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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV: Sat 29th July to Fri 4th A... - 3/12/2009 8:03:01 PM   
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I just checked the recording and it's subbed, which is great


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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV: Sat 29th July to Fri 4th A... - 5/12/2009 9:05:47 AM   
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New listing is up and running and as we get closer to Christmas, we get the premiere of The Dark Knight. Hmmm...Christmas screening would have worked maybe? Not a Sunday night?

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV: Sat 29th July to Fri 4th A... - 12/12/2009 7:40:21 AM   
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New listing is up on page one.

Enjoy!

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV: Sat 29th July to Fri 4th A... - 19/12/2009 10:21:47 AM   
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SATURDAY 26TH DECEMBER (BOXING DAY)
 
THE THIEF OF BAGDAD 11am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Sunday 20th for review
 
HERBIE: FULLY LOADED
11.40am BBC1
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.
 
RACING STRIPES
12.40pm ITV1
Bizarre family film in which an abandoned zebra thinks that he¨s a race horse, and his dreams are brought to life, thanks to his friends on the farm and a young girl (played by Heroes¨ Hayden Panettiere). The inclusion of a host of celebrities giving their voices to the animals does help pass the time away guessing who is playing who, but we¨ve been here before with Babe.
 
THE FAMILY MAN
1pm Film4
See Sunday 20th for review
 
BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA
1.30pm BBC1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Every so often a film comes long that you don¨t expect to like but find yourself falling in love with, and one such film is this lovely family fantasy about a boy who forms a close friendship with a new girl as they create their own fantasy world in the nearby woods. It might not be the most inspiring story, but it is done with such care and the ending is possibly one of the most unexpected and touching in movie history. It¨s really that good.
 
THE NEVERENDING STORY
1.35pm ITV3 *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.
 
POLICE ACADEMY 6: CITY UNDER SIEGE
1.45pm Five USA
See Saturday 19th for review
 
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
1.55pm BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Classic musical showing Gene Kelly at his light-footed best. He¨s a struggling painter living in Paris, who gets more than a passing interest from an important heiress, who likes more than his paintings. The story doesn¨t much matter, but the skill and artistry of Kelly¨s dancing, to George Gershwin¨s perfect music. Vincente Minnelli directs this lyrical and classy movie great.
 
3 NINJAS KICK BACK
2pm 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.
 
FLUSHED AWAY
3pm BBC1 *RECOMMENDED*
Aardman¨s first venture into the world of CGI animation is fine but seems to affected the charm that other films from this team have produced. A penthouse living rat is flushed down into the sewers where he finds another world and has to become a reluctant hero. Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet lead the talented cast and yes, it is very funny, but it doesn¨t reach the heights of Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run.
 
SWEENEY 2
3pm ITV4
See Sunday 20th for review
 
ON THE TOWN
3.05pm More4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Gloriously fun musical about three sailors who go on leave for a day in New York city, and end up all finding love, except Gene Kelly, who goes chasing across the city looking for his dream girl. Filled with terrific musical numbers and some amazing dances, this is one of those films that will leave you beaming and with a spring in your steps. One of the finest examples of MGM's magnificent musical spectaculars.
 
INSPECTOR GADGET
3.20pm Film4
See Saturday 19th for review
 
POLICE ACADEMY: MISSION TO MOSCOW
3.25pm Five USA
If you seriously though the the Police Academy movies could get any worse, then the makers made this to prove a point. The idiotic cops are brought to Moscow in order to help beat the Russian mafia. As if. How desperate for work was Christopher Lee to appear in this. Dreadful is being nice to it.
 
WALLACE AND GROMIT IN THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT
4.40pm 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,
 
MARCH OF THE PENGUINS
4.40pm ITV1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Award winning natural history documentary that America took under its wing (sorry about the pun) as it follows the life of the Emperor penguin, and its perilous journey, in single file, to reach a breeding ground. It is beautifully shot and in places it is very funny and very moving, helped by Morgan Freeman¨s narration. A little delight but one that you feel you have seen on many BBC/David Attenborough shows.
 
THE SCHOOL OF ROCK
4.55pm 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.
 
THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI
5pm 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.
 
THE CANNONBALL RUN
5pm Five USA
See Tuesday 22nd for review
 
ACES HIGH
5.05pm 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 WEDDING PLANNER
7pm Film4
See Sunday 20th for review
 
CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS
7pm Five USA
See Sunday 20th for review
 
CROCODILE DUNDEE
7.10pm 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.
 
THE THIRD MAN
7.15pm BBC4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Carol Reed's film version of Graham Greene's complex spy thriller, with Joseph Cotton as a writer invited to post-war Vienna by his friend Harry Lime, only to discover that he was killed and finding out he was involved in black-marketing, and was wanted by the international police. The classy use of black and white, and the superb ending makes for a true classic of British cinema and one that will stay with you long after it has finished. Superb stuff.
 
JACK FROST
7.25pm ITV2
See Saturday 19th for review
 
THE STING
7.25pm ITV4 *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 Hill¨s 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?
 
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD¨S END
7.30pm BBC1
The third part of the Pirates film is stuffed full of special effects to make you go wow, but lacks any real heart or fun that made the first film such a joy. The story is so complex it would take up a book to explain it. Johnny Depp has taken the Jack Sparrow character into almost icon status, but even he struggles to save this from sheer boredom, and even having Keith Richards as a cameo is a huge disappointment.
 
STEALTH
7.40pm Fiver
Big, expensive blockbuster that came down with a crash at the box office, as a new super plane is released by the American Air Force, that doesn't need a pilot. But you just know that on its maiden voyage something is going to go wrong. Josh Lucas, Jamie Foxx and Jessica Biel all seem to be having fun as the pilots out to try and control the plane, and with flashy direction from Rob Cohen, you will soon forget how empty the plot really is.
 
STRICTLY BALLROOM
8.05pm More4 *RECOMMENDED*
Sleeper hit from Australia set in the glamorous and bitchy world of ballroom dancing, with Paul Mercurio as a rebel dancer who finds a new partner in the ugly duckling Tara Morice. Baz Luhrmann¨s camp, sparkling comedy is a delightful joy with cheesy music and a sweet love story running throughout.
 
FATHER OF THE BRIDE
8.25pm BBC3
Crowd pleasing comedy with Steve Martin as the father to teenager Kimberley Williams, as he tries to stay sane while planning her up-coming wedding. Diane Keaton is given little to do as the wife, while Martin Short goes over-the-top as the wedding planner, but it's left to Martin to really carry the film, and while it's not close to his earlier films, he still manages to be amusing as well as being sympathetic. Shame the film is so sickly sweet.
 
X-MEN: THE LAST STAND
9pm Film4
A cure for the mutants has been found which leads to a struggle between the X Men and Magneto's own brotherhood. Brett Ratner takes over directing duties from Bryan Singer, and while not as good as the previous two, there is plenty to enjoy and if you are fans of superhero movies, then you will have fun with this and the final battle does look amazing.
 
BAD SANTA
9pm Five USA *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Friday 25th for review
 
KALIFORNIA
9pm Virgin 1 *RECOMMENDED*
Dark thriller in which a reporter and photographer decide to go on a tour of the sites in which a series of murders have occurred, unbeknown to them, they are being taken round by the killer. Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis star in this underrated thriller in which the tension builds nicely, as they go even more loopy through the film. Well filmed with a dusty feel, this is worth checking out.
 
NOTTING HILL
9.30pm ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
Many may hate Richard Curtis' films, but this was definitely one of his better ones. Hugh Grant plays a book shop owner, who meets Hollywood actress Julia Roberts, and they start an affair, but her star status causes problems. Rhys Ifan steals the film as Grant's loopy flat mate, but this is a sweet, sometimes funny rom com, with the leads in fine form.
 
SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT
10pm 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!
 
