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Defiance- (2008)
23:40 - 01:45 - BBC 2
6.6/10 Stars

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Daniel Craig leads a Jewish resistance movement against the Nazis in this worthy Second World War drama from Blood Diamond director Edward Zwick. Set in Belarus in 1941, the story follows the Bielski brothers - Tuvia (Craig), Zus (Liev Schreiber) and Asael (Jamie Bell) - as they flee the German invaders and local collaborators following the murder of their parents. Their forest hideout soon attracts more refugees and eventually becomes a launch pad for attacks on the enemy and daring rescue missions. As the group's leader, a moody Craig clashes with Schreiber (a forceful screen presence here), but it's Jamie Bell who is most effective, conveying budding maturity in the face of constant danger. Although based on the real-life exploits of Jewish partisans, Zwick's self-important film relies too heavily on the genre conventions of dissent in the ranks, last-minute escapes and noble sacrifice. And lacking the inspirational vigour of Schindler's List, this fails to rise above its clichéd sentimentality and overfamiliar battle images.


Lawless- (2012)
23:40 - 01:40 - Channel 4
6.7/10 Stars

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Three brothers run an underground bootlegging operation in Depression-era Virginia. However, as their criminal activities become increasingly successful, a corrupt deputy sheriff demands a cut of the profits, forcing them to fight to defend their livelihood. Crime drama, starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman and Guy Pearce.


Donnie Brasco- (1997)
23:50 - 02:30 - Sony Movie Channel
7.3/10 Stars

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Fact-based crime drama about an FBI agent who goes undercover in the Mafia and becomes the protege of a gangster. However, the demands of his new double-life place an intolerable strain on his relationship with his family, especially as he faces the ultimate prospect of betraying his mentor. Starring Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Michael Madsen, Anne Heche and Bruno Kirby.


Top Cop- (1990)
00:00 - 01:50 - Talking Pictures
0.0/10 Stars

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1990. Action. Stars Stephen P. Sides, Len Schlientz & Tiffany Dossey. Malone is an undercover detective but when his partner is shot dead he turns into a one-man army with a score to settle.


His Name Was King- (1971)
00:40 - 02:20 - Movies4Men
6.6/10 Stars

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A cowboy makes an unexpected discovery as he attempts to stop a band of criminals smuggling weapons across the Mexican border. Western, starring Klaus Kinski, Richard Benjamin, Anne Puskin and Goffredo Unger.


Amour- (2012)
01:00 - 03:35 - Film 4
7.5/10 Stars

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An elderly retired music teacher suffers a stroke, which begins a process of physical and mental deterioration. Her loving husband devotes himself to caring for her at home, but faces a series of hard decisions as her condition worsens. Oscar-winning drama, starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert. In French and English.


The Shrine- (2010)
01:00 - 02:45 - Horror Channel
5.6/10 Stars

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Cultist thriller starring Aaron Ashmore (Warehouse 13). When a young reporter goes looking for a missing girl in Poland, she uncovers a terrifying secret world of ritual and murder. (2010)


McBride: Tune in for Murder- (2005)
01:00 - 03:00 - True Entertainment
6.0/10 Stars

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An obnoxious radio DJ is killed and his co-presenter is found at the scene of the crime. McBride takes on the case, but becomes convinced of the defendant's innocence - especially when the murder weapon is nowhere to be found. Mystery, starring John Larroquette and Marta DuBois.


The Patriot- (2000)
01:50 - 03:40 - Talking Pictures
6.8/10 Stars

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What has Mel Gibson got against the English? Five years after his Scottish epic Braveheart, he repeats his anti-English stance in this action drama, set during the American War of Independence. Mel plays Benjamin Martin, a farmer living peacefully in South Carolina who, along with his gung-ho son Gabriel (Heath Ledger), comes out fighting against the British army. The battle scenes are ferociously well staged, but some may baulk at the almost pantomimic villainy of Jason Isaacs's cruel Colonel Tavington and the historically inaccurate atrocities that he is seen to commit.


A Likely Story- (1947)
02:20 - 04:00 - Movies4Men
5.2/10 Stars

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An American GI overhears the diagnosis of another patient and mistakenly believes he only has a short time left to live, so a young artist takes it upon herself to prove to him that he is fine. Comedy, starring Barbara Hale, Bill Williams and Sam Levene.

Lies & Deception- (2005)
02:30 - 04:15 - Sony Movie Channel
0.0/10 Stars

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Madchen Amick stars in this thriller as a widow who hires a private eye when she discovers her husband faked his own death five years earlier. (2005)

Rogue River- (2012)
02:45 - 04:20 - Horror Channel
5.2/10 Stars

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Desolate terror. When a young woman travelling to spread her father's ashes is left without transport, she accepts a ride from a stranger - a decision she will come to regret.

