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Jigsaw- (2003)
12:50 - 14:55 - Talking Pictures
0.0/10 Stars

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1962. Directed by Val Guest and starring Jack Warner. A woman is murdered and it's up to Detective Fellows to sift through the clues and solve the 'Jigsaw'. Great shots of Brighton in the 60s.


The Borrowers- (1997)
13:45 - 15:25 - ITV
5.8/10 Stars

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Mary Norton's charming 1950s children's stories about a diminutive family (the "Borrowers" of the title) are here turned into a delightful family film. Jim Broadbent is on good form as the father of the tiny Clocks who live beneath the floorboards of an old house, and John Goodman delivers a large slice of ham as the unscrupulous full-sized lawyer who intends to demolish their home. Peter Hewitt (Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey) directs this fun children's adventure, which features a host of British comedy talent (including Hugh Laurie, Mark Williams and Celia Imrie) alongside Broadbent. But it's the clever special effects that steal the show from the cast (miniature or otherwise).


The Nut Job- (2014)
13:55 - 15:00 - ITV 2
5.4/10 Stars

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A squirrel living in a city park faces a harsh winter ahead. He sees fresh hope when he discovers a shop selling nuts, and recruits the other animals to carry out a daring heist that will provide enough food to keep them going through the cold months ahead. Animated comedy, with the voices of Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser and Liam Neeson.


The Last Airbender- (2010)
14:30 - 16:35 - Film 4
4.7/10 Stars

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Writer/director M Night Shyamalan's once glorious reputation is tarnished further by this tediously juvenile fantasy adventure in which the Fire Nation and its vengeful Prince Zuko (Slumdog Millionaire's Dev Patel) want to rule Air, Water and Earth. But will young Avatar Aang (Noah Ringer) fulfil his destiny as controller of all four elements and return harmony to the universe? Based on a popular American animé series, this often incomprehensible, potted live-action update is so overloaded with CGI animation, the conversion almost feels redundant. A mix of hackneyed Tolkien fantasy, Brothers Grimm fairy tale and Old Testament cliché is evident in the heavily subplotted story, and the blanket banality is increased by Shyamalan's completely bland direction and wooden performances by his child stars. A few epic vistas and images are spectacular - notably the tsunami wall of water holding the Fire Nation's ships at bay - but most of the elemental "bending" is poorly conceived and unexciting, especially in the 3D repackaging.


Queen of Katwe- (2016)
14:35 - 16:35 - BBC 1
0.0/10 Stars

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The life of an impoverished Ugandan youngster is changed forever when she's introduced to the game of chess. Uplifting Disney drama with David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong'o. (2016)(120 mins) Also in HD


Columbo: an Exercise In Fatality- (1974)
14:35 - 16:40 - Five USA
0.0/10 Stars

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The owner of a chain of health clubs kills a business partner who was about to expose his crooked dealings. Making the death look like an unfortunate weightlifting accident, he cunningly creates the perfect alibi using a tape recording of his victim's voice - but he reckons without the intervention of the shabby sleuth. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk, Robert Conrad and Philip Bruns.


Ben Hur- (1959)
14:40 - 15:40 - ITV 4
6.4/10 Stars

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Oscar-winning Biblical epic starring Charlton Heston and Jack Hawkins. An aristocratic Jew falls foul of a childhood friend, now a Roman tribune, and is banished to a life of slavery. (1959)


Rebecca- (1940)
14:55 - 17:30 - Talking Pictures
7.3/10 Stars

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Alfred Hitchcock's first Hollywood film is a sumptuous and suspenseful adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's romantic novel. Produced by David O Selznick, it is immaculately played and was rightly awarded the Oscar for best picture. That Laurence Olivier as Maxim de Winter is superb goes without saying, but it's mousey Joan Fontaine who is a revelation as the second Mrs de Winter. Lovers of lesbian subtexts will have a field day with Judith Anderson's sinister housekeeper Mrs Danvers, as Hitchcock circumvents the Hays Code censors who forced him to make changes to the original story. Fortunately no damage was done - unless you think too hard. And, since the style and pace never let up, there's no danger of that happening.