SCARFACE
10pm ITV4 *RECOMMENDED*
See Thursday 24th for review
 
KUNG FU HUSTLE
11pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Bizarre high-kicking kung fu comedy from Stephen Chow, set in a housing estate where the residents are determined to stop the local gang from taking over their property. The plot doesn¨t really matter, but the extraordinary comedic set pieces are more strange than Chow previous Shoalin Soccer. It¨s hard to describe the madness of this movie, so its better to just sit back and enjoy the craziest, yet hilarious visual treat.
 
CLUE
11.55pm ITV3
Based on the whodunit board game Cluedo, this has six individuals invited to a strange house where they have to solve a murder mystery, all of them being prime suspects. There is only one way to really take this film, and that is to switch the brain to neutral and enjoy. Yes, it's incredibly silly but it has loads of energy from the cast, including Tim Curry and Christopher Lloyd, and while most of the gags don't work, some do. Plus you get three very different endings.
 
CARRY ON FOLLOW THAT CAMEL
12midnight BBC2
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.
 
THE FUGITIVE
12.05am ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Sunday 20th for review
 
FATHER OF THE BRIDE PART II
12.15am BBC3
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 Martin¨s slow decline into comic failure. Diane Keaton returns as his wife as does Martin Short as the wedding planner. Don¨t ask. A two bucket job.
 
THE GRADUATE
12.40am ITV1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Classic drama that introduced Dustin Hoffman to the world, playing Benjamin, a young man who doesn¨t know what to do with his life, but finds himself being drawn into an affair with his girlfriend¨s mother, the notorious Mrs. Robinson. This classy comic drama has Hoffman in good form and Anne Bancroft excellent as the man-eating Mrs. Robinson. The use of Simon and Garfunkel¨s music works well. Slightly dated, but still a gem.
 
BLACK SNAKE MOAN
12.55am Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
See Sunday 20th for review
 
AEON FLUX
1.05am Channel 4
Aeon Flux is a perfect killing machine, a beautiful, deadly female assassin, hired by a group of rebels to overthrow the government, but her mission to kill the Chairman uncovers a much more sinister plot. Charlize Theron looks amazing as the leather-clad lead but some of the set pieces for this futuristic actioner based on the MTV animated series lacks anything really special and is only worth watching for Theron.
 
BULL DURHAM
1.10am BBC1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Kevin Costner scored big with this sexy, funny baseball movie, as an aging star of the game who takes under his wing talented player Tim Robbins, but the two men soon find themselves sharing superfan Susan Sarandon. Ron Sheldon¨s script is full of delightful lines while the three leads work brilliantly together and while you might not get the game stuff, you will really enjoy everything else.
 
BUILD MY GALLOWS HIGH
1.35am BBC2 *FILM OF THE DAY*
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.
 
 
SUNDAY 27TH DECEMBER
 

SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMERRON
9.15am 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 the 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.
 
PAULIE
10.30am 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.
 
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
11am Film4
See Thursday 24th for review
 
GIGI
11.55am BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
A truly delightful musical as Leslie Caron plays a young girl in Paris who is being trained to be a courtesan by a rich playboy, but their friendship starts to develop into something else. Louis Jordan is the playboy, while Maurice Chevalier adds plenty of smiles. The songs are likeable and director Vincente Minnelli captures the joy of the story well. An absolutely happy experience.
 
3 NINJAS KICK BACK
12.10pm Fiver
See Saturday 26th for review
 
CUTTHROAT ISLAND
1pm Film4
See Wednesday 23rd for review
 
CHICKEN RUN
3.05pm BBC1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Aradman Animations first full length feature is a cracking comedy that lampoons The Great Escape among others. A band of chickens want to escape a farm, but when a brave cockerel comes, they think their hopes are high. Mel Gibson and Julia Sawalha lead the cast that provide the voices, in this funny and inventive movie.
 
THE SCORPION KING
3.15pm ITV1
Plot less, 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.
 
THE REMAINS OF THE DAY
3.15pm five *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Merchant Ivory¨s classy filmmaking is shown at its best with this beautifully touching tale of unrequited love, with Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson at their very best playing respectively a butler and housemaid for a wealthy family, who both have fallen for each other, and yet cannot show this love for fear of destroying their reputation. A romance that is both genuinely moving and incredibly romantic. Sheer class.
 
THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
3.20pm Film4
A family curse on a newly inherited estate is the focus for Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, as they try to uncover the truth about the Hound of The Baskervilles. Hammer¨s version of Arthur Conan Doyle¨s classic thriller is one of the best version, with Peter Cushing perfect as the detective. Christopher Lee also stars.
 
THE HEROES OF TELEMARK
4.35pm 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.
 
CROCODILE DUNDEE II
4.50pm 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 Hogan¨s character is still as likeable as before but the gags are thin and this is more of an adventure film than a comedy.
 
CASPER
5pm ITV2 *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.
 
633 SQUADRON
5pm 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.
 
PICTURE PERFECT
5.05pm E4
See Friday 25th for review
 
YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES
5.05pm Film4
See Tuesday 22nd for review
 
STEALTH
5.25pm Fiver
See Saturday 26th for review
 
THE POLAR EXPRESS
7pm ITV2
See Friday 25th for review
 
BEDAZZLED
7.15pm Film4
Modern remake of the Peter Cook/Dudley Moore 60s comedy, with Brandon Fraser as a man obsessed with a beautiful woman, who makes a deal with the devil in order to win her heart. But the devil has other ideas. Elizabeth Hurley looks good in red rubber but the film doesn¨t raise many laughs and is instantly forgettable.
 
THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS
8pm BBC4 *FILM OF THE DAY*
A film that had more of a troubled past than most, and yet comes out smelling of roses. Orsen Welles' follow-up to Citizen Kane is, in my mind, a far better experience, even if it was butchered by the studio. A family saga in which a rich household seems to be falling apart at the seams when the daughter marries the wrong man and it isn't until later that her true love comes around, only to bring discord to the peace. A cinematic soap opera with some brilliant performances and a strong storyline, this is Welles at his least pretentious and at his finest.
 
ACES HIGH
8pm ITV4 *RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday 26th for review
 
DRIVEN
8.45pm Fiver
Stallone takes Rocky to the race track. High Octane action as a young motor racing driver, at the top of his game, starts cracking up. In comes former champ Stallone to try and pull him together again. A mess of a movie that doesn¨t excite and is barely entertaining. Even Burt Reynolds doesn¨t look happy. Best get some sleep instead of staying up.
 
THE HOLIDAY
9pm ITV1
Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet play women who need to escape their own problems and swap houses. Winslet heads to America while Diaz comes to England and their problems soon turn to falling local lads. This unfunny, uninventive and truly sickly rom com goes on and on and on and completely wastes a talented cast, including Jude Law and Jack Black. The picture postcard of England is dire too.
 
JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE
9pm Film4
See Monday 21st for review
 
NATIONAL LAMPOON¨S CHRISTMAS VACATION
10pm ITV2
See Sunday 20th for review
 
HIGHLANDER
10.20pm ITV4
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.
 
BACKBEAT
10.55pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Interesting drama which follows the very early days of The Beatles, on their trip to Hamburg, where they start to find success, and focusing on Stuart Sutcliffe, the member who believed he was a better painter than bass player, and who fell in love with a German girl, making him decide which road he should take. Iain Softley's biopic is a fascinating dip into the making of a super group, and Stephen Dorff does a very good job as Sutcliffe, in a tale that also becomes a touching love story.
 
AMERICAN FLYERS
11.30pm BBC1
Cycling gets its own movie, as Kevin Costner plays a sports physician who is entering a race through the Rocky Mountains, even though he has been diagnosed with a cerebral tumour. Persuading his brother to join him, it¨s a chance for the men to bond, even if the brother is a little unstable. While edging closer to sentimentality, this does look good, and Costner and David Grant do a fine job as the brothers.
 