Great Day In The Morning- (1956)
03:40 - 05:30 - Talking Pictures
4.7/10 Stars

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1956. Western. A gambler wins a hotel in a card game but finds himself involved with women and the start of the civil war. Starring Robert Stack, Virginia Mayo & Ruth Roman.

Amber Alert- (2016)
04:15 - 06:00 - Sony Movie Channel
0.0/10 Stars

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When a troubled young man hijacks a school bus filled with children, Detective Amber Cross (Alaina Huffman), who is battling with her own demons and issues, is called in to negotiate. (2016)

West of Kerry- (0)
06:00 - 07:15 - Talking Pictures
0.0/10 Stars

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1938. Drama. Directed by Dick Bird. Starring Eileen Curran & Cecil Ford. A young medical student visits the Blasket Islands during the holidays and becomes charmed with the place and its people.

The White Tower- (1950)
06:00 - 07:50 - Movies4Men
6.5/10 Stars

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This vivid mountaineering drama sees Glenn Ford join a climb in the Swiss Alps. A lot of emotional baggage is carried along with the mountaineers: Ford falls for fellow climber Alida Valli, whose father was killed on the same peak; Lloyd Bridges is an arrogant former Nazi army officer; Cedric Hardwicke is an ageing British botanist; Claude Rains is a self-destructive French writer who is drunk most of the time; Oscar Homolka is the local Alpine guide and predictably neutral. What we have is a political digest of postwar realignment; amazingly enough, the Russians are not represented. Ignore the predictability of the symbolism and the wooden performances, and enjoy the excellent location photography.

The Sicilians- (0)
07:45 - 09:05 - Talking Pictures
0.0/10 Stars

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1964. Crime. Stars Robert Hutton, Reginald Marsh & Ursula Howells. An aide at the U.S. Embassy finds himself involved with Scotland Yard and the French police after a mafia boss¿ son is kidnapped.

Nocturne- (1946)
07:50 - 09:35 - Movies4Men
3.0/10 Stars

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A composer's death is officially judged a suicide, but a police detective is convinced of foul play. He discovers the dead man was a notorious ladies' man, so investigates the various women he has wronged and who may have cause to seek revenge - but his obsession with the case angers his superiors on the force. Mystery, starring George Raft and Lynn Bari.

Secrets Of The Summer House- (2008)
09:00 - 10:50 - Sony Movie Channel
0.5/10 Stars

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Newlywed Nikki (Lindsay Price) returns with her husband to the family summer house. But after a series of bizarre accidents, Nikki soon realises that the house may be cursed. (2008)

Kid From Canada- (0)
09:05 - 09:55 - Talking Pictures
0.0/10 Stars

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1957. Family. Directed by Kay Mander and starring Bernard Braden, Bobby Stevenson and Christopher Braden. Cousins learn to get along when a man's life is in danger.

Hijack- (1999)
09:35 - 11:20 - Movies4Men
5.5/10 Stars

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A rogue militia group hijacks a train with a prodigious senator on board, but count without the intervention of an ATF agent. Thriller, starring Jeff Fahey and Ernie Hudson.

Battle of the V1- (0)
09:55 - 12:00 - Talking Pictures
0.0/10 Stars

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1958. War. Director: Vernon Sewell. Stars Michael Rennie, Patricia Medina & Christopher Lee. Polish Resistance discover a mysterious pilot-less plane.

Cattle Empire- (1958)
11:00 - 12:40 - Film 4
5.0/10 Stars

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A trail boss, released from prison after serving five years following a rampage by his men, accepts a job from the community's leading citizen to head up a cattle drive. However, he still harbours a grudge against his employers and seizes the chance for revenge when a rival cattle baron makes him a tempting offer. Western, starring Joel McCrea, Gloria Talbott, Don Haggerty and Phyllis Coates.

Cries in the Dark- (2006)
11:00 - 13:05 - Sony Movie Channel
5.4/10 Stars

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In this predictable but highly watchable crime drama, CSI: Miami's Eva La Rue delivers a sympathetic performance as a cop trying to solve the grisly killing of her heavily pregnant sister. Yet while the investigative puzzle fits together far too easily, it's still surprisingly compelling waiting for the obvious culprit to get caught. Part of this is down to the disturbing nature of the murder and its twisted aftermath, which collectively give the film a harder and more emotive edge than your usual made-for-TV fare. A sprightly pace and a suitably unhinged turn from Gina Chiarelli add further interest to the join-the-dots plotline, leading to a tense though implausible climax.

