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Knock Off- (1998)
00:40 - 01:35 - Fri 27/4/18 - Sony Movie Channel
4.9/10 Stars

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Appropriately, the counterfeit brands - or "knock-offs" - market forms the backdrop of this Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle, because this is another superficially authentic but ultimately fake Hong Kong thriller. True, director Tsui Hark has all the right credentials - Once upon a Time in China, Zu Warriors - but, as with their previous project Double Team, this just isn't the real thing. Played for laughs, this tale finds the roguish, reformed counterfeiter Van Damme and partner Rob Schneider caught up in a plot to send miniature bombs all over the world. Tsui Hark stages some imaginatively destructive action set pieces, particularly the finale. However, marks off for some irritatingly tricksy camerawork, while Steven E de Souza's script is needlessly complicated.


Crank 2: High Voltage- (0)
00:45 - 01:35 - Fri 27/4/18 - ITV 4
0.0/10 Stars

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Action starring Jason Statham and Amy Smart, 2009. When Chev's captors steal his superhuman heart, he begins a violent romp through LA with a battery-powered one.


Haunt- (2013)
00:50 - 02:35 - Fri 27/4/18 - Horror Channel
5.1/10 Stars

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A family moves into a house with a grisly history, the previous occupants having died under mysterious circumstances. The new tenants' teenage son delves into the building's past with a mysterious neighbour, and unwittingly disturb the monstrous supernatural forces lurking within. Horror, starring Harrison Gilbertson and Liana Liberato.


Death Drums along the River- (1963)
01:00 - 02:40 - Fri 27/4/18 - Talking Pictures
2.3/10 Stars

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British director Lawrence Huntington fetched up in South Africa in the days when it wasn't politically correct to do so and delivered this strangely appealing update of the hoary old Edgar Wallace imperialist saga Sanders of the River. Memorably filmed in 1935 with Leslie Banks, here the star is Richard Todd, attempting to resuscitate his career by playing the police inspector. Produced by Harry Alan Towers, this Techniscoped would-be epic was, somewhat surprisingly, co-scripted by Nicolas Roeg a decade before he directed his masterpiece Don't Look Now. Even more surprisingly, it was followed by a sequel, Coast of Skeletons, again starring Todd, by then a long way from his heroic roles as Guy Gibson in The Dam Busters and Sir Walter Raleigh in The Virgin Queen.


Danielle Steel's Mixed Blessings- (1995)
01:00 - 03:00 - Fri 27/4/18 - True Entertainment
0.0/10 Stars

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Three couples deal with pregnancy, adoption and infertility in this weepie based on the Danielle Steel romantic novel. The plot is predictable, but the TV-based cast gives its all, and there are some top-notch performances from ex-Happy Days star Scott Baio, St Elsewhere's Bruce Greenwood and Baywatch's Alexandra Paul. Meanwhile, director Bethany Rooney makes sure every moment is a three-hanky one, which is hardly surprising when you consider her previous output includes other Danielle Steel melodramas, Dr Quinn: Medicine Woman and Touched by an Angel.


The Thing from Another World- (1951)
01:20 - 03:00 - Fri 27/4/18 - Movies4Men
6.9/10 Stars

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Research boffins at the North Pole unearth a bloodthirsty space creature which sets about stalking them one by one. Christian Nyby's sci-fi thriller, starring Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan and James Arness.


Sniper: Legacy- (2014)
01:35 - 02:30 - Fri 27/4/18 - Sony Movie Channel
0.0/10 Stars

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Tom Berenger is back for the next instalment of this adrenaline-pumping combat thriller. A rogue gunman is assassinating high-ranking military officers one by one. (2014)


Cheap Thrills- (2013)
01:50 - 03:35 - Fri 27/4/18 - Film 4
6.1/10 Stars

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A man who has lost his job keeps his unemployment a secret from his family, but now faces losing their home. While he and a friend drown their sorrows, they are approached by a wealthy couple who offer the duo money if they will carry out a series of bizarre challenges. Comedy thriller, starring Pat Healy and Ethan Embry.


Sniper: Legacy- (2014)
02:35 - 03:45 - Fri 27/4/18 - Sony Movie Channel
0.0/10 Stars

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Tom Berenger is back for the next instalment of this adrenaline-pumping combat thriller. A rogue gunman is assassinating high-ranking military officers one by one. (2014)


The Evil In Us- (2016)
02:35 - 04:30 - Fri 27/4/18 - Horror Channel
0.0/10 Stars

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Frenetic zombie terror. A group of friends rent a cheap holiday cabin for Independence Day, only to discover they have become test subjects for gruesome cannibalistic experiment. (2016)


Not Tonight Darling- (1971)
02:40 - 04:25 - Fri 27/4/18 - Talking Pictures
8.0/10 Stars

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1971. Drama. Karen is a beautiful and intelligent housewife, but she is tired of her solicitor spouse and her empty, suburban lifestyle. She is lonely and wants something more.