MERMAIDS
11.50pm 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, it¨s fine while it¨s playing.
 
THE STRANGER
11.55pm BBC4 *RECOMMENDED*
A professor is about to marry a girl in a small American town, when his past raises his ugly head. He isn¨t 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.
 
THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN
12midnight ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
Underrated black comedy with Billy Crystal as a writer who is suffering from an ex wife stealing his material and not being able to finish his book, who is given a proposition from one of his students: he will kill the writer¨s wife if he kills his mother. Danny DeVito also stars and directs this comedic variation of Strangers On A Train, and the pair are terrific as the dark humour plays out, but they are upstaged by the brilliant Anne Ramsey as Momma.
 
THE ODD COUPLE II
12.25am ITV3
Thirty years after they first starred together in the original, Neil Simon has come up with a sequel to his popular comedy, with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon back as the bickering buddies, this time heading off for the wedding of their son and daughter. The journey is lettered with misadventures but the strength of the film lies in Simon's cracking one-liners and the presence of the two great comic stars (their last performances together). Not as good as the original, but still fun.
 
THE BEAST OF WAR
12.40am ITV4
Forgotten war drama set during the Afghan war of the 80s, and a Soviet tank crew, led by a tyrannical leader, find themselves lost and behind enemy lines, struggling to survive. Directed by Kevin (Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves) Reynolds, this is solid entertainment and as well as an interesting piece. Jason Patric stars.
 
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST
12.50am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Tuesday 22nd for review
 
FAREWELL MY LOVELY
1.45am BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Classy Raymond Chandler adaptation with Dick Powell as private eye Phillip Marlowe, hired by an ex con to track down his missing girlfriend. What should have been a straight forward missing persons case turns into a complex web of deceit and bribery. Dark and broody, this is classic film noir detective stuff, with Powell doing a very good job as the smart talking detective.
 
THE BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA
2.25am BBC1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday 26th for review
 
 
MONDAY 28TH DECEMBER
 

EIGHT BELOW
10am 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 meteorite in the Antarctica, 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 the dogs are really the stars, we have to dop a hat towards the usually terrible Paul Walker for actually doing a pretty good job.
 
THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
11am Film4
See Sunday 27th for review
 
THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
11.15am ITV3
See Monday 21st for review
 
CARRY ON UP THE KHYBER
11.15am More4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Tuesday 22nd for review
 
ANNA AND THE KING
12.25pm Channel 4
Lovely looking but ultimately pointless remake of the tale of a widowed English schoolteacher who travels to Siam to teach the children of a ruthless leader. Jodie Foster plays the teacher while Chow Yun Fat is the king for whom she falls in love with, and while this is a sweet, well made movie, with some excellent cinematography and costumes, you are waiting for the songs to kick in, as in The King And I.
 
CARRY ON CLEO
12.35pm 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.
 
LASSIE
12.45pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Friday 25th for review
 
THE PRINCESS DIARIES
1.05pm BBC1
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.
 
FREE WILLY
1.05pm ITV3
See Tuesday 22nd for review
 
ALICE¨S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
1.15pm Fiver
All-star British live version of Lewis Carroll¨s classic children¨s book, with Fiona Fullerton as Alice. Filled with cameos from the cream of British talent, including Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Flora Robson and Michael Hordern, this is fine for children who don¨t mind their films to be bizarre, that is faithful to the source material. John Barry¨s score helps things along.
 
THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN
2.35pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
See Tuesday 22nd for review
 
101 DALMATIANS
2.55pm BBC1
Live action version of the tale of a woman, obsessed with fur, who wants the newly-born puppies of a couple, and when they are kidnapped, the adult dogs start a search to find them. Glenn Close is perfect as Cruella De Vil while the other real stars are the dogs. Plenty of John Hughes (he wrote the script) slapstick from Home Alone, and it does pass the time nicely, but I much prefer the Disney animated original.
 
RIO LOBO
3.05pm 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 lacklustre, 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.
 
MARCH OF THE PENGUINS
3.15pm ITV3 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday 26th for review
 
MUPPETS FROM SPACE
3.15pm 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.
 
AWAKENINGS
3.35pm Five USA
Robin Willims plays a doctor who arrives at a ward where the patients have a rare disease in which they become catatonic, and he finds they are rejuvenated when he finds a cure, and tests it on one of the group. Robert De Niro plays the patient who Williams chooses, and this sweet, uplifting film does see the two leads in good underperformed roles which work well. Maybe a little over sentimental in places, but all in all a likeable film that does touch the heart strings.
 
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
4.20pm ITV1 *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 doesn¨t quite get Darcy right. Nicely directed by Atonement¨s Joe Wright, this isn¨t bad, just cannot escape the BBCs excellent adaptation.
 
THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE
4.45pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Terrific disaster movie on board a cruise liner on New Year's Eve that is hit by a giant wave and is flipped over. Gene Hackman leads a small group determined to reach the bottom of the boat as their only means of escaping. Exciting and incredibly cheesy, including Shelley Winters unforgettable swimming scene, it has plenty of action and peril to keep your attention.
 
SINGIN¨ IN THE RAIN
5.15pm More4 *FILM OF THE DAY*
The greatest MGM musical as Gene Kelly stars in a tale of the early days of movie making, with the introduction of sound causing chaos to all who couldn't speak. The musical numbers are simply spectacular, particularly Kelly's infamous title number, and Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor are perfectly cast, but the songs and the routines are the real stars in a film that will brush away any blues you may have.
 
JUST LIKE HEAVEN
6.15pm 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 the ghost, and while it is all complete nonsense, the two leads are solid performances to make the whole thing bearable and surprisingly engaging.
 
AMERICA¨S SWEETHEART
7.05pm Film4
See Wednesday 23rd for review
 
FATHER OF THE BRIDE
7.15pm BBC3
See Saturday 26th for review
 
THE MATRIX
9pm ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Tuesday 22nd for review
 
UNCLE BUCK
9pm ITV3
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 brother¨s 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.
 
DON¨T SAY A WORD
9pm Film4
Silly thriller with Michael Douglas as a psychiatrist who has a new patient, in the form of very disturbed Brittany Murphy, who holds a secret. Thief Sean Bean discovers that the secret will lead him to a stolen jewel, so kidnaps Douglas¨ daughter in order for him to crack the code that Murphy has. If you ignore the ludicrous script and plotting, this is an undemanding piece that wants to be like Hitchcock, but ends up being half-cocked.
 
THE BEAST OF WAR
10.30pm ITV4
See Sunday 27th for review
 
SAW II
11.10pm 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 lethal 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.
 
THE PIANIST
11.45pm ITV1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Roman Polanski's incredibly powerful account of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a pianist who tries to survive the horrors of the German concentration camps and how he managed to keep alive by his music. Adrian Brody is terrific in this unsettling movie that actually gets you close to the man. The scenes of murder and violence are shocking and you would have to be a very hard person not to be affected by this. Good to see Polanski back to his best form with this amazing movie.
 
SLEUTH
12.05am ITV3 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Brilliantly inventive whodunit with Laurence Olivier as a theatre lover who enjoys mind games, and who invites his wife's lover over so he can play with his head, but the lover has other ideas. Michael Caine plays the other man and the two sparkle in a game of wit and intelligence where they use their acting skills to build the tension. Anthony Shaffer's script is as brilliant now as it was back in the 70s and we have a first rate two-hander that will leave you guessing.
 
THE WICKER MAN
12.45am ITV4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
The original and far superior version with Edward Woodward as a Scottish police officer who is sent to a remote island to investigate the disappearance of a child, and finding a community that are made tighter by a strange ritual, led by the wealthy landowner. A creepy and gripping tale with a terrific ending. Only the dodgy overdubbing of Britt Ekland slightly taints a perfectly realised horror classic.
 