Knocked Up- (2007)
11:00 - 13:15 - ITV
6.1/10 Stars

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Writer/director Judd Apatow follows up his hit "slacker" comedy The 40 Year Old Virgin with another refreshingly bold entry in a genre formerly mired in facile, post-Farrelly brothers gross-out. Pudgy, curly-haired Seth Rogen (a charismatic supporting player in Virgin) plays a harmless pothead who impregnates Katherine Heigl's media career girl during a drunken one-night stand. Prompted by the impending birth to give the relationship a go, our odd couple learns lessons about responsibility and life in general, but to hilarious rather than schmaltzy effect. Married-with-kids Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann (also Virgin alumni) are the foils for the younger pair, and Rogen's buddies, led by Jonah Hill, the geek chorus. Thanks to quality, near-the-knuckle repartee and believable chemistry between Rogen and Grey's Anatomy star Heigl (Apatow can certainly write for women), Knocked Up proves that hit comedy doesn't have to dumb down for its demographic.

Polar Storm- (2009)
11:00 - 12:50 - Horror Channel
3.9/10 Stars

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A comet collides with Earth, causing a devastating series of quakes, floods and volcanic eruptions. However, when the dust has settled, it turns out worse is to come. The impact has pushed the planet off its axis, and if a team of scientists cannot put it right, the crust will shift, wiping out all life. Disaster thriller, starring Jack Coleman, Holly Dignard and Tyler Johnston.

McBride: It's Murder, Madam- (2005)
11:00 - 13:00 - True Entertainment
6.0/10 Stars

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An aspiring actress thinks she has landed on her feet when she is offered a job straight after arriving in town - but her good fortune proves short-lived when she is accused of murdering her boss. Luckily, maverick lawyer McBride is happy to help her. Crime drama, starring John Larroquette, Marta DuBois, Matt Lutz and Claire Coffee.

The Bourne Legacy- (2012)
11:15 - 13:45 - Channel 4
5.9/10 Stars

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The leaders of a secret government agency plan to eliminate several agents as part of a cover-up when they face having their dark secrets exposed. One of the assassins targeted is able to evade his fate and go on the run - but his escape is threatened by his dependence on drugs to boost his physical capabilities. Spy thriller sequel, with Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton.

Attack of the 50ft Woman- (1993)
11:20 - 13:05 - Movies4Men
0.0/10 Stars

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Daryl Hannah grows to 50ft tall after an encounter with aliens and decides to exact revenge on her cheating husband, and others. (1993)

Hobo with a Shotgun- (2011)
11:25 - 13:10 - Horror Channel
5.9/10 Stars

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A homeless man drifting across America wanders into a city that is dominated by a family of gangsters and awash with crime and corruption. While caught up in a pawn shop robbery, he finally snaps and takes up a shotgun to unleash his own brand of lethal vigilante justice. Action thriller, starring Rutger Hauer and Gregory Smith.

For the Love of a Child- (2006)
11:25 - 13:25 - True Entertainment
3.3/10 Stars

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Two inspirational women who carry out extensive work with abused, neglected and abandoned children around the world. Drama, starring Peri Gilpin, Teri Polo and Maria Del Mar.

Tower Block- (2012)
11:30 - 12:30 - 5*
5.5/10 Stars

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The last remaining residents of a soon-to-be-demolished tower block prepare to leave, only to find all the ways out of the building have been cut off and a mysterious sniper is watching their every move, waiting to gun them down. They find that not only is the building booby-trapped with deadly devices, but also that some of their number are not as innocent as they seem. Thriller, starring Sheridan Smith, Jack O'Connell, Russell Tovey and Ralph Brown.

Zombieland- (2009)
11:30 - 13:15 - Film 4
7.1/10 Stars

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In director Ruben Fleischer's fitfully funny and splatter-filled road movie, fearful neurotic Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), gung-ho cowboy Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and two con-artist sisters (Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin) form a reluctant alliance on a post-apocalypse Earth overrun by zombies. Their blackly comic story is padded out with flashbacks as they head for the refuge of a Californian amusement park, with Columbus's list of 47 survival rules - including "Don't be a Hero", "Check Car Back Seats" - cutely annotated on screen. Not a lot happens en route, but when it does, there's gory mayhem. It's slick, glossy and engaging, if nowhere near as clever as zom-com Shaun of the Dead (a clear influence for the director). The most inspired section is when the quartet settles in the Beverly Hills house of Tallahassee's hero Bill Murray, who appears in an extended cameo sending up his career.

