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The Princess Bride- (1987)
10:45 - 12:35 - Sun 26/3/17 - Channel 5
7.5/10 Stars

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Rob Reiner has always been careful to avoid typecasting as a director, so following the warm nostalgia of Stand by Me he opted for this curious but ultimately charming children's fable. The film opens with Peter Falk reading the story to The Wonder Years's Fred Savage, and this ironic distancing continues throughout the movie. Although the requisite monsters, giants and swordfights are present and correct for the children, Reiner also ensures there are plenty of quiet chuckles for adults, largely thanks to the eclectic cast, which includes Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, This Is Spinal Tap's Christopher Guest, Mel Smith and Peter Cook. An unexpected delight for all the family.


Short Term 12- (2013)
12:40 - 14:15 - Mon 27/3/17 - BBC 2
8.0/10 Stars

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US drama. Grace works in a shelter for young people, where she finds that juggling work and a relationship becomes harder than ever. [HD] [2013] [S]


The Gunfight at Dodge City- (1959)
19:20 - 21:00 - Mon 27/3/17 - Movies4Men
7.5/10 Stars

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A gambler becomes the sheriff of a frontier town, planning to use his position to avenge his brother's murderers - but the arrival of a face from the past muddies the water, and leaves him doubting the identity of the killer. Western, starring Joel McCrea, Julie Adams, John McIntire, Nancy Gates and Richard Anderson.


The Wolf of Wall Street- (2013)
21:00 - 00:30 - Mon 27/3/17 - Film 4
7.9/10 Stars

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A New York stockbroker rises from unemployment to become one of the richest men in the city's financial elite through an illegal scheme to defraud investors. His wealth brings him an outrageously debauched lifestyle, but comes at a price as the FBI become suspicious of his manipulation of the markets. Martin Scorsese's fact-based drama, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey.


Fort Algiers- (1953)
03:50 - 05:25 - Tue 28/3/17 - 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.


Fight Club- (1999)
23:00 - 00:00 - Tue 28/3/17 - 5*
8.1/10 Stars

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Chuck Palahniuk's bestseller is boldly brought to the screen here by Se7en director David Fincher. The result is a shocking, provocative and highly amusing macho fantasy, as insomniac loser Edward Norton teams up with seditious soap salesman Brad Pitt to form a no-holds-barred fight club as an outlet for their directionless aggression. The growing cult's Project Mayhem takes subversive vandalism into the outside world with a series of ludicrous acts of sabotage. Fincher's satirical fable brilliantly plays with cinematic conventions and climaxes with a shock twist. This charged slice of nihilistic angst is a mesmerising ride through the 1990s male psyche, aided by elaborate production design, unconventional editing, startling images and superlative acting from the leads. You'll either love it or hate it.


Fighting Caballero- (1935)
06:00 - 07:15 - Wed 29/3/17 - Movies4Men
8.0/10 Stars

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A mine owner investigating the death of her foreman discovers a criminal and his gang have taken over the mine and are using it as a base of operations for their counterfeiting scheme. However, two undercover agents are on hand to foil their plan. Western, with Rex Lease and Dorothy Gulliver.


Tycoon- (1947)
07:15 - 09:50 - Wed 29/3/17 - Movies4Men
7.8/10 Stars

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A civil engineer assigned to build a railroad through the South American Andes causes friction when he refuses to work on a proposed tunnel through the mountains. He eventually gets his own way, and it looks as if he and his arrogant employer will settle their differences - until the engineer falls for his boss's daughter. Romantic drama, starring John Wayne, Cedric Hardwicke, Laraine Day and Anthony Quinn.


She Wore a Yellow Ribbon- (1949)
15:20 - 17:25 - Wed 29/3/17 - Movies4Men
7.7/10 Stars

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This first-class cavalry western from director John Ford contains some of John Wayne's finest screen moments. Wayne is marvellously in character as retiring commander Nathan Brittles, a performance that even those vehemently anti-Wayne, and all he stood for, feel forced to admire. This is one of the great Technicolor movies, justly winning an Oscar for cinematography that expertly captures Ford's favourite Monument Valley locations. There's also a stirring, majestic soundtrack and a mighty fine supporting cast that includes Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr and the lovely Joanne Dru - ignore the slightly ludicrous Irish whimsy involving Victor McLaglen. This is a deeply satisfying work by one of cinema's greatest film-makers.


Gladiator- (2000)
21:00 - 00:00 - Wed 29/3/17 - More 4
7.7/10 Stars

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Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius is a casualty of a power struggle between the corrupt Emperor Commodus and the senate. Ordered to be put to death along with his family, he escapes his would-be killers and is sold into slavery, only to become a gladiator and seek revenge for the murder of his wife and child. Oscar-winning period epic, with Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Derek Jacobi and Oliver Reed, in his last film role.

The Young Poisoner's Handbook- (1994)
01:00 - 03:00 - Fri 31/3/17 - True Entertainment
9.9/10 Stars

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A chemistry-obsessed teenager becomes fascinated by poisons and uses his dysfunctional family as subjects in a series of bizarre experiments. When his schemes are uncovered, he is committed to an asylum, where he tries to convince a respected psychiatrist he is not a danger to society. Once he rejoins the outside world, the temptation to return to his old tricks proves unbearable. Black comedy based on a true story, starring Hugh O'Conor, Roger Lloyd Pack and Antony Sher.

Under the Blood Red Sun- (2014)
17:10 - 19:10 - Fri 31/3/17 - Movies4Men
8.5/10 Stars

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When the Japanese launch a surprise attack on Pearl Harbour on December 7, 1941 , the lives of one Japanese family living on the island of Hawaii changes for ever. Wartime drama, starring Kyler Ki Sakamoto, Kalama Epstein, Dann Seki and Autumn Ogawa.

Requiem for a Dream- (2000)
01:15 - 03:20 - Sat 1/4/17 - Film 4
7.8/10 Stars

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Four drug-addicted people go into a downward spiral with devastating effects on their families. A woman takes diet pills in a bid to look slim for her appearance on a TV show, her heroin-addict son and his friend turn to crime to pay for their addiction, and one of the boys' girlfriends faces her own battle with narcotics. Darren Aronofsky's drama, based on the novel by Hubert Selby Jr and starring Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn, Marlon Wayans and Jennifer Connelly.