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Fight Club- (1999)
00:05 - 01:50 - Wed 29/3/17 - 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.


Prison Riot- (2015)
00:05 - 02:00 - Wed 29/3/17 - Sony Movie Channel
0.0/10 Stars

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Law enforcer Jack Stone orchestrates a bank robbery so he can be locked up with a notorious Russian kingpin. Action thriller, starring Dolph Lundgren, Matthew Reese and Chuck Liddell.


The Glimmer Man- (1996)
00:10 - 00:55 - Wed 29/3/17 - ITV 4
4.6/10 Stars

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Sandwiched between his eco-warrior outings On Deadly Ground and Fire Down Below, this action thriller has Steven Seagal going back to the no-brainer fare that made his name. It's a partial success, but ultimately lacks the slick thrills of his early films thanks to John Gray's unexceptional direction. Here, the murky government past of Seagal's new-age cop comes back to haunt him as he pursues a serial killer. Keenen Ivory Wayans provides a lively foil as his partner, but Brian Cox, as Seagal's former boss, only succeeds in butchering an American accent again.


I Spit on Your Grave 2- (2013)
00:40 - 02:40 - Wed 29/3/17 - Horror Channel
5.9/10 Stars

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A model attends a photoshoot with a Bulgarian photographer, only to be kidnapped, tortured and raped by a gang of men. She survives her ordeal and escapes, but finds herself a stranger in a foreign country, and begins plotting an elaborate and violent revenge on the men who abducted her. Horror sequel, starring Jemma Dallender and Yavor Baharoff.


Super Tanker- (2011)
00:55 - 02:35 - Wed 29/3/17 - Movies4Men
1.6/10 Stars

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A vessel transports an immensely dangerous alien substance to the Marianas trench, so it can be safely disposed of. When the tanker is struck by a rogue wave, the unstable material is released and a salvage crew must get the ship to its destination and sink it before it can destroy the whole world. Disaster movie, with Ben Cross and Callum Blue.


Murder of Innocence- (1993)
01:00 - 03:00 - Wed 29/3/17 - True Entertainment
3.0/10 Stars

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Going by the glut of American TV movies on the subject, it sometimes feels that there must be a neighbourhood eccentric around every corner in the USA. Based on the inevitable true story, this tells the tale of a seemingly normal housewife whose increasingly oddball behaviour begins to deeply concern her husband. It soon becomes clear that his worries are tragically justified. Stars Valerie Bertinelli and Stephen Caffrey are helped by a competent enough supporting cast (Anne Ramsay, Millie Perkins, Jerry Hardin), but there are few surprises in either the script or the direction.


Fracture- (2007)
01:25 - 03:40 - Wed 29/3/17 - Film 4
7.2/10 Stars

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An ambitious district attorney takes on what he believes to be an open and shut case - prosecuting a wealthy man who has confessed to shooting his wife, leaving her in a coma. But when the defendant arranges to represent himself in court, he proceeds to meticulously tear apart the evidence against him. Thriller, starring Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling.


The Kill Hole- (2012)
02:00 - 03:50 - Wed 29/3/17 - Sony Movie Channel
4.5/10 Stars

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A troubled Iraq war veteran's efforts to get his life back on track are shattered by a visit from a private military contractor who forces him to take on one final mission - to track down a rogue marine sergeant who is intent on murdering his former colleagues. Action thriller, starring Chadwick Boseman, Tory Kittles and Billy Zane.


Jungle Street- (0)
02:30 - 04:10 - Wed 29/3/17 - Talking Pictures
0.0/10 Stars

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1960. Crime. Director: Charles Saunders. Stars Jill Ireland, David McCallum & Kenneth Cope. After Johnny takes the rap for a robbery he committed with Terry, Terry muscles in on Johnny's girlfriend.


The Woman on Pier 13- (1949)
02:35 - 04:00 - Wed 29/3/17 - Movies4Men
5.0/10 Stars

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The life of a happily married shipping executive is turned upside-down with the arrival of an old flame who reveals a shocking secret worth killing for. Melodrama, starring Robert Ryan, Laraine Day, John Agar and Thomas Gomez.


Embrace of the Vampire- (2013)
02:40 - 04:30 - Wed 29/3/17 - Horror Channel
4.9/10 Stars

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A shy teen fresh from Catholic school starts life at a co-ed university, but things take a dark turn when she realises that she has been followed by an ancient evil force. Horror, starring Sharon Hinnendael, Kaniehtiio Horn, CC Sheffield and Chelsey Reist.