A Deadly Obsession- (2012)
04:00 - 04:55 - Fri 27/4/18 - Sony Movie Channel
5.0/10 Stars

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When a gunman opens fire on campus, psychology professor Suzanne Hollander (Katee Sackhoff) must put her life on the line to bargain for her class's freedom. (2012)

A Deadly Obsession- (2012)
05:00 - 05:50 - Fri 27/4/18 - Sony Movie Channel
5.0/10 Stars

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When a gunman opens fire on campus, psychology professor Suzanne Hollander (Katee Sackhoff) must put her life on the line to bargain for her class's freedom. (2012)

Soho Conspiracy- (0)
06:00 - 07:45 - Fri 27/4/18 - Talking Pictures
0.0/10 Stars

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1950. Drama. Restaurant owners' daughter Dora (Zena Marshall) and press agent Guy (John Witty) plan a concert to restore a bombed church, but their plans are thwarted by a lawyer who has other plans.

The Fallen- (2004)
07:00 - 09:00 - Fri 27/4/18 - Movies4Men
5.0/10 Stars

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During the final days of World War Two, German and Italian troops are struggling to maintain their line of defence as American forces advance across the Alps. War drama, starring Daniel Asher.

While I Live- (1947)
07:45 - 09:20 - Fri 27/4/18 - Talking Pictures
7.0/10 Stars

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1947. Drama. (aka The Dream of Olwen) 25 years later, a spinster still obsesses over the death of her sister, who was a composer.

The Ravagers- (1965)
09:00 - 10:40 - Fri 27/4/18 - Movies4Men
6.5/10 Stars

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Japanese troops invade a convent in the Philippines, in the hope of recovering a gold bullion shipment. However, an important secret lies within the building. Second World War adventure, starring Robert Arevalo, Jose Dagumboy and Vic Diaz. Includes Flight Bites at 6.55am.

Circle of Friends- (2006)
09:00 - 09:55 - Fri 27/4/18 - Sony Movie Channel
5.6/10 Stars

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A woman returns to her home town for the funeral of an old schoolfriend. When she learns about the mysterious deaths of several other former classmates, she becomes convinced they were all murdered by the same person - and that her surviving friends are keeping terrible secrets from her. Mystery, starring Julie Benz and Chris Kramer.

Not Wanted on Voyage- (1957)
09:20 - 11:00 - Fri 27/4/18 - Talking Pictures
0.0/10 Stars

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A story about a luxury liner and a stolen necklace - sounds familiar? The script of Titanic might not be poetry, but it's a darn sight better than the drivel that passes for dialogue in this dismal comedy. Co-screenwriter Michael Pertwee enjoyed considerable success both before and after making a contribution to this venture, which is so unfunny that even gallant troupers Ronald Shiner and Brian Rix cannot conceal their dismay.

Circle of Friends- (2006)
10:00 - 10:55 - Fri 27/4/18 - Sony Movie Channel
5.6/10 Stars

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A woman returns to her home town for the funeral of an old schoolfriend. When she learns about the mysterious deaths of several other former classmates, she becomes convinced they were all murdered by the same person - and that her surviving friends are keeping terrible secrets from her. Mystery, starring Julie Benz and Chris Kramer.

Fort Apache- (1948)
10:40 - 11:35 - Fri 27/4/18 - Movies4Men
7.1/10 Stars

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This magnificent western is one of the highlights of American cinema, the first of three remarkable films director John Ford made about the US Cavalry. It's a satisfying, finely crafted work, not least because of Ford's ability to create a tangible sense of time and place in a displaced community against the majestic surroundings of his beloved Monument Valley. Ford regular Henry Fonda is particularly outstanding - after this, he retired from films for nearly a decade to concentrate on stage success - cast against type as martinet officer Owen Thursday. Thursday is an embittered man set on a tragic course and is clearly modelled on George Armstrong Custer. He breaks a peace deal with Apache leader Cochise, an agreement that was originally engineered by Kirby York, here played by John Wayne, giving one of his finest, most delicate performances. The life of the cavalry - its music, its women, its mythology - is all superbly realised by Ford, who, in one simple shot of a lone soldier reading his Bible, confirms his greatness.

The Perfect Assistant- (2008)
10:55 - 11:50 - Fri 27/4/18 - Sony Movie Channel
3.5/10 Stars

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A woman becomes obsessively infatuated with her boss, but has never acted on her desires. When his wife becomes seriously ill, she sees an opportunity to discreetly murder her, so the object of her affection will be available - but does not take kindly to his inevitable rejection. Thriller, starring Josie Davis, Chris Potter and Sophie Gendron.

