placed in a Witness Protection Programme, and the best in the job, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is assigned the job, but someone inside his organisation is sharing his secrets and making his job harder. Routine action flick with Arnie delivering the violence and smart alec remarks. Nothing special but fans of the big man will take it for what it is.

VAN HELSING 9pm ITV2
Awful blockbuster nonsense from The Mummy director Stephen Sommers, with Hugh Jackman as the legendary vampire hunter who goes to Transylvania to stop Dracula from using Frankenstein and the Wolfman for sinister reasons. It could have been so much better, but the CGIs are terrible and the plot is total rubbish. A massively missed opportunity.

CARRY ON CLEO 9pm ITV3 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
One of the best in the series has Amanda Barrie as Cleopatra. The usual gags, winks and coooorrrrs, but the script does throw up some pure gems: Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it in for me! Great.

GET OVER IT 9pm E4
Better than most teen comedy, with Ben Foster as a boy who has just been dumped by his long-time girlfriend, and seeks advice from friend Kristen Dunst. But when he joins the school play, he finds he is falling for his friend. Some nice moments and occasionally some decent gags, all played by likable leads. simple-minded fun.

INDEPENDENCE DAY 9pm Film4
Effects filled sci-fi drama in which the world comes under attack from aliens, and itís up to a small band of survivors and soldiers to fight the good fight and get glory back for the world. While the explosions and destruction of the major American monuments are impressive, the whole ďAmerica is greatĒ thing is sickening and the plan they come up with is so ludicrous it becomes laughable. A massively missed opportunity.

KINKY BOOTS 10pm BBC2
British comedy set in a shoe factory that for years have been very conservative with its output, and when a young man inherits the plant, he finds he must try something different otherwise the business will collapse and everyone will be out of a job. Cue the arrival of a drag queen with some very kinky ideas. A likeable little comedy that deserves more laughs than it delivers but its fun to see Chiwetel Ejiofor camping it up. Undemanding stuff.

NARROW MARGIN 10.05pm ITV4
Remake of the b-movie thriller in which District Attorney Gene Hackman must bring back the sole witness of a mob killing, only to discover that the mob know her whereabouts and want her dead. The pair are forced onto a train, where they must play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. Peter Hyams film has plenty of tension and excitement, even if it's all played in moody lighting, and Hackman and Anne Archer ( as the witness) make a good pair.

THE RECRUIT 10.20pm BBC1 *RECOMMENDED*
Complex thriller with Colin Farrell as a rookie CIA agent who is chosen by head trainer Al Pacino to become a recruit in an elite part of the agency. But as the training becomes more intense, he starts asking questions about his role, and the mentor. Roger Donaldson keeps this thriller moving at a top notch pace and the leads are very watchable. It does get confusing, but its worth sticking with.

PORKY'S 11.05pm Channel 4
Panned by the critics and loved by the public, this juvenile sex comedy about a group of high school kids (who all look in their 30s) who start a running battle with a local bar and brothel owner. The jokes are simple and crude and yet they somehow work. The plotline is wafer thin, but letís face it, if youíre a pre-pubescent teen you donít care about plot, just lots of naughty comedy, and this delivers by the truck load.

BASIC INSTINCT 11.35pm ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
Paul Verhoevenís sexually charged thriller with Michael Douglas as a cop with a past who is investigating a murder and finds himself becoming deeply involved with the prime suspect, a thriller writer with a passion for sex. Sharon Stone became an overnight star with her steamy performance where she showed every part of her. Very violent and scenes that get close to pornographic, this is a solid piece that does keep you guessing.

GARDEN STATE 11.45pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Scrubs star Zack Braff wrote, directed and starred in this surreal comedy about a man who returns home to his family when his mother dies and begins a relationship with a girl who has some problems of her own. Sometimes strange, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, this romantic comedy give Natalie Portman the best role she has had in ages, and visually this is a very clever and well presented movie.

THE SHADOW 12.05am ITV4
Alec Baldwin was almost a big star with this underrated comic book adventure, playing a pre-war character with the ability of hiding in the shadows, and battling against an evil nemesis who wants to rule the world when he gets his hands on an atomic device. Well filmed and quite exciting in places, this flopped in the cinemas, and thus, Baldwin became a character actor. But its enjoyable hokum and better than some comic book adaptations.

HEAVEN 12.30am BBC2 *RECOMMENDED*
Complicated drama with Martin Donovan as an architect who is a gambler and an alcoholic, and who starts work remodelling a strip club, where he meets a transsexual stripper who is inflicted with violent visions of the future that starts including the architect. While a decent thriller, it does get bogged down by the overly complicated plotting, but its still intriguing and keeps you guessing throughout, as the plot twists and turns.

WINTER LIGHT 1.40am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Ingmar Bergman's dark and moving drama about a priest who has lost his faith after his wife dies, and his relationship with a schoolteacher who he cannot love and is questioning the existance of God. One of Bergman's most personal movies, it is mininal in it's direction and performances and yet is has more power than most overblown Hollywood dramas. A beautifully looking piece that will capture your heart as well as your mind.

THE STRINGER 2.10am BBC2
Russian thriller in which a man films a bus on fire in a town, and tries to get the film sold to the local television company. There he meets a woman he falls for, and once the tape is rejected, he is determined to get more footage so he can get closer to the girl. But he finds himself being drawn into a world he doesn't want to get involved in. This is a fairly non-descript drama that has characters you don't really care for, hence its hard to like the film itself.


MONDAY 5TH JANUARY

HOTEL RESERVE 11.05am BBC2
Poorly written thriller with James Mason badly miscast as an Austrian student accused of spying while he is staying in a hotel in France. With the threat of being handed over to the Gestapo, he must uncover the real spy among the guests. Lacking in any real suspense and with some very dodgy acting, this is one that is better to forget.

JOLSON SINGS AGAIN 11.15am More4 *RECOMMENDED*
Sequel to The Jolson Story, with Larry Parkes returning as Al Jolson, now retired from showbusiness but finding life hard, even if the call back to the limelight is tempting, until World War II occurs and the chance is given to him. Not as good as the first film but still a fascinating incite to a man who was a show business legend.

THE HARDER THEY FALL 1pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Boxing drama with Humphrey Bogart as a down-on-his-luck sportswriter who is hired by a ruthless boxing promoter to help promote his new find, an Argentinean with a light punch and glass jaw, but needs him to make a star to fight the big fights.  Interesting fight film with Bogart, in his last role, and Rod Steiger on good form. A realistic, dark film noir that is worth your time and effort.

A CHALLENGE FOR ROBIN HOOD 1.25pm Channel 4
A fairly pointless version of the Robin Hood story from the Hammer studios, with the uncharismatic Barrie Ingham playing the outlaw, taking on John Arnatt's Sheriff. The performances are dull and the direction does nothing to left any excitement from the proceedings. A lacklustre effort and a waste of time.

THE CASSANDRA CROSSING
3.10pm Film4
All-star cast in an unusual slant to the disaster movies of the 70s. A train heading through Europe becomes inhabited with a deadly virus, but what will the passengers do, as they find themselves quarantined on board. While the premise is interesting, the film is delivered in a lacklustre way and the interest does start to wane. Sophia Loren and Richard Harris lead the cast.

CARRY ON CRUISING 3.40pm ITV3
See Sunday for review

BIG TOP PEE-WEE 5.40pm Film4
Following the success of Pee-Weeís Big Adventure, it was a sure thing that there would be a second film starring Pee-Wee Herman. This time, Pee-Wee is living on a farm when a circus blows onto his land, and he lets them stay, so he can see what life is like under the Big Top. The film lacks the imagination of Tim Burtonís original, and while Paul Reubens characters is just a wide-eyed innocence, it does become annoying after a while.

THE SCORPION KING 6.20pm ITV4
See Sunday for review

JINGLE ALL THE WAY 7.20pm Film4
See Saturday for review

THE MUMMY 9pm ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Stephen Sommersí brings a sense of Indiana Jones to this homage to the Universal horror of the 1930, with Brandon Fraser as the smooth adventurer who helps librarian Rachel Weisz find a hidden tomb of an Egyptian mummy, not knowing the consequences if he becomes free. Great special effects and a fast paced action movie that is just plain fun. Shame the sequel wasnít as good.

VAN WILDER: PARTY LIAISON 9pm E4
Frat house comedy with Ryan Reynolds as a cocky party animal who finds he has to make money after his father refuses to pay for his college education anymore. Planning to hold the biggest party ever, he also comes to the attention of the college magazine, and particularly the journalist they send. Another dumb, brain-in-neutral comedy which goes for the lowest common denominator. Don't expect anything high-brow here.

FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL 9pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
The movie that started the rise of the Brit rom com and made a star out of Hugh Grant. He plays a foppish man who, along with his friends, go to weddings and criticise, until he meets Carrie, an American and falls for her. Some very funny and moving moments in this Richard Curtis scripted comedy, that, no matter what you think of Curtis, is a very well made piece of entertainment. Well I think so, so there!

NO MERCY 9pm Fiver
Richard Gere plays a maverick cop who is caught up in a deadly game of cat and mouse, after his partner is killed and he has to escape the New Orleans police, with a beautiful girl in tow, while trying to seek revenge on his partner's killer. Kim Basinger plays the girl, in this cop thriller with added sex appeal from the two stars and some good use of the New Orleans backdrop. Otherwise, its business as usual.

RENEGADE JUSTICE 10pm five
yes, it's another Steven Seagal movie but a little better in quality than most of his recent DTV efforts, playing a man with a violent past who has to use it to seek the revenge of the death of his son. Eddie Griffin plays the villain, and unlike the low quality of his past stuff, he actually does the fight sequences himself. One for the fans.

SERENITY 10pm ITV4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Joss Whelden created an ill-fated sci-fi/western hybrid with Firefly, which didn't even finish its run when it was pulled from the TV channel. It was given new life with this funny, exciting and very different big screen version, as the crew try to protect one of their own from a deadly assassin. Don't worry if you never saw the show, this is a tremendously fun ride that will make you want to go and buy the series on DVD. Terrific.

40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS 10.35pm ITV1
Comedy with Josh Hartnett as a man who can have any woman he likes, but decided to give up any form of sex or sexual contact with the female race for Lent, and then he meets a girl and falls madly in love with her, but canít tell her of his scheme. The basic premise is okay, but its handled so unsubtly that any form of humour is lost, and even the love story is lame and pointless.

