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Red Heat- (1988)
00:05 - 01:05 - Sun 26/2/17 - ITV 4
5.7/10 Stars

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This routine fish-out-of-water thriller from director Walter Hill offered Arnold Schwarzenegger one of his more interesting action roles before he became a superstar. Playing a stony, monosyllabic Soviet cop poses no real acting problems for the big man, and in James Belushi he has an agreeably foul-mouthed foil, as the pair team up to hunt for an escaped Russian drug dealer. Hill stages a series of entertainingly violent and increasingly silly set pieces, and there's an eclectic support cast that includes Peter Boyle, Gina Gershon and Laurence Fishburne, when he was still calling himself Larry.


Return from the River Kwai- (1988)
00:15 - 01:50 - Sun 26/2/17 - BBC 1
4.0/10 Stars

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An American pilot is shot down over Japanese-occupied Thailand. He joins a unit of guerrillas in the hope of escaping - but they end up battling to rescue a troop of starving Allied PoWs. Second World War drama sequel, starring Chris Penn, Edward Fox, Denholm Elliott, George Takei, Timothy Bottoms and Tatsuya Nakadai. Edited for daytime broadcast.


Takers- (2010)
00:20 - 01:25 - Sun 26/2/17 - 5*
6.1/10 Stars

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This take on the classic cop v robbers formula makes for handsome, smart and fast-paced entertainment. Idris Elba and Paul Walker lead a veritable Rat Pack of robbers, whose meticulously organised bank heists allow them to live the high life. Matt Dillon is the detective obsessed with finding them, all the while providing support to his troubled police partner (Jay Hernandez). When the gang are tempted into pulling one more, lucrative job by a former associate, the scene is set for a showdown. There's a pleasing, easy chemistry about Elba and co, which is only undermined by Tip "TI" Harris's terrible gangsta performance as the interloper in the outfit. It's also very much a movie for the boys, with Zoë Saldana offered little to do as the beauty caught between rivals and Marianne Jean-Baptiste hemmed in as Elba's junkie sister. Still, Takers compensates with its edge-of-the-seat thrills and rollicking action.


Beat Girl- (1960)
00:30 - 02:15 - Sun 26/2/17 - Talking Pictures
6.5/10 Stars

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1960. Drama. Directed by Edmond T. Gréville and starring Noëlle Adam, Christopher Lee and Oliver Reed. Paul, a divorcee, marries a French lady but his daughter is determined to spoil the relationship.


Couples Retreat- (2009)
00:55 - 01:55 - Sun 26/2/17 - ITV 2
5.3/10 Stars

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A holiday in a luxury South Pacific resort turns out to involve a chastening programme of marital therapy in this ensemble frolic, co-written by and co-starring Swingers duo Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. The trip has been organised by Jason Bateman and Kristen Bell in a last ditch attempt to save their marriage, but the compulsory ministrations of Jean Reno's self-styled "couples whisperer" also highlights the tensions within the relationships of their friends - workaholic Vaughn and his long-suffering spouse Malin Akerman, and Favreau and his other half Kristin Davis. The storyline also struggles to encompass the travails of their divorcee chum Faison Love, meaning there's way too much character set-up and rather too few laughs. Although Vaughn is appealing in an uninspiring "regular guy" role, and Favreau's game for sundry humiliations as the 40-something lecher in the group, there's more midlife crisis on display here than rollicking wit.


The Facility- (2012)
01:00 - 02:45 - Sun 26/2/17 - Horror Channel
5.3/10 Stars

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Seven volunteers sign up as test subjects for a drug trial, only to discover a side effect of the treatment is an uncontrollable murderous rage. The surviving patients and doctors band together to fight their way out of the hospital, but due to the way the test was carried out, nobody knows who received the drugs and who was given a harmless placebo. Horror, starring Aneurin Barnard and Alex Reid.


William And Catherine: A Royal Romance- (2011)
01:00 - 03:00 - Sun 26/2/17 - True Entertainment
0.0/10 Stars

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Dramatic interpretation of the love story of Prince William (Dan Amboyer) and Kate Middleton (Alice St. Clair) that led to one of the most celebrated weddings in history. (2011)


Youth without Youth- (2007)
01:15 - 03:15 - Sun 26/2/17 - BBC 2
6.5/10 Stars

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An academic is struck by lightning on the eve of the Second World War, but instead of dying, his youth is restored and his intelligence greatly increased. Fleeing the attention of the Nazis, he embarks on a decades-long journey of discovery around the world as he seeks to understand the origins of language. Francis Ford Coppola's drama, starring Tim Roth and Alexandra Maria Lara.


The Sixth Sense- (1999)
01:20 - 03:30 - Sun 26/2/17 - Film 4
7.5/10 Stars

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Writer/director M Night Shyamalan has fashioned a modern classic here, a chilly, intelligent, emotional ghost story that relies not on the obligatory gore and knifeplay for its many shocks but on glimpses of an afterlife that's anything but angels and harps. Bruce Willis plays it quiet and reflective as the child psychologist attempting to get inside the head of the young Haley Joel Osment, who sees dead people "all the time". Toni Collette (Muriel's Wedding) is equally convincing as the boy's troubled mum and, though the film's initial impact hinged on chatter about its knockout twist ending (the sort to have you buying another ticket), in truth it's the controlled pace of Shyamalan's direction and the simplicity of his storytelling that make it so rewatchable.


Dead Birds- (2005)
01:40 - 03:20 - Sun 26/2/17 - Movies4Men
5.8/10 Stars

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During the American Civil War, a group of soldiers take refuge in an abandoned plantation but find themselves at the mercy of supernatural forces. (2005)


Couples Retreat- (2009)
02:00 - 03:00 - Sun 26/2/17 - ITV 2
5.3/10 Stars

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A holiday in a luxury South Pacific resort turns out to involve a chastening programme of marital therapy in this ensemble frolic, co-written by and co-starring Swingers duo Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. The trip has been organised by Jason Bateman and Kristen Bell in a last ditch attempt to save their marriage, but the compulsory ministrations of Jean Reno's self-styled "couples whisperer" also highlights the tensions within the relationships of their friends - workaholic Vaughn and his long-suffering spouse Malin Akerman, and Favreau and his other half Kristin Davis. The storyline also struggles to encompass the travails of their divorcee chum Faison Love, meaning there's way too much character set-up and rather too few laughs. Although Vaughn is appealing in an uninspiring "regular guy" role, and Favreau's game for sundry humiliations as the 40-something lecher in the group, there's more midlife crisis on display here than rollicking wit.


Jungle Street- (0)
02:15 - 03:50 - Sun 26/2/17 - 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.


Splinter- (2008)
02:45 - 04:20 - Sun 26/2/17 - Horror Channel
6.0/10 Stars

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A couple on a romantic weekend are carjacked and taken hostage by an escaped criminal and his girlfriend. As they drive deeper into the woods, the group finds itself targeted by a parasitic creature that transforms its victims into deadly hosts. When they finally seek shelter in an abandoned fuel station, the virus begins to take them over one at a time, forcing the uninfected to work together to survive. Horror, starring Shea Whigham, Paulo Constanzo, Jill Wagner and Rachel Kerbs.


Second-Story Man- (2011)
02:50 - 04:50 - Sun 26/2/17 - 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)


God's Little Acre- (1958)
03:50 - 06:00 - Sun 26/2/17 - Talking Pictures
6.5/10 Stars

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1958. Comedy Drama. Directed by Anthony Mann. Starring Robert Ryan, Tina Louise & Aldo Ray. A poor farmer is obsessed with finding gold on his land supposedly buried by his grandfather.