Escape to Athena- (1979)
15:00 - 17:00 - BBC 2
5.5/10 Stars

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You can't really blame Lew Grade. As an entrepreneur, he knew that star names sell movies; as a mogul, he had the power to pull together movie packages with big names. Unfortunately, despite his best efforts and intentions, most of his film-producing legacy is, regrettably, rather underwhelming. This is a prime example: a slight plot combines an ancient treasure caper with a Second World War escape adventure and wastes the talents of such diverse names as David Niven, Elliott Gould, Claudia Cardinale and Sonny Bono. And they aren't even the leads! If you can bear to watch a movie starring Roger Moore and Telly Savalas, then well and good, this might be the solution to while away a couple of hours.


Ice Quake- (2010)
15:00 - 16:50 - Horror Channel
3.5/10 Stars

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A family's Christmas getaway on an Alaskan mountain is disrupted by a devastating series of ecological catastrophes, including earthquakes, avalanches and escaping natural gas that can freeze people solid. Disaster movie, starring Brendan Fehr and Holly Dignard.


The Nut Job- (2014)
15:05 - 15:45 - ITV 2
5.4/10 Stars

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A squirrel living in a city park faces a harsh winter ahead. He sees fresh hope when he discovers a shop selling nuts, and recruits the other animals to carry out a daring heist that will provide enough food to keep them going through the cold months ahead. Animated comedy, with the voices of Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser and Liam Neeson.


How to Train Your Dragon- (2010)
15:20 - 17:15 - Channel 4
7.4/10 Stars

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Cressida Cowell's successful children's book gets an exciting animated adaptation here from co-writers/directors Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois (Lilo & Stitch). Teenager Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) belongs to a belligerent Viking tribe that sees dragons as their mortal enemy. But Hiccup is a secret dragon-whisperer and when he helps, rather than kills, a wounded Night Fury dragon nicknamed Toothless, he sets a new course for his family and friends. The film's constantly amusing script boasts plenty of strong characters (including Hiccup's father, Stoick, voiced by Gerard Butler), is poignant where it counts - Hiccup and Toothless getting to know each other - and is consistently cute, clever and touching. But where this highly appealing comedy adventure really excels is with awesome visuals that rival Avatar's. The flying sequences, such as a dazzling trip through the Northern Lights, are stunning and the battles are equally spectacular - although some younger viewers might find them rather too scary.

Ben Hur- (1959)
15:45 - 18:50 - ITV 4
6.4/10 Stars

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Oscar-winning Biblical epic starring Charlton Heston and Jack Hawkins. An aristocratic Jew falls foul of a childhood friend, now a Roman tribune, and is banished to a life of slavery. (1959)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1- (2010)
15:45 - 16:45 - ITV 2
7.4/10 Stars

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As Voldemort takes over the Ministry of Magic, Harry tries to destroy the horcruxes that give him power. With the late Alan Rickman. Flashing images. (2010)(141 mins) Also in HD

27 Dresses- (2008)
16:35 - 18:45 - Film 4
6.1/10 Stars

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In this fluffy, New York-set romantic comedy, Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up) plays Jane, a woman who is always the bridesmaid, never the bride - and she has 27 bridesmaid dresses in her wardrobe to prove it. Her story attracts the attention of newspaper wedding columnist Kevin (James Marsden). He falls for Jane, but she has eyes only for her oddly oblivious boss, George (Edward Burns), whose interest lies with her sister Tess (Malin Akerman). This being Hollywood, of course, there are no prizes for guessing how these issues are resolved. The target audience for Anne Fletcher's film is unashamedly feminine and it duly delivers no surprises - yet there is something oddly reassuring about that. It's like the cinematic equivalent of an old comfort blanket.

Columbo: Rest in Peace, Mrs Columbo- (1990)
16:40 - 18:40 - Five USA
0.0/10 Stars

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The dishevelled detective's wife becomes the target of an emotionally deranged woman who blames him and two other men for the death of her own husband. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk, Ian McShane, Helen Shaver and Edward Winter.