A LOT LIKE LOVE 11.15pm BBC1
Weak romantic comedy that borrows from When Harry Met Sally, as Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet play a couple who meet on a plane and make a connection but not enough to form a relationship, but over the next seven years they meet again and again and their relationship starts to grow. While it isn't terrible, it fails to really ignite and we have a cute love story with a few small laughs but that is it.

GARAGE 11.15pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Impressive tragic drama from Ireland in which a man who runs a garage in a small town finds his life changes over a summer when a young man comes to work for him and he falls for an owner of a shop who has always been kind, but the changes will affect him forever. A well observed, beautifully played tale that will touch as well as make you smile. Great stuff.

POLICE ACADEMY 12.25am ITV2
The first and best of the comedy series about a group of inept cadets to the Police Academy and the antics that they get up to. Steve Guttenberg leads the ragbag of misfits, and the gags, while some are very infantile, others are of a more mature nature and you find yourself giggling away and then feeling very guilty afterwards. Just try and put the sequels out of your memory and just enjoy it for what it is.

NARROW MARGIN 12.25am ITV4
See Sunday for review

THE SILENCE 12.55am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Complex human drama from Ingmar Bergman in which two very different sisters have a huge void between them. One is still attractive enough to pick up men while the other is stranded in a hotel room due to ill health but still dreams she has the same ability as her sister. The story twists and turns and the inclusion of a young boy which belongs to one of teh sisters keeps the intrigue going. Another class act from a class director.


TUESDAY 6TH JANUARY

EXPERIMENT PERILOUS 11am BBC2 *RECOMMENDED*
Jacques Tourneur directs this psychological thriller in which George Brent plays a doctor drawn into a household who are very secretive and mysterious, but falling for Hedy Lamarr, who pulls him in deeper into their inner circle, causing him to question what their motives are. It grips and keeps the attention but there does seem to be similarities with Gaslight. Not bad.

THE TRAIN ROBBERS 11.15am More4
Fairly mundane and routine cowboy movie with an aging John Wayne looking decidedly bored, as a man who is hired by widow Ann-Margret, to help track down gold that her husband stole, in order to clear her conscience. Lots of banter as they trek across the frontiers, and that's pretty much the sum total of the film. Nothing special whatsoever.

BLANCHE FURY 1pm Film4
Valerie Hobson stars in the title role, as a woman who, without money, accepts a job as a governess to her cousins, and finds she wants more than just job but plans to become the lady of the manor that the family have inherited. Stewart Granger plays the dashing love interest in this enjoyable slice of period drama.

DALEKS - INVASION EARTH: 2150 AD 1.35pm Channel 4 *RECOMMENDED*
Peter Cushing returns in another big screen version of the adventures of Doctor Who, in which he and his companions land on earth in the future to find that the daleks have taken control. Obviously not as sophisticated as the new TV series, but this is so much fun you won't care about the basic special effects or decent plot line. Bernard Cribbins adds some light relief.

THE THIEF OF BAGDAD
2.50pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Bright and colourful adventure from Michael Powell (and Ludwig Berger), based on the Arabian Knights adventure about a Prince who is cast into a cave by an evil Grand Vizier, and befriends a young thief to help him. A wondrous fantasy that will keep anyone happy, made by a master filmmaker.

CARRY ON JACK 3.15pm ITV3 *RECOMMENDED*
See Sunday for review

THE HOT ROCK 4.55pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Enjoyable heist movie with Robert Redford and George Segal as a couple of cat burglars who are hired to steal an impressive diamond from a museum, by an African doctor who wants the gem back for his people. But things donít go to plan. William Goldmanís script lifts this from a routine crime caper, and the two leads work well together. A fun experience.

THE PERFECT CATCH
6.55pm Film4
Nick Hornby's hit novel Fever Pitch is given another screen outing, this time set in America and starring Jimmy Fallon as a man who meets and falls in love with workaholic Drew Barrymore, but she finds herself stuck in the middle of his love for her and the Boston Red Sox. The Farrelly Brothers avoid the sick humour for a romantic comedy that, while losing the more personal moments of Hornby's book, still has its moments of sweetness.

LOOK WHO'S TALKING TOO 8pm BBC3
The first film may have been a one-joke comedy, but the joke is getting stretched as Mikey returns, this time with a new sister to cope with as well as bickering parents. The adult stuff didnít always work in the first film, but it is struggling here, and to cap it all off, almost every object has a voice, including Mel Brooks as a toilet. Letís not forget Rosanne Barr is the voice of Mikeyís sister. Oh brother!

THE MUMMY RETURNS 9pm ITV2
Sequel to the smash hit The Mummy, with Brandon Fraser and Rachel Weisz returning to battle the evil Mummy that has been brought back to life again after discovering a mysterious bracelet. Added to the mix is wrestling star The Rock in his movie debut as The Scorpion King, but the special effects are laughable at the end and this isnít a patch on the original.

SPEED 2: CRUISE CONTROL
9pm E4
See Sunday for review

THE FULL MONTY 9pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Hughly successful British comedy with Robert Carlyle as an out-of-work man who, along with his recently unemployed friends, decide to make a quick buck by forming a male stripping team. Plenty to enjoy here, from the now classic dole queue scene to the auditions to the final routine. An din between there's laugher and tears as the gang realise the difficulties they will face. A real feel good experience and a decent hoot too.

SERENITY 10.35pm ITV4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Monday for review

ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST 10.45pm Film4 *FILM OF THE WEEK*
Sergio Leone's outstanding spaghetti western with Charles Bronson as a mysterious stranger who joins up with a killer to help protect a beautiful widow from the cluches of an assassin. As usual, the atmosphere is superb, with Leone capturing the epic with style and effortless, and using a story by Dario Argento and Bernardo Bertolucci, this is up there with the best westerns around. A magnificent triumph.

THE SINGING DETECTIVE 11.30pm BBC1
Big screen version of Dennis Potter's hit TV drama, with Robert Downey Jr as the writer who finds his real life and fantasy world collide as he lies in a hospital bed, re-working his first detective in his head. The cast is full of energy as musical numbers mix in with the complex drama, and Mel Gibson dons a half-bald head, but it lacks the punch that Potter's original had, and it turns into a drag.

AMERICAN PIE 11.30pm ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday for review

FROM DUSK TILL DAWN
11.40pm Channel 4 *RECOMMENDED*
George Clooney and Quentin Tarentino play violent robbers who head towards the Mexican border with a kidnapped family en-tow. However, waiting for a meet in a sleazy bar turns into a living nightmare when the clients show their true colours. A vibrant, gory, funny mix of Tarentinoís bad guy movies and vampire horror. The blood and guts flow freely in this imaginative if somewhat silly movie.

NEVER DIE ALONE 2.05am Film4
A drug lord is executed and a journalist discovers a tape which explains the life and turbulent times of a man who believes he will eventually be killed. This could have been an excellent crime thriller had it not been for the poor direction and the script that is full of clichťs. DMX plays the drug lord and his story is told in flashbacks, but its David Arquette as the journalist who seems out of place. Director Ernest R. Dickerson has missed a good opportunity here.


WEDNESDAY 7TH JANUARY

THE SEA CHASE 10.45am More4
If ever there was a worse piece of casting, this has got to be it. John Wayne plays a German freighter captain. Thatís right, Wayne as the enemy! In a simple story as the Duke has to try and get his ship through a collection of Allied warships. Itís as simple as that, but even if watching Wayne as a German is a stretch, this is surprisingly entertaining.

A KISS BEFORE DYING 11am BBC2
Robert Wagner is nicely sinister in this tale of a college student who plans to marry a daughter of a wealthy mining baron, so he can inherit his money, but when she becomes pregnant, he plots her suicide, and then her sister arrives on the scene. This B-movie film noir from the 50s is a solid thriller that moves along nicely with Wagnerís central role holding the film together well.

WARLOCK 12.45pm Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Cracking western drama in which the town of Warlock is attacked by a gang of crooks, and so they hire gunslighter Henry Fonda to come and be their marshall, but by bring along a gambler (Richard Widmark) have the town made the right decision? Edward Dmytryk's film is rich with story and the action is handled well, while the leads are as reliably good as ever. A strong western adventure.

LOVE HAPPY 1pm Film4
The last Marx Brothers movie is mainly a vehicle for Harpo, although having the banter of Chico and Groucho in lesser positions doesnít help the film. A group of young stars want to put on a Broadway show, but have little money, so with Harpo stealing them food, they can continue. Unbeknown to them, they have a famous jewel in a can of fish. The gags donít come thick and fast and it loses its way several times. And donít get too excited about Marilyn Monroe being in it, itís only a small cameo role. Disappointing.

THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO 2.40pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
A thief must rescue a beautiful woman from an evil Count in order to find the secret of some hidden treasure. Ever since Spirited Away, the work of Hayao Miyazaki has been praised by all. This 1979 piece may not have the visual creativeness of his more recent films, but it is still worth catching if you are are fan and if you are not, then be amazed at the quality of the animation.

CARRY ON COWBOY
3.25pm ITV3
See Sunday for review

THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS 4.45pm Film4
Pointless and action less remake of the Hitchcock classic, with Kenneth More stepping into the role of Richard Hannay, a man who is accused of murder and must prove his innocence as well as breaking a spy ring. While More is fine, the rest of this version is badly made, with poor direction and lack of suspense. A waste of time.

MUSIC OF THE HEART 6.45pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
A curious one this, as this routine tale of a schoolteacher determined to teach the violin to students in a poor part of Harlem has two things that make it more interesting than it should be. Firstly, Meryl Streep plays the teacher, and gives another perfect performance, as she battles the authorities who believes she will fail, and secondly, this gentle drama is directed by horror master Wes Craven. Yes, THAT Wes Craven, and a pretty good job he does too.

LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER 8pm BBC3
Angelina Jolie manages to fill the computer game character nicely in this Indiana Jones-style adventure, but the film itself is a disaster, as she  searches for two pieces of a secret device before an evil team get their hands on it to take power over the world. The stunts are good but the plot isnít. Still itís not as bad as the sequel.

MURDER AT 1600 9pm five
Set in the background of the White House, Wesley Snipes stars as a cop sent to investigate the murder of a young woman in the toilets of the Presidental home, but finds the case is being hampered by the Secret Service, while a major incident is occuring on the world stage. A better than average thriller that shouldn't be looked upon as an action thriller, more a political drama, with a solid cast and a reasonable script.