Mistaken- (2008)
04:00 - 05:50 - Wed 29/3/17 - Sony Movie Channel
0.0/10 Stars

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Lana Parrilla stars as a divorcee who discovers that a stranger has assumed her identity. She soon embarks on a dangerous path to uncover the mysterious woman's identity. (2008)


Raffles - (0)
04:10 - 05:40 - Wed 29/3/17 - Talking Pictures
0.0/10 Stars

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1930. Drama. Director: George Fitzmaurice. Stars Ronald Colman, Kay Francis, Bramwell Fletcher & David Torrence. An infamous jewel thief falls in love, and decides to forgo his life of crime.


Faces in the Dark- (1960)
06:00 - 07:45 - Wed 29/3/17 - Talking Pictures
5.3/10 Stars

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A devious woman plots with her lover to send her recently blinded husband insane, hoping he will take his own life and leave them free to pursue their illicit affair in peace. Thriller, starring John Gregson, Mai Zetterling, Michael Denison and Nanette Newman.


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.

The Stars Look Down- (1939)
08:45 - 10:45 - Wed 29/3/17 - Talking Pictures
7.0/10 Stars

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A young man is encouraged by his parents to leave his village to pursue a university education and improve his prospects. After a failed romance, he returns home in defeat, but gains new purpose in helping the local miners, who are having to work under life-threatening conditions. Drama, starring Michael Redgrave and Margaret Lockwood.

The Terrorist Next Door- (2008)
09:00 - 11:10 - Wed 29/3/17 - Sony Movie Channel
5.5/10 Stars

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Trained by al-Qaida, Algerian immigrant Ahmed Ressam (Chenier Hundal) plots to bomb Los Angeles International Airport. (2008)

The First Rebel- (1939)
09:50 - 11:20 - Wed 29/3/17 - Movies4Men
6.4/10 Stars

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A frontiersman sets out to thwart a consortium of unscrupulous traders who have begun selling arms to the Natives in British colonial America. Western, starring John Wayne, Claire Trevor, George Sanders and Brian Donlevy.

Serena- (1962)
10:45 - 12:00 - Wed 29/3/17 - Talking Pictures
6.2/10 Stars

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A detective investigating the murder of an artist's wife becomes convinced one of his models shot her, then adopted her identity to avoid suspicion. This fast-paced mystery is something of a gem, thanks to skilful direction by Peter Maxwell and excellent performances from Patrick Holt, Honor Blackman and Emrys Jones.

Trapeze- (1956)
11:00 - 13:10 - Wed 29/3/17 - Film 4
6.1/10 Stars

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Two circus performers fall for a seductive newcomer, leading to all manner of amorous antics and rivalry as each pulls out all the stops to win her heart. Drama, starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Gina Lollobrigida, Katy Jurado, Thomas Gomez and Sid James.

Hydra- (2009)
11:00 - 12:50 - Wed 29/3/17 - Horror Channel
2.9/10 Stars

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A former Marine and three ex-convicts are kidnapped and used as prey for wealthy hunters on an island inhabited by a deadly hydra. Horror, starring Texas Battle, Dwayne Adway, Frank Alvarez and Ed Blinn.

Second-Story Man- (2011)
11:10 - 13:15 - Wed 29/3/17 - Sony Movie Channel
0.0/10 Stars

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A bank-robbing couple, whose small daughter waits in the back of the car during a job, encounter problems when the wife is shot during a robbery. Christopher J Domig stars. (2011)

Back to Bataan- (1945)
11:20 - 13:10 - Wed 29/3/17 - Movies4Men
5.1/10 Stars

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MGM scored a tremendous success with the then topical war film Bataan back in 1943, so it was a Hollywood inevitability that the Philippines would be revisited, though at least it didn't happen until the conflict in the area was nearly at an end. However, instead of the searing campaign study that was expected, RKO plumped for this routine action film starring John Wayne. Still exciting for all that, the plot features a surprisingly subdued Duke as a colonel leading his unit of guerrillas in an undercover mission through the rather obvious studio foliage to victory. Anthony Quinn fights alongside Wayne, and handles the romantic chores, and it's all expertly directed by former editor Edward Dmytryk.

The Fabulous Dorseys- (1947)
12:00 - 13:45 - Wed 29/3/17 - Talking Pictures
5.9/10 Stars

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Biopic of 1930s jazz bandleaders Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, following their childhood, when they were pushed into music by their father through their successful double act. Sibling rivalry ultimately drives them apart, and they pursue solo careers - but a singer who worked with the pair is determined to reunite them. Starring the Dorsey brothers as themselves, with Janet Blair.

