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Chasing Christmas- (2005)
11:20 - 12:50 - Wed 22/11/17 - Channel 5
8.0/10 Stars

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A mean-spirited man receives a visit from three ghosts who, in time-honoured fashion, plan to teach him the true meaning of Christmas. However, their efforts end in disaster when one of the spirits takes him back to 1965 and accidentally leaves him stranded there. Fantasy comedy, starring Tom Arnold, Andrea Roth, Leslie Jordan and Brittney Wilson.


Impact Earth- (2015)
16:00 - 17:50 - Thu 23/11/17 - Horror Channel
8.0/10 Stars

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A former NASA asteroid tracker discovers a looming collision that could potentially wipe out Earth, but his flawed reputation means his warnings are not taken seriously. Sci-fi drama, starring Bernard Curry, Brooke Langton and Caitlin Carver.


Fort Algiers- (1953)
08:05 - 09:40 - Fri 24/11/17 - 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.


The Enemy General- (1960)
17:20 - 18:15 - Fri 24/11/17 - Movies4Men
9.0/10 Stars

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An American agent working with the French resistance is sent on a mission to rescue a German general who has been imprisoned for his part in a plot to assassinate Hitler and take him to Allied territory. He faces a crisis of conscience when he realises the captive officer is the man who had his fiancee executed. Second World War drama, starring Van Johnson and Jean-Pierre Aumont.


Rush- (2013)
21:00 - 23:20 - Fri 24/11/17 - More 4
7.8/10 Stars

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The 1976 Formula One Championship season is dominated by a fierce rivalry between two contrasting racers, as daredevil British driver James Hunt and methodical Austrian defending champion Niki Lauda put their lives on the line to outdo each other on the track. Fact-based drama, starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl and Olivia Wilde.


Aliens- (1986)
23:10 - 02:15 - Fri 24/11/17 - Film 4
7.6/10 Stars

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Surpassing its predecessor in terms of sheer spectacle, this sequel to Ridley Scott's outer-space nightmare from director James Cameron is an outstanding science-fiction thriller. Sigourney Weaver wakes up 57 years after the original events unfolded, only to be told that the planet where she first met the alien predator has been colonised. When all contact with the inhabitants is lost, she's sent in with a crack squad of marines and hurtles headlong into a hi-tech house of horrors that delivers plenty of shocks and nail-biting suspense. Masterfully controlling the tension and moving the involving plot at a lightning pace, Cameron exploits everyone's worst fears and carries them to the riveting extreme in this consummate Oscar-winning fright-fest.


Boyhood- (2014)
00:05 - 02:55 - Sat 25/11/17 - Channel 4
7.6/10 Stars

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A boy goes through a series of changes in his life, beginning as a six-year-old facing a reunion with his estranged father and a move to a new house. As he grows up, the youngster deals with further upheavals that shape his view of the world. Richard Linklater's drama filmed over the course of 12 years, starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke.


The Theory of Everything- (2015)
00:30 - 01:30 - Sat 25/11/17 - ITV 3
7.9/10 Stars

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Biopic of Stephen Hawking, exploring the renowned astrophysicist's romance with future wife Jane during their time at university in the 1960s and his initial diagnosis with motor neurone disease, which doctors believed would lead to his death within two years. Undaunted by deteriorating health, he continued his groundbreaking research into the origins of the universe. Starring an Oscar-winning Eddie Redmayne, with Felicity Jones and David Thewlis.


Inception- (2010)
18:50 - 19:50 - Sat 25/11/17 - ITV 2
8.0/10 Stars

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The subconscious mind becomes a deadly maze for Leonardo DiCaprio in this wildly inventive psychological thriller from Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight). DiCaprio stars as Cobb, a corporate spy who steals secrets from other people's dreams, but begins to lose his grip when tasked by a business mogul (Ken Watanabe) with implanting a destructive idea in the mind of the heir to an energy empire (Cillian Murphy). Their thoughts are in conflict, producing incredible, ethereal action scenes akin to The Matrix. Cobb is aided by a team of specialists, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao and Ellen Page. However, he is also fighting himself and projections of his wife (Marion Cotillard) that threaten to plunge him into oblivion, and these scenes give the film a true sense of urgency. Emotional intimacy is lacking, with some characters functioning merely as devices to explain an increasingly complicated scenario, but there's no doubt that Nolan (who also directed the equally elliptical Memento) knows how to craft an enthralling brainteaser.


Guess Who's Coming to Christmas- (2013)
18:55 - 19:55 - Sat 25/11/17 - 5*
9.9/10 Stars

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A jaded rock star agrees to play a small town's Christmas concert, and is gradually won over by the quiet domestic life he finds there. (2013)

Ex Machina- (2014)
21:00 - 23:05 - Sat 25/11/17 - Channel 4
7.6/10 Stars

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A computer programmer working for the world's biggest search engine is given the opportunity to spend a week at the remote home of his boss, a hi-tech genius. The break turns out to be an elaborate experiment, in which he must test the world's first truly artificial intelligence, which is housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl. Sci-fi drama, starring Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac.

Full Metal Jacket- (1987)
23:00 - 00:00 - Sat 25/11/17 - ITV 4
7.7/10 Stars

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Stanley Kubrick's penultimate film is a harrowing, foul-mouthed and violent Vietnam War drama. But, unlike the rainforest horrors of Apocalypse Now or Platoon, Kubrick's film begins with a long training camp sequence in America before moving to a bombed-out Vietnamese city. While its message is simple - innocent young Americans are taught to be machine-like killers - its technique is extraordinary. Because Kubrick refused to travel any distance, it was shot entirely in Britain, with palm trees uprooted from Spain and Matthew Modine and a cast of relative unknowns uprooted from Hollywood. Renting a disused gasworks in Beckton, east London, Kubrick created a huge and spectacular outdoor set, though some sequences, it must be said, lack tropical realism. The performances are superb, especially Lee Ermey as the drill sergeant with a colourful vocabulary, Vincent D'Onofrio as the pathetic Private Pyle and Modine as the cynical recruit called Joker.

The Traitors- (0)
10:00 - 11:25 - Mon 27/11/17 - Talking Pictures
9.5/10 Stars

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1962. Thriller. Directed by Robert Tronson. Starring Patrick Allen, Jacqueline Ellis & James Maxwell. Espionage story telling how British and U.S. security agents outwit ruthless and cunning traitors.

Mr Peabody and the Mermaid- (1948)
14:00 - 15:30 - Mon 27/11/17 - 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.