TOP GUN 9pm ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
Tom Cruise stars as a cocky pilot who is accepted into an elite air combat training programme where he breaks all the rules, battles with his instructors and fellow pilot Val Kilmer and falling for teacher kelly McGillis. Tony Scott directs the flying scenes superbly while things are a little stale when they hit the ground, but it is still one of the more popular films of the 80s, and shot Cruise to superstardom.

VAN WILDER: PARTY LIAISON
9pm E4
See Monday for review

INDEPENDENCE DAY 9pm Film4
See Sunday for review

THE SHADOW 10pm ITV4
See Sunday for review

THE DESCENT
11.05pm Channel 4 *RECOMMENDED*
Five women go on a nice, gentle pot-holing holiday, only to find that once they are inside the deep caves, that they are far from alone. Neil Marshall's follow-up to Dog Soldiers is an out and out shock-fest, as the girls battle with the unknown monster. Gore galore but also a real sense of terror and plenty of shocks to keep even the harden horror fans very happy. Much better than expected.

ANOTHER STAKEOUT 11.25pm BBC1
Fans of the original 1987 cop comedy maybe disappointed in this sequel, in which Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez return as the bickering police officers, this time staking out a witness for a mob trial, but are joined by DA Rosie O'Donnell. The banter isn't as fresh as the first film and even director John Badham struggles to bring life to this routine policer.

SAW II
11.45pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday for review

BOWFINGER 11.50pm ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Steve Martin wrote and starred alongside Eddie Murphy in this hilarious Hollywood satire, as a low-rate director dreams of success when he goes after a paranoid Hollywood star for his new movie. The best film the two leads have appeared in for many a year, and a joy from start to finish.

BARB WIRE 12.10am ITV4
Pamela Anderson's short-lived movie career was given an almost boost with this trashy futuristic nonsense based on a comic book. Pammie plays the title character, a tough, no-nonsense bar owner/mercenary who gets involved in the second US Civil War and a plan to smuggle contact lenses (?) Absolute tripe of the highest order that belongs in the bottom of the bargain bins at garages.

IF... 1.30am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Lindsay Anderson's anti-establishment drama with Malcolm McDowell as a young public schoolboy who decides to go against the grain and start a revolution within the confines of old English education. Anderson uses different styles of filmmaking to convey the episodic storyline, leading to the actual revolution. A true great of British cinema, it might not tickle the fancy of some, but you cannot ignore the class of a truly classic satire.

THE DIVORCE OF LADY X 3.35am Channel 4
Romantic comedy with Merle Oberon as a woman who persuades divorce lawyer Laurence Olivier to let him share his hotel suite with her during a heavy foggy night. Thinking that she is divorcing soon, Olivier's hopes of winning her over are high, but he doesn't know the full story. A nice little movie that does suffer from being slightly dated now but its passes the time nicely and doesn't set out to offend or shock. Pleasant.


THURSDAY 8TH JANUARY

MOVE OVER, DARLING
10.45am More4
Dated but entertaining comedy with James Garner as a man whose wife has been missing for five years, believed dead. Wanting to move on with his life, he declares her dead, and wants to marry a new woman in his life. But then his old wife re-appears. Doris Day plays the missing woman in this nicely played love triangle comedy, and even if the sentiment is a little old fashioned, its still perfect afternoon fodder.

HIS MAJESTY O'KEEFE 11am BBC2
An American sea captain becomes stranded on an island after a mutiny. Ever resourceful, he decides to reap the financial benefits from the island's product, only a German company have the rights. Enjoyable swashbuckling adventure with Burt Lancaster in the lead. Fine afternoon fodder.

THE THIEF 1pm Film4
Now here's an interesting concept. A film noir in which Ray Milland plays a nuclear physicist who spies for an unnamed country. It may not sound that different, but what makes this stand out is teh fact that there is not a single piece of dialogue. the whole thing is done with expressions and gestures, and while it is interesting for a few minutes, it becomes dull very quickly and you find yourself in a very slow thriller indeed.

FLAME OF THE BARBARY COAST 2.45pm Film4
Western adventure with John Wayne as a man who finds himself losing money to a gambler, so determined to get it back, he learns to play and returns to San Francisco where he seeks his revenge, while falling for the gambler's girl. Nothing too new here, except an unexpected moment which gives the film an added dimension, but apart from that, routine stuff.

CARRY ON SCREAMING
2.50pm ITV3
See Sunday for review

BATTLE OF THE RIVER PLATE
4.35pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday for review

EXPLORERS 6.50pm Film4
See Sunday for review

LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER - THE CRADLE OF LIFE
8pm BBC3
Angelina Jolie returns as the computer game character in a woefully bad sequel, this time with the adventress going after Pandoraís Box. So how can this be so bad? The script is laughable and Jan De Bont, who did such a great job with Speed, looks like a man who has never directed an action film before. Jolie, who looks terrific, seems to be sleepwalking her way through this. Teenage boys will probably enjoy this but other will struggle.

TIGHTROPE 9pm five *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Clint Eastwood at his darkest, playing a cop who has had an unhappy marriage, but has daughters to look after, and finds satisfaction with prostitutes, until a series of bizarre murders occur and he finds himself a possible suspect. Set in the seedy side of New Orleans, this is a first rate thriller that owes less to Dirty Harry. Wordy more than action-packed, this is a tense and suspenseful movie and one of Eastwood's most undervalued films.

BOWFINGER 9pm ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Wednesday for review

EQUILIBRIUM
9pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Underrated futuristic drama set in a time where man is no longer allowed to have feelings and emotions, and a law enforcer who finds himself turning his back on the whole idea. Slightly imperfect, this, however, does add an intelligent edge to a well-worn genre, and with a strong cast including Christian Bale and Emily Watson, it has an air of class about it, and is far more enjoyable than the two Matrix sequels.

XXX: THE NEXT LEVEL 9pm Five US
A military splinter group are planning to take over Washington D.C, and its up to Samuel L. Jackson to recruit a brand new XXX to save the United States, and so enters Ice Cube. While the first film was stupid fun, this is just plain stupid. Cube doesn't look like an action hero, and while the stunts are spectaular, you are expected to stretch belief all the way through. Directed by Die Another Day's Lee Tamahori, he does another bodged job here like he did with Bond.

RED DAWN
9pm Virgin 1
Gung-ho action film from John Milius, in which a group of teenagers from a small American town become freedom fighters when the Russians arrive and declare war on the United States. Patrick Swazye and Charlie Sheen star in this dated action film that will have most people reaching for the remote when they realize that this is a Pro-America, Anti-Soviet propaganda piece, with some seriously dodgy acting.

BARB WIRE 10pm ITV4
See Wednesday for review

PROOF OF LIFE
10.35pm BBC1 *RECOMMENDED*
Interesting action thriller with Meg Ryan as a woman desperate to get her husband back from anti-government guerillas in South America, and so hires a professional negotiator to help her, but it becomes far more complex than they even expected. Russel Crowe also stars in this exciting film from Taylor Hackford, and while it's not perfect, it still grips like a vice.

48 HRS 11pm ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Walter Hillís terrific buddy movie has harden cop Nick Nolte having to work with wise cracking convict Eddie Murphy, as they go after a killer who has Notleís gun. The two banter and argue throughout, and it is this hate-hate relationship that stop this from becoming routine. Top notch stuff.

THANK YOU FOR SMOKING 11pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Aaron Eckhart is perfectly smarmy as a smooth talking spokesman for the tobacco industry who is willing to stab anyone in the back of his convictions. With a terrific supporting cast, this is a witty and biting satire that takes swipes at everything that is unholy in America, but the film belongs to Eckhart who holds the whole thing together with style and great comic timing.

SCORCHER 11pm Five US
Itís silly hour, as a nuclear accident causes a problem in the earthís atmosphere and thus it will be destroyed unless a team of scientists cannot come up with a solution to the problem. Another cheap disaster movie with Mark Dacascos as the lead (you know youíre in zero budget territory when he appears). Not as painful as it could have been, but hardly going to shake the world (see what I did there?)

WOLF CREEK 11.10pm Channel 4 *RECOMMENDED*
Three friends, hiking through an Australian National Park find that their car wonít start. Along comes a friendly local bushman who offers to help them. What the trio donít know, is the bushman isnít that friendly, and this is the start of a truly horrific nightmare. Shocking and terrifying horror movie that manages to make a routine plotline seem fresh and original. Definitely not one for the faint-hearted.

FREEZE FRAME 11.40pm ITV1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
A man who is totally paranoid after being accused of murdering his mother and her twin duaghters, films himself constantly in case he is accused again, but when the police accuse him of another murder, the tape that can prove his innocence has disappeared. This chilling thriller is made even more remarkable by the superb performance from funny man Lee Evans, showing his capability as an actor. His performance alone is worth the watch, but the film as a whole is brilliantly handled.

THE PUFFY CHAIR 12.45am Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Wrongly ignored independant comedy in which a young man and his girlfriend travel to pick up an old comfy chair for his father, and with his slightly insane brother on tow, the three go on a series of mad misadventures thatw ill bring them closer together. Funny, sweet-natured, and in places quite moving, this is a joy from start to finish and a film that deserves more attention than it got.

DANCE PARTY, USA 2.30am Film4
Very low budget drama about two teenagers who have no aim in life, until they meet each other and they share their dark past lives with each other. There is a certain amount of amateurist feel about this film that does get under the skin. The acting isn't brilliant, and even if the film makers intentions are there, it is a diffcult film to really enjoy.


FRIDAY 9TH JANUARY

UP PERISCOPE 10.45am More4
Underwater drama with James Garner as a navy man who has been given the opportunity to be involved in a secret operation as a frogman, spying on the Japanese, but his personal life may affect the mission. Garner is always good value and this is an exciting and decent drama that goes down a very different route to other wartime movies. Might be worth a look.

TALL IN THE SADDLE 11.05am BBC2
John Wayne stars as a stranger who arrives in a small town to help out on a ranch, only to find the owner has been murdered, the townsfolk at each other's throats and a mystery to be solved as to who killed the rancher. A decent western adventure with a whodunnit twist. Low budget but perfect afternoon fodder.

LET'S MAKE LOVE 12.50pm Channel 4
A billionaire learns that his story is to be turned into a musical so one day he goes to see rehearsals and falls for the leading lady, wanting to join the show playing himself so he can be with her. Marilyn Monroe sizzles as the lead with Yves Montand as the billionaire, but it lacks any real fire and passion, even with Monroe on fire. Charming, yes, but could have been so much more passionate.