Death of the Incredible Hulk- (1990)
13:00 - 14:50 - Wed 29/3/17 - Horror Channel
0.0/10 Stars

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Smashing superhero action with Bill Bixby. While David Banner works on a cure for his monstrous condition, his scientist friends are kidnapped and he must use all his Hulk power to rescue them.

The Yangtse Incident- (1957)
13:10 - 15:05 - Wed 29/3/17 - Film 4
0.0/10 Stars

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(1957) Michael Anderson's drama, starring Richard Todd and William Hartnell, tells the true story of HMS Amethyst, a British frigate captured by Chinese communists during Mao's revolution.

Flying Leathernecks- (1951)
13:10 - 15:20 - Wed 29/3/17 - Movies4Men
6.5/10 Stars

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This trite reworking by Nicholas Ray of many themes (and characters) familiar from films such as Howard Hawks's masterly 1943 movie Air Force is corny, obvious and not really good enough. John Wayne and particularly Robert Ryan seem distinctly uncomfortable in their leading roles, flying studio mock-ups of planes against Technicolor back projection and dutifully conveying a gung-ho spirit without any real enthusiasm. The acting honours are stolen by grizzled veteran Jay C Flippen, who's well cast as a wily sergeant, but this must go down as another terribly disappointing early work from Ray, whose Rebel without a Cause remains a key movie of the 1950s.

Silverado- (1985)
13:25 - 16:05 - Wed 29/3/17 - Sony Movie Channel
7.1/10 Stars

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Four mismatched loners unite to free a run-down frontier town from the tyranny of a crooked marshal and his posse of vicious cronies, who will stop at nothing in their campaign of terror. Western, starring Kevin Kline, Kevin Costner, Scott Glenn, Danny Glover, Rosanna Arquette, Brian Dennehy, Jeff Goldblum and Linda Hunt, with a cameo by John Cleese.

Hyde Park Corner- (0)
14:00 - 15:40 - Wed 29/3/17 - Talking Pictures
0.0/10 Stars

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1935. Drama. Directed by Sinclair Hill and starring Gordon Harker, Binnie Hale and Eric Portman. A duel is destined to be repeated when the two descendants of the original duel meet.

Perry Mason: Fatal Fashion- (1991)
15:00 - 17:00 - Wed 29/3/17 - True Entertainment
0.0/10 Stars

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Perry is on the case again, helping Lauren, the prime suspect in the murder of Dyan Draper (known for destroying people's careers with her column) after she is found at the crime. (1991)

Cattle Empire- (1958)
15:05 - 16:45 - Wed 29/3/17 - Film 4
5.0/10 Stars

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A trail boss, released from prison after serving five years following a rampage by his men, accepts a job from the community's leading citizen to head up a cattle drive. However, he still harbours a grudge against his employers and seizes the chance for revenge when a rival cattle baron makes him a tempting offer. Western, starring Joel McCrea, Gloria Talbott, Don Haggerty and Phyllis Coates.

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.

Killer Switch- (2016)
15:20 - 17:00 - Wed 29/3/17 - Channel 5
0.0/10 Stars

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A woman accidentally picks up the wrong suitcase from the airport baggage reclaim on her way to her daughter's graduation. Later, she receives a phone call from a man claiming he will harm her daughter if she fails to follow his instructions to return his suitcase. Thriller, starring Jamie Luner.

Rogue's Yarn- (1957)
16:00 - 17:35 - Wed 29/3/17 - Talking Pictures
6.0/10 Stars

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1956. Crime drama directed by Vernon Sewell. A husband plots to kill his rich wife. Does he have the perfect alibi? Starring Derek Bond and Hugh Latimer.

Tornado Warning- (2012)
16:00 - 17:50 - Wed 29/3/17 - Horror Channel
2.9/10 Stars

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A teenager whose home was destroyed by an unusual tornado grows up to be an amateur storm chaser, and investigates when similar freak storms start occurring across the world. He enlists the aid of a meteorologist in getting to the truth, and discovers the strange weather is cover for an alien invasion. Sci-fi thriller, starring Kari Wuhrer and Jeff Fahey. Edited for violence and flashing images.