Safe Haven- (2013)
11:30 - 13:20 - BBC 2
6.9/10 Stars

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A mysterious woman arrives in a small coastal town looking to make a fresh start, but seems reluctant to discuss her past. As she forms a close friendship with a neighbour and falls for a single father, she begins to realise the time has come to confront the dark secrets she is fleeing from. Romantic drama based on Nicholas Sparks' novel, with Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel and Cobie Smulders.

Code Name Wild Geese- (1984)
11:40 - 13:45 - Movies4Men
4.9/10 Stars

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A group of mercenaries attempt to overthrow a brutal dictator in South East Asia. Stars Lewis Collins and Klaus Kinski.

Exit Wounds- (2001)
11:45 - 12:45 - ITV 4
5.0/10 Stars

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Steven Seagal looks far from the svelte fast-moving hero he should be in this action drama. He plays Orin Boyd, a disgraced cop who is transferred to a tough inner-city precinct where he discovers his new colleagues are selling heroin to drug dealers. Seagal's comeback film, based on the novel by John Westermann, sees Warner Bros reunite many of the cast and crew of the equally disappointing Romeo Must Die, including director Andrzej Bartkowiak and producer Joel Silver. Seagal's performance is typically wooden, and the Toronto locations are hardly convincing as downtown Detroit. However, rapper DMX provides some relief from the usual Seagal shenanigans. The poster reads "This is gonna hurt", and indeed it does, for just under two hours.

The Good Companions- (0)
12:00 - 14:00 - Talking Pictures
0.0/10 Stars

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1957. Musical comedy. Directed by J Lee Thompson. Stars Eric Portman, Celia Johnson, Thira Hird and Joyce Grenfell. A touring troupe, the 'Dinky Doos' are in financial trouble, can anyone help?

Once upon a Time in Mexico- (2003)
12:15 - 14:30 - Sony Movie Channel
6.1/10 Stars

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While you can see why director Robert Rodriguez might want to remake his 1992 ultra-low-budget debut El Mariachi as Desperado (1995) to take advantage of a studio-sized budget, remaking it yet again would seem to indicate that he's stuck in a groove. But that's almost exactly what he's done in this third outing, which again stars Antonio Banderas as the wandering minstrel with an arsenal in his guitar case to take on evil drug lords. He's aided and abetted this time by an unorthodox CIA agent (Johnny Depp), who's the most entertaining thing in the film, possibly because he's the only genuinely original element. The action is certainly spectacular and inventive - Rodriguez is one of the best editors of mayhem around - and Salma Hayek is suitably sultry, but you can't escape the feeling that you've seen it all before.

Vertigo- (1958)
12:40 - 15:15 - Film 4
7.8/10 Stars

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In one of the truly great later Hitchcocks, James Stewart plays a retired cop with a terror of heights who's hired by Tom Helmore to follow his suicidal wife, Kim Novak. Stewart falls in love with the enigmatic blonde, but can't prevent her falling to her death. Some months later he spots a woman (also played by Novak) who bears an uncanny resemblance to the dead woman, and is drawn into a web of deceit and obsession. Novak gives her greatest performance in a demanding dual role, while Stewart shatters his all-American Mr Nice Guy persona with a disturbingly dark and complex characterisation. A hallucinatory movie - the glistening San Francisco locations give both place and events a dreamlike quality - this remains one of the most painful depictions of romantic fatalism in all of cinema.

Lost in the Bermuda Triangle- (1999)
13:00 - 14:50 - Horror Channel
3.6/10 Stars

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A man is suspected of killing his wife during their second honeymoon, which they have made the mistake of taking in the notorious ocean region. Drama, starring Graham Beckel, Tom Verica, Christina Haag and Ron Canada.

What a Carve Up!- (1961)
13:05 - 14:55 - Movies4Men
6.8/10 Stars

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Members of a squabbling family are summoned to a spooky isolated house for the reading of a dead relative's will. However, as the night wears on, they find themselves targeted by a killer who seems determined to pick them off one by one. Comedy, starring Carry On regulars Kenneth Connor and Sid James, alongside Donald Pleasence, Dennis Price and Michael Gwynne.

The Legend of Zorro- (2005)
13:15 - 15:55 - Sony Movie Channel
5.9/10 Stars

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The masked hero investigates a mysterious explosion linked to a French count, who is plotting to stop California from joining the United States. He discovers that his wife Elena, who walked out on their marriage when he refused to hang up his sword, is somehow involved. Swashbuckling adventure sequel, starring Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rufus Sewell, Alberto Reyes and Adrian Alonso.

Girdle of Gold- (0)
14:00 - 15:15 - Talking Pictures
0.0/10 Stars

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1952. Comedy directed by Montgomery Tully and filmed at Nettlefold. Starring Esmond Knight and Maudie Edwards. A husband hides a fortune in his wife's girdle, only for the girdle to go 'missing'.