THE RED PONY 1pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
A touching tale based on a novel by John Steinbeck, with Myrna Loy as the mother of a young boy, who dreams of owning a pony. When his father returns, he has to make a decision, and learn about life when he is given his own pony. Directed by Lewis Milestone, this is a good family drama that maybe deserves a little attention.

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS 2pm Five US
See Sunday for review

ONLY THE VALIANT 2.45pm Film4
Cavalry western with Gregory Peck as a captain, who has to take a small group of misfits to a mountain fort, where they have to protect the pass from an imminent Indian attack, but the men don't exactly like their captain. A reasonably enjoyable western which isn't ground-breaking but passes the time.

CARRY ON CLEO 3.30pm ITV3 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Sunday for review

BIG TOP PEE-WEE 4.55pm Film4
See Monday for review

THE PARENT TRAP 6.35pm Film4
Disney remake of a Disney classic with Lindsay Lohan in the days before drink and drugs and scandal, playing identical twins who live very separate and different lives after their parents divorced, but when a fluke meeting at Summer Camp triggers off a plot to get their parents back together. Undemanding and surprisingly entertaining, with a good performance from the young Lohan. Slightly vomit inducing in places but on the whole, fine.

ANNE FRANK REMEMBERED 7.30pm BBC4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Superb Oscar winning documentary in which previously unseen archive footage is mixed with interviews to build an almost perfect picture of the the truly incredible tale of the young girl whose diary has captured the hearts of millions. Kenneth Branagh narrates this incredible film that will make you want to read teh book again and again. Amazing.

48 HRS 9pm ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Thursday for review

THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY 9pm More4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Anthony Minghella's richly beautiful thriller with Matt Damon as a the title character, a man who is sent to Italy to bring home a wealthy playboy, but as Ripley gets to know the man and his wife, he decides that he would like the lifestyle that he is living. Complex but fascinating, this is a cracking thriller with good performances from Damon, Gwyenth Paltrow and a breakthrough one from Jude Law. Intriguing and intelligent.

THE UNTOUCHABLES 9pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday for review

TRAINSPOTTING 11.25pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Danny Boyle's visually exciting adaptation of Irvin Walsh's extreme novel about the lives of a group of Scottish junkies. Ewan McGregor leads the cast of this hip, cult gem, and a near perfect movie experience it is too. It doesn't hold back on the shocks while there is a raw sense of humour running through it. The soundtrack is terrific and the performances work. Probably Boyle's best work to date, and a perfect examination of the drug culture in the 90s.

THE PAPER 11.35pm ITV1 *RECOMMENDED*
Michael Keaton stars as a newspaper editor who has to decide whether to take a better job offer, until a hot new story arrives, and he has to make a massive decision. A solid cast including Glenn Close and Robert Duval star in this likeable Ron Howard drama that tries to tells us more about the paper life, but should be taken as just a piece of entertainment.

RUTHLESS PEOPLE 11.55pm BBC1
Hilarious black comedy from Jim Abrahams and the Zuckers, with Judge Reinhold and Helen Slater as a loving couple who kidnap loud-mouth millionaireís wife Bette Midler. Unfortunately, her husband, Danny De Vito, doesnít want her back. A little silly at the end, this is an enjoyable, funny comedy that deserves more recognition than it has received.

TOP GUN 12.05am ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
See Wednesday for review

I AM CUBA
1.15am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
An incredible movie that for most of its life had been hidden from Western eyes, a four story examination of how communism works, and produced by the Soviet Union and Cuba. most of the time wordless, and filmed in long shot, this is a remarkable piece of cinematic history that lets us see a very different lifestyle, and how Cuba really was in the 1960s.

ON THE EDGE 1.35am ITV1
Irish drama following a group of suicidal patients at a treatment centre who are given the opportunity of a new lease of life when they start discovering themselves and the common bonds between themselves. A moving and well played tale with a solid cast including Cillian Murphy. Itís a little crazy in places, but it does have some life-affirming moments.

CHERPS 3.10am BBC2
Small scale British romantic comedy in which a man who enjoys bouncing from one woman to another must make a decision to choose one woman and to give up his life of being a cherp (a player). With its heart in the right place, this tries its best to be an entertaining rom-com, but the acting isn't that brilliant, and it does suffer because of that. A pity, as it has so much promise.



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Not a classic week for new films (Final Destination 3, Scary Movie 4, Volver) but plenty of classics to enjoy, including the film of the week, Roman Polanski's terrifying 60s horror.

Enjoy!

SATURDAY 10TH JANUARY


THE 5000 FINGERS OF DT T 11.30am five *RECOMMENDED*
If you are a fan of Dr Seuss, then you cannot afford to miss this bizarre yet fascinating family film, which he co-wrote, about a mad piano teacher who enslaves 500 boys and forces them to play the musical instrument, and its left for one boy to save them. Visually amazing and with a tale that will make the more intelligent of child interested, this is one worth checking out.

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS 12noon Five US *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
An outstanding historical drama with a performance that will blow you away. Paul Scofield is incredible as Sir Thomas More, the man who stood up to Henry VIII when he rejected the Roman Catholic Church so he could divorce. Robert Shaw is perfect as the King, but along with Robert Bolt's outstanding script and Fred Zinnermann's pitch perfect direction, this is one of teh best historical dramas, and Scofield should have been a much bigger star than he was. Still this is his finest hour.

BEETHOVEN'S 4TH 12.30pm ITV1
The giant St Bernard is back in this lame DTV adventure in which he suddenly becomes obedient and no one can understand why, until its discovered that there has been a swop, and the real Beethoven is now living in a rich household. This Prince and the Pauper variation will test the patience of anyone who liked the original movies, and Judge Reinhold is no replacement from the manic Charles Grodin.

SMALL TIME CROOKS 1pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Using a pizza store as a cover for a bank robbery, a clumsy crook and his wife find success in their new business and start mixing with a new level of wealthy people. Woody Allen almost returns to comedic form with this nice idea of a movie. However, it lacks the comic punch that we expected from the likes of Love And Death. Funny, but not hilarious. Still better than most comedies, though.

THE MARK OF ZORRO 2.10pm More4 *RECOMMENDED*
Tyrone Power dons the black mask as the legendary Zorro in this swashbuckling adventure. Returning home from Spain, the son of a Californian nobleman discovers his land has been taken over by a dictator. Swords go a-flying in this terrifically old-fashioned movie, with a decent villain in the form of Basil Rathbone.

OVERBOARD 2.20pm ITV1
Comedy with Goldie Hawn as a rich bitch who pushed overboard her boat by her inheritance hungry husband, and she loses her memory, only to be adopted as the wife to blue collar worker Kurt Russell and his clan, but how long before she starts remembering who she really is. Pleasant enough time waster, with Hawn toning down the kookiness and enjoying the chance to play two very different sides to her character. Plenty to like but instantly forgettable.

THE RED BERET 2.20pm five
Alan Ladd stars in this British wartime drama, playing a Canadian who volunteers for a paratroop mission on a raid of a German radar station, but when the commanding officer is wounded, the men turn to Ladd to lead them to safety. A reasonable war drama with elements of a ownís own adventure, but there are a lot better out there.

THE CASSANDRA CROSSING
2.50pm Film4
All-star cast in an unusual slant to the disaster movies of the 70s. A train heading through Europe becomes inhabited with a deadly virus, but what will the passengers do, as they find themselves quarantined on board. While the premise is interesting, the film is delivered in a lacklustre way and the interest does start to wane. Sophia Loren and Richard Harris lead the cast.

BLOOD ALLEY 4.05pm five *RECOMMENDED*
Action adventure with John Wayne as a marine captain who is rescued from the Chinese army by a village, who need his help to transport them to Hong Kong on an ancient paddle steamer. Lauren Bacall provides the eye candy in a solid piece of entertainment with some good action scenes and a good script. Good afternoon fare.

THE PRODUCERS 4.25pm Fiver
Lavish film version of the hit Broadway musical based on Mel Brooksí hit comedy film. Nathan Lane plays the devious theatrical producer who, with mild mannered accountant Matthew Broderick, decide to put on the biggest flop on Broadway. Itís bright and breezy and bundles of fun but lacks the real punch of the original, even if Lane and Broderick excel in their roles. Entertaining but best to stick with Mostel and Wilder.

NANNY MCPHEE 4.55pm ITV1 *RECOMMENDED*
A darker Mary Poppins style comedy written and starring Emma Thompson. Colin Firth plays a widower with seven unruly children, who are so badly behaved that he cannot keep a nanny, until he hired Nanny McPhee, a strange looking woman with magical powers. The things that makes this charming family film work is Thompson delightful script and a sense that it never talks down to its audience. A wonderful little film with plenty to enjoy.

THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS 5.20pm Film4
Pointless and action less remake of the Hitchcock classic, with Kenneth More stepping into the role of Richard Hannay, a man who is accused of murder and must prove his innocence as well as breaking a spy ring. While More is fine, the rest of this version is badly made, with poor direction and lack of suspense. A waste of time.

THE MUMMY
5.25pm ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Stephen Sommersí brings a sense of Indiana Jones to this homage to the Universal horror of the 1930, with Brandon Fraser as the smooth adventurer who helps librarian Rachel Weisz find a hidden tomb of an Egyptian mummy, not knowing the consequences if he becomes free. Great special effects and a fast paced action movie that is just plain fun. Shame the sequel wasnít as good.

MISSION TO MARS
5.55pm ITV4
Brian De Palma goes all sci-fi with this drab tale of the first manned mission to Mars that goes wrong, and the team who are sent to investigate and to try and find survivors. Released at the same time as Red Planet, this big budget movie fails to ignite, and leaves the viewer empty. Gary Sinse and Tim Robbins star.

BRANNIGAN 6.15pm five
John Wayne comes to London in this violent cop thriller in which he plays a Chicago cop who comes to collect a prisoner, but finds his victim kidnapped, and so starts to track him down. Richard Attenborough brings a sense of fun as the stiff commander, but this is routine stuff which tries to be Dirty Harry but Wayne is already far too old for the role.

ELF 7.10pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Will Ferrell shines in this likeable Christmas story of a human who was raised as an elf, but heads to the big city to find his real father, publisher James Caan, with chaos leading all the way as the giant elf tries to come to terms with life in the big city. We've been here loads of times before and yet you cannot help but laugh at the exploits of Ferrell. It does get a little sloppy by the end, but you cannot help but smile throughout, giving you a warm feeling inside.

LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER
8.45pm BBC3
Angelina Jolie manages to fill the computer game character nicely in this Indiana Jones-style adventure, but the film itself is a disaster, as she  searches for two pieces of a secret device before an evil team get their hands on it to take power over the world. The stunts are good but the plot isnít. Still itís not as bad as the sequel.

