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Just Ask My Children- (2001)
01:00 - 03:00 - Fri 20/1/17 - True Entertainment
8.0/10 Stars

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A couple are wrongly accused of molesting their children, becoming victims of hysterical testimonies and a tough district attorney. Sentenced to 12 years in jail, they are forced to prove their innocence from behind bars. Fact-based drama, starring Virginia Madsen and Jeffrey Nordling.


Brighton Rock- (1947)
18:00 - 19:50 - Sat 21/1/17 - Talking Pictures
7.7/10 Stars

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Released in America as Young Scarface, this is one of the most sinister crime films ever made in Britain and, but for several cuts by the censor, it would also have been one of the most shocking. However, Graham Greene, scripting from his own novel (not in collaboration with Terence Rattigan as many sources state), also drew some of the film's teeth by allowing gullible waitress Rose the faint hope that her malicious husband might love her after all - a contrivance that was given a glutinously spiritual slant by director John Boulting. Richard Attenborough (as Pinkie the teenage gangster) turns in the best performance of his career, and he is magnificently supported by William Hartnell and the underrated Carol Marsh as Rose.


Amy- (2015)
21:00 - 23:40 - Sat 21/1/17 - More 4
7.5/10 Stars

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Documentary portrait of soul, jazz and R'n'B singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, whose untimely death in July 2011 followed a well-publicised history of drugs and alcohol abuse. Director Asif Kapadia traces Amy's rise and demise over the 13 years preceding her death, telling her story via her music and autobiographical song lyrics, video footage shot by friends and family, archive television clips, plus voiceover interviews with those who were personally and professionally close to her. Contributors include Pete Doherty, Mitch Winehouse, Tony Bennett, Mark Ronson and Tyler James.


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug- (2013)
18:55 - 19:55 - Sun 22/1/17 - ITV 2
7.6/10 Stars

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Epic adventure starring Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman, 2013. The thirteen dwarves continue their mission to reclaim their homeland back from the clutches of Smaug.


The Grand Budapest Hotel- (2014)
21:00 - 23:05 - Sun 22/1/17 - Film 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.


Trainspotting- (1995)
22:05 - 23:55 - Sun 22/1/17 - Channel 4
7.7/10 Stars

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Edinburgh heroin addict and petty crook Mark Renton makes a series of attempts to kick the habit, but the grind of everyday life and a circle of similarly self-destructive friends continually drag him back to his old ways. Following a near fatal overdose, he comes to the realisation that the only way to put his life in order is to rid himself of his friends - which is easier said than done. Danny Boyle's drama, starring Ewan McGregor, Robert Caryle and Ewen Bremner.


Road- (2014)
00:15 - 01:15 - Mon 23/1/17 - ITV 4
7.7/10 Stars

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For two generations the Dunlop family from Northern Ireland has dominated the dangerous world of motorcycle road racing. This documentary, narrated by Liam Neeson, tells the dramatic, tragic and inspirational story of the two sets of brothers - Joey and Robert, William and Michael - who were united by both success and, ultimately, loss.


My Darling Clementine- (1946)
11:00 - 13:00 - Mon 23/1/17 - Film 4
7.5/10 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 Wind Rises- (2013)
01:15 - 03:50 - Tue 24/1/17 - Film 4
7.6/10 Stars

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Hayao Miyazaki's animated biopic of Japanese aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi. Unable to fulfil his dream of becoming a pilot, Horikoshi becomes an innovative designer of aircraft in the 1920s, living through some of the most turbulent times in the country's history. To his horror, his creations are put to destructive use in the Second World War. With the voices of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt.


The Poseidon Adventure- (1972)
16:30 - 18:50 - Tue 24/1/17 - Film 4
7.7/10 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.

Fighting Caballero- (1935)
06:00 - 07:10 - Wed 25/1/17 - 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.

Ferry to Hong Kong- (1959)
00:00 - 02:15 - Thu 26/1/17 - Talking Pictures
8.3/10 Stars

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1958. Adventure. Directed by and starring Orson Welles. An adventure at sea ensues when Captain Hart has to accept a Hong Kong deportee. Also stars Curt Jurgens, Sylvia Syms and Jemery Spencer