Hope and Glory- (1987)
16:15 - 18:25 - Wed 29/3/17 - Sony Movie Channel
6.0/10 Stars

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War may be hell if you're a grown-up, but it's a wheeze if you're nine years old and living in suburban London during the Blitz. Anyway, that's how it looks to the young hero of director John Boorman's whimsical, funny, nostalgic, semi-autobiographical memoir of family life in the Second World War. Sebastian Rice-Edwards gives an extraordinarily confident performance in the lead role, and he's matched by Geraldine Muir, playing his five-year-old sister. Sammi Davis as their rebellious elder sibling, meanwhile, gives a poignant portrayal of the teenager caught between sexual awakening and the savage truths of the day, especially in the scene when she informs her mother, Sarah Miles, of her intention to sleep with her Canadian soldier boyfriend. "We might all be dead tomorrow; just don't fall in love with him," sighs Miles. "Who said anything about love," snaps back Davis. The film is on the episodic side and Miles and Ian Bannen as the grandfather might both have toned down their eccentric portrayals a notch, but these are minor quibbles about a delightful movie. It was a personal triumph for Boorman: he received Oscar nominations for best film (as producer), best director and best original screenplay, while Philippe Rousselot's cinematography and Anthony Pratt and Joan Woollard's art direction/set decoration were also nominated.

Master of The World- (1961)
16:45 - 18:50 - Wed 29/3/17 - Film 4
6.3/10 Stars

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(1961) Vincent Price is a 19th century mad scientist, using his superb airship to fly over the world threatening mass destruction from the clouds unless the people agree to world peace.

Tall in the Saddle- (1944)
17:25 - 19:15 - Wed 29/3/17 - Movies4Men
5.9/10 Stars

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If ever there was a title made for Big John Wayne, this is it. However, the Duke barely gets a look-in, as in reality it's more of a vehicle for his tempestuous co-star Ella Raines, who goes gunning for the Duke in order to woo him. George "Gabby" Hayes is in there, too, in a complex plot in which Wayne is framed for murder as he discovers Ward Bond's crooked plans to steal Audrey Long's ranch. But none of this matters, really. Edwin L Marin's direction is fast-moving, there are two terrific fist fights, and, for those of you who wondered exactly what Wayne got up to during the Second World War, this will answer your question. Incidentally, the screenplay is co-written by Paul P Fix, more usually an actor who often worked with the Duke, most notably in 1967's El Dorado.

Guilt Is My Shadow- (0)
18:30 - 20:15 - Wed 29/3/17 - Talking Pictures
0.0/10 Stars

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1950. Drama. Directed by Roy Kellio. Stars Patrick Holt, Elizabeth Sellars and Peter Reynolds. A farmer is enjoying an idyllic life in Devon, until his nephew arrives on the run from the police.

Steel Magnolias- (1989)
18:35 - 21:00 - Wed 29/3/17 - Sony Movie Channel
7.0/10 Stars

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Expanded from his own play by Robert Harling, this comedy drama provided juicy roles for some of Hollywood's leading ladies at a time when muscle-bound action heroes held sway at the box office. Sally Field, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Julia Roberts interact so beautifully as they discuss men, the menopause, manicures and marriage in Dolly Parton's kitsch small-town beauty salon that it was something of a surprise that only Roberts scooped an Oscar nomination. But it's Shirley MacLaine as the town's outsider (complete with her headstrong mutt) who steals the show with a wonderful display of crankiness and compassion, and just a little flirtatiousness thrown in for good measure. Director Herbert Ross times every gag and tear to perfection, but he fails to find enough for the guys to do, which is a shame as Tom Skerritt, Sam Shepard and Dylan McDermott are all good enough actors to give strong performances without having to hold centre stage. This is a little too dependent on sassy one-liners and is awash with sentiment by the end, but is still wonderful entertainment.

The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising- (2007)
18:50 - 20:50 - Wed 29/3/17 - Film 4
4.8/10 Stars

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The success of Harry Potter has reinvigorated children's fantasy cinema and this lacklustre outing is just one of several attempts to cash in on the wizards and witches boom. Its pedigree is impressive, at least, being based on the second of British author Susan Cooper's five-book cycle of Arthurian fantasy novels about the battle between the forces of Light and Dark. This hurried, far-from-faithful adaptation follows American teen in England Will Stanton (Alexander Ludwig) as he discovers that he's the last of a group of immortal warriors, led by Merriman (Ian McShane) and Miss Greythorne (Frances Conroy). To defeat The Rider (Christopher Eccleston) and restore the power of Light, Will must hunt for six mythical signs scattered across time - but these journeys to the Viking era and beyond prioritise special effects at the expense of coherent plotting. David L Cunningham's showy direction leaves no overhead camera shot unused, while overindulging in the kind of rapid editing that may make children lose their Happy Meals.