AMERICAN PIE 2 9pm ITV2
The guys from the first movie are back, and decide to have a break before university comes calling, so off to the beach they go to hold the party of all parties. Those who enjoyed the first film will find almost the same stuff in this sequel, with low-brow, toilet humour, and familiarity of the characters making it a less enjoyable journey. Eugene Levy's brief appearance is still a high-point.

THE FULL MONTY 9pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Hughly successful British comedy with Robert Carlyle as an out-of-work man who, along with his recently unemployed friends, decide to make a quick buck by forming a male stripping team. Plenty to enjoy here, from the now classic dole queue scene to the auditions to the final routine. An din between there's laugher and tears as the gang realise the difficulties they will face. A real feel good experience and a decent hoot too.

SPACEHUNTER: ADVENTURES IN THE FORBIDDEN ZONE 9pm Five US
Campy 80s sci-fi nonsense about a group of women who are captured on a mysterious planet by a ruling man, and it is up to an adventurer and a young girl to try and rescue them. Originally filmed in 3-D, this B-movie production has low production values, and yet is just fun. Peter Strauss and a young Molly Ringwald star, and if you can ignore the dodgy sets, script, acting, direction...in fact everything, you'll have a good time.

WILD BILL 9pm Virgin 1
Forgotten western from Walter Hill, following the final days of the legendary lawman. Jeff Bridges stars as Bill, a man haunted by his past, and his love for Calamity Jane, but with poor eyesight and a fondness for opium, he becomes the easy target for a man out for revenge. Stylish in looks but inaccurate in history, Bridges is always a watchable lead, and with good support from a solid cast, this is a much better fare than most modern westerns.

THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH 9.30pm ITV1 *RECOMMENDED*
The third Pierce Brosnan Bond film has the agent playing bodyguard to an oil baronĎs daughter when a threat of a kidnapping plot becomes apparent. While the plot is a little more ludicrous than most, the action level is still high and Brosnanís charisma carries the film. Robert Carlyle is the baddie and the glamour is supplied by Sophie Moreau and Denise Richards as a scientist??? Go figure.

FINAL DESTINATION 3 10.05pm Channel 4
The spooky series starts to slow down a little with this third outing, this time a girl cheats death on board a rollercoaster ride, and, of course, the survivors she drags off the ride all become immediate targets for death. The invention of their demises are still the interesting thing, but after three times out, it's starting to run a little thin.

ROSEMARY'S BABY
10.45pm Film4 *FILM OF THE WEEK*
Roman Polanski's superb horror with Mia Farrow as a young girl who moves into a new apartment with husband John Cassavetes, and find the neighbours are payng a little too much attention on her, especially when she becomes mysteriously pregnant. Polanski piles on the tension until it becomes almost unbearable, while Farrow is perfect as the naive girl caught in the middle of the strange behaviour of others. A cracker of the 60s and still as scary as it was then.

ONE FALSE MOVE 10.45pm Five US *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Simplistic yet impressive thriller with Bill Paxton as a small-time cop who decides to take on a gang of criminals on their way through his town after going on a crime spree in LA, but finding himself way out of his depth. Billy Bob Thornton (who also co-wrote the script) also stars in this tense movie which is well handled by newcomer Carl Franklin. Excellent.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE II
11pm ITV2
Tom Cruise returns in this disappointing sequel to Brian De Palma's original. John Woo takes the director's reins and throws in his trademarks, but the plot, involving a virus that kills in 24 hours, and Cruise having to go after a renegade agent, is fairly empty, while the slow-motion scenes are sometimes silly and pretentious. A massively missed opportunity.

SNOW CAKE
11.10pm BBC2 *RECOMMENDED*
Small scale drama with Alan Rickman as a man who is having trouble shaking the memories of a car accident that has traumatised his life, who starts an unlikely friendship with an autistic woman, who begins to show him that there is life after tragedy. Sigourney Weaver does a great job as the autistic woman, while rickman gives another pitch perfect performance. A moving drama and nicely handled by Marc Evans, who previously made My Little Eye and Trauma.

REMEMBER THE TITANS 11.35pm BBC1
A fairly enjoyable American football story about an Afro-American coach that is appointed by a racial charged  town where the high school had only just allowed blacks to integrate with white students. Denzel Washington plays the coach as he faces the troubles of the town, and while the clichťs creep in, this does make for a fascinating drama.

TADPOLE
1am BBC2 *RECOMMENDED*
Coming of age comedy with Aaron Stanford as a 15 year old boy who has a knack of having older women throwing themselves at him, due to his sophisticated ways. He then confides in a friend that he is after his true love...his stepmother. Filmed on digital camera, this is a likeable updating of The Graduate with a solid cast including Sigourney Weaver and Bebe Neuwirth. Not high on production values, but that helps with its charm.

I AM CUBA: THE SIBERIAN MAMMOTH
1.25am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
A complimentary documentary examining the making and the effects of the Communist propaganda film I Am Cuba. And if you saw the original film, then you must see how the changes in Cuba since the 1960s has affected the film's attitude. Wonderful.

THE MYSTIC MASSEUR 2
.10am BBC2
Ismail Merchant steps behind the camera for this tale of a young man in the 50s, who leaves his teaching studies to join his father in a small village and learn the art of being a masseur, only for people to believe his has mystical powers. A reasonable film which looks great, as you would expect from Merchant, but the story is a little too thin to keep the attention.


SUNDAY 11TH JANUARY

THE MUMMY RETURNS 12.30pm ITV2
Sequel to the smash hit The Mummy, with Brandon Fraser and Rachel Weisz returning to battle the evil Mummy that has been brought back to life again after discovering a mysterious bracelet. Added to the mix is wrestling star The Rock in his movie debut as The Scorpion King, but the special effects are laughable at the end and this isnít a patch on the original.

BIG FAT LIAR 1pm ITV1
Surprisingly enjoyable children's film in which Frankie Muniz plays a high school kid who is picked up by hot-shot producer Paul Giamatti and loses an essay which is kept by the film maker, and then steals it and claims it his own. Wanting the credit and dragging friend Amanda Bynes to Hollywood, they create havoc for Giamatti. So it's hardly the most imaginative of storylines, but the energy and fun coming from the cast make it better than you would have thought.

ELF 1pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday for review

THE UNFORGIVEN 2pm Virgin 1
John Hustonís racial western with Burt Lancaster as the eldest brother of a family who have been living their lives peacefully until new neighbours arrive and accuse the family of stealing the daughter from Indians. Audrey Hepburn plays the daughter, and while this is a well played piece, it does drag its feet and comes across a little contrived in places.  Still there is plenty to enjoy, just could have been so much better.

THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS 2.40pm ITV1
Michael J. Fox stars as a bright young man who gets a job in a major company, only to find he could rise through the ranks faster than most when he becomes involved with the boss' wife. Agreeable yuppie farce helped by Fox's charisma and charm.

THE HARDER THEY FALL 2.50pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Boxing drama with Humphrey Bogart as a down-on-his-luck sportswriter who is hired by a ruthless boxing promoter to help promote his new find, an Argentinean with a light punch and glass jaw, but needs him to make a star to fight the big fights.  Interesting fight film with Bogart, in his last role, and Rod Steiger on good form. A realistic, dark film noir that is worth your time and effort.

THE HORSE WHISPERER 3.20pm BBC1
A mother takes her daughter and injured horse to a whisperer, in order to give them both strength after an accident, but finds herself falling for the man. Robert Redford stars and directs this beautifully shot piece, that does benefit from some of the best cinematography around, and yet the movie itself is as dull as dish water. Kristen Scott-Thomas is the mother, but he film is too long and the romance is slow and uninvolving. Worth watching for the shots of Montana, however.

FIRECREEK 3.30pm five
Good old-fashioned western adventure with James Stewart as a popular sheriff in a small town, who must face up to baddie Henry Fonda, as he comes to town to threaten the locals. All the right ingredients are here, including the casting of the veterans, who are always good value, and what we have is a western with no pretences.

MISSION TO MARS 4.20pm ITV4
See Saturday for review

PORCO ROSSO 4.55pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Studio Ghibli animation about a legendary pilot called Porco Rosso, who has the head of a pig, and whose mission in life to protect those who could be kidnapped by pirates of the skies, while having to deal with his own demons and a rival in both the air and on the ground. One of director Hayao Miyazaki's more honest and touching movies, still full of invention and great imagination, but with a heart as big as its hero. Marvellous.

KRULL
5.45pm five
Expensive flop from Peter Yates in which a handsome prince and a band of misfits must travel to save a princess from a gang of aliens who have kidnapped her. Made with a mainly British cast, the trouble is the film doesn't keep the attention as the pacing is rather slow, and the special effects aren't that particularly special. Nice to play spot the future star (Liam Neeson for example) but that's all it's really worth watching for.

NEVER BEEN KISSED 6.50pm Film4
Stupid romantic comedy with Drew Barrymore as a copy writer who gets the chance to go back to high school to report for a paper on the youth of today. Going undercover as a student, the 20 something gets the chance to make good of her own high school days when she was considered a geek. The most nonsensical thing is that no one blinks an eye when this older looking girl arrives. Unbelievable and very lame, even Barrymore struggles to keep it together.

LOOK WHO'S TALKING NOW
7pm BBC3
Oh dear Lord. A third is now taking the Mikey out of Mikey (see? Funnier than anything here). This time dogs do the talking as the kids are growing up. Overly sentimental tripe that should have been taken outside and shot!

MEN IN BLACK II 9pm five
Sequel to the smash hit with Will Smith now the top alien chaser, but when a new threat hits the earth, he needs the assistance of his old partner. Tommy Lee Jones is as dry as ever, and the teaming of the two leads is good, but the script is not. A sense of de ja vu occurs and there is nothing that original, hence the quirkiness of the first is missing from this. Still enjoyable, but not half as much as it could have been.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE II 9pm ITV2
See Saturday for review

EQUILIBRIUM 9pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Underrated futuristic drama set in a time where man is no longer allowed to have feelings and emotions, and a law enforcer who finds himself turning his back on the whole idea. Slightly imperfect, this, however, does add an intelligent edge to a well-worn genre, and with a strong cast including Christian Bale and Emily Watson, it has an air of class about it, and is far more enjoyable than the two Matrix sequels.