Danielle Steel's Changes- (1991)
15:00 - 17:00 - True Entertainment
1.0/10 Stars

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Michael Nouri's career has had its ups and downs since he co-starred alongside Jennifer Beals in Flashdance. In this TV-movie adaptation of the Danielle Steel novel, he plays a widowed surgeon who starts a new life with Cheryl Ladd's television news reporter. There are all the twists, turns, highs, lows and heartbreaks you'd expect, but it's handled quite well and mercifully doesn't get as flowery as the book on which it is based.

Four Guns to the Border- (1954)
15:15 - 16:55 - Film 4
4.0/10 Stars

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Four bank robbers flee for the Mexico border and seek shelter for the night with a farmer - only for one of them to cost them their sanctuary by sleeping with their host's daughter. As they continue their escape, they encounter the pair again, and cut short their flight to protect them from marauding Apaches. Western, starring Rory Calhoun and Colleen Miller.

Lifetime Of Lies- (2016)
15:15 - 17:00 - Channel 5
0.0/10 Stars

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Murder mystery starring Shenae Grimes and Sean Faris. Sayre Hoyle attends her brother's funeral and revisits her strained relationship with her father. (2016)

Landfall- (0)
16:00 - 17:45 - Talking Pictures
0.0/10 Stars

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1949. War. Director: Ken Annakin. Stars Michael Denison, Patricia Plunkett & Kathleen Harrison. At Coastal Command in Southern England, an RAF pilot is suspended after possibly sinking a British sub.

Amazing Stories: The Movie II- (1985)
16:00 - 18:00 - Horror Channel
0.0/10 Stars

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Star-Studded adventure directed by Robert Zemeckis. Following four stories including a dodgy Santa, haunted jewellery and a mysterious doll. (1985)

The Last Blitzkrieg- (1958)
16:05 - 17:50 - Movies4Men
4.0/10 Stars

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The son of a Nazi general is selected for a secret undercover mission. He and his men disguise themselves as American soldiers and go behind the Allied lines, with the intention of carrying out acts of sabotage and undermining enemy morale. Second World War drama, starring Van Johnson and Kerwin Mathews. Includes Flight Bites at 8.05pm.

Street Fighter- (1994)
16:05 - 18:15 - Sony Movie Channel
4.2/10 Stars

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Jean-Claude Van Damme and Kylie Minogue team up for a movie adaptation of the popular video game. If that unlikely pairing isn't enough to put you off, try the simple-minded plot, which concerns an Allied Nations assignment to overthrow General Bison (Raul Julia in his last role), the dictator of a mythical Asian territory. Despite some neat production design - the camouflage costumes are particularly natty - there's very little to get excited about in this laughably bad action adventure.

Hell below Zero- (1954)
16:55 - 18:45 - Film 4
5.5/10 Stars

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A thrill-seeking explorer joins a whaling ship and is persuaded by the female captain to investigate the disappearance of her father on an earlier expedition. The pair become suspicious of her former lover - and are proved right when he leaves them for dead in Antarctic waters. Action adventure, starring Alan Ladd, Joan Tetzel, Basil Sydney and Stanley Baker.

Chariots of Fire- (1981)
18:25 - 21:00 - Sony Movie Channel
6.6/10 Stars

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Unfairly dismissed by some as an empty exercise in cheap schmaltz, this has an old-fashioned innocence that celebrates the human spirit with a lot of careful detail. It's a powerful tale about two British athletes - one a contemplative Scottish missionary, the other an anxious Jewish student - aiming for glory in the 1924 Olympics, and it contains a compelling study of their characters and those of their competitors. Their experiences are drawn in thoughtfully by Hugh Hudson's direction and Colin Welland's Oscar-winning script. Indeed, it was Welland who exclaimed at the Oscar ceremony that "the British are coming!". The two British actors on screen here, Ian Charleson (the missionary) and Ben Cross (the student), prove that, at a time when British cinema had such talent to fall back on, Welland should have been right.

Best Years of Our Lives- (0)
18:30 - 21:45 - Talking Pictures
0.0/10 Stars

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1946. Drama. Director: William Wyler. Stars Dana Andrews, Fredric March, Harold Russell & Myrna Loy. After WW2, the Greatest Generation returned home to great, but bittersweet, fanfare.

Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief- (2010)
18:45 - 21:00 - Film 4
6.0/10 Stars

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A teenage boy learns he's the son of the Greek god Poseidon, has powers he never knew about and must embark on a quest to stop war breaking out on Mount Olympus in this fantasy adventure, adapted from the first of Rick Riordan's popular novels. Having tackled the first two Harry Potter instalments, director Chris Columbus again sets a potential franchise in motion, but this time it's hardly an unqualified recommendation for a family treat. The idea of the Greek gods co-existing with the modern world is delightful, of course, but the film gets bogged down in explaining all the legends. Still, with superior effects work bringing the many headed Hydra and Uma Thurman's snake-haired Medusa to vivid life, there's enough thrilling spectacle to keep the clunky storytelling moving along. An entertaining grown-up cast (Kevin McKidd's brooding Poseidon, Pierce Brosnan as Chiron the centaur and Steve Coogan's lord of the underworld) also helps offset Logan Lerman's synthetic performance as the troubled adolescent. Yes, it's evidently Potter-ish, but unashamedly aimed at younger viewers - which makes the emphasis on the junior hero's fighting skills and a clearly misguided Las Vegas casino sequence all the more dismaying.

Ride a Crooked Trail- (1958)
19:05 - 21:00 - Movies4Men
5.4/10 Stars

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A bank robber is mistaken for a lawman and agrees to become the sheriff of a crime-ridden town in the hope of making money from his position - but the plight of a local orphan and an encounter with a local woman make him change his plans. Western, starring Audie Murphy, Walter Matthau, Gia Scala, Henry Silva, Joanna Moore and Eddie Little.

St Trinian's 2: the Legend of Fritton's Gold- (2009)
20:00 - 22:00 - E4
5.4/10 Stars

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Those unruly schoolgirl sirens hunt for pirate treasure but end up searching for laughs instead in this very sloppy sequel to the 2007 revamp. Sagging under the weight of too much plot - Rupert Everett's headmistress Miss Fritton discovers she's related to an infamous buccaneer, so the girls go on a hunt for a treasure trove, but a woman-hating secret society wants to upset their plans - this sub-Carry On romp wearily coasts along on the lines of a rudimentary old-school farce rather than anything resembling wit. Everett's parody of Camilla Parker-Bowles feels stale this time around and Colin Firth's embarrassment at having to play the character's ageing love interest has clearly increased. Cast additions include Girls Aloud's Sarah Harding as a rock chick, which is hardly a stretch. Yet she's nowhere near as bad as the depressingly camp villain played by David Tennant, though he does sum up the lacklustre proceedings with the line "Oh, this is interminable".

Eraser- (1996)
21:00 - 22:00 - ITV 4
5.5/10 Stars

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Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the "eraser" of the title - a federal marshal for the Witness Protection Program who helps witnesses by erasing their identities (which usually involves him blowing up some building or other). Of course, for the purposes of this action movie, things don't go to plan, and he and damsel-in-distress Vanessa Williams have to dodge bullets, explosions and quips before our hero can save the day. This disappointing adventure lacks the nonstop gung-ho action and entertainment we've come to expect from a Schwarzenegger movie and won't satisfy even die-hard Arnie fans.

Dirty Dancing- (1987)
21:00 - 22:00 - 5*
6.9/10 Stars

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This feel-good dance drama works a curious charismatic magic and catapulted the then-unknown Patrick Swayze to stardom. It was intended as a low-budget filler, a tale of sexual awakening at a Jewish holiday camp in 1963, but it became a much-loved blockbuster and kick-started major industry careers for its production team. The casting is perfect, with Swayze playing the sexy bad boy dancing coach and Jennifer Grey as the feisty middle-class teenager, and their relationship never strikes a false note. But what really makes the film unmissable is the fabulous dancing - despite being highly erotic, it's never tacky.

Fast & Furious 6- (2013)
21:00 - 23:35 - Film 4
6.6/10 Stars

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A gang of fugitives is reunited by an FBI manhunter, who offers the criminals pardons in return for their help. They must go to Europe and bring down a criminal syndicate led by a ruthless London gangster, whose right-hand woman is an old friend of theirs assumed to be dead. Action thriller sequel, with Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez.

Valdez Is Coming- (1971)
21:00 - 22:55 - Movies4Men
5.1/10 Stars

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This western is notable only for a performance of immense dignity from the great Burt Lancaster as a Mexican-American lawman bent on justice. An unlikely debut for Broadway theatre director Edwin Sherin, who fails to get the most out of the material and quite clearly has no cinema technique. Additionally, the film is crucially under-cast, with a far stronger screen presence than Jon Cypher required as Lancaster's adversary. Only Richard Jordan manages to register among the supports. Shot in Spain, this is a film from a period in Lancaster's career when he simply seemed glad to be working.