Ice Twisters- (2009)
16:50 - 18:40 - Horror Channel
2.1/10 Stars

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An experiment using liquid nitrogen to induce rain in the drought-ravaged Pacific Northwest goes horribly wrong and creates tornados that scatter deadly shards of ice. As scientists struggle to stop the phenomenon, an author is left to suggest a solution that has not been considered. Sci-fi thriller, starring Mark Moses, Camille Sullivan, Kaj-Erik Eriksen and Alex Zahara.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1- (2010)
16:50 - 18:25 - ITV 2
7.4/10 Stars

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As Voldemort takes over the Ministry of Magic, Harry tries to destroy the horcruxes that give him power. With the late Alan Rickman. Flashing images. (2010)(141 mins) Also in HD

Transformers: Age of Extinction- (2014)
17:50 - 21:00 - E4
5.9/10 Stars

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The shape-changing robots are driven into hiding when the human race turns against them. They come out of exile to save the world, battling a new breed of human-created Transformers to prevent technology from their own planet being used in a plot that could threaten all life on Earth. Sci-fi adventure, starring Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammer.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2- (2011)
18:25 - 19:25 - ITV 2
7.7/10 Stars

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Harry must face his nemesis Voldemort in an epic final confrontation. With the late Alan Rickman. Violence/moderate language/flashing images. (2011)(131 mins) Also in HD

Geo-Disaster- (2017)
18:40 - 20:30 - Horror Channel
0.0/10 Stars

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An earthquake, volcano and tornado - each huge in their own right - converge on Los Angeles and one unlucky family. (2017)

Columbo: Agenda for Murder- (1990)
18:40 - 20:40 - Five USA
0.0/10 Stars

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A crooked lawyer hopes to start a promising political career, but a former client he saved from prison threatens to blow the whistle on him. The attorney murders the blackmailer and makes it look like suicide - but the shabby sleuth sees through his ruse and sets out to expose the truth. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk, Louis Zorich and Patrick McGoohan, who also directed.

Pitch Perfect 2- (2015)
18:45 - 21:00 - Film 4
6.8/10 Stars

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A Cappella group the Barden Bellas enjoy an unprecedented run of success, until a disastrous performance sees them banned from national competitions and beset by scandal. They attempt to turn their fortunes around and redeem their legacy by competing in the World Championships of A Cappella in Copenhagen. Comedy sequel, starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson.

The Magnificent Seven Ride- (0)
18:50 - 19:50 - ITV 4
0.0/10 Stars

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Western sequel starring Lee Van Cleef and Stefanie Powers, 1972. Marshal Chris Adams recruits a prison gang to help him catch a gang of Mexican bandits who have kidnapped his wife.

Went The Day Well- (1942)
19:00 - 20:50 - Talking Pictures
0.0/10 Stars

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Patriotic WWII thriller starring Leslie Banks and Elizabeth Allan. A unit of German paratroopers invade a quiet English hamlet but find quelling the villagers a difficult task. (1942)

Johnny English Strikes Again- (2018)
19:15 - 21:00 - Channel 4
0.0/10 Stars

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Rowan Atkinson returns for a third time as secret service agent Johnny English. This time, a sinister cyber attack sees him sent on an adventure in the South of France. (2018)(88 mins) Also in HD

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2- (2011)
19:30 - 21:00 - ITV 2
7.7/10 Stars

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Harry must face his nemesis Voldemort in an epic final confrontation. With the late Alan Rickman. Violence/moderate language/flashing images. (2011)(131 mins) Also in HD

The Magnificent Seven Ride- (0)
19:55 - 21:00 - ITV 4
0.0/10 Stars

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Western sequel starring Lee Van Cleef and Stefanie Powers, 1972. Marshal Chris Adams recruits a prison gang to help him catch a gang of Mexican bandits who have kidnapped his wife.

Columbo: Double Exposure- (1973)
20:40 - 22:10 - Five USA
4.8/10 Stars

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A maker of motivational films based on subliminal messages uses his expertise to plant a subconscious command in the mind of a rival to lure him to his death. However, any hopes of his getting away with it for long are dashed by the arrival of a certain shabby sleuth. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk, Robert Culp, Robert Middleton, Louise Latham and Arlene Martel.