ON DEADLY GROUND 10.15pm ITV1
Steven Seagal stars and directs this eco-warrior adventure, playing an environmental officer who happens to be a martial arts expert, out to stop oil baron Michael Caine (donning oil-black hair) from destroying the landscape of Alaska. The irony is there are enough explosions here to destory most of the environment, and even with Caine aboard, it struggles to stay mildly exciting.

CAST AWAY
10.20pm BBC1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Who would have thought that a two hour plus movie in which we spend most of the time with Tom Hanks alone on a desert island would be so interesting, and yet it is, thanks to Hanks' superb performance. Playing a delivery man whose plane crashes and he is alone with only some parcels, he struggles to survive in Robert Zemeckis' modern-day Robinson Crusoe. Helen Hunt plays the wife waiting at home.

BLAZING SADDLES 10.45pm five *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Mel Brooks' superior western spoof in which a small town is in teh way of the railroad, so to get rid of the townsfolk, the Governor sends in a new black sheriff. Completely politically incorrect, this is a laugh riot from start to finish with Cleavton Little perfectly cast as the sheriff and Gene Wilder giving good support as The Waco Kid. Gags about black icons, racial tension and beans round a campfire. The ending goes completely off the rails, and yet it still manages to make you laugh. Along with Young Frankenstein, this is Brooks at his best.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST 11pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Sergio Leone's outstanding spaghetti western with Charles Bronson as a mysterious stranger who joins up with a killer to help protect a beautiful widow from the cluches of an assassin. As usual, the atmosphere is superb, with Leone capturing the epic with style and effortless, and using a story by Dario Argento and Bernardo Bertolucci, this is up there with the best westerns around. A magnificent triumph.

IN AND OUT
11.10pm Channel 4
An actor, during a speech at an awards ceremony, outs his drama teacher, causing a chain of events that shake up the small community that the teacher lives. An idea taken from Tom Hanks' Oscar speech for Philadephia, this starts off with plenty of promise but fails to live up to the start and heads down to stereotypes and cliches. Still Kevin Kline is good as the teacher and if you don't mind a slightly homophobic undertone, it's a passable comedy.

THE SAINT 11.25pm ITV2
The Saint will always be a much loved TV show with Roger Moore. This big screen version with Val Kilmer is far from loved. He steps into the shoes of master of disguise and international thief , and tries to help scientist Elizabeth Shue with protecting her invention from the Russians. Philip Noyce tries to give us the same level of excitement he managed with the Jack Ryam films, but Kilmer is too laid back and the plot to complex for anyone to enjoy. Best stick with dear old Roger.


MONDAY 12TH JANUARY

THE TRAIN ROBBERS 11.15am More4
Fairly mundane and routine cowboy movie with an aging John Wayne looking decidedly bored, as a man who is hired by widow Ann-Margret, to help track down gold that her husband stole, in order to clear her conscience. Lots of banter as they trek across the frontiers, and that's pretty much the sum total of the film. Nothing special whatsoever.

THE THIEF
1pm Film4
Now here's an interesting concept. A film noir in which Ray Milland plays a nuclear physicist who spies for an unnamed country. It may not sound that different, but what makes this stand out is teh fact that there is not a single piece of dialogue. the whole thing is done with expressions and gestures, and while it is interesting for a few minutes, it becomes dull very quickly and you find yourself in a very slow thriller indeed.

THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN 1.35pm Channel 4
Romantic comedy about three American girls working in Rome, who all wish they could find love by throwing coins in the Trevi Fountain, and having their wishes come true, but can the girls keep the men of their dreams? Nothing too heavy here, just a pleasant little love story for those who like to dream.

SEA OF SAND
2.45pm Film4
A cat and mouse wartime mission adventure with Richard Attenborough as part of a troop of soldiers who have to reach a German petrol dump to aid the North African campaign, but the Germans are one step ahead and chase them into the desert. An often forgotten British war drama that deserves higher recognition. The acting is good and the action scenes are well executed. A decent piece.

THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO 4.40pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
A thief must rescue a beautiful woman from an evil Count in order to find the secret of some hidden treasure. Ever since Spirited Away, the work of Hayao Miyazaki has been praised by all. This 1979 piece may not have the visual creativeness of his more recent films, but it is still worth catching if you are are fan and if you are not, then be amazed at the quality of the animation.

THE PERFECT CATCH
6.55pm Film4
Nick Hornby's hit novel Fever Pitch is given another screen outing, this time set in America and starring Jimmy Fallon as a man who meets and falls in love with workaholic Drew Barrymore, but she finds herself stuck in the middle of his love for her and the Boston Red Sox. The Farrelly Brothers avoid the sick humour for a romantic comedy that, while losing the more personal moments of Hornby's book, still has its moments of sweetness.

AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS 9pm E4
Disappointing comedy with John Cusack and Catherine Zeta Jones as Hollywoodís favourite couple, who have fallen out of love, and Billy Crystal as the producer who has to bring them together, with the help of Jonesí sister Julia Roberts, but love gets in the way. With this stella cast and a script co-written by Crystal, this should have been much funnier, but it becomes dull and uninteresting by the middle and you just donít care what happens.

THE SAINT 9pm ITV2
See Sunday for review

PATRIOT GAMES 9pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Harrison Ford steps into the shoes of Jack Ryan in this second adventure. While visiting London, Ryan manages to stop an IRA attack and inadvertently kills one of the member. The brother has nothing but revenge on his mind. A good, solid adventure film that leads to an exciting climax. Sean Bean also stars.

LITTLE BLACK BOOK 9pm Fiver
Dubious romantic comedy with Brittany Murphy as a TV producer who tries her best to get her boyfriend to talk about his exís, but to no avail, so gets hold of his personal organiser and starts tracking them down. A word of warning to those men who donít want their current partners to find out about their past, donít leave your organisers. Murphy is fine, but Iím not sure that this is morally correct.

THE DETONATOR 10pm five
There was a time when Wesley Snipes was looked upon as a big Hollywood name, and then the bubble burst and he landed DTV nonsense like this, playing a secret agent assigned to protecting a the widow to an accountant for the Mafia across Europe. Weíve been down this road so many times and even the action scenes looks tired and dull.

THE LAKE HOUSE 10.35pm BBC1
The re-teaming of Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock is not another higgh-octane action film but a fantastical romance about a woman who moves into a house by a lake and finds a letter from the previous owner and a relationship starts between the two, but she is two years ahead of him. If you can forget the ludricrous time-travel-style love story, it's quite a nicely put together piece, but the storyline is so mad, only the hopeless romantic will be fooled.

UNBREAKABLE 10.35pm ITV1
M. Night Shyamalan's follow-up to The Sixth Sense is a strange drama with Bruce Willis as a man who is the sole survivor of a train crash, and Samuel L. Jackson plays a comic book shop owner who befriends him as they try to understand what happened. Like The Sixth Sense there is a twist, but it's all a bit confusing to really be effective. The leads are good, as is the reliable Robin Wright Penn as Willis' wife, but it's all too clever for its own good.

DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE 11.05pm Channel 4
Disappointing thriller with John Travolta as a man who suspects his wife's new husband is not all he seems to be, and he tries to protect his son from the man. We've been here before in so many other movies that it is just a predictable journey that doesn't inspire anyone. One good thing, it is short.

Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN 11.15pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Masterful coming-of-age road movie, as two Mexican boys embark on a journey of discovery when they meet an older woman at a wedding, and the three head off to a beach, which the boys have created so they can entice the woman away. Dealing with friendship, relationships and sexual awareness, this is a beautifully shot, well acted drama that is full of warmth and so sexually charged, it almost sizzles. A delightful journey that doesn't treat the subject matter jokingly. Excellent stuff.

A FEW GOOD MEN 12.20am ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
Military courtroom drama with the big guns of Hollywood out on parade. Tom Cruise plays a cocky military lawyer investigating the events that led to a marine being murdered. Jack Nicholson plays the top brass with a strange idea on discipline, and Demi Moore plays Cruiseí sidekick. Based on a stage play, this does come across as a wordy piece but the cast get the chance to show their acting muscles and it does keep the attention, even if clichťs do start creeping in.

PERSONAL SERVICES 1.20am Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Pythonís Terry Jones directs this plucky, funny screen version of the life of a woman who runs a brothel, based on the real life experiences of notorious Cynthia Payne. Julie Walters plays the owner and gives a very funny performance, in a film that is both smart and entertaining, if a little rude.


TUESDAY 13TH JANUARY

THE SEA CHASE 10.45am More4
If ever there was a worse piece of casting, this has got to be it. John Wayne plays a German freighter captain. Thatís right, Wayne as the enemy! In a simple story as the Duke has to try and get his ship through a collection of Allied warships. Itís as simple as that, but even if watching Wayne as a German is a stretch, this is surprisingly entertaining.

LOVE HAPPY 1pm Film4
The last Marx Brothers movie is mainly a vehicle for Harpo, although having the banter of Chico and Groucho in lesser positions doesnít help the film. A group of young stars want to put on a Broadway show, but have little money, so with Harpo stealing them food, they can continue. Unbeknown to them, they have a famous jewel in a can of fish. The gags donít come thick and fast and it loses its way several times. And donít get too excited about Marilyn Monroe being in it, itís only a small cameo role. Disappointing.

HEAVEN CAN WAIT 1.20pm Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
An underrated comedy gem this. Ernst Lubitschís light entertainment with Don Ameche as a sophisticated man who finds himself at the gates of hell and has to prove that he is worthy of entering by recounting his life. A very different approach to the romantic comedy, it has more class than most films and more laughs than most modern comedies. Check it out!

FLAME OF THE BARBARY COAST 2.40pm Film4
Western adventure with John Wayne as a man who finds himself losing money to a gambler, so determined to get it back, he learns to play and returns to San Francisco where he seeks his revenge, while falling for the gambler's girl. Nothing too new here, except an unexpected moment which gives the film an added dimension, but apart from that, routine stuff.

THE GHOST AND MRS MUIR 4.20pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Strange romantic drama with Gene Tierney as a woman who moves into a new seaside home that is haunted. Unaffected by the spirit, she strikes up a relationship with him and they become friends. But when a man comes around to move in on Mrs. Muir, she and her ghost must come to terms with how they feel about each other. A charming romantic drama from Joseph L. Mankiewicz that has a nice mix of fantasy and romance.

THE PARENT TRAP 6.35pm Film4
Disney remake of a Disney classic with Lindsay Lohan in the days before drink and drugs and scandal, playing identical twins who live very separate and different lives after their parents divorced, but when a fluke meeting at Summer Camp triggers off a plot to get their parents back together. Undemanding and surprisingly entertaining, with a good performance from the young Lohan. Slightly vomit inducing in places but on the whole, fine.

LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER - THE CRADLE OF LIFE 8pm BBC3
Angelina Jolie returns as the computer game character in a woefully bad sequel, this time with the adventress going after Pandoraís Box. So how can this be so bad? The script is laughable and Jan De Bont, who did such a great job with Speed, looks like a man who has never directed an action film before. Jolie, who looks terrific, seems to be sleepwalking her way through this. Teenage boys will probably enjoy this but other will struggle.

A FEW GOOD MEN 9pm ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
See Monday for review

THANK YOU FOR SMOKING 9pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Aaron Eckhart is perfectly smarmy as a smooth talking spokesman for the tobacco industry who is willing to stab anyone in the back of his convictions. With a terrific supporting cast, this is a witty and biting satire that takes swipes at everything that is unholy in America, but the film belongs to Eckhart who holds the whole thing together with style and great comic timing.

GLADIATOR 9pm Five US
Not Ridley Scottís epic but a film about underground boxing, and the two young men trapped in this world; one doing it to get out of the ghetto, the other to save his father from gambling debts. This works fine as a boxing film, but the serious storyline doesnít quite cut it. James Marshall and Cuba Gooding Jr star.

METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER 10pm More4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Interesting documentary following rock legend Metallica as they prepare for a tour. What makes this so different from any others of the genre is that we really get a warts and all look at a band struggling to hold it together, as they deal with their own personal problems. Fans of rock and the music industry will love it.

JAWS 10.25pm ITV4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
The big daddy of blockbuster movies. Steven Spielbergís terrific tense thriller that is a movie of two halves. The first is the shocks and rollercoaster ride which made the movie famous, as a small seaside town comes under attack from a killer shark, and yet the mayor doesnít want it to spoil the townís celebrations, while the second half is the trip for the three very different men as they go hunting. Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw are in blinding form as they bond and fight to get their one goal. Just brilliant from start to finish, this is a true, true classic.

MOMENTO 10.45pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Excellent and incredibly clever thriller from Christopher Nolan, with Guy Pearce as a man who has no short term memory, and who must put together the pieces to a murder. The film is shown in reverse, and starts with the crime, and leads to a surprising conclusion. Mind-blowing, amazing stuff.

DEAD POETS SOCIETY 11.15pm BBC1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Popular drama set in a boarding school for boys and how these young men find a forgotten society where they read poetry by classic poets. Robin Williams goes serious as the teacher that influences the boys into seizing the day, but its going to turn the school upside-down. Peter Weirís drama is beautifully shot and oozes class from every pore. You will be hooked.

THE GRUDGE 11.50pm ITV2
Sarah Michelle Gellar stars in this remake of the Japanese horror, playing a nurse in Tokyo who finds herself involved in a curse that is possessing people and leading to their deaths, which she must stop before it gets her. Fans of the original will complain about the almost blueprint of this version, but others who haven't experienced Ju-On will find this an effective supernatural tale.

IF... 12.50am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Lindsay Anderson's anti-establishment drama with Malcolm McDowell as a young public schoolboy who decides to go against the grain and start a revolution within the confines of old English education. Anderson uses different styles of filmmaking to convey the episodic storyline, leading to the actual revolution. A true great of British cinema, it might not tickle the fancy of some, but you cannot ignore the class of a truly classic satire.


WEDNESDAY 14TH JANUARY

UP PERISCOPE 10.45am More4
Underwater drama with James Garner as a navy man who has been given the opportunity to be involved in a secret operation as a frogman, spying on the Japanese, but his personal life may affect the mission. Garner is always good value and this is an exciting and decent drama that goes down a very different route to other wartime movies. Might be worth a look.

HIGHLY DANGEROUS
1pm Film4
Margaret Lockwood plays an entomologist sent to an Iron Curtian country to see if the rumours of using bugs as germ warfare is true. But when her cover is blown, she finds she is fighting for her own life. Despite a slight miscasting of Ms Lockwood, this is a reasonable thriller that does its job.

YANGTSE INCIDENT
1.40pm Channel 4
Based on true events, a British warship, sailing up the Yangtse river in 1949, finds itself trapped by a Chinese battery that open fires, leaving the Captain and crew stranded, and becoming a hostage. Richard Todd stars in this fascinating tale filmed in a documentary style.

ONLY THE VALIANT 2.40pm Film4
Cavalry western with Gregory Peck as a captain, who has to take a small group of misfits to a mountain fort, where they have to protect the pass from an imminent Indian attack, but the men don't exactly like their captain. A reasonably enjoyable western which isn't ground-breaking but passes the time.

PENNY SERENADE 4.45pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Tear jerker with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne as a couple on the verge of breaking up. She goes through her record collection, each song reminding her of the events that occurred from their meeting and falling in love to the stages of their relationship to the tragic events that pull them apart. The two leads are superb in a well handled drama from George Stevens. Touching stuff.

FREAKY FRIDAY 7.05pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Inventive Disney comedy in which mother Barbara Harris and child Jodie Foster find that they have swapped bodies and life for the pair will never be the same again. Plenty of laughs are here as the pair come up against their differing generations. Harris, particularly, relishes as a teenager, and while the remake has become more well known, this is just as much fun.

SAVE THE LAST DANCE 8.50pm E4
Better than average teen drama with the reliable Julia Stiles as a girl who is forced to leave her home after her mother is killed in an accident, and goes to a  lower class school where hip-hop is king. Being a ballet dancer, she has to learn a new style of dance to become popular. It might be clichťd but Stiles is always watchable .

SHADOW MAN 9pm five
Now here's an oxymoron. Steven Seagal plays an intelligence operative in the world of espionage who finds that there is a something not right when a virus is created and his daughter is kidnapped. Yes, we then spend the rest of the DTV actioner following Seagal hunting down the kidnappers. The main question to be asked here is why did Imelda Staunton agree to appear?

COYOTE UGLY 9pm ITV2
Click flick comedy drama about a songwriter who comes to New York to find fame, and gets herself a job in a bar that specialises in having female staff teasing the male costumers. More renown for its inclusion of Can't Fight The Moonlight, this is a flashy, high production valued movie, but incredibly empty.

JAWS 9pm ITV4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Tuesday for review

VOLVER 9pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Pedro Almodovar's terrific comedy drama in which a young woman finds the decisions she makes of her life are overshadowed by the ghost of her dead mother. The plotting, like most Almodovar's movies, so far too complex to explain in a few words, but this is a cracker from start to finish, and Penelope Cruz gets to prove she is much more than a pretty face, in her best performance to date as the young woman who makes some very wrong moves in her life. Colourful and lively, this is great, great stuff.

BLOW-UP 11pm BBC4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Classic 60s thriller with David Hemmings as a young, hot photographer who can have any girl he wants but who starts to lose his mind when he is convinced that he has photographed a murder. Michelangelo Antonioni's paranoid tale is a film of its time, capturing the sights and sounds of swinging London in the era of free love, while still keeping hold of a cracking thriller format. Hemmings is great and has good support from Vanessa Redgrave. Not only a good film but a nice historical piece too.

TRAINSPOTTING
11.15pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Danny Boyle's visually exciting adaptation of Irvin Walsh's extreme novel about the lives of a group of Scottish junkies. Ewan McGregor leads the cast of this hip, cult gem, and a near perfect movie experience it is too. It doesn't hold back on the shocks while there is a raw sense of humour running through it. The soundtrack is terrific and the performances work. Probably Boyle's best work to date, and a perfect examination of the drug culture in the 90s.

CHURCHILL: THE HOLLYWOOD YEARS 11.25pm BBC1
In the 80s, Comic Strip co-creator Peter Richardson made the brilliant The Strike, in which Hollywood stars played the major parts of the coal miners strike. Richardson tries it again with this spoof on the early days of Winston Churchill, but it falls flat on its face, with Christian Slater as the famous leader, but it thinks its funnier than it really is, and the cast of British comedy talent are wasted.

SCARY MOVIE
11.30pm ITV2
Spoof movie that takes a poke at the movies of the time (Scream, The Matrix etc), but doesnít have the laugh factor of Airplane. The Wayans brothers, who basically run the roost on this one, have to rely on cheap and nasty sexual gags. It doesnít cut it. Terrible.

TREMORS 11.30pm ITV4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
If ever there was a top ten of giant worm movies, this would be crowned The King. A gloriously tongue-in-cheek comedy horror with Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward perfect as the fix-it men who, along with the residents of a small desert town, must do battle against giant killer worms. Everyone realises how insane this movie is, and doesnít take it seriously, making for one of the best popcorn movies of the 90s.

S.W.A.T. 11.30pm Five US
Action thriller based on the TV show of the 70s, about a group of specialist cops who are assigned to escort a European criminal, but when he announces a million dollar reward for his release, everyone goes after getting him away from the cops. Samuel L. Jackson leads the team including Colin Farrell and LL Cool J, and while the action sequences are well executed, this is a very empty-headed movie that is instantly forgettable.

KEANE 1.05am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
An extraordinary performance from Damian Lewis, in this powerful and moving tale of a man struggle to find his missing daughter in New York City, while coping with schizophrenia, questioning whether his daughter actually is missing or not. What makes this film even more incredible is the camera spends most of the time in close-up on Lewis face, as he wanders the streets. Filled with emotion and is both gripping and original, this is one of those independant movies that deserves a bigger audience.

VIVA MAX! 2.45am Channel 4
Madcap comedy with Peter Ustinov as a Mexican general who decides to recapture the Alamo, to the anger of the Texan army, but things are made more complicated for Max's army when they forget to pick up any ammunition. Mildly amusing and passes the time fine but don't expect anything but a light-hearted comedy that is no more than distracting.


THURSDAY 15TH JANUARY

FORTY GUNS 11.15am More4 *RECOMMENDED*
Samuel Fuller western with Barbara Stanwyck as a ranch owner who runs a small town along with her violent gun slingers until a new marshall arrives to change the way things are, but by being non-violent. Complications arise when the two fall in love. A lighter touch from the usually tough Fuller, as the romance is just as important as the action but this is a solid western adventure for fans of the genre.

THE RED PONY 1pm Film4
A touching tale based on a novel by John Steinbeck, with Myrna Loy as the mother of a young boy, who dreams of owning a pony. When his father returns, he has to make a decision, and learn about life when he is given his own pony. Directed by Lewis Milestone, this is a good family drama that maybe deserves a little attention.

