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The Poseidon Adventure- (1972)
16:50 - 19:10 - Sat 23/9/17 - Film 4
7.6/10 Stars

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In this memorable calamity-at-sea epic from disaster-movie specialist Irwin Allen, an ocean liner turns turtle under a tidal wave and survivors fight their way to the ship's underside in an attempt to find an exit. The religious aspects of Paul Gallico's source novel get buried under a barrage of set pieces as director Ronald Neame cranks up the suspense and minister Gene Hackman leads a group of uptight passengers to what they hope will be their salvation. There are wonderfully poignant performances by Ernest Borgnine, Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters and Red Buttons, but it's always Hackman's movie - not even the remarkable effects can upstage him.


My Darling Clementine- (1946)
11:00 - 13:00 - Sun 24/9/17 - Film 4
7.7/10 Stars

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In this classic western, Henry Fonda's Wyatt Earp and Victor Mature's Doc Holliday are heading for that close shave at the OK Corral. Owing rather less to historical accuracy than more recent movies - Tombstone and Kevin Costner's Wyatt Earp - this John Ford picture boasts some fine sequences. The best is a dance in an unfinished church, a fine symbol of the "garden being fashioned from the wilderness" by the strong-arm methods of Fonda's self-righteous lawman. Filmed in expressive black and white against Monument Valley locations, the picture combines both the grandeur and the folksiness so typical of its director.


The Grand Budapest Hotel- (2014)
23:05 - 01:00 - Sun 24/9/17 - Channel 4
7.9/10 Stars

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An old man tells a journalist the story of his youth as a lobby boy at a hotel in Eastern Europe in the 1930s. He was taken under the wing of the establishment's dashing concierge, and is drawn into his misadventures as he becomes involved in a conflict over a valuable painting. Wes Anderson's comedy drama, starring Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F Murray Abraham and Jude Law.


Tycoon- (1947)
06:00 - 08:35 - Wed 27/9/17 - 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.


Newlywed and Dead- (2016)
13:10 - 14:15 - Wed 27/9/17 - Five USA
9.9/10 Stars

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Thriller. Newlywed Kristin begins to doubt her husband Jay's love when his aunt and rival is found murdered. (2016)[S]


She Wore a Yellow Ribbon- (1949)
14:00 - 14:55 - Wed 27/9/17 - 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.


Django Unchained- (2012)
22:00 - 23:00 - Wed 27/9/17 - 5*
7.7/10 Stars

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A slave named Django is tracked down by eccentric German bounty hunter Dr King Schultz, who offers him his freedom in exchange for help bringing three criminals to justice. The unlikely allies continue their partnership after the job is done, and fight to rescue Django's wife from a sadistic plantation owner. Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-winning Western, starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L Jackson.


Mr Peabody and the Mermaid- (1948)
06:00 - 07:30 - Thu 28/9/17 - Talking Pictures
9.9/10 Stars

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1948. Comedy. Arthur Peabody (William Powell) undergoes a mid-life crisis. Peabody goes on vacation with his wife Polly (Irene Hervey), but he is seduced by a beautiful mermaid played by Ann Blyth.


The Raiders of Leyte Gulf- (1963)
11:20 - 12:15 - Thu 28/9/17 - Movies4Men
8.0/10 Stars

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An American soldier is sent to secretly gather vital information near the island of Leyte in the Philippines. When he is captured by Japanese forces and subjected to torture, a paratrooper leads a mission to rescue him. Second World War drama, starring Jennings Sturgeon, Michael Parsons and Efren Reyes.


In a Lonely Place- (1950)
13:05 - 14:55 - Thu 28/9/17 - Film 4
7.6/10 Stars

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A quick-tempered screenwriter becomes chief suspect in the murder of a nightclub cloakroom attendant who was seen leaving his house. A sympathetic neighbour agrees to provide him with an alibi, but her growing doubts over his innocence drive him to violence. Film noir suspense thriller, based on the novel by Dorothy B Hughes, with Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy and Carl Benton Reid.