Revolt at Fort Laramie- (1957)
19:15 - 21:00 - Wed 29/3/17 - Movies4Men
5.0/10 Stars

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When Civil War breaks out, a cavalry fort is divided according to the loyalties of its troops. Stars John Dehner. (1957)

The Green Man- (1990)
20:15 - 21:55 - Wed 29/3/17 - Talking Pictures
6.0/10 Stars

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1956. Comedy. Stars Alastair Sim, Raymond Huntley, George Cole & Terry-Thomas. A watchmaker turns out to be an assassin whose target is a leading politician but his plans are stalled.

Cliffhanger- (1993)
21:00 - 22:00 - Wed 29/3/17 - ITV 4
6.1/10 Stars

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High adventure and vertigo blend with blood and bullets to make this tension-packed tall tale a spectacular avalanche of dizzying escapism. Sylvester Stallone plays the rock-climbing "Rocky" clone who loses his nerve during the opening peak rescue and must find it again when a gang of desperate criminals crash-lands on his mountain manor during a blizzard. Nail-biting stunts and photography that's close to the edge are the true stars of this Rockies-set Die Hard, directed with breathless energy by Renny Harlin.

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.

High-Rise- (2016)
21:00 - 23:20 - Wed 29/3/17 - Film 4
0.0/10 Stars

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(2016) Ben Wheatley Season: Drama with Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons. Life for the inhabitants of a huge tower block descends into savage anarchy. Gory violence/sex/very strong language.

Bandidos- (1967)
21:00 - 23:00 - Wed 29/3/17 - Movies4Men
0.0/10 Stars

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When a band of outlaws attack a train there are far-reaching repercussions when a sharpshooter tries to resist the gang leader. Starring Enrico Maria Salerno. (1967)

Mimic- (1997)
21:00 - 23:15 - Wed 29/3/17 - Sony Movie Channel
5.5/10 Stars

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In the same vein as The Relic and all those other movies about creepy-crawlies that go crunch in the night, this horror movie stars Mira Sorvino as an entomologist determined to find out exactly what has invaded the New York subway system. It's preposterous stuff, but the tale of oversized insects (a genetically enhanced species developed to eradicate an epidemic-spreading breed of cockroaches) is suitably gruesome and atmospheric thanks to Cronos director Guillermo del Toro's dark direction. Sorvino is believably tough, too, and smartly supported by Jeremy Northam, Charles S Dutton and Josh Brolin as potential monster munchies.

The Curse Of The Mummy's Tomb- (1964)
21:00 - 22:35 - Wed 29/3/17 - Horror Channel
0.0/10 Stars

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Hammer horror. When three Egyptologists discover the tomb of an Egyptian prince, the prince soon returns to life to have his revenge upon those who dared to uncover his tomb... (1964)

Hellboy II: the Golden Army- (2008)
21:00 - 22:00 - Wed 29/3/17 - ITV 2
6.4/10 Stars

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Director Guillermo del Toro's mastery of fantasy film-making and his understanding of the multi-faceted richness of the genre guides this sequel to visually imaginative and intricately detailed heights. This time our florid superhero Hellboy (Ron Perlman) must thwart the renegade elf prince Nuada (Luke Goss), who will stop at nothing (even killing his own father) to awaken the fabled indestructible Golden Army and conquer the human realm. Imbued with the ornate gothic fairy-tale style and emotional resonance of del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, the film effortlessly marries dry wit and unnerving creepiness. Epic in breadth and ambition while still retaining its gentle soul, this army of golden images is another sublime example of superior myth-making from a master of the art.

Passage Home- (0)
22:00 - 00:00 - Wed 29/3/17 - Talking Pictures
0.0/10 Stars

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1955. Drama. Director: Roy Ward Baker. Starring: Peter Finch, Diane Cilento and Anthony Steel. A young woman comes to regret her rescue from a difficult situation in South America.

Cliffhanger- (1993)
22:05 - 23:15 - Wed 29/3/17 - ITV 4
6.1/10 Stars

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High adventure and vertigo blend with blood and bullets to make this tension-packed tall tale a spectacular avalanche of dizzying escapism. Sylvester Stallone plays the rock-climbing "Rocky" clone who loses his nerve during the opening peak rescue and must find it again when a gang of desperate criminals crash-lands on his mountain manor during a blizzard. Nail-biting stunts and photography that's close to the edge are the true stars of this Rockies-set Die Hard, directed with breathless energy by Renny Harlin.