Sewers of Gold- (1980)
11:00 - 13:10 - Fri 27/4/18 - Talking Pictures
6.2/10 Stars

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1979. Crime thriller. Directed by Francis Megahy and stars Ian McShane, Christopher Matthew and Warren Clarke. A group of fascists plan to finance their work by pulling off a bank robbery.

Terror in a Texas Town- (1958)
11:00 - 12:40 - Fri 27/4/18 - Film 4
6.7/10 Stars

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(1958) Western starring Sterling Hayden as a Scandinavian American seaman who returns from the ocean to find his father has just died. Discovering it was murder, he sets out for revenge.

Primal Force- (1999)
11:00 - 12:50 - Fri 27/4/18 - Horror Channel
1.0/10 Stars

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Rampaging movie mutants are, it seems, almost invariably the tragic residue of some megalomaniac's sinister, misfiring scheme. But in this expendable sci-fi horror, when a plane crashes on a remote Mexican island and the survivors are menaced by savage baboons, the banality of the revelation will dismay even those who have endured the formulaic set-up. Ron Perlman (Hellboy) is typically imposing as the brooding guide brought in to help, but the members of the supporting cast prove largely anonymous as they're picked off by primates that are obviously stunt performers in monkey suits.

Fort Apache- (1948)
11:40 - 13:15 - Fri 27/4/18 - Movies4Men
7.1/10 Stars

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This magnificent western is one of the highlights of American cinema, the first of three remarkable films director John Ford made about the US Cavalry. It's a satisfying, finely crafted work, not least because of Ford's ability to create a tangible sense of time and place in a displaced community against the majestic surroundings of his beloved Monument Valley. Ford regular Henry Fonda is particularly outstanding - after this, he retired from films for nearly a decade to concentrate on stage success - cast against type as martinet officer Owen Thursday. Thursday is an embittered man set on a tragic course and is clearly modelled on George Armstrong Custer. He breaks a peace deal with Apache leader Cochise, an agreement that was originally engineered by Kirby York, here played by John Wayne, giving one of his finest, most delicate performances. The life of the cavalry - its music, its women, its mythology - is all superbly realised by Ford, who, in one simple shot of a lone soldier reading his Bible, confirms his greatness.

The Perfect Assistant- (2008)
11:55 - 13:00 - Fri 27/4/18 - Sony Movie Channel
3.5/10 Stars

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A woman becomes obsessively infatuated with her boss, but has never acted on her desires. When his wife becomes seriously ill, she sees an opportunity to discreetly murder her, so the object of her affection will be available - but does not take kindly to his inevitable rejection. Thriller, starring Josie Davis, Chris Potter and Sophie Gendron.

True Grit- (1969)
12:40 - 15:10 - Fri 27/4/18 - Film 4
7.1/10 Stars

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Big John Wayne finally won peer group recognition, taking the best actor Oscar for his performance in this western as Reuben J "Rooster" Cogburn, a cantankerous, one-eyed, drunken old reprobate hired by Mattie Ross (the excellent Kim Darby) to avenge her father's death at the hands of thoroughly nasty Tom Chaney (Jeff Corey). This movie has acquired a reputation for being a rollicking fun western, but actually it is surprisingly violent for a Wayne film (a pit of rattlesnakes, Dennis Hopper's fingers being severed), and, with its finely hewn, semi-Biblical dialogue (by Marguerite Roberts from Charles Portis's marvellous novel), it's not - unlike Wayne's earlier westerns - really suitable for family viewing, despite its strong moral theme. Glen Campbell is ineffective as Texas Ranger La Boeuf - a role first offered to Elvis Presley, to whom Wayne wouldn't take second billing - but it doesn't really matter. It's still a beautifully photographed film of many memorable moments, not least of which is Cogburn's final shoot-out with the bad guys in a Colorado clearing.

Age of Dinosaurs- (2013)
13:00 - 14:50 - Fri 27/4/18 - Horror Channel
4.4/10 Stars

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Scientists use genetic engineering to restore dinosaurs to life. However, the prehistoric monsters escape from the museum where they are being displayed and cause havoc in Los Angeles. A former firefighter braves facing the giant lizards to rescue his missing daughter. Sci-fi thriller, starring Treat Williams and Ronny Cox. Includes Mini Movie Moment.

At the Midnight Hour- (1995)
13:00 - 15:00 - Fri 27/4/18 - True Entertainment
4.0/10 Stars

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A recently widowed scientist hires a nanny to care for his children, and surprises himself by falling head over heels in love with her. Romantic drama, based on Alicia Scott's best-selling novel, starring Simon MacCorkindale and Patsy Kensit.