THE MARINE
12.55am Film4
Action thriller with WWE wrestler John Cena as a recently discharged marine who has to chase down a group of diamond thieves who have kidnapped his wife, as they head for the wilderness. Nothing new here as we get a cat and mouse chase with some effective set pieces, but it never once sets the screen alight and becomes a little more than predictable.
 
DEAD RECKONING
1.45am BBC2
Humphrey Bogart stars in this solid film noir thriller, as he and his friend head off to Washington, the friend disappears and ends up dead. Bogart starts an investigation that leads him into more trouble than he can handle, and a woman who is deadlier than she looks. Lizabeth Scott plays the femme fatale in this dark and broody thrilling.
 
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A PRINCESS
4am Film4
Short Merchant Ivory drama set in a single room in a house in London, where an Indian Princess (Madhur Jaffrey) asks her father¨s tutor (James Mason) to tea, to commemorate his death. This hour long drama is well played by the two leads, but there are one or two moments that don¨t quite work.
 
 
TUESDAY 29TH DECEMBER
 

THE JUNGLE BOOK 2
9.50am BBC1
Pointless sequel to the superior 1967 Disney cartoon, picking up from where the first story left off. Mowgli is missing his friends and life in the jungle, and decides to leave the human village to return, only to find that Shere Kahn is seeking revenge for what happened before. The animation is of a lower quality, and it has none of the charm of the original. I say, let sleeping dogs lie and leave things alone. Just watch the original and don't waste your time here.
 
CARRY ON JACK
10.15am ITV3 *RECOMMENDED*
See Wednesday 23rd for review
 
RETURN TO NEVERLAND
10.55am BBC1
Disney has 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.
 
PORRIDGE
11am Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
See Friday 25th for review
 
THE ENGLISHMAN WHO WENT UP A HILL BUT CAME DOWN A MOUNTAIN
11.15am More4 *RECOMMENDED*
See Friday 25th for review
 
DEATH ON THE NILE
12.50pm ITV1
All star cast in this adaptation of Agatha Christie¨s whodunit, 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.
 
AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER
12.50pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Thursday 24th for review
 
HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS
1.05pm BBC1
Wild and silly Disney effects comedy with Rick Moranis as a scientist who has created a machine that can shrink things, but he doesn't plan on shrinking his own children, who must fight against everyday items that are twice the size of themselves. Popular at the time, this is the kind of escapism that you can switch your brain off and enjoy the ride. Don't expect anything too deep there.
 
DREAMER
1.10pm Channel 4
Emotional drama with Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning as father and daughter who adopt a racehorse with a broken leg, and decide to do the impossible and get it to race again, while rebuilding their own relationship. Following in the same lines as Seabiscuit, this is another defying the odds movie based on a true story. The performances are fine, but if you are allergic to sentimental films, then best stay away.
 
MUPPETS FROM SPACE
1.30pm Fiver
See Monday 28th for review
 
FREE WILLY 3: THE RESCUE
2.15pm ITV3
See Wednesday 23rd for review
 
102 DALMATIANS
2.35pm BBC1
Fairly pointless sequel to the live action 101 Dalmations with Glenn Close back as Cruella De Vil, this time rehabilitated and keen to look after dogs and do charity work, until Big Ben strikes and she goes back to her evil ways. The same slapstick nonsense that came with the first film, only this time it looks even more tiresome. Will keeps the kids quiet for a while, but only for a while.
 
REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER
3pm Film4
The least successful in the series has Peter Sellers returning for one last time as Inspector Clouseau. Everyone believes that he has finally been killed, but little do the mob know is that he is very much alive and out to foil their plans. While some of the gags work, the series is now looking tired as the ideas start running out. That didn¨t stop Blake Edwards continuing to churn out more after Sellers death.
 
STUART LITTLE 2
3.15pm 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.
 
SINGIN¨ IN THE RAIN
3.35pm More4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Monday 28th for review
 
ON THE WATERFRONT
3.45pm Five USA *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Tough, uncompromising drama from Elia Kazan, with Marlon Brando as a down-on-his-luck former boxer struggling to find work on the docks, and having to deal with union problems and corruption among the bosses, while coping with his own personal problems. A powerful tale that has really stood the test of time, with a terrific supporting cast, but this one definitely belongs to Brando, and really put him up among the big players.
 
THE NEVERENDING STORY
4pm ITV3 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday 26th for review
 
SISTER ACT 2: BACK IN THE HABIT
4.10pm 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 building how to sing. Filled with clich└s and a script that isn't remotely funny, it's only worth looking into to see Lauren Hill before she lost the plot.
 
SCROOGED
4.55pm Film4 *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.
 
ICE AGE 2: THE MELTDOWN
6.10pm ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
More adventures from the computer generated mismatched characters, this time having to warn everyone that the big thaw is starting and they must find a place that is safe for them to hide. What makes this film work is the banter between the main characters, giving the film a more mature approach, while the younger viewers will enjoy the antics of Scrat and his acorn. Great fun.
 
MISS POTTER
6.30pm BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
A beautiful biopic of Beatrix Potter, the woman who gave us Peter Rabbit and a host of other classic children's book. Renee Zellweger stars as the author, who, while creating the delightful characters, struggles with her private life, particularly her love life. Ewan McGregor plays the man in her world, but it is Ms Zellweger who is a joy in the lead. My late mother loved this film, so I am hardly going to say a bad word.
 
THREE MEN AND A BABY
7pm Film4
See Thursday 24th for review
 
SHANGHAI NOON
7.15pm BBC3 *RECOMMENDED*
See Wednesday 23rd for review
 
THE MATRIX RELOADED
9pm ITV2
See Wednesday 23rd for review
 
THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK
9pm ITV3 *RECOMMENDED*
Jack Nicholson is perfectly cast as a wealthy man who comes to a small town and manages to seduce three local women and sending shockwaves through the town. Cher, Michelle Pfieffer and Susan Sarandon play the women in this funny, satirical comedy that is great fun until the ending gets a little silly. Nicholson steals the film in his smoothest performance yet.
 
DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE
9pm BBC3 *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.
 
THE TRUMAN SHOW
9pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Wednesday 23rd for review
 
POLICE ACADEMY: MISSION TO MOSCOW
9pm Five USA
See Saturday 26th for review
 
DIE ANOTHER DAY
10.35pm ITV1
Pierce Brosnan's last venture as Bond is also one of the most disappointing, as the series hits the silliest its ever been. A megalomania wants to rule the world. While it has the Bond elements, it has an invisible car and the world CGI ever seen in any movie. A shame that it had to be Brosnan's final bow as the super spy.
 
THE CONVERSATION
10.55pm Film4 *FILM OF THE DAY*
In between making The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, Francis Ford Coppola made this small scale thriller starring Gene Hackman as an electronics surveillance expert hired to spy on a couple, but he soon believes that they will be murdered. A tale of paranoia and mistrust, this is a quiet film that has more power than anything similar, with Hackman on fantastic form. Up there with the Godfather as Coppola at his very best.
 
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
11.25pm ITV3 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Thursday 24th for review
 
HIGHLANDER
11.35pm ITV4
See Sunday 27th for review
 
THE BIG EASY
11.50pm BBC1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Steamy thriller with Dennis Quaid as a cop in New Orleans whose laid-back approach makes him look like he is crooked, but when he has to team with DA Ellen Birkin over a violent murder, their relationship outside the case takes them to a whole new level. The leads crackle as Jim McBride¨s atmospheric thriller grabs from the start and never lets go.
 