THE NORTH STAR 1.30pm Channel 4
War drama written by Lillian Hellman and directed by Lewis Milestone. A small Ukrainian village comes under attack by the Nazi, on their way to attempt to take over the Soviet Union. The villageís men run to the hills to form a guerrilla unit and plan to outsmart the ruling enemy. Anne Baxter and Dana Andrews lead the cast in a film that does have political undertones, but is also a reasonable tale of how people will do anything to survive.

PORCO ROSSO 2.50pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Sunday for review

CRASH DIVE
4.45pm Film4
Submarine drama with Tyrone Power as a lieutenant who, days before heading off to war, meets and falls for a woman, unknown to him that she's the sweetheart of Power's fellow officer, Dana Andrews. The two men get on but will the secret about the woman in the middle break them apart and jeopardise the mission? Taking the formula of a sub war movie and adding a human story makes for an interesting movie.

NEVER BEEN KISSED 6.50pm Film4
See Sunday for review

QUICKSAND 9pm five
Disappointing thriller with Michael Keaton as a banker who goes to Morrocco to investigate some mysterious deposits into an account and meets an international actor who drags him into some very dangerous criminal activities. Michael caine co-stars as the actor, but the trouble is the script is very weak and the pair lack any form of chemistry. john MacKenzie, the man responsible for The Long Good Friday, seems to be just as bored with the story as we are.

TREMORS 9pm ITV4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Wednesday for review

BLACK RAIN 9pm Film4
Fish-out-of-water thriller from Ridley Scott with Michael Douglas, donning a terrible mullet, as a hard-nosed cop who is sent to Japan to deliver a dangerous criminal, but then gets dragged into the underbelly of the country when he loses his man. Andy Garcia plays his partner, and while the film looks great, as you would expect from Scott, it is very workmanlike and without the visuals, this could have been a run-of-the-mill thriller that we have seen a million times before, and since.

S.W.A.T. 9pm Five US
See Wednesday for review

SUPERNOVA 9pm Virgin 1
Dire sci-fi thriller about a hospital ship that picks up a distress signal from a lost vessal, but when the crew board, they find a sole survivor who changes and a black hole that could suck them both in. What makes this such a disappointment is that it is helmed by Walter Hill, and you can tell that there is a better film trying to get out until the studio got their hands on it. James Spader and Angela Bassett star.

SCARY MOVIE 10pm ITV2
See Wednesday for review

AIR AMERICA 11pm ITV3
Robert Downey Jr plays a maverick pilot who finds work in Laos during the Vietnam War, delivering everything around the place for a secret CIA operation, but along with fellow pilot Mel Gibson, they find themselves going against authority when they discover dangerous packages. This is a completely missed opportunity, and what could have been a serious examination of the secret operations during the war, becomes a comic action movie that entertains but is very empty.

LEAVING LAS VEGAS 11pm ITV4 *RECOMMENDED*
Down beat drama from Mike Figgis, with Nicolas Cage in Oscar winning form as an alcoholic who heads to Las Vegas to die, and finds some hope in the form of prostitute Elizabeth Shue. A film that moves along because of the performances and the relationship between the two leads, Shue in particular, in a role that demanded more attention than Cage's sometimes more showy part. The locations are used well, but don't expect too many laughs. Still a strong piece of work.

DAYS OF HEAVEN
11.25pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
A poor farmer convinces his lover to marry his rich boss after discovering that he is dying. The plot for this maybe a little thin, but it's the cinematography that makes this captivating. Terrence Malick's second feature is a beautifully lyrical affair that will just sweep you away with the overall look. Richard Gere and Brooke Adams star.

COYOTE UGLY 11.45pm ITV2
See Wednesday for review

THE HOWLING 12.15am ITV1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Terrific black comedy horror from Joe Dante and screenwriter John Sayles. Dee Wallace stars as a reporter who is driven to madness after being attacked, and is sent to a hideaway by mysterious doctor Patrick MacNee, only to find that the colony has a few hairy secrets. With its tongue firmly lodged in its cheek and some great special effects, this manages to be both scary and funny in equal measures and a step above most horror films of late.

SILENT LIGHT 1.15am Film4
Here's one of those films that will split the audience. An over-long drama of such about a man who is heavily into God, who finds his faith pushed to the limits when he falls for another woman. Carlos Reygadas' film is both heavy on symbolism and lacking in any real depth of character, and what we are left with is a pretentious, very dull and incredibly boring film that others will say is a cinematic masterpiece. It will certainly test the patience of many.



FRIDAY 16TH JANUARY

THE MARK OF ZORRO 11.15am More4 *RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday for review

FOR WHOM THE BELLS TOLL
12.55pm Channel 4 *RECOMMENDED*
An idealistic man goes to Spain during the civil war and is sent to the mountains to await blowing up a bridge in a cave. But he meets a young woman who he falls for. Romantic adventure based on Ernest Hemmingwayís classic book with Gary Cooper as the macho hero and Ingrid Bergman the woman who steals his affections. A decent film version with a touch of class from director Sam Wood.

DAYS OF HEAVEN
1pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Thursday for review

CARRINGTON VC 2.50pm Film4
Stiff upper lip wartime courtroom drama with David Niven as a highly regarded army Major who finds himself defending himself after embezzling money from army funds. A well staged piece with the reliable Niven as good as ever, even if it is a wordy affair.

THE FLY 5pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
The original version of the sci-fi horror, with Al Hedison as a scientist who accidentally gets part of his body transformed into a fly, after experimenting with a transportation machine. Vincent Price also stars in this 1950s b-movie that has grown into a cult favourite, helped by Cronenbergís version. A terrific monster movie, with a little more heart than most.

YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES 6.50pm Film4
Family adventure which has Sherlock Holmes and Watson as school friends who encounter their first mystery as people around them are dying after experiencing strange delusions, and they must find out what is causing this. Directed by Barry Levinson and produced by Steven Spielberg, this has plenty to enjoy with some nicely handled set pieces, but the leads are a little weak and so drag the film down.

DUEL 9pm ITV4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Steven Spielberg's first feature was originally a TV movie but got a cinema release over here, and deservedly so. Dennis Weaver plays a man driving along the highways and dirt roads of America terrorised by a mysterious truck determined to run him off the road forever. Incredibly tense and with suspense around each corner, this was a fine starting point for the director and he managed to deliver a classic thriller with his first shot.

THE FIRM 9pm More4 *RECOMMENDED*
Flashy, trashy John Grisham adaptation with Tom Cruise as a brilliant young lawyer who has just left college to start his life with his new wife, and is given a job at one of the top law firms in America, except everything is not so rosy, as he suspects something dark and sinister about the firm. An all-star cast help make this pulpy thriller more accessible and with director Syndey Pollack at the helm, it's all done with flair. Enjoyable nonsense.

THE OMEN 9pm Film4
Remake of the 1976 horror classic with Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles as an American official and his wife whose son may be a little bit of a devil. While its perfectly fine, it is almost a carbon copy of the original and doesn't offer anything different, which then makes you ask the question...what is the point? Especially a now classic horror film like the Gregory Peck/Lee Remick one.

AIR AMERICA 10pm ITV3
See Thursday for review

ROSEMARY'S BABY 11.05pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday for review

UNDERCOVER BROTHER 11.35pm ITV1
Spoof comedy with Eddie Griffin as a mild mannered man who is secretly Undercover Brother, a hip secret agent working for the B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D, and he has to go undercover in a white organisation who are trying to stop a black candidate from running for President. Austin Powers meets Shaft in a film that has some funny gags but not enough to keep it going for the full running time.

SCARY MOVIE 4 11.55pm BBC1
The fourth, and hopefully, last in the Scary Movie series, and while number 3 wasn't as bad as the others, this isn't as good as 3 but still better than 1 and 2. David Zucker directs and pokes fun at the movies of the time (War Of The Worlds and The Grudge being the main targets) with Anna Farris still hanging on in there. Don't expect Airplane! but does show up the current trend in "Movie" spoofs.

AMERICAN PIE 2 12midnight ITV2
See Saturday for review

OSMOSIS JONES 1.10am ITV1
As oddities come, this ranks right up there. A zookeeper (Bill Murray) catches a cold, and it is up to a white cell inside him, a cop called Osmosis Jones, to track the virus down and destroy it. Surprisingly enough, this animated comedy is directed by the Farrelly Brothers and with the likes of Chris Rock providing the voice of Jones, this actually isnít as bad as it sounds. There is plenty of inventiveness and some decent laughs, but its all too odd to be completely likeable.

I'M NOT SCARED 1.45am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Fascinating thriller set in a small Italian village, and following a young boy who discovers a child chained up in a hole. Feeding him and not quite sure why heís there, the boy tells his parents about his discovery, but is warned to forget about it. A suspenseful movie that is seen from the boyís point of view, which is an advantage, as it makes it more intriguing as to what is going on. A darkly, well made fable.

THE BIG WHEEL 3.10am BBC2
Motor racing drama with Mickey Rooney as a young hotshot who wants to follow in his father's footsteps and drive in the Indianapolis race, where his father was killed. A fair film with some decent thrills and a young Rooney does a good job. Not earth shattering but a half decent time waster.



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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 17/1/2009 8:31:02 AM   
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The edit is back!

Which means that the new listings is back to its normal place of page one. Next week it will go back to being produced on Friday.

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 23/1/2009 9:15:55 AM   
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It's so nice to be back with the edit, and so we are back to the regular Friday listing (Every movie on TV from today till next Friday)

The new listing is there for one and all.

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 30/1/2009 7:52:00 AM   
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February? Already? What happened to January?

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 6/2/2009 9:36:09 AM   
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With all that snow around, you must have got use to staying in a watching a good movie, well keep that habit going.

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 13/2/2009 2:11:33 PM   
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Friday the 13th and Valentine's Day back to back...I don't know what is worse?

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 21/2/2009 10:09:10 AM   
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Sorry for the delay this week of the new listings. Feeling very under the weather at the moment.

And don't forget, as if we could, the Oscars tomorrow night (Sunday).

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 27/2/2009 9:53:49 AM   
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Into March already. Not long before Christmas now.

New listing is up and running on page one.

Enjoy!


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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV - 6/3/2009 7:07:58 PM   
wrenster


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Nothing much to say this week apart from go see Watchmen.

New listings on page one.

Enjoy!

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The last time I was in a woman was when i visited the Statue Of Liberty - Crimes and Misdemeanors

http://wrenster.blog.com/
http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Wrensters-Store

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