The Return of Frank James- (1940)
13:10 - 15:00 - Fri 27/4/18 - Talking Pictures
7.0/10 Stars

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Henry Fonda had played Frank to Tyrone Power's Jesse in the superb Jesse James, and in this rather disappointing follow-up he spends all his time searching for brothers Charles and, in particular, Bob Ford (John Carradine), the "dirty little coward" who shot his own brother. But, unfortunately, Fonda has neither benefit of a decent script nor a sympathetic director, as Austrian émigré Fritz Lang makes heavy going of this lightweight material, and the movie lacks pace in places. The tedium of the tale is alleviated only slightly by the film debut of the beautiful Gene Tierney, who regrettably doesn't fulfil her acting potential here. The Technicolor helps, but the tempo is sluggish.

Burlesque- (2010)
13:10 - 14:05 - Fri 27/4/18 - Sony Movie Channel
6.8/10 Stars

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There's an innocent sweetness about this showcase for Christina Aguilera's vocal and dance skills that just about excuses its utter hokiness. The superstar songstress plays an Iowa waitress following her showbiz dreams, who finds her way to Cher's ailing burlesque theatre on LA's Sunset Strip. With Bob Fosse-inspired choreography and Alan Cumming channelling Joel Grey's MC in Cabaret, writer/director Steven Antin's movie springs few surprises as the super-nice Aguilera moves from lip-synching chorus girl to diva belter. A few tacky Showgirls moments erupt along the overly cute route (mainly regarding love interest Cam Gigandet) and the real-estate subplot is a bore. But Cher and Gay Best Friend Stanley Tucci always cause smiles with their easygoing double act. The eclectic soundtrack includes the Aguilera-penned theme Express, Cher power ballad You Haven't Seen the Last of Me, and Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend.

War Drums- (1957)
13:15 - 14:10 - Fri 27/4/18 - Movies4Men
5.3/10 Stars

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Goldminers instigate war with the Apache Indians just as civil war breaks out. Stars Lex Barker. (1957)

Burlesque- (2010)
14:10 - 15:45 - Fri 27/4/18 - Sony Movie Channel
6.8/10 Stars

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There's an innocent sweetness about this showcase for Christina Aguilera's vocal and dance skills that just about excuses its utter hokiness. The superstar songstress plays an Iowa waitress following her showbiz dreams, who finds her way to Cher's ailing burlesque theatre on LA's Sunset Strip. With Bob Fosse-inspired choreography and Alan Cumming channelling Joel Grey's MC in Cabaret, writer/director Steven Antin's movie springs few surprises as the super-nice Aguilera moves from lip-synching chorus girl to diva belter. A few tacky Showgirls moments erupt along the overly cute route (mainly regarding love interest Cam Gigandet) and the real-estate subplot is a bore. But Cher and Gay Best Friend Stanley Tucci always cause smiles with their easygoing double act. The eclectic soundtrack includes the Aguilera-penned theme Express, Cher power ballad You Haven't Seen the Last of Me, and Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend.

War Drums- (1957)
14:15 - 14:55 - Fri 27/4/18 - Movies4Men
5.3/10 Stars

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Goldminers instigate war with the Apache Indians just as civil war breaks out. Stars Lex Barker. (1957)

Quiet Woman- (1951)
15:00 - 16:30 - Fri 27/4/18 - Talking Pictures
0.0/10 Stars

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1951. Crime drama directed By John Gilling and starring Derek Bond, Jane Hylton and Dora Bryan. A proprietress of a country inn becomes involved with smugglers.

Danielle Steel's No Greater Love- (1996)
15:00 - 17:00 - Fri 27/4/18 - True Entertainment
0.5/10 Stars

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The florid, fruity novels of Danielle Steel are either your cup of beachside rum punch or they are most defiantly not. The former camp will love this frothy melodramatic confection, taking in cataclysmic world news (the sinking of the Titanic) and reducing it to a facile excuse for showing us yet another of Steel's strong, brave and exceptionally turned out women battling the odds. The cast has been wheeled out on castors, including Simon MacCorkindale, and it runs through its hand-wringing paces as if the script is being relayed by hidden short-wave radio. But Danielle Steel does have her fans and by the million. If you're one of them, this is for you.

Guns at Batasi- (1964)
15:10 - 17:15 - Fri 27/4/18 - Film 4
6.0/10 Stars

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Overlooked on its release as a routine piece of stiff-upper-lip-manship, this film is, in fact, a fascinating epitaph for the British Empire and a slew of movies about Imperial derring-do. Set in an Africa well brushed by what Harold Macmillan called "the wind of change", it's the story of insurrection in a newly independent state and what the resident British army does about it: nothing except stew and simmer. Staunchly traditional, it's also subversive and satirical, with a stand-out performance by Richard Attenborough as the apoplectic RSM. Mia Farrow appears in her screen debut as a Swedish UN official.