Rocky II- (1979)
21:00 - 22:05 - ITV 4
6.8/10 Stars

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In this follow-up to the Oscar-winning original, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is now married to the love of his life (Talia Shire), but is contemplating a risky return to the ring. Having gone the distance with heavyweight champ Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) in the first bout, Balboa sees a return match as a way out of poverty, though he may lose his sight. As if Stallone wasn't enough of a glutton for punishment, he takes on the directorial duties as well as writing and starring in this sequel. The big-fight finale is executed with skill, passion and glee, and it's good to see the rasping Burgess Meredith back in the trainer's chair, but this unsurprisingly fails to match the original.

Braveheart- (1995)
21:00 - 22:05 - 5*
7.6/10 Stars

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Mel Gibson directs this 13th-century saga of Scottish revolt against English tyranny with a claymore-like flourish, defying the criticism that there are moments as bogus as plastic haggis. He also stars, portraying William Wallace as a medieval, woad-smeared Mad Max-like hero, a rebel leader and rabble rouser, an intrepid champion from the mould of Hollywood heroes, made believable by the grace of the star. However, if he's a wartime resistance leader in the style of Robin Hood with a comely Maid Marion in the shape of Sophie Marceau then Patrick McGoohan as the villainous King Edward "Longshanks" is a jeering, sneering cliché too far - the Sheriff of Nottingham with his own portable torture chamber. As director, Gibson's control over thousands of extras, in the swift succession of gruesome hand-to-hand battles, is as effective as anything in Laurence Olivier's Henry V. But when the action moves in for the emotional kill, the film loses credibility - Wallace's disdain at his own disembowelment being a prime example. Yet, for all its stereotypes and disparities, there is a nicely judged air of political cynicism, as noblemen switch allegiances as easily as horses. It succeeds in bringing to life the reality of Scottish patriotism and brilliantly captures the spirit of revolution. Little wonder it won an Oscar for best picture.

Logan- (2017)
21:00 - 23:45 - Film 4
0.0/10 Stars

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A troubled, reclusive Wolverine must protect an ailing Professor X and a mysterious young mutant from dark forces. Gritty action thriller starring Hugh Jackman. (2017)(132 mins) Also in HD

Outcast- (2010)
21:00 - 22:55 - Horror Channel
6.5/10 Stars

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An Irish woman with magical powers and her teenage son go into hiding on a Scottish council estate, but are pursued by a killer with similar abilities sent by their own people. As the boy falls for a local girl and risks breaking cover, a murderous creature roams the streets with some connection to either hunter or hunted. Horror, starring James Nesbitt and Kate Dickie.

The Maze Runner- (2014)
21:00 - 23:10 - E4
7.0/10 Stars

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A boy arrives in an isolated community of children, with no memory of who he is or the outside world. When another new arrival brings an ominous message, he realises time is running out for the group and they must find an escape route through a deadly labyrinth if they are to survive. Sci-fi adventure based on James Dashner's novel, starring Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario and Patricia Clarkson.

Emperor of The North- (0)
22:00 - 00:30 - Talking Pictures
0.0/10 Stars

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1973. Adventure. Directed by Robert Aldrich. Stars Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Keith Carradine, Charles Tyner & Malcolm Atterbury. Two hobos struggle during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Rocky II- (1979)
22:10 - 23:25 - ITV 4
6.8/10 Stars

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In this follow-up to the Oscar-winning original, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is now married to the love of his life (Talia Shire), but is contemplating a risky return to the ring. Having gone the distance with heavyweight champ Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) in the first bout, Balboa sees a return match as a way out of poverty, though he may lose his sight. As if Stallone wasn't enough of a glutton for punishment, he takes on the directorial duties as well as writing and starring in this sequel. The big-fight finale is executed with skill, passion and glee, and it's good to see the rasping Burgess Meredith back in the trainer's chair, but this unsurprisingly fails to match the original.