BILLY ELLIOT
12.15am BBC3 *RECOMMENDED*
See Friday 25th for review
 
AND WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE YOUR FATHER?
12.30am Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
A very simple idea in which a son talks about his sometimes strained relationship with his father, as told in flashback. What makes this a really good, small scale British movie is the performances of the lead, Jim Broadbent gets better with every film as the father, while Colin Firth is given more than just fluff as the son. A film that is important for those who have a difficult relationship with their father.
 
THE BIG COMBO
1.10am BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
A cop is told to close down his operation on surveillance on a top mob boss as it is costing the city too much money, so as a last chance, he decides to go after the boss¨ girlfriend, with unexpected results. A tough cop thriller with leanings towards film noir, as Cornel Wilde gives a solid performance as the cop in this gripping and exciting thriller.
 
ONE HOUR PHOTO
1.10am Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Robin Williams is incredibly creepy as a man working in a photo shop who becomes obsessed with a young family who are far from perfect. The film builds nicely but is let down by the ending. Saying that, this is a better than most thriller and worth watching for Williams in one of his best serious roles.
 
 
WEDNESDAY 30TH DECEMBER
 

PIGLET¨S BIG MOVIE
10am BBC1
Another quickie Winnie The Pooh movie, this time changing its attention to the little pig, who goes missing, and its up to his friends to find him. While using Piglet's Book of Memories, it turns out that piglet played a much more important part in everyone's lives. The animation looks more like a TV Disney series than a big screen adventure, but if it keeps the very young happy, then that can't be all bad.
 
CARRY ON CRUISING
10.05am ITV3
See Friday 25th for review
 
HOW TO STEAL A MILLION
10.45am More4 *RECOMMENDED*
60s comedy crime caper with Audrey Hepburn as a woman who must steal a statue in order to protect her father who is accused of art forgery, and she gets Peter O¨Toole to help her out while falling for him. William Wyler directs this fast-paced, lively caper with the two leads being as enjoyable as they can. It may not be the greatest movie ever, but it¨s a whole lot of fun from start to finish.
 
REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER
11am Film4
See Tuesday 29th for review
 
THE TIGGER MOVIE
11.10am BBC1
Cheap looking addition to the Winnie The Pooh stories, focusing on the bouncing tiger, who finds his life is incomplete, and dreams of finding his family. This is one for the very young or undemanding, but the usual high quality that Disney animation delivers just isn¨t here.
 
BATTLE OF THE BULGE
12.05pm 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 Americans 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.
 
ON THE WATERFRONT
12.15pm Five USA *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Tuesday 29th for review
 
HOMEWARD BOUND II: LOST IN SAN FRANCISCO
12.20pm BBC1
Why let a good idea lie? After the success of the remake, Disney decided to make another adventure with the two dogs and the cat, this time, instead of the woodlands, they are stranded in the tough streets of San Francisco. Michael J. Fox, Sally Field and Ralph Waite provide the voices of the animals, as they encounter danger and other evil animals. Fine for the young, but maybe a movie too far?
 
KIKI¨S DELIVERY SERVICE
12.55pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Tuesday 24th for review
 
STUART LITTLE 2
1.15pm Fiver
See Tuesday 29th for review
 
THE MIRROR CRACK¨D
1.30pm ITV1
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 a Sunday afternoon.
 
THE SHAGGY DOG
2pm 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.
 
ON THE BUSES
2.15pm ITV2
See Friday 25th for review
 
THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI
2.30pm More4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday 26th for review
 
FLY AWAY HOME
2.50pm Fiver *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
A genuine tear-jerker as Anna Paquin finds a family of geese who seem to have lost their parents and cannot fly, and so with the help of her father, Jeff Daniles, come up with an idea that could help them learn. Carroll Ballard's film is sweet, very family friendly and has enough emotional punch to make a grown man cry, mainly due to the lovely performances from Daniel and Paquin. An absolute delight.
 
DOCTOR DOLITTLE
3pm Film4
Disappointing musical version of the children's stories about a doctor who can talk to animals. Rex Harrison plays the title role, and while he is given good support from Richard Attenborough and Anthony Newley, this expensive, lavish movie almost put the nail in 20th Century Fox's coffin. Sadly lacking in charm.
 
MAROONED
3.25pm Five USA
Reasonable sci-fi drama set in an orbiting space lab, where three astronauts have been working for months and are ready to come home, until their booster rockets won¨t fire and they are stranded in space, not realising that NASA are launching a daring rescue mission to bring them back, but time is against them, as the astronauts are running out of oxygen. Fans of sci-fi will love this 1969 space adventure while others may find it bemusing and yarn for Apollo 13. Gregory Peck and Gene Hackman star.
 
MARY POPPINS
3.35pm BBC1 *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.
 
MUTINY ON THE BUSES
4.05pm ITV3
See Friday 25th for review
 
THE POLAR EXPRESS
6pm ITV2
See Friday 25th for review
 
FATHER OF THE BRIDE PART II
7.15pm BBC3
See Saturday 26th for review
 
DUMB AND DUMBERER: WHEN HARRY MET LLOYD
7pm Film4
See Thursday 24th for review
 
633 SQUADRON
8pm ITV4
See Sunday 27th for review
 
THE TERMINATOR
9pm BBC3 *FILM OF THE DAY*
James Cameron's low budget sci-fi adventure became a smash in 1984, and made a star out of Arnold Schwarzenegger. You know the score. Killer robot is sent from the future to kill the mother of a rebel leader, and her only protection is a soldier. The plot is tight, the special effects, while now look dated, it still is one of the best sci-fi movies of the 80s and its popularity grows evermore.
 
THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS
9pm ITV2
See Thursday 24th for review
 
DREAMGIRLS
9pm Film4
Lavish, all-star musical based loosely on the rise of The Supremes, with Beyonce as the leader of the group as they go through all the show business trappings. Jamie Foxx plays the manager and creator, while Eddie Murphy does a good turn as a egotistical singer, but the film belongs to Jennifer Hudson, who walked away with an Oscar, and after she has finished singing 'I'm Telling You I'm Not Going', the film fails to ignite. Plenty of potential but ultimately disappointing.
 
THE WICKER MAN
10pm ITV4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Monday 28th for review
 
END OF DAYS
11.10pm ITV1
Heading to the end of the millennium, Satan comes to New York looking for a bride. It¨s up to ex cop Arnold Schwarzenegger to stop him. He¨s fought robots, drug barons and the like so why not put Arnie up against the devil. Absolute rubbish.
 
DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE
11.30pm BBC3 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Tuesday 29th for review
 
PATHFINDER
11.35pm Film4
A young Viking boy is left behind during a battle with a tribe of native Americans. He grows up learning the ways of the people who look after him but he becomes torn when the Vikings return. This offers so much and yet delivers so little, and so what we have is an uninspired action movie that outstays its welcome.
 
GERONIMO: AN AMERICAN LEGEND
11.50pm 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.
 
THE GINGERBREAD MAN
12.15am BBC1 *RECOMMENDED*
Robert Altman takes on John Grisham, with a badly miscast Kenneth Branangh as a successful lawyer in the Deep South who gets involved with a woman out to try and get a restraining order on her father, but as he investigates why, he finds a dark family secret. A very strong cast (Robert Duvall, Tom Berenger, Daryl Hannah) and Altman's usual style help but the script is too confusing, and Branagh just doesn't work.
 
GREY GARDENS
12.45am Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Documentary that shows how being rich and famous doesn¨t necessarily get passed down family ties. This follows the very eccentric existence of the aunt and cousin of Jackie Onassis, as they live their lives in a disgustingly filthy mansion in East Hampton. Recently turned into a TV movie (being shown on Channel 4 on Christmas Day), this is a very strange but interesting story of two very odd women.
 
ON DANGEROUS GROUND
12.55am BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Terrific Nicholas Ray thriller with Robert Ryan as a tough cop who is sent to a wintery land after beating up too many suspects, to investigate a murder. Once there, he meets a beautiful woman who he falls for, but she is blind and her brother is the prime suspect. An intelligent and beautifully played thriller that keeps the attention while making you think at the same time.
 