Nightmare Nanny- (2013)
15:15 - 17:00 - Fri 27/4/18 - Channel 5
0.0/10 Stars

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Mystery thriller starring Ashley Scott and Kip Pardue. A mother hires a dangerously unstable nanny to look after her three-year-old daughter. (2013)[S]

Dragonfly Squadron- (1954)
15:55 - 16:50 - Fri 27/4/18 - Movies4Men
5.8/10 Stars

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Major Matthew Brady is assigned to train South Korean troops in preparation for combat, but the appearance of an American woman who he was once close to marrying proves to be a distraction. Drama, starring John Hodiak, Barbara Britton and Bruce Bennett. Includes Flight Bites at 12.20am.

Godzilla- (1997)
15:55 - 16:50 - Fri 27/4/18 - Sony Movie Channel
5.1/10 Stars

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Japan's favourite giant lizard crawls out of radioactive waters in the South Pacific and heads for New York in this dreary American overhaul from 10,000 BC director Roland Emmerich. Resembling an over-produced version of The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Emmerich's blockbuster behemoth replaces man-in-suit special effects with dodgy computer visuals and sub-Jurassic Park thrills. What it doesn't replicate is the endearing charm the celebrated fire-breather had when he stomped through cardboard skyscrapers. The old Toho Studios' fantasy adventures may have lower budgets, but even the cheapest shows more imagination and flair than this dismal monster mishmash.

Alien Nation: the Enemy Within- (1996)
16:00 - 17:50 - Fri 27/4/18 - Horror Channel
5.0/10 Stars

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In another of the several spin-offs from the Alien Nation TV series, the odd cop couple here investigate a group of alien outcasts after the death of a young "Newcomer" girl. Like previous offerings, the usual sci-fi elements are combined with the domestic shenanigans of the two detectives - human Matt moves in with his extraterrestrial girlfriend, alien partner George has family problems - but this is now a case of familiarity starting to breed contempt.

Dragonfly Squadron- (1954)
16:55 - 17:40 - Fri 27/4/18 - Movies4Men
5.8/10 Stars

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Major Matthew Brady is assigned to train South Korean troops in preparation for combat, but the appearance of an American woman who he was once close to marrying proves to be a distraction. Drama, starring John Hodiak, Barbara Britton and Bruce Bennett. Includes Flight Bites at 12.20am.

Godzilla- (1997)
16:55 - 18:40 - Fri 27/4/18 - Sony Movie Channel
5.1/10 Stars

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Japan's favourite giant lizard crawls out of radioactive waters in the South Pacific and heads for New York in this dreary American overhaul from 10,000 BC director Roland Emmerich. Resembling an over-produced version of The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Emmerich's blockbuster behemoth replaces man-in-suit special effects with dodgy computer visuals and sub-Jurassic Park thrills. What it doesn't replicate is the endearing charm the celebrated fire-breather had when he stomped through cardboard skyscrapers. The old Toho Studios' fantasy adventures may have lower budgets, but even the cheapest shows more imagination and flair than this dismal monster mishmash.

Happily Never After A Wife's Nightmare- (2014)
17:00 - 18:05 - Fri 27/4/18 - Five USA
0.0/10 Stars

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Fact-based drama starring Jennifer Beals and Dylan Neal. A woman's life is turned on its head when a teenage girl claims to be her husband's long-lost daughter. (2014)

Gun Fury- (1953)
17:15 - 18:55 - Fri 27/4/18 - Film 4
5.5/10 Stars

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A wealthy rancher and his fiancee take the stagecoach to California, where they intend to start a new life in the wake of the Civil War. However, during the journey an ex-Confederate outlaw and his gang of thugs attack the coach and kidnap the bride-to-be. Distraught and wounded, the rancher sets out to rescue her and punish her abductors. Western, with Rock Hudson, Donna Reed, Lee Marvin and Phil Carey.

Hollow Triumph- (0)
18:00 - 19:45 - Fri 27/4/18 - Talking Pictures
0.0/10 Stars

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1948. Drama. Directed by Steve Sekely. Stars Paul Henreid, Joan Bennett, Leslie Brooks & Eduard Franz. Pursued by the gambler he robbed, John Muller takes on a new identity, with ironic results.

Happily Never After A Wife's Nightmare- (2014)
18:10 - 18:50 - Fri 27/4/18 - Five USA
0.0/10 Stars

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Fact-based drama starring Jennifer Beals and Dylan Neal. A woman's life is turned on its head when a teenage girl claims to be her husband's long-lost daughter. (2014)

Jumanji- (1995)
18:50 - 19:45 - Fri 27/4/18 - Sony Movie Channel
6.7/10 Stars

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It was dismissed by many critics as a noisy, scary and utterly worthless excuse for some ingenious computer effects, but as empty experiences go this fantasy adventure is absolutely exhilarating. Toddlers, as well as pre-teens, will be spellbound by the marauding wildlife that is unleashed when Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce rescue Robin Williams from the sinister board game in which he's been trapped for 26 years. Any film where the action is determined by a roll of the dice is bound to be episodic, but this hardly detracts from the enjoyment as one spectacular set piece follows another. The result is wonderful, escapist family entertainment.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes- (2011)
18:55 - 21:00 - Fri 27/4/18 - Film 4
6.9/10 Stars

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A scientist carries out genetic experiments on apes, hoping to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease. A chimpanzee used in the tests develops superior intelligence and becomes outraged at the human race's cruel treatment of his kind, forming his fellow primates into an army to overthrow mankind. Sci-fi thriller, starring James Franco, Freida Pinto and Andy Serkis.

