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Robin Hood (1973) U 3.50PM, CH4 Dis­ney’s take on Sherwood For­est’s leg­endary hero is packed full of lively an­i­mal char­ac­ters. Robin is a wily fox and Lit­tle John is a great big bear (above), and the voice ta­lent in­cludes Peter Usti­nov as Prince John and Terry-Thomas as Sir Hiss, the sneaky snake in the grass. Cool Run­nings (1993) PG 5.55PM, RTÉ2 John Candy lends a hand with the laughs in this fish-out-of-wa­ter com­edy about four Ja­maicans who be­came the first bob­sleigh team to com­pete for their coun­try at the 1988 Win­ter Olympics. Leon also stars. Star Wars: Episode V – The Em­pire Strikes Back (1980) U 8PM, SKY STAR WARS For many, this re­mains the best film in the ever-in­creas­ing Star Wars uni­verse of­fer­ing big rev­e­la­tions and no-non­sense ac­tion. In it Mark Hamill’s Luke Sky­walker meets a loyal ally and the path he must choose be­gins to be­come clear. Dirty Danc­ing (1987) 12 9PM, TV3 A dance in­struc­tor at a 1960s re­sort teaches a naive teenager about self-ex­pres­sion as they per­form in an im­por­tant show. Ro­man­tic drama, with Pa­trick Swayze and Jen­nifer Grey. The Homes­man (2014) 15 10.55PM, BBC2 Di­rected by Tommy Lee Jones, who also stars as the tit­u­lar homes­man, this Western fol­lows Hi­lary Swank’s brave fron­tier­swoman as she trans­ports three trou­bled women to safety. Bad Teacher (2011) 15 11PM, CH4 Black com­edy in which Cameron Diaz (left) be­haves badly as a reck­less school­teacher who sets the worst pos­si­ble ex­am­ple to her stu­dents. With her eyes on an easy ride, all hell breaks loose.


Miss­ing Daugh­ter (2017) 12 3.10PM, CH5 After hir­ing a nanny for their newly adopted daugh­ter, Ben and Kara are plunged into a night­mare when Ben’s past comes back to haunt them and their daugh­ter goes miss­ing. The Se­cret Life of Wal­ter Mitty (2013) PG 6.40PM, FILM4 When his job is threat­ened, dreamer Wal­ter takes ac­tion and em­barks on a global jour­ney that be­comes an ad­ven­ture more ex­tra­or­di­nary than any­thing he could have imag­ined. Com­edy drama, star­ring Ben Stiller. Sui­cide Squad (2016) 8PM, SKY PREMIERE A team of vil­lains are strong-armed into do­ing good by a gov­ern­ment agent. Fan­tasy ad­ven­ture, star­ring Will Smith and Mar­got Rob­bie (right). The Power of One (1992) 15 9.30PM, TG4 Rocky di­rec­tor John G Avild­sen turned his at­ten­tion to a dif­fer­ent bat­tle in this tale of an English young­ster fight­ing racism in his South African school. With Stephen Dorff and Mor­gan Free­man. Django Un­chained (2012) 18 10PM, CH5 Quentin Tarantino reimag­ines the western, with slav­ery at its dark heart. Jamie Foxx (above) is the slave who is freed and seeks re­venge in the bit­ter­est and blood­i­est of fash­ions. Four Broth­ers 11PM, 3E When a woman is killed in a rob­bery, her four adopted sons are re­united on a mis­sion to ex­act re­venge on the mur­der­ers. Thriller, star­ring Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gib­son and Chi­we­tel Ejio­for. The Sit­ter (2011) 15 11.10PM, FILM4 Jonah Hill is a stu­dent who has been sus­pended from col­lege and is per­suaded to babysit the kids next door, though noth­ing can pre­pare him for the wild night that lies ahead.


Per­fect Se­duc­tion (2015) PG 3.15PM, CH5 In this generic thriller, Adri­enne Frantz is the de­ranged young woman who, after fall­ing for her new col­league (Jon Cor), uses the in­ter­net to im­per­son­ate his long-dis­tance sweet­heart. The Bourne Legacy (2012) 12 9PM, FILM4 A gov­ern­ment as­sas­sin goes on the run when his em­ploy­ers try to bury their dark se­crets by hav­ing him killed. Spy thriller se­quel, with Jeremy Ren­ner, Rachel Weisz (both above) and Ed­ward Nor­ton. The Con­tract (2006) 15 9PM, TV3 A re­tired cop stum­bles across a fugi­tive in the woods and tries to re­turn him to cus­tody, but the crim­i­nal’s hench­men in­ter­vene. Thriller, star­ring John Cu­sack and Mor­gan Free­man. Lock Up (1989) 18 11PM, 3E Like rel­a­tively re­cent thriller Es­cape Plan, the mighty Sylvester Stal­lone (right) is be­hind bars again, this time at the mercy of a sadis­tic war­den (Don­ald Suther­land). The VIP abuses his po­si­tion of power to make the con­vict’s life a mis­ery. Dar­lanne Fluegel and Tom Size­more also star in this thriller lifted by Suther­land’s ap­pear­ance. Chicken (2016) 15 11.35PM, FILM4 Set in ru­ral Eng­land where poverty is rife, this is a pow­er­ful com­ing-of-age drama about two broth­ers. Polly is the an­gry and re­luc­tant carer of his de­vel­op­men­tally chal­lenged younger brother, Richard, whose only friend is a docile chicken he car­ries with him ev­ery­where. United 93 (2006) 15 11.55PM, ITV4 Paul Green­grass’s nail-bit­ing real-time ac­count of the 9/11 hi­jacked flight that crashed into a field in Penn­syl­va­nia. The char­ac­ters are all in­spired by real pas­sen­gers who lost their lives, and while lib­er­ties might be taken to ramp up the ten­sion, few films about that fateful day are as pow­er­ful.


Wall Of Si­lence (2016) PG 3.10PM, CH5 Vic­to­ria Pratt’s for­mer cop has a fight on her hands when her daugh­ter goes miss­ing while she’s away at univer­sity. There’s some­thing sin­is­ter at play in this wacky thriller, a con­spir­acy that goes all the way to the top. Dream­girls (2006) 12 9PM, 3E Mu­si­cal drama about a fa­mous singing trio, whose per­sonal ri­val­ries threaten to tear apart the group. Star­ring Jamie Foxx, Bey­once Knowles and an Os­car-win­ning Jen­nifer Hud­son (above). X-Men: Days of Fu­ture Past (2014) 12 9PM, FILM4)))) Wolver­ine is sent back in time to change his­tory and pre­vent a war that has dev­as­tated the world. Su­per­hero ad­ven­ture se­quel, star­ring Hugh Jack­man and Jen­nifer Lawrence. Mar­ley & Me (2008) PG 9.40PM, RTÉ2 If you go loopy over Labs, then this com­edy about a journalist, his wife and a golden Labrador will steal your heart. Owen Wil­son and Jen­nifer Anis­ton (above) try (and fail) to eclipse the adorable ca­nine star. Whi­te­out (2009) 15 1.50AM, CH4 Kate Beck­in­sale (left) is Deputy US Mar­shal Carrie Stetko, rac­ing to catch a killer and un­cover a crim­i­nal plot. In Antarc­tica, a po­lar win­ter is looming, which will trap Stetko on the iso­lated base for another six months. A rather pedes­trian mys­tery with added wind-chill fac­tor.

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