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The Shawshank Redemption- (1994)
22:30 - 00:05 - Thu 22/6/17 - ITV 4
8.4/10 Stars

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A banker is wrongly jailed for murder. Over the course of his life sentence, he forms a close friendship with a fellow inmate and earns a position of trust as book-keeper to the corrupt prison governor - giving him the time and opportunity to conceive a unique escape plan. Frank Darabont's drama, starring Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown and Gil Bellows.


Young Frankenstein- (1974)
14:50 - 15:45 - Fri 23/6/17 - Sony Movie Channel
7.6/10 Stars

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Frederick Frankenstein rejects his family heritage as a mad scientist, but when he finds a book revealing how his grandfather created a monster, he cannot resist building one of his own. Mel Brooks' spoof of James Whale's classic 1930s horror films, starring Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Teri Garr, Peter Boyle and Gene Hackman.


All That Heaven Allows- (1955)
15:00 - 16:45 - Fri 23/6/17 - Film 4
8.0/10 Stars

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After the successful but preposterous weepie Magnificent Obsession, director Douglas Sirk reteamed with stars Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson for this exquisite melodrama. Wealthy widow Cary Scott (Wyman) risks the disapproval of her curtain-twitching neighbours and her own grown-up children when she embarks on a May-December romance with free-spirited gardener Ron Kirby (Hudson). Both leads are wonderful, with Hudson in particular bringing charm and tenderness to his role. Sumptuous Technicolor photography and lavish sets and costumes mean the film looks beautiful, and Sirk cleverly juxtaposes this with the ugliness of the attitudes that lie just beneath the surface. He deftly critiques the moral values (and hypocrisy) of 1950s America while simultaneously crafting a genuinely touching romance, making this one to melt even the hardest of hearts.


Dallas Buyers Club- (2013)
23:25 - 00:25 - Fri 23/6/17 - 5*
7.9/10 Stars

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A man diagnosed with HIV and given 30 days to live discovers that many treatments for his condition are not available in the US. With the aid of a transsexual Aids patient, he sets up a scheme to smuggle the drugs into the country and distribute them to those who need them. Fact-based drama, starring Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, with Jennifer Garner and Steve Zahn.


Something for Joey- (1977)
01:00 - 03:00 - Sun 25/6/17 - True Entertainment
9.9/10 Stars

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A fine screenplay, superior acting and classy direction save this made-for-TV drama - based on the true-life relationship between a US college football star and his kid brother who is dying of leukaemia- from the inherent risk of sentimentality. Geraldine Page and Steve Guttenberg both won praise for their performances as other family members and went on to greater fame and fortune. However, it is Jeff Lynas's sensitive portrayal of the afflicted brother , that provides the key to making this such a surprisingly effective, moving and uplifting film.


Rio Bravo- (1958)
12:35 - 13:35 - Sun 25/6/17 - ITV 4
7.6/10 Stars

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Underrated at the time of its release, this majestically paced western is one of the finest achievements of the genre and stands as a career-best for many of its participants, its above-average length and simplistic plot masking a work of depth and artistry. Originally intended by director Howard Hawks as a riposte to the liberal High Noon, the movie boasts a class and quality that owe little to what had gone before, save some dialogue lifted from Hawks's earlier To Have and Have Not. It's a definitive study of male camaraderie, particularly in the wordless opening sequence as John Wayne attempts to preserve the drunken Dean Martin's dignity. The casting is perfect (if you believe Ricky Nelson as a gunslinger) and the sense of fun contagious. Superb Technicolor photography and a Dmitri Tiomkin score provide the icing on a very impressive cake.


Her- (2013)
23:05 - 01:30 - Sun 25/6/17 - Film 4
7.9/10 Stars

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A lonely man in the midst of a divorce downloads an artificial intelligence to act as an operating system for his computer. He finds himself better able to connect to the voice of the system than he can to any human being, and begins to fall in love with it. Sci-fi drama, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Rooney Mara, with the voice of Scarlett Johansson.


Fort Algiers- (1953)
14:00 - 15:35 - Wed 28/6/17 - Talking Pictures
7.6/10 Stars

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A spy in the employ of the French foreign legion is sent on an undercover mission disguised as an Algerian nightclub singer. Her goal is to expose an Arab leader's plot to seize control of oil-rich lands, but when her cover is blown, it falls to her soldier lover to save her. Spy adventure, starring Yvonne De Carlo and Carlos Thompson.


Della- (1965)
04:40 - 06:00 - Thu 29/6/17 - Talking Pictures
8.0/10 Stars

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Joan Crawford's once-glittering career was in terminal decline by the time this dreary, second-rate TV movie was made, despite her memorable performance alongside Bette Davis in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? just a few years before. In an attempt to capture the film noir style that had made her name, Crawford plays a mother who keeps her beautiful daughter prisoner in a vast mansion. Sadly, despite the promising premise, the end result is a boring and predictable mess, only saved from total failure by Crawford's valiant attempt to rise above the material.