El Dorado - City of Gold- (2010)
18:55 - 19:50 - Fri 27/4/18 - Movies4Men
0.0/10 Stars

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Unorthodox archaeologist Jack Wilder goes in search of the mythical golden city of the Incas, but rival treasure hunters soon turn his journey into a fight for survival. (2010)

Jumanji- (1995)
19:50 - 21:00 - Fri 27/4/18 - Sony Movie Channel
6.7/10 Stars

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It was dismissed by many critics as a noisy, scary and utterly worthless excuse for some ingenious computer effects, but as empty experiences go this fantasy adventure is absolutely exhilarating. Toddlers, as well as pre-teens, will be spellbound by the marauding wildlife that is unleashed when Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce rescue Robin Williams from the sinister board game in which he's been trapped for 26 years. Any film where the action is determined by a roll of the dice is bound to be episodic, but this hardly detracts from the enjoyment as one spectacular set piece follows another. The result is wonderful, escapist family entertainment.

El Dorado - City of Gold- (2010)
19:55 - 21:00 - Fri 27/4/18 - Movies4Men
0.0/10 Stars

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Unorthodox archaeologist Jack Wilder goes in search of the mythical golden city of the Incas, but rival treasure hunters soon turn his journey into a fight for survival. (2010)

Hungry Hill- (0)
21:00 - 23:05 - Fri 27/4/18 - Talking Pictures
0.0/10 Stars

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1947. Drama. Directed by Brian Desmond Hurst. Stars Margaret Lockwood, Dennis Price & Cecil Parker. Tragedy hits the wife of an Irish heir to a 19th-century family feud that has lasted for 50 years.

Jack the Giant Slayer- (2013)
21:00 - 22:05 - Fri 27/4/18 - 5*
5.5/10 Stars

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A farm boy accidentally rebuilds the link between the human world and a kingdom of man-eating giants in the sky, resulting in a princess being trapped in the monsters' realm. He joins a band of the king's knights on a rescue mission, but one of the group intends to betray them in a bid to seize the throne. Fantasy adventure, starring Nicholas Hoult and Ewan McGregor.

Project Almanac- (2014)
21:00 - 23:10 - Fri 27/4/18 - Film 4
6.4/10 Stars

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Following the death of his inventor father, a teenager finds plans for a time-travel device. He and his friends decide to build it, and together they embark on an amazing adventure back in time - but soon discover the perils of altering history. Sci-fi thriller, starring Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D'Elia and Sam Lerner.

Hijacked- (2012)
21:00 - 21:55 - Fri 27/4/18 - Movies4Men
0.0/10 Stars

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A special agent's plans to make up with his former girlfriend are ruined when she boards a jet airliner which is about to be hijacked. Stars Vinnie Jones. (2012)

Signs- (2002)
21:00 - 21:55 - Fri 27/4/18 - Sony Movie Channel
6.3/10 Stars

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Writer/director M Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable) here once again deals with extraordinary events from an intimate perspective. That he fails to pull it off entirely is owing to the enormity of the HG Wells-inspired science-fiction backdrop - which sits uneasily with his low-key approach - and his inclusion of "meaningful" moments that feel awkward and manipulative. Where Shyamalan does score highly is with the edgy, apprehensive atmosphere that he builds up, as Mel Gibson's Pennsylvania farmer (a former minister who's lost his faith) discovers crop circles in his wheat field. This, combined with other inexplicable events, leads the reluctant hero and his family to believe that an alien invasion is imminent. Credible performances from Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix, as his brother, combine with a spooky ambience and some very effective, old-fashioned jolts to lead us into what should have been an enthralling final act. However, mawkish sentimentality and creaky flashbacks blunt the suspense - yet even those misjudgements are overshadowed by a ludicrously melodramatic climax that reveals the film-maker's true intentions. Entertaining, if a little disappointing.

The Return- (2006)
21:00 - 22:45 - Fri 27/4/18 - Horror Channel
5.3/10 Stars

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A minimal plot is buffed up with minimalist style in the American debut of British director Asif Kapadia (The Warrior, Senna). Travelling sales rep Sarah Michelle Gellar is haunted by nightmarish visions of a woman's unsolved murder years before, and finds herself drawn to a small town that might hold the answers. The film's disorientating supernatural element doesn't kick in until far too late, and so comes across as an afterthought. By that time the initial intrigue has become dissipated by tiresome attempts at psychological depth, with Gellar lacking the ability to make that aspect of her character credible. The bleached-out cinematography exploits the desolate Texas locations well and Sam Shepard does fine work as Gellar's estranged father. But most viewers will find themselves two steps ahead in piecing the mysterious clues together and there aren't enough sudden shocks for this to work as a horror piece.