Braveheart- (1995)
22:10 - 00:40 - 5*
7.6/10 Stars

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Mel Gibson directs this 13th-century saga of Scottish revolt against English tyranny with a claymore-like flourish, defying the criticism that there are moments as bogus as plastic haggis. He also stars, portraying William Wallace as a medieval, woad-smeared Mad Max-like hero, a rebel leader and rabble rouser, an intrepid champion from the mould of Hollywood heroes, made believable by the grace of the star. However, if he's a wartime resistance leader in the style of Robin Hood with a comely Maid Marion in the shape of Sophie Marceau then Patrick McGoohan as the villainous King Edward "Longshanks" is a jeering, sneering cliché too far - the Sheriff of Nottingham with his own portable torture chamber. As director, Gibson's control over thousands of extras, in the swift succession of gruesome hand-to-hand battles, is as effective as anything in Laurence Olivier's Henry V. But when the action moves in for the emotional kill, the film loses credibility - Wallace's disdain at his own disembowelment being a prime example. Yet, for all its stereotypes and disparities, there is a nicely judged air of political cynicism, as noblemen switch allegiances as easily as horses. It succeeds in bringing to life the reality of Scottish patriotism and brilliantly captures the spirit of revolution. Little wonder it won an Oscar for best picture.

My Cousin Rachel - (2017)
22:55 - 01:00 - Channel 4
0.0/10 Stars

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Young heir Sam Claflin vows revenge against his late cousin's wife, but soon finds himself falling under her spell. Dark romance with Rachel Weisz. (2017)(102 mins) Also in HD

Cabin Fever - (2016)
22:55 - 00:50 - Horror Channel
0.0/10 Stars

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Eli Roth's breakout horror hit gets the remake treatment as fun-seeking college kids endure a nightmarish visit to a lakeside cabin. Starring Gage Golightly. (2016)(95 mins) Also in HD

Rocky III- (1982)
23:25 - 00:25 - ITV 4
6.6/10 Stars

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By now the formula was starting to look stale, although two further sequels followed this tired effort. The opponent here is Mr T, before he became a star in The A-Team, who takes Sylvester Stallone's championship crown; Rocky then battles to reclaim it. Writer/director Stallone once again finds roles for Talia Shire as his long-suffering wife, Carl Weathers, Burt Young and Burgess Meredith, but the story is predictable and it all goes a little flat outside the ring.

American Assassin- (2017)
23:45 - 01:55 - Film 4
0.0/10 Stars

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(2017) Thriller with Dylan O'Brien and Michael Keaton. A man becomes an assassin after his girlfriend is murdered in a terrorist attack. Very strong violence/strong language/torture scenes.

House of Strangers- (0)
00:30 - 02:35 - Talking Pictures
0.0/10 Stars

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1949 Thriller. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Stars Edward G. Robinson, Susan Hayward & Richard Conte A banker faces criminal charges, his lawyer remains loyal but his sons turn their backs on him.

Rocky III- (1982)
00:30 - 01:30 - ITV 4
6.6/10 Stars

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By now the formula was starting to look stale, although two further sequels followed this tired effort. The opponent here is Mr T, before he became a star in The A-Team, who takes Sylvester Stallone's championship crown; Rocky then battles to reclaim it. Writer/director Stallone once again finds roles for Talia Shire as his long-suffering wife, Carl Weathers, Burt Young and Burgess Meredith, but the story is predictable and it all goes a little flat outside the ring.

The Neighbour- (2016)
00:50 - 02:35 - Horror Channel
0.0/10 Stars

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When a Mississippi man comes home to find his girlfriend missing he discovers the disturbing truth about his secretive neighbour. Strong language/violence/flashing images. (2016)(83 mins) Also in HD

Brothers of the Head- (2005)
01:55 - 03:45 - Film 4
5.1/10 Stars

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Teenage conjoined twins are spotted by a sleazy music promoter and groomed for rock stardom, but begin to struggle with the pressures of fame. Seventies-set drama, starring identical twins Harry and Luke Treadaway, alongside Jonathan Pryce and Sean Harris, and featuring an appearance by film director Ken Russell as himself.

She knows Y'know- (0)
02:35 - 04:00 - Talking Pictures
0.0/10 Stars

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1962. Comedy. Director: Montgomery Tully. Stars Hylda Baker, Cyril Smith, Joan Sanderson & Alfred Burke. A young girl's sudden pregnancy unfolds dramas between two families.

Prom Night- (2008)
02:35 - 04:20 - 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?