LAKE TAHOE
1.30am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Mexican drama following the day in the life of Juan, a teenage boy whose life will start to make sense as the ordinary events occur around him in his small town. A odd slow burner of nothingness here, and yet it looks great and is very satisfactory by the end. If you don't like to sit and wonder in a film then best to stay clear but those who like to use their brains will get a lot out of this small scaled tale.
 
 
THURSDAY 31ST DECEMBER (NEW YEAR¨S EVE)
 

THE MAGIC ROUNDABOUT
9.55am BBC1
Fans of the children¨s 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 can¨t help but think this was a wasted opportunity.
 
HOLIDAY ON THE BUSES
10.15am ITV2
See Friday 25th for review
 
BATTLE OF THE BULGE
10.15am More4
See Wednesday 30th for review
 
CARRY ON DICK
11am Film4
The last Carry On for Sid James, Hattie Jacques and writer Talbot Rothwell, and while not to the standard of previous films, this comedy version of Dick Turpin has a few decent laughs, but by now the series seemed to be running out of steam.
 
FLUBBER
11.15am BBC1
Robin Williams steps into Fred McMurray¨s mighty shoes in this remake of The Absent-Minded Professor, playing a scientist who creates a rubbery substance that has a life of its own, while having to deal with a businessman who wants the local college closed. With added CGI, this is a fairly silly kids film that will only be enjoyed by younger audiences, while others will dream of the original.
 
MAROONED
12noon Five USA
See Wednesday 30th for review
 
FLY AWAY HOME
12.35pm Five USA *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Wednesday 30th for review
 
THE ANT BULLY
12.40pm BBC1
CGI animated adventure in which a boy floods an ant hill with his water gun, and then he finds himself shrunken to ant size in order to face a trial for being an ant bully. A smart idea with a host of stars giving over their voices (Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep to name a few) but this doesn¨t even come close to Pixar¨s output, or even Dreamworks for that matter. Perfectly fine, but you know there is better out there.
 
HIGH ANXIETY
12.55pm Film4
Mel Brooks does for Hitchcock what he did to Westerns and classic horrors. The plot isn¨t important, as Brooks gives himself the lead, but the fun of this very silly movie is trying to work out which Hitchcock movies are being parodied. The Bird spoof is the best. Not a patch on Blazing Saddles, but still enough laughs to keep comedy fans happy.
 
ROMANCING THE STONE
1.05pm Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Kathleen Turner plays a romantic novelist suffering with writer's block, goes to South America and finds herself thrown head first into an adventure with Michael Douglas, searching for a valuable jewel. This Indiana Jones style adventure from Robert Zemeckis is just as good as the films he was copying, with Douglas and Turner working well together, while Danny De Vito adds sleaze and good comic support. The set pieces are well handled and all in all this is terrific entertainment.
 
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
1.30pm ITV1 *RECOMMENDED*
All star cast are led by Albert Finney as the legendary Agatha Christie detective Hercules Poirot, investigating a murder on the famous train. Sean Connery, Lauren Bacall and Ingrid Bergman also star in this first-rate movie that just oozes class. Finney also makes a perfect Poirot. Nicely directed by Sidney Lumet.
 
PETER PAN
1.30pm ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
Colourful live action version of J.M. Barrie¨s 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 PRINCESS DIARIES 2: ROYAL ENGAGEMENT
2.15pm BBC1
Anne Hathaway returns as the young girl who has Royal blood, and now is the Princess of the small country, but this time she finds that she is in line to marry an English prince, before she has even met him. Julie Andrews also returns and while not as good as the original, young girls will enjoy the misadventures and the teaming of Hathaway and Andrews still works as well.
 
GARFIELD
2.15pm ITV3
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, it¨s 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.
 
MCLINTOCK!
2.45pm Film4
John Wayne stars in this comedy western that takes its basic storyline from Shakespeare's The Taming Of The Shrew, as a cattle owner has to battle with local land-owners as well as his own wife and daughter. This fun slice of cowboy adventure doesn't treat its material seriously and we end up with a solid piece of escapism, with Wayne and Maureen O'Hara playing well off each other.
 
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
2.45pm Fiver
Monty Python's Terry Jones takes on the classic children's story, writing, directing and starring as Toad, a troublesome creature who upsets the quiet of the riverbank with his love of transport and his fight to save his beloved Toad Hall from the evil weasels. Surrounded by a top-notch cast (including Steve Coogan, Eric Idle, Anthony Sher and John Cleese) and with the surreal sense of humour that Jones is famous for, this should have been near perfect, but it isn't and it may be a case of one man doing too much. It raises a smile occasionally but not enough.
 
THE STING
3.20pm ITV4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday 26th for review
 
THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES
3.30pm Five USA
Romantic comedy with Barbara Streisand (who also directs) and Jeff Bridges as college teachers who fall in love and marry, but sex doesn¨t seem to be an option, until she decides to change the way she looks, hoping it will. A likeable comedy with a good cast including Lauren Bacall and Pierce Brosnan.
 
OVERBOARD
3.45pm ITV3
See Thursday 24th for review
 
SUPERMAN - THE MOVIE
3.55pm ITV1 *FILM OF THE DAY*
Richard Donner took the legendary cartoon superhero and turned him into a movie phenomenon, and made a star out of the excellent Christopher Reeve in the duel roles of the Man of Steel and Clark Kent. Following from his escape from Krypton to arriving on earth to saving Metropolis from all kinds of baddies, it¨s the later escapades against Gene Hackman's Lex Luther that really hits the mark. Still manages to put most superhero movies to shame, this is solid gold stuff.
 
MADAGASCAR
4pm 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
5.15pm Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday 25th for review
 
JACK FROST
5.55pm ITV2
See Saturday 19th for review
 
WHITE HUNTER, BLACK HEART
6.50pm five *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Clint Eastwood directs and stars in a fictionalised account of a film director who takes his cast and crew to Africa in order to make a movie, but for the chance of him to shoot and kill an elephant. A thinly disguised account of John Houston and the making of The African Queen, this gives Eastwood the opportunity to show his acting muscle, and while a little slow moving, this is still a masterful piece of cinema.
 
EASY VIRTUE
6.55pm BBC2 *RECOMMENDED*
Delightful adaptation of a often forgotten Noel Coward play, with Ben Barnes as a young man who brings his new wife to his family home, but she is a brassy American and with her comes a battle between the mother of the family. A strong cast of actors are given the chance to perform, and Jessica Biel proves she is more than a pretty face as the American. A gentle film that fans of Coward¨s writing will love.
 
BEDAZZLED
7.15pm Film4
See Sunday 27th for review
 
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN¨S CHEST
8pm 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.
 
AVALANCHE EXPRESS
8.05pm 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.
 
THE PAINTED VEIL
9pm BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Beautifully shot adaptation of W.Somerset Maugham¨s novel with Edward Norton as a doctor in China desperately fighting an outbreak of cholera, while dealing with a loveless marriage between himself and his unfaithful wife, until he meets another woman. Naomi Watts plays the wife and the performances are solid but the real star of the film is the look and production design, which is perfect. A nicely pitched film.

LOVE ACTUALLY
9pm ITV2
See Saturday 19th for review
 
X-MEN: THE LAST STAND
9pm Film4
See Saturday 26th for review
 
GERONIMO: AN AMERICAN LEGEND
10pm ITV4 *RECOMMENDED*
See Wednesday 30th for review
 
FINAL DESTINATION 3
11pm Film4
See Friday 25th for review
 
MIDNIGHT RUN
12.05am ITV1 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Brilliant chase movie with Robert De Niro as a bounty hunter who thinks he¨s on a simple job transporting an accountant who has jumped bail, but doesn¨t expect the trouble he is going to face from other hunters, the police and the mob. Charles Grodin plays the accountant, and what could have been a routine action thriller turns into a hilarious trip with the tow leads working well with the banter and snappy dialogue. Great fun.
 