Knocked Up- (2007)
21:00 - 23:30 - Fri 27/4/18 - ITV 2
6.1/10 Stars

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Writer/director Judd Apatow follows up his hit "slacker" comedy The 40 Year Old Virgin with another refreshingly bold entry in a genre formerly mired in facile, post-Farrelly brothers gross-out. Pudgy, curly-haired Seth Rogen (a charismatic supporting player in Virgin) plays a harmless pothead who impregnates Katherine Heigl's media career girl during a drunken one-night stand. Prompted by the impending birth to give the relationship a go, our odd couple learns lessons about responsibility and life in general, but to hilarious rather than schmaltzy effect. Married-with-kids Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann (also Virgin alumni) are the foils for the younger pair, and Rogen's buddies, led by Jonah Hill, the geek chorus. Thanks to quality, near-the-knuckle repartee and believable chemistry between Rogen and Grey's Anatomy star Heigl (Apatow can certainly write for women), Knocked Up proves that hit comedy doesn't have to dumb down for its demographic.

Red 2- (2013)
21:00 - 23:15 - Fri 27/4/18 - E4
6.4/10 Stars

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Former CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his squad of retired operatives for a vital mission. A devastatingly powerful new weapon has been stolen, and it falls to Frank's team to retrieve it - which means facing lethal assassins, terrorists and corrupt government officials out to steal the device. Action thriller sequel, starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich.

Jaws 2- (1978)
22:00 - 23:10 - Fri 27/4/18 - ITV 4
5.5/10 Stars

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Three years after those infamous shark attacks, another great white swims into police chief Roy Scheider's resort town in this shameless sequel that's a pale imitation of the classic original. Director Jeannot Szwarc tries to ape Steven Spielberg's imaginative style, but the suspense comes unglued because the film floats in all-too-familiar waters. You just know how everyone is going to react - from the stars to the director, and even the mechanical shark. Stalwart Scheider is in full control of this blasé follow-up that makes one wonder why mayor Murray Hamilton hasn't learnt any lessons from previous events.

Hijacked- (2012)
22:00 - 22:55 - Fri 27/4/18 - Movies4Men
0.0/10 Stars

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A special agent's plans to make up with his former girlfriend are ruined when she boards a jet airliner which is about to be hijacked. Stars Vinnie Jones. (2012)

Signs- (2002)
22:00 - 23:15 - Fri 27/4/18 - Sony Movie Channel
6.3/10 Stars

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Writer/director M Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable) here once again deals with extraordinary events from an intimate perspective. That he fails to pull it off entirely is owing to the enormity of the HG Wells-inspired science-fiction backdrop - which sits uneasily with his low-key approach - and his inclusion of "meaningful" moments that feel awkward and manipulative. Where Shyamalan does score highly is with the edgy, apprehensive atmosphere that he builds up, as Mel Gibson's Pennsylvania farmer (a former minister who's lost his faith) discovers crop circles in his wheat field. This, combined with other inexplicable events, leads the reluctant hero and his family to believe that an alien invasion is imminent. Credible performances from Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix, as his brother, combine with a spooky ambience and some very effective, old-fashioned jolts to lead us into what should have been an enthralling final act. However, mawkish sentimentality and creaky flashbacks blunt the suspense - yet even those misjudgements are overshadowed by a ludicrously melodramatic climax that reveals the film-maker's true intentions. Entertaining, if a little disappointing.

5USA Crime Story: Murder in a Small Town- (2013)
22:00 - 23:05 - Fri 27/4/18 - Five USA
0.0/10 Stars

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True crime drama thriller starring Gail O'Grady and Christopher Gartin. A grieving mother suspects murder after her preacher son-in-law claims that his wife committed suicide. (2013)

Jack the Giant Slayer- (2013)
22:10 - 23:15 - Fri 27/4/18 - 5*
5.5/10 Stars

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A farm boy accidentally rebuilds the link between the human world and a kingdom of man-eating giants in the sky, resulting in a princess being trapped in the monsters' realm. He joins a band of the king's knights on a rescue mission, but one of the group intends to betray them in a bid to seize the throne. Fantasy adventure, starring Nicholas Hoult and Ewan McGregor.