Ray- (2004)
21:00 - 00:15 - Sony Movie Channel
7.1/10 Stars

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Sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll (or, in Ray Charles's case, soul, gospel, blues and even a little bit of country) are the basic ingredients for a biopic of just about any popular singer from the last 50 years or so. Childhood poverty and tragedy are standard extras, and racial prejudice is not unfamiliar territory. Throw in blindness and you are in danger of producing an indigestible mixture of cliché and sentimentality. Taylor Hackford's movie avoids that trap, beginning with the 17-year-old Ray setting out in search of fame and fortune and ending with him established as one of America's most successful entertainers. Flashbacks fill in the gaps. Charles emerges as a hugely original talent (his recordings are used throughout the film) and a sympathetic human being, despite his heroin addiction and serial adultery. This is thanks to the assured script and direction, and to star Jamie Foxx - his Ray is not just an uncanny impersonation, but a great performance.

Final Girl- (2015)
21:00 - 22:50 - Horror Channel
4.8/10 Stars

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Grizzly thriller starring Abigail Breslin (Signs). A group of boys lure the young Veronica to the woods with murder on their minds, but soon realise they've underestimated their prey. (2015)

Saturday Night & Sunday Morning- (0)
22:00 - 23:45 - Talking Pictures
0.0/10 Stars

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1960. Drama. Director: Karel Reisz. Stars Albert Finney, Rachel Roberts, Shirley Anne Field & Hylda Baker. In Nottingham, Arthur works in a mindless haze, but his love affairs cause him complications.

Eraser- (1996)
22:05 - 23:20 - ITV 4
5.5/10 Stars

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Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the "eraser" of the title - a federal marshal for the Witness Protection Program who helps witnesses by erasing their identities (which usually involves him blowing up some building or other). Of course, for the purposes of this action movie, things don't go to plan, and he and damsel-in-distress Vanessa Williams have to dodge bullets, explosions and quips before our hero can save the day. This disappointing adventure lacks the nonstop gung-ho action and entertainment we've come to expect from a Schwarzenegger movie and won't satisfy even die-hard Arnie fans.

Dirty Dancing- (1987)
22:05 - 23:05 - 5*
6.9/10 Stars

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This feel-good dance drama works a curious charismatic magic and catapulted the then-unknown Patrick Swayze to stardom. It was intended as a low-budget filler, a tale of sexual awakening at a Jewish holiday camp in 1963, but it became a much-loved blockbuster and kick-started major industry careers for its production team. The casting is perfect, with Swayze playing the sexy bad boy dancing coach and Jennifer Grey as the feisty middle-class teenager, and their relationship never strikes a false note. But what really makes the film unmissable is the fabulous dancing - despite being highly erotic, it's never tacky.

Desperado- (1995)
22:55 - 01:00 - Movies4Men
6.7/10 Stars

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The quirky no-budget charm of El Mariachi may have gone, but director Robert Rodriguez here clearly revels in the chance to splash out with the backing of a studio to reimagine his modest debut feature effectively. Antonio Banderas assumes the mantle of the mysterious guitar-playing stranger who arrives south of the border seeking vengeance against an evil drugs baron, and keeps his tongue wedged firmly in cheek as he carries out his acrobatic slaughter of hordes of bad guys. Add to that a smouldering early appearance from Salma Hayek, sharp cameos from Quentin Tarantino and Steve Buscemi and a rootsy rocking soundtrack from Los Lobos, and you end up with joyfully mindless mayhem.

McBride: Tune in for Murder- (2005)
23:00 - 01:00 - True Entertainment
6.0/10 Stars

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An obnoxious radio DJ is killed and his co-presenter is found at the scene of the crime. McBride takes on the case, but becomes convinced of the defendant's innocence - especially when the murder weapon is nowhere to be found. Mystery, starring John Larroquette and Marta DuBois.

Gone- (2012)
23:05 - 00:05 - 5*
6.0/10 Stars

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A woman who was once kidnapped returns home to find her sister has disappeared without trace. She is convinced the man who abducted her has struck again, but with the police unwilling to believe her and unable to find any clues, she is forced to attempt a rescue alone. Thriller, starring Amanda Seyfried and Daniel Sunjata.

Devil's Knot- (2013)
23:35 - 01:50 - Film 4
5.7/10 Stars

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Three teenagers are accused of murdering children as part of a Satanic ritual. A private investigator hired to assist the court case begins to suspect they are the victims of a witch hunt, while the mother of one of the dead boys is torn between her suspicions over the lack of evidence and her need for closure. Fact-based crime drama, starring Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth.

Pride Of the Yankees- (0)
00:00 - 02:30 - Talking Pictures
0.0/10 Stars

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1942. Drama. Director: Sam Wood. Stars Gary Cooper, Babe Ruth, Teresa Wright & Walter Brennan. A biographical drama based on the life of baseball hall of famer Lou Gehrig.

