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.