Hellboy II: the Golden Army- (2008)
22:05 - 23:25 - Wed 29/3/17 - ITV 2
6.4/10 Stars

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Director Guillermo del Toro's mastery of fantasy film-making and his understanding of the multi-faceted richness of the genre guides this sequel to visually imaginative and intricately detailed heights. This time our florid superhero Hellboy (Ron Perlman) must thwart the renegade elf prince Nuada (Luke Goss), who will stop at nothing (even killing his own father) to awaken the fabled indestructible Golden Army and conquer the human realm. Imbued with the ornate gothic fairy-tale style and emotional resonance of del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, the film effortlessly marries dry wit and unnerving creepiness. Epic in breadth and ambition while still retaining its gentle soul, this army of golden images is another sublime example of superior myth-making from a master of the art.

Outpost- (2007)
22:35 - 00:25 - Wed 29/3/17 - Horror Channel
0.0/10 Stars

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Action movie set in war-torn eastern Europe. A mysterious businessman recruits a group of mercenaries to investigate a World War II bunker where nightmares haunt its every inch... (2007)

Red Scorpion- (1989)
23:00 - 01:10 - Wed 29/3/17 - Movies4Men
4.6/10 Stars

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The English language - and dialogue in particular - is a tricky blighter for action stars such as Jean-Claude Van Damme and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and it also proves a problem for the heavily accented Dolph Lundgren in this awful action adventure. The makers played safe and cast the non-syllabic one as a Soviet agent, who is sent to a warring African state to take out a resistance leader. However, because Lundgren is the good guy, he has a change of heart and converts to the forces of freedom. Inexplicably, this was a big hit on video, perhaps because there's loads of mindless mass destruction, but the script and the performances make Rambo look positively Wildean.

The Return- (2003)
23:00 - 01:00 - Wed 29/3/17 - True Entertainment
3.0/10 Stars

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Two brothers are stunned when a stranger turns up out of the blue, claiming to be their estranged father. However, as he whisks the youngsters off on a fishing trip, one of them comes to suspect he is not who he claims to be. Russian drama, starring Vladimir Garin, Ivan Dobronravov and Konstantin Lavronenko.

Michael Jackson's This Is It- (2009)
23:05 - 01:05 - Wed 29/3/17 - Channel 5
6.7/10 Stars

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Giving the ardent admirer everything they could wish for and the cynics much to ponder, this curiously bittersweet tribute to the late Michael Jackson is better and slicker than expected, especially considering its fast turnaround after his untimely death. Director, choreographer and friend Kenny Ortega (High School Musical) assembles a heartfelt celebration from over 100 hours of auditions, interviews and rehearsal footage taken from the "King of Pop's" preparations for his ill-fated London concert series. Nothing negative or scandalous is allowed to permeate this commemoration of one of pop culture's greatest entertainers. Instead the focus is on his creative genius, driven perfectionism (including some surprisingly waspish comments to his musical director) and catalogue of chart hits (Thriller, Beat It), and the fascinating way it was all being put together for his O2 Arena comeback.

Public Enemies- (2009)
23:15 - 02:05 - Wed 29/3/17 - Sony Movie Channel
6.5/10 Stars

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Sporting a uniformly strong cast, this epic crime drama from director Michael Mann makes a documentary-style fable out of the infamous moments in the short, sharp career of 1930s gangster John Dillinger (Johnny Depp). The sumptuous production design and vibrant natural lighting enhance the daring prison break-outs, well-planned bank robberies and doomed romance with hat-check girl Billie Frechette (Marion Cotillard) that lead to the fateful meeting outside Chicago's Biograph cinema with G-Man Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) and J Edgar Hoover's fledgeling FBI. More beautifully composed art house movie than popcorn crime thriller, Mann's take on the Depression-era Robin Hood encompasses both the philosophical contemplation of mortality and the creation of an icon. Directed with astute flair (the intimacy of digital video close-ups contrasting with technically dazzling machine-gun action) and fascinatingly detailed (the law grappling with its own nascent methods), this is freshly conceived myth-making on a grand scale, with the captivating Depp/Cotillard chemistry an added bonus.

You're Next- (2011)
23:20 - 01:10 - Wed 29/3/17 - Film 4
6.6/10 Stars

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A family gathers for an awkward reunion that brings old tensions back to the surface. The evening takes a nightmarish turn when their remote country house is besieged by a gang of masked, crossbow-wielding strangers intent on murdering everyone inside. Horror, starring Sharni Vinson and Nicholas Tucci.