BANDITS
12.15am BBC1
Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton are bank robbers who are becoming very wanted men, but things start to go wrong between their own relationship when they pick up a neurotic woman and decide she can become part of the gang. Cate Blanchett plays the woman in a comedy caper with plenty to enjoy, particularly the banter between the three leads. A nicely handled film from Barry Levinson.
 
MERCURY RISING
12.15am ITV4
See Friday 25th for review
 
ASHES OF TIME REDUX
12.45am Film4 *RECOMMENDED*
Asian historical drama in which a hit man, who has had his heart broken, heads off to the desert where he comes across a group of skilled swordsmen, who he can use for a contract killing. A beautifully filmed, haunting drama from director Kai Wai Wong, which impressive more because of the look than the thin storyline. Still a very good film.
 
SOUTH OF ST LOUIS
2.50am Channel 4
Another western with Joel McCrea as one of three friends who run a ranch but split up when the Civil War begins. Going their own ways, McCrea decides to go after the men who have stolen the ranch from him. Another forgettable B movie western that you wouldn¨t be able to recognise between the rest that are out there.
 
THEY LIVE BY NIGHT
3.15am BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
After escaping from jail with two other convicts, an innocent man is involved in a car crash, and is brought back to life by a young woman who he slowly falls in love with. Farley Granger stars as the convict in Nicholas Ray¨s romantic film noir that is not only a beautiful love story but a tough thriller. A powerful piece of cinema and one of Ray best films.
 
BOTTOMS UP
3.30am ITV2
See Friday 25th for review
 
 
FRIDAY 1ST JANUARY (NEW YEAR¨S DAY)
 

THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE
7.20am Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Who would have thought that a TV cartoon being extended to feature length would be so much fun, but the surreal humour of the Nickelodeon show keeps you laughing throughout, as the yellow hero goes off to find Neptune¨s crown. Most of the gags work and the scene with David Hasselhoff is an absolute hoot. Forget that it¨s a cartoon and just sit back and enjoy.
 
GARFIELD
8.10am ITV3
See Thursday 31st for review
 
THE SWORD IN THE STONE
9.45am 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.
 
A ROOM WITH A VIEW
9.45am More4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
While visiting Florence, a young girl and her chaperone find themselves with rooms without views, until a kind young man offers his. Returning home to England and on the verge of marriage, the girl is now torn between her husband-to-be and the man she met. Merchant Ivory's stunning beautiful, richly performed drama is a delight to cherish, with great turns from Maggie Smith and Daniel Day-Lewis. One of the teams better movies.
 
CARRY ON SCREAMING
10.25am 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!
 
BATMAN
11am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
The original 60s TV series is given the big screen treatment with Adam West and Burt Ward playing the Dynamic Duo battling all their greatest enemies (The Joker, The Riddler, The Penguin and Cat Woman) as they steal members of the United Nation. This is glorious camp fun which never once takes itself seriously, and you find yourself laughing at the silliness of it all, and yet, it's as entertaining as being tickled with a feather.
 
MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND
11.05am 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.
 
THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES
12noon Five USA
See Thursday 31st for review
 
SOME LIKE IT HOT
12.30pm ITV1 *FILM OF THE DAY*
Classic Billy Wilder comedy with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon putting on the flocks after witnessing a gangster murder, and playing in an all-female band. But with the gangsters looking for them, love gets in the way for Curtis with singer Marilyn Monroe. A laugh-riot from start to finish and rightly deserving the title of one of the best comedies ever, it still stands the test of time. Brilliant.
 
BIG JAKE
12.40pm BBC2 *RECOMMENDED*
Rip-roaring John Wayne western, as evil Richard Boone leads a gang determined to outrun a family from their ranch. When the family's youngest is kidnapped and held to ransom, there is only one man to call in to bring the child back and deal with the gang once and for all, and that's Big Jake. So it may not be the most original of stories, its a gripping and exciting western with Wayne in fine form, doing what he does best.
 
INSPECTOR GADGET
1.05pm Film4
See Saturday 19th for review
 
SHARK TALE
1.55pm 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.
 
THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE
2.40pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Monday 28th for review
 
ICE AGE 2: THE MELTDOWN
2.50pm ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
See Tuesday 29th for review
 
THE GUNS OF NAVARONE
2.25pm BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Cracking boys own wartime adventure with Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn and Stanley Baker leading a team of commandos sent to Greece to destroy a German gun emplacement. While a total fabrication from Alistair MacLean, this is top notch action that deserves the reputation it has.
 
SUPERMAN RETURNS
3.15pm 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 Luther. The story is simple, as Superman returns after a long time away to win Lois Lane's heart again, while battling Luther¨s plan for world domination. Fans of the Christopher Reeve films won't be disappointed.
 
CARRY ON CLEO
3.15pm ITV3 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Monday 28th for review
 
THE PRINCE OF TIDES
3.30pm Five USA
Barbara Streisand directs and stars as a psychologist who uses the twin brother of a woman who tries to commit suicide to piece together the reasons why, but the brother doesn¨t want to remember his past. Nick Nolte is excellent as the man with a very dark past, and while this is a well made, well performed piece, it isn¨t exactly uplifting, and is very depressing indeed.
 
THE WIZARD OF OZ
3.50pm five *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
The Technicolor adventures of Dorothy and her dog Toto, as they try to find a way home from the land of Oz, with the help of a Scarecrow, a Tin Man and a cowardly Lion, while trying to escape a wicked witch. This musical favourite is still loved by millions and so it seems pointless to even criticise it. Just sit back and enjoy every moment.
 
THE SCORPION KING
4.40pm ITV4
See Sunday 27th for review
 
AQUAMARINE
4.45pm Film4
See Monday 21st for review
 
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. Let¨s not forget the Oom-pah Loom-pahs!
 
DEATH ON THE NILE
5.10pm ITV3
See Tuesday 29th for review
 
CASPER
6.40pm ITV2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Sunday 27th for review
 
THE SCHOOL OF ROCK
6.55pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday 26th for review
 
THE ITALIAN JOB
7.05pm Channel 4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
It could be the perfect crime. A gold robbery during a football match in which the crooks can cause confusion by messing with the traffic lights while escaping in Minis. The ultimate 60s crime caper is still one of the best, with Michael Caine on top cheeky form, and Noel Coward adding some class as the genius behind the crime. Everything about this movie is great, high entertainment at its finest. And totally unmissable if you have never seen it.
 
THE GOOD SHEPHERD
9pm BBC2 *RECOMMENDED*
The story of how the Central Intelligence Agency has grown as seen from the point of view of a very serious and hard-working man who works his way through the ranks. Robert DeNiro directs and makes a cameo in a film that stars Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie. A well made film that does suffer from taking itself far too seriously and it does drag in places, and could have been cut a little shorter. Decent but flawed.
 
THE HOLIDAY
9pm ITV2
See Sunday 27th for review
 
SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT
9pm ITV3
See Saturday 26th for review
 
MEAN GIRLS
9pm E4 *RECOMMENDED*
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.
 
THERE¨S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY
9pm Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Terrific gross-out comedy from the Farrell Brothers, with Ben Stiller as a man who hasn't gotten over his childhood sweetheart, and is determined to track her down and rekindle the relationship. But the private eye he hires to find her has other ideas, as do the other men who enter her life. Famous for the zipper scene and the hair gel scene, this is a laugh-out-loud classic that hasn't lost any of its punch. Great fun.
 
