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Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Vincent Perez, Jean Yanne
War, Drama, Romance
Eliane adopts Camille, whose Vietnamese parents were friends. In 1930, a French navy officer is interested in Eliane (owns 60km2 plantation) and later in Camille. There’s an uprising in Vietnam against French colonial power. Stunningly beautiful Oscar-winning drama. Violence, sensuality and drug related scenes. Subtitled.
THE GREY (15)
Starring: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo
Thriller, Drama, Action
After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step. Gruelling action thriller. Strong language, threat and gore.
OCTOBER SKY (PG)
Starring: Jake Gyllenhall, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern
The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner’s son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father’s wishes. Touching drama from the director of Jumanji. Language, brief teen sensuality.
DR SEUSS’ THE LORAX (U)
Starring: Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White
A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. Animated fun from the team behind Despicable Me.
NOW TV/SKY CINEMA
CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER (12)
Starring: Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer, Joaquim De Almeida
Action, Crime, Drama
CIA Analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a Colombian drug cartel. Harrison Ford returns in his second outing as Jack Ryan. Moderate violence and language.
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Jeffrey Wright, Christian Bale
New York City police detective John Shaft (nephew of the original 1970s detective) goes on a personal mission to make sure the son of a real estate tycoon is brought to justice after a racially-motivated murder. Samuel L. Jackson brings the classic 70s character to the 2000s. Strong violence and language.
MOVIES ON TERRESTRIAL TV
YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES (PG)
Starring: Nicholas Rowe, Alan Cox, Sophie Ward, Anthony Higgins
Adventure, fantasy, mystery
When assorted people start having inexplicable delusions that lead to their deaths, a teenage Sherlock Holmes (Nicholas Rowe) decides to investigate. Inventive twist to the Sherlock Holmes stories. Frequent mild violence and some mild horror.
STEEL MAGNOLIAS (PG)
Starring: Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Shirley MacLaine
A young beautician, newly arrived in a small Louisiana town, finds work at the local salon, where a small group of women share a close bond of friendship, and welcome her into the fold. Terrific ensemble cast tear-jerker. Mild language, sexual references.
YOU MUST BE JOKING (U)
1.05pm Sony Movies Classic
Michael Callan, Lionel Jeffries
A motley group of soldiers are set loose in swinging London in an initiative test to collect a selection of esoteric items. Silly 60s comedy. Mild innuendo.
CARRY ON TEACHER (U)
Starring: Ted Ray, Kenneth Connor, Leslie Phillips, Charles Hawtrey
Pupils run amok at Maudlin Street School in an attempt to hang on to their headmaster. He has applied for a new job, but the students like him and don’t want to lose him. Fun early entry to the Carry On series. Mild sex references and comic violence. Black and White.
THE 39 STEPS (U)
Starring: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll
A man in London tries to help a counter-espionage Agent. But when the Agent is killed, and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to save himself and stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information. Classic British thriller from Alfred Hitchcock. Mild violence and threat. Black and white.
1.30pm Channel 5
Starring: Reece Witherspoon, Luke Wilson
Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon), a fashionable sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend. She decides to follow him to law school, while she is there, she figures out that there is more to her than just looks. Likeable comedy helped by a charismatic lead. Mild language and sexual references.
Starring: Sean Connery, Brigitte Bardot, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd
In 1880 New Mexico, a group of European hunters runs afoul of the Apache but is aided by an ex-cavalryman turned guide. Sean Connery makes a rare outing in a western. Mild violence, language and nudity.
A GOOD YEAR (12)
2.30pm Sony Movies
Starring: Russell Crowe, Mitchell Mullen, Marion Cotillard
Comedy, Drama, Romance
A British investment broker inherits his uncle’s chateau and vineyard in Provence, where he spent much of his childhood. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold. An unusual change of pace for director Ridley Scott. Language and some sexual content.
RIO 2 (U)
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Bruno Mars
Animation, Adventure, Comedy
It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they’re hurtled from Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets his father-in-law. Bright and breezy sequel. Mild comic threat, slapstick.
BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ (PG)
3.10pm Sony Movies Classic
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter
A surly convicted murderer held in permanent isolation redeems himself when he becomes a renowned bird expert. Superb prison drama with a subtle lead in Burt Lancaster. Mild violence. Black and white.
MRS CALDICOT’S CABBAGE WAR (12)
3.30pm Channel 5
Starring: Pauline Collins, Peter Capaldi, Sheila Reid, John Alderton
After her husband’s death and being forced into a nursing home, a woman starts looking for independence. Sweet-natured British comedy. One use of strong language and moderate sex references.
BATTLE OF THE BULGE (PG)
Starring: Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Robert Ryan
A dramatisation of Nazi Germany’s final Western Front counterattack of World War II with an all-star cast. Terrific action sequences. Frequent mild violence.
Starring: Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle
Comedy, drama, fantasy family
An afterlife therapist and his daughter meet a friendly young ghost when they move into a crumbling mansion in order to rid the premises of wicked spirits. A delightful family fare that will touch as much as it makes you smile. Mild language, violence and ghost horror.
HOME ALONE (PG)
Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern
An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. Christmas favourite from John Hughes. moderate slapstick violence and infrequent moderate language.
BROKEN ARROW (PG)
5pm Sony Movies Action
Starring: James Stewart, Jeff Chandler
Tom Jeffords tries to make peace between settlers and Apaches in Arizona territory. Terrific western adventure with James Stewart. Mild violence.
MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (U)
Starring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman
A look at the relationship between Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. “Sully” Sullivan (John Goodman) during their days at Monsters University, when they weren’t necessarily the best of friends. Not as good as the original but still plenty of fun. Mild slapstick and comic threat .
Starring: John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton
A frustrated writer struggles to keep his family alive when a series of global catastrophes threatens to annihilate mankind. Big-scale disaster movie from the director of Independence Day. Sustained moderate threat and one use of strong language.
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (12)
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. Solid continuation of the Hunger Games story. Moderate violence and threat, and infrequent strong language.
THE DAY OF THE JACKAL (15)
6.15pm Sony Movies Classic
Starring: Edward Fox, Michel Lonsdale
A professional assassin codenamed “Jackal” plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France. Gripping thriller based on the best-selling novel. Strong violence, injury detail.
THE TRUMAN SHOW (PG)
6.55pm Sony Movies
Starring: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Ed Harris
An insurance salesman discovers his whole life is actually a reality TV show. Wonderful satire on the world of TV. Mild threat and language.
CITY SLICKERS II: THE LEGEND OF CURLY’S GOLD (12)
Starring: Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Jon Lovitz, Jack Palance
One year after their first western adventure, Mitch Robbins and his friends discover a treasure map that belonged to their late trail guide Curly and they set out to discover its secrets. Amusing sequel to the huge sleeper hit. Mild language, sexual references.
THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH (12)
8.05pm Talking Pictures TV
Starring: Anton Diffring, Hazel Court, Christopher Lee
A centenarian artist and scientist in 1890 Paris maintains his youth and health by periodically replacing a gland with that of a living person. Hammer’s twist on the Jekyll and Hyde story. Moderate injury detail.
GOOD WILL HUNTING (15)
Starring: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård, Minnie Driver
Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. Emotional drama with an Oscar-winning performance from Robin Williams. Strong language and violence.
STAR TREK (12)
Starring: Chris Pine, Jennifer Morrison, Simon Pegg, Eric Bana, Winona Ryder, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban
Science Fiction, Adventure, Action
The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father’s legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time. Well made reboot of the popular TV show. Moderate violence and threat.
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (PG)
Starring: Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Pedro Armendariz, Lotte Lenya, Robert Shaw
Action, Adventure, Thriller
James Bond willingly falls into an assassination plot involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Second adventure for 007. Moderate violence and mild sex references.
INDECENT PROPOSAL (15)
9pm Sony Movies
Starring: Robert Redford, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson
A billionaire offers one million dollars to a young married couple for one night with the wife. Popular 90s moral drama. Sexuality and language.
THE BLUE LAGOON (15)
9pm Sony Movies Classic
Starring: Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins
Adventure, drama, romance
In the Victorian period, two children are shipwrecked on a tropical island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together, unaware that sexual maturity will eventually intervene. Controversial (at the time) romance. Violence, sex, sexual references, nudity.
THE AMOROUS ADVENTURES OF MOLL FLANDERS (15)
9.50pm Talking Pictures TV
Starring: Kim Novak, Richard Johnson, Angela Lansbury
A bawdy story of how a poor damsel surrenders her virtue again and again to get to the top of society. Saucy all-star costume comedy. Innuendo and implicit visual references.
NATIONAL LAMPOON’S EUROPEAN VACATION (15)
Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Jason Lively, Dana Hill, Eric Idle, Robbie Coltrane
The Griswolds win a vacation tour across Europe where the usual havoc ensues. Very silly sequel to National Lampoon’s Vacation. Moderate sex references and strong language.
10.50pm Channel 4
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong
Action, Adventure, Thriller
A retired Special Forces colonel tries to save his daughter, who was abducted by his former subordinate. 80s action from Arnie. Strong violence and language.
GIRL, INTERRUPTED (15)
11.20pm Sony Movies
Starring: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie
Based on writer Susanna Kaysen’s account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the late 1960s. Powerful drama with an Oscar-winning role for Angelina Jolie. Strong language, occasional horror and sexual references.
KISS THE GIRLS (18)
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd
Police hunting for a serial kidnapper are helped when a victim manages to escape for the first time. First outing of Morgan Freeman as Alex Cross. Strong language, violence, sex references and horror.
ERIN BROCKOVICH (15)
Starring: Julia Roberts, Aaron Eckhart, Albert Finney
An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply. Oscar-winning performance from Julia Roberts. Strong language.
LITTLE FAUSS AND BIG HALSY (15)
12.25am Talking Pictures TV
Starring: Robert Redford, Michael J. Pollard
A story of two motorcycle racers, the inept, unsuspecting Little Fauss (Michael J. Pollard) and the opportunistic, womanising Halsey Knox (Redford). Rarely screened drama from the 70s. Language, sexual content, nudity and violence.
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Shally Hawkins, Eddie Marsen
A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad. Hugely underrated touching drama. Some strong language, a sexual reference, drug material and disturbing images.
12.45am Horror Channel
Starring: Adrian Brody, Sarah Polley
Genetic engineers Clive Nicoli and Elsa Kast hope to achieve fame by successfully splicing together the DNA of different animals to create new hybrid animals for medical use. Original and unusual horror. Strong violence, sex and sexual violence.
THE GORGON (12)
1.30am Sony Movies Classic
Starring: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee
In the early twentieth century, a Gorgon takes human form and terrorizes a small European village by turning its citizens to stone. Gloriously camp Hammer horror. Moderate violence, horror and gory moments.