Gone- (2012)
00:10 - 01:10 - 5*
6.0/10 Stars

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A woman who was once kidnapped returns home to find her sister has disappeared without trace. She is convinced the man who abducted her has struck again, but with the police unwilling to believe her and unable to find any clues, she is forced to attempt a rescue alone. Thriller, starring Amanda Seyfried and Daniel Sunjata.

Midnight Express- (1978)
00:15 - 02:40 - Sony Movie Channel
7.5/10 Stars

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An American student is arrested for drug smuggling while on holiday in Turkey, and thrown into a prison ruled by a sadistic warder. Meanwhile, as his family and the US government plan an appeal, he begins to plot his escape. Alan Parker's fact-based drama, starring Brad Davis, John Hurt and Randy Quaid.

Three Way- (2004)
01:00 - 02:40 - Movies4Men
4.8/10 Stars

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A man overhears a couple plotting a kidnapping, and decides to blackmail them. However, he makes the mistake of sharing the details of his scheme with three very different women, each of whom has their own reason for jeopardising the plot. Crime thriller based on Gil Brewer's novel Wild to Possess, starring Dominic Purcell, Joy Bryant, Ali Larter and Gina Gershon.

Stitches- (2012)
01:00 - 02:50 - Horror Channel
5.2/10 Stars

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A youngster's 10th birthday party takes a nightmarish turn when the seedy clown hired for the occasion is accidentally killed. Six years later, the teenage boy prepares to celebrate his birthday again, only for the red-nosed entertainer to rise from the grave on a mission to avenge his own death. Comedy horror, starring Ross Noble and Tommy Knight.

Freshman Fall- (1996)
01:00 - 03:00 - True Entertainment
4.5/10 Stars

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This date-rape drama adds nothing new to a powerful subject in which a balance between contention and decency is always difficult to achieve. Director Bethany Rooney sets up her freshman tale with every campus cliché she can find to ensure we're behind demure Candace Cameron Bure, even before she is assaulted at a seniors' party. And the devious, sensationalist resolution turns what purports to be a serious study of the aftershock of a terrifying ordeal into a below-average revenge movie.

The Dilemma- (2011)
01:50 - 04:00 - Film 4
5.2/10 Stars

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Good intentions lead to little of consequence in this underwhelming comedy produced by and starring Vince Vaughn. As usual, the Wedding Crashers star adopts the slick salesman approach as Ronny Valentine, the business partner and best buddy of Nick (played by a typically soppy Kevin James). Winona Ryder is lumbered with playing the wedge that is driven between them - married to Nick but spied by Ronny canoodling with another man (Channing Tatum). So begins a gradual nervous breakdown as Ronny frets over the best course of action, while trying to convince his own long-time love (an impossibly tolerant Jennifer Connelly) that he is husband material. Sadly, much like The Break-Up (which Vaughn also produced), the story lacks credibility and insight, and the gags are often incongruous. Even with veteran director Ron Howard behind the camera, proceedings too often veer off in the wrong direction.

Gung Ho- (1986)
02:30 - 04:15 - Talking Pictures
6.6/10 Stars

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1943. War drama starring Randolph Scott. Based on the real-life World War II Makin Island raid, led by Lieutenant Colonel Evans Carlson's 2nd Marine Raider Battalion.

Hell Squad- (1958)
02:40 - 04:00 - Movies4Men
6.4/10 Stars

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When a group of American soldiers becomes lost in the desert, they must continue to travel in the gruelling heat to avoid capture by the Nazis. Second World War drama, starring Wally Campo, Brandon Carroll, Gregg Stewart and Fred Gavlin.

Dragon Eyes- (2012)
02:40 - 04:20 - Sony Movie Channel
4.0/10 Stars

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A mysterious stranger arrives in a New Orleans neighbourhood and, with the aid of his wise mentor, uses his martial arts skills to drive away the rival gangs terrorising the people. He faces a greater foe in the corrupt chief of police, who has a vested interest in keeping the population scared. Action adventure, starring Cung Le, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Peter Weller.

The Day- (2011)
02:50 - 04:30 - Horror Channel
4.7/10 Stars

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Four survivors roaming a post-apocalyptic wasteland join forces with a mysterious loner, who proves a powerful ally in defending themselves from roaming bandits. They seek shelter in an abandoned farmhouse, but are soon besieged by bloodthirsty cannibals - and discover their new friend may not be what she seems. Sci-fi thriller, starring Ashley Bell, Dominic Monaghan and Shawn Ashmore.