SEE NO EVIL, HEAR NO EVIL
9pm Five USA
The third film to team up Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. They play two men who witness a murder and become the target of the killers. However, one is deaf and one is blind. Having to rely of disability gags is one thing, but the gags aren¨t that funny, and the two comic greats struggle with the material. At least it¨s better than Another You.
 
THE DEER HUNTER
10pm ITV4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Oscar winning Vietnam drama with Robert De Niro as one of a group of friends who find their lives turned upside down when they go off to fight in the war. A tough, uncompromising examination of the horrors of war and the importance of friendship, with outstanding performances from all, including Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep. Superb.
 
SWEET HOME ALABAMA
10.55pm BBC1
A highly respected fashion designer is engaged to one of New York¨s most eligible bachelor. But she has a past that needs to be cleared up, so she returns to her roots in Alabama to seek a divorce from her former husband, who refuses to give it to her. Reece Witherspoon is amiable enough in this reasonable romantic comedy, that doesn't try to be anything else but a piece of sloppy entertainment.
 
THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK
10.55pm ITV3 *RECOMMENDED*
See Tuesday 29th for review
 
UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION
11.15pm Film4
The war between vampires 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.
 
NOTTING HILL
11.50pm ITV2 *RECOMMENDED*
See Saturday 26th for review
 
THE TERMINATOR
11.55pm BBC3 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
See Wednesday 30th for review
 
CONNIE AND CARLA
12.45am ITV1
Follow-up movie to My Big Fat Greek Wedding for writer Nia Vardalos as she and Toni Collete play a couple of women who witness a Chicago mob killing, go on the run and go into hiding as drag artists in L.A. which causes even more complications. A cross between Some Like It Hot and Sister Act, this is mildly amusing but massively disappointing compared to Vardalos¨ previous efforts.
 
THE INNOCENTS
1.20am Film4 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
Superb British chiller with a first-rate performance from Deborah Kerr as an inexperienced governess who is sent to look after a lonely girl in a huge mansion, and when the girl's brother returns from boarding school, they find that the house isn't as empty as they first thought. One of those rare films that is still as chilling as it was when it first came out. Creepy and very atmospheric, it was remade into The Others, but this is still a blinding horror that puts most ghost stories to shame.
 
CROSSFIRE
1.40am BBC2 *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*
A granddaddy of film noir with Robert Young, Robert Mitchum and Robert Ryan as soldiers who become in a murder plot after a Jewish war veteran is killed, and the police are sure one of them is responsible, but who. A cracking whodunit with a strong cast and a strong director, Edward Dmytryk, at the helm. Gripping, compelling and just tremendous.
 


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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV: Sat 29th July to Fri 4th A... - 19/12/2009 10:24:24 AM   
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Ok...The Christmas and New year litings are now up and running. The first week from today (Sat 19th) till Christmas Day is on page one, the second week (Boxing Day till New Year's Day) is above (Due to technical problems on the Empire website, not allowing me to publish an enormous long listing).

So they are all there...every single film on terrestrial and freeview channels.

Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New year, and now I am going to lie down in a very darken room.

See you in 2010

Enjoy!

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Thats great Wrenster! Thanks! 

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Happy New Year! And with that comes a brand new listing on page one.

A word of warning...there may NOT be a listing next week due to a very busy schedule but I will try my best.

Enjoy!

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After a well earned week off, the listing is back and with added stars.

New listings is on page one

Enjoy!

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Thanks as always Wrenster! I was pretty lost last week 

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV: Sat 29th July to Fri 4th A... - 23/1/2010 7:37:48 AM   
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The new listing in up on page one.

Enjoy!

(P.S.: Hope you won't be too lost anymore, TRM)

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV: Sat 29th July to Fri 4th A... - 23/1/2010 5:57:08 PM   
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Cheers; nice one.

I'll have to watch Repulsion, though it's a shame that it's on the at the same time as If...


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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV: Sat 29th July to Fri 4th A... - 23/1/2010 6:03:35 PM   
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I have already seen both, so im more annoyed that Bloody sunday crosses over with Bad lieutenant on friday as well

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV: Sat 29th July to Fri 4th A... - 30/1/2010 7:55:11 AM   
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Is it February already? Where did January go? Ah well.

Brand new listings is up on page one.

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV: Sat 29th July to Fri 4th A... - 6/2/2010 8:15:44 AM   
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Another week, another brand new listing up and running on page one.

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV: Sat 29th July to Fri 4th A... - 7/2/2010 7:16:09 PM   
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Many, many thanks Wrenster. Looks like a decent week, more than a few 5* bandying around!

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Another week and we are into half term for most schools. Film4 are having a Studio Ghibli season this week, wich is always a good thing.

New Listing up on page one.

Enjoy!

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV: Sat 29th July to Fri 4th A... - 20/2/2010 9:04:41 AM   
wrenster


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Another new week begins and so does a new listing on page one.

Enjoy!

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV: Sat 29th July to Fri 4th A... - 22/2/2010 4:49:02 AM   
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Thanks as always. Too bad you got rid of the film of the week, that was fun.

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV: Sat 29th July to Fri 4th A... - 27/2/2010 7:44:06 AM   
wrenster


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We are now into March, and hopefully the good weather will come and we can stop feeling so blue.

What can help is a new listing on page one (including the return of the Film Of The Week, especially for Miles). This week: a modern German classic.

Enjoy!

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV: Sat 29th July to Fri 4th A... - 6/3/2010 7:28:57 AM   
wrenster


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A decent week of movies on TV and not forgetting the Oscar on Sunday night (screened live if you have Sky Movies at 1am) The movie of the week is one of the Oscar nominations and a spin off from one of the best British comedy shows of recent times. (You can guess).

New listing on page one.

Enjoy!

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV: Sat 29th July to Fri 4th A... - 13/3/2010 8:09:24 AM   
wrenster


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Saturday is here again and so is a brand new listing on page one. The film of the week is a classic western with an icon in the lead.

Enjoy!

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV: Sat 29th July to Fri 4th A... - 20/3/2010 8:16:48 AM   
wrenster


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The new listing is up on page one, and the film of the week is an African tale.

Enjoy!

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV: Sat 29th July to Fri 4th A... - 27/3/2010 6:53:03 AM   
wrenster


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A good week leading up to Good friday including a double bill of Martin Scorsese, one of which is the film of the week.

The new listing is on page one

Enjoy!

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV: Sat 29th July to Fri 4th A... - 3/4/2010 8:56:57 AM   
wrenster


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Happy Easter, and while there aren't too many premieres this week, at least Film 4 are screening an absolute gem from Jean Renoir, the film of the week.

New listing on page one.

Enjoy!

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV: Sat 29th July to Fri 4th A... - 9/4/2010 10:34:24 PM   
wrenster


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At last, the warm weather is here so why do you want to stay inside watching movies on TV? It might not last.

If you do, then the film of the week is a classic western.

New listings on page one.

Enjoy!

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV: Sat 29th July to Fri 4th A... - 10/4/2010 9:05:34 PM   
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Thanks alot for the good work again, Wrenster!

I would truly be lost in this mad world of televised film without your wisdom and your listings!


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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV: Sat 29th July to Fri 4th A... - 10/4/2010 10:22:01 PM   
wrenster


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Thanks Oddward. Glad I'm doing a service. I'll try and keep up the standard.

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV: Sat 29th July to Fri 4th A... - 17/4/2010 9:10:15 AM   
wrenster


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The Easter holidays are well and truly over, and we have a cloud of volcanic dust over our heads, so best thing to do is watch a movie on TV. Another classic western is the film of the week,

New listing is on page one.

Enjoy!

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RE: Wrenster's Movies On TV: Sat 29th July to Fri 4th A... - 24/4/2010 8:12:43 AM   
wrenster


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We are heading down the last full week of April, with May just around the corner. Where is the time going? The film of the week is a classic from director Satayjit Ray.

New Listing up and running on page one.

Enjoy!

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