Prom Night- (2008)
22:45 - 00:30 - Fri 27/4/18 - Horror Channel
5.1/10 Stars

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Three years after her family were brutally slaughtered by deranged teacher Richard Fenton (Johnathon Schaech), distraught teen Donna (Brittany Snow) prepares to attend her senior prom. Naturally, it falls on the day that her homicidal stalker escapes from prison, intent on finishing what he started. Director Nelson McCormick's loose remake of the 1980 horror proves to be lighter on gore, thrills, suspense and sense - taking the soft option at every turn. Stupid students do the same stupid things, with loads of annoying false scares thrown into the dismally bland process. It's as though the film-makers know their target demographic will be spending as much time texting their mates as watching the movie. So who cares how flimsy the plot is, as long as there are beautiful people up on the screen and dance hits on the soundtrack?

Sniper Elite- (2014)
22:55 - 00:55 - Fri 27/4/18 - Movies4Men
0.0/10 Stars

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Kevin Sorbo stars in this sci-fi action film in which a squad of elite human soldiers faces down a powerful and deadly extraterrestrial army. (2014)

The Rocking Horse Winner- (0)
23:05 - 00:55 - Fri 27/4/18 - Talking Pictures
0.0/10 Stars

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1949. Drama. Director: Anthony Pelissier. Stars John Howard Davies, Valerie Hobson, John Mills & Ronald Squire. After receiving a rocking horse, a child is able to pick winning horses at the racetrack

The Clinic- (2011)
23:05 - 01:00 - Fri 27/4/18 - True Entertainment
5.1/10 Stars

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A couple expecting their first child decide to rest at a small-town hotel while on their way to spend Christmas with family. However, when mother-to-be Beth is left unattended, she is abducted and forced to undergo a C-section at a sinister medical facility. With her baby now missing, Beth finds herself among five other mothers in the same situation, some of whom are willing to take desperate measures to be reunited with their children. Australian horror, starring Tabrett Bethell and Andy Whitfield.

The Gift- (2015)
23:10 - 01:20 - Fri 27/4/18 - Film 4
0.0/10 Stars

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(2015) Thriller starring Rebecca Hall, Jason Bateman and Joel Edgerton. A couple's relationship is threatened by an unexpected meeting with one of his old school friends. Strong language.

5USA Crime Story: Murder in a Small Town- (2013)
23:10 - 23:55 - Fri 27/4/18 - Five USA
0.0/10 Stars

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True crime drama thriller starring Gail O'Grady and Christopher Gartin. A grieving mother suspects murder after her preacher son-in-law claims that his wife committed suicide. (2013)

Jaws 2- (1978)
23:15 - 00:25 - Fri 27/4/18 - ITV 4
5.5/10 Stars

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Three years after those infamous shark attacks, another great white swims into police chief Roy Scheider's resort town in this shameless sequel that's a pale imitation of the classic original. Director Jeannot Szwarc tries to ape Steven Spielberg's imaginative style, but the suspense comes unglued because the film floats in all-too-familiar waters. You just know how everyone is going to react - from the stars to the director, and even the mechanical shark. Stalwart Scheider is in full control of this blasé follow-up that makes one wonder why mayor Murray Hamilton hasn't learnt any lessons from previous events.

Amy Schumer's Trainwreck- (2015)
23:15 - 00:15 - Fri 27/4/18 - 5*
0.0/10 Stars

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Romantic comedy starring Amy Schumer and Bill Hader. A commitment-phobic writer doubts her own ability to maintain a relationship after falling for a sports doctor. (2015)

Surrogates- (2009)
23:15 - 00:10 - Fri 27/4/18 - Sony Movie Channel
5.8/10 Stars

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This intriguing sci-fi thriller poses some big questions regarding the future for communications technology and what, indeed, it means to be human. In a world where much of the population has robotic alter egos to take care of their day-to-day work, a dogged police detective discovers a potentially lethal glitch in the connection between humans and their "surrogates". Since Bruce Willis does no-nonsense, world-weary lawmen to a tee, his very presence signals that all is not well in this brave new world of "surries" - whose chiselled, bodacious forms represent the users' idealised versions of themselves (Willis's model even has a thick head of hair!). A murder case where the destruction of a party-going surrogate also effects a splattery demise for its human master sets in motion what becomes an increasingly plodding conspiracy plot. The requisite car chases and fisticuffs are present and correct, yet it's the underlying story of Willis's failing relationship with wife Rosamund Pike (who's excellent) that adds a resonant emotional layer not often found in popcorn action flicks.

Tropic Thunder- (2008)
23:50 - 01:30 - Fri 27/4/18 - BBC 1
6.4/10 Stars

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A director's epic Vietnam picture is behind schedule and over budget. Taking the advice of the grizzled war veteran on whose life the film is based, he drops the actors into a jungle with the intention of filming them fighting guerrilla-style - but the cast is unaware the surrounding warfare is genuine. Comedy, directed by and starring Ben Stiller, with Jack Black, Steve Coogan and, in an Oscar-nominated role, Robert Downey Jr.