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Happy Feet (2006) U 1PM, UTV Adorable, toe-tap­ping mu­si­cal an­i­ma­tion about a cute pen­guin with a gift for danc­ing (above). Trou­ble is, Mum­ble, as he’s called, can’t hold a tune, and will strug­gle to find a mate with­out a song. A film with bun­dles of pos­i­tive mes­sages that is en­ter­tain­ing to boot. Toy Story 3 (2010) U 5PM, BBC1 In the third fea­ture-length ad­ven­ture for the an­i­mated toys, owner Andy is off to col­lege. What fate will be­fall the on­celoved but no longer wanted play­things as they are bagged up and mis­tak­enly left at the side of the road? The promised fourth film is slated for 2019. Gold­enEye (1995) 12 6.05PM, RTÉ2 Pierce Bros­nan makes a great de­but as James Bond in this spy thriller. The suave agent heads to Rus­sia, where he learns that a crim­i­nal has got his hands on an ex­per­i­men­tal he­li­copter and a pow­er­ful satel­lite weapon. Ex­o­dus: Gods And Kings (2013) 12 9PM, CH4 Ri­d­ley Scott as­sem­bles an all-star cast for his bib­li­cal drama. It has an epic vis­ual ef­fects bud­get to match. Chris­tian Bale stars as Moses, here a mil­i­tary man, who leads the He­brews out of Egypt to freedom, via the Red Sea. Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015) 18 9PM, CH5 Mak­ing a Hol­ly­wood film out of a kinky novel was never go­ing to be a recipe for suc­cess. It’s too tame for fans of erot­ica, and too aim­lessly plot­less to work as a drama. Belfast man Jamie Dor­nan is the stink­ing rich Chris­tian Grey (above), who ties Dakota John­son’s Anas­ta­sia in all sorts of knots. Keep­ing Rosy (2014) 15 11.30PM, BBC1 A strong per­for­mance from re­li­ably good Max­ine Peake gives this oth­er­wise an­noy­ing drama a shot at be­ing watch­able. She’s the career woman who takes a spec­tac­u­lar wrong step, and suf­fers ter­ri­ble con­se­quences as a re­sult.


Dear Vi­ola (2014) U 3.15PM, CH5 Up­beat drama about a shy woman (Kellie Martin) who works in se­cret as a lo­cal news­pa­per agony aunt. Her way with words heals many a bro­ken heart in her small town, but her own heart needs a lit­tle at­ten­tion, too. Seven Years In Ti­bet (1997) PG 6.20PM, FILM4 Brad Pitt (above) was pri­mar­ily known as a pin-up when this film was re­leased – the jury re­mained out on his act­ing abil­ity. He stars as an Aus­trian moun­taineer (yes, he at­tempts the ac­cent), stranded in Ti­bet at the out­break of the Sec­ond World War. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) 15 9PM, RTÉ2 Tom Hardy steps into Mel Gib­son’s boots for the ex­cel­lent sci-fi thriller. A drifter in a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic waste­land helps a war­rior (Char­l­ize Theron) to res­cue a war­lord’s five brides. Los­ing Isa­iah (1995) 15 9PM, 3E A great cast is the main rea­son to watch this drama. Jes­sica Lange stars as a woman who adopts an aban­doned baby but faces a le­gal chal­lenge when the child’s drug-ad­dicted birth mother (Halle Berry) gets clean. Dal­las Buy­ers Club (2013) 15 9.30PM, TG4 Matthew McConaughey (above) and Jared Leto both won Os­cars for this true-life tale. A man with HIV sets up a scheme to help his fel­low pa­tients by smug­gling med­i­ca­tion into the US. The En­forcer (1976) 18 11.05PM, ITV4 The in­fe­rior third film in the Dirty Harry se­ries finds Clint East­wood’s dogged cop get­ting an un­wel­come dose of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness in the shape of a fe­male part­ner (Tyne Daly).


Anzio (1968) PG 2.15PM, FILM4 Robert Mitchum (above) stars as an Amer­i­can war cor­re­spon­dent strug­gling to un­der­stand why men fight, as he shad­ows an Al­lied as­sault on the Ital­ian port of the ti­tle. Peter Falk co-stars as the sea­soned sol­dier who loves what he does in a film that re­al­is­ti­cally con­veys mil­i­tary strat­egy and its muddy con­quests. Rosamunde Pilcher: The Un­known Heart (2014) PG 3.15PM, CH5 Fol­low­ing a heart trans­plant, a woman finds that her emo­tional heart lies some­where other than with her fam­ily. Greg Wise, Jane Sey­mour and James Fox add English star power. Part two shows to­mor­row at 3.15pm. Shane (1953) U 4.30PM, FILM4 In a decade chock-full of cheap, for­get­table west­erns, Jack Schae­fer’s novel Rider From Nowhere is turned into a clas­sic. Alan Ladd is the nowhere man of the ti­tle, rid­ing into town with a de­cent back story in his sad­dle­bags. Man On A Ledge (2012) 12 9PM, MORE4 The strangely mat­ter-of-fact ti­tle refers to the stand Sam Wor­thing­ton’s es­caped con­vict makes on the win­dow ledge of a New York ho­tel. But his at­tempted sui­cide is ac­tu­ally part of a much more com­plex plan, di­rected at the man who got him wrongly put away. Mu­nich (2005) 15 9PM, 3E Steven Spiel­berg’s thriller is set in the af­ter­math of the 1972 Olympics, where 11 Is­raeli coaches and ath­letes were killed. Eric Bana (above) heads a heavy­weight cast as the leader of a team of Is­raeli as­sas­sins who is tasked with hunt­ing down the Pales­tinian ter­ror­ists re­spon­si­ble, but be­gins to ques­tion his or­ders.


Grown Ups 2 (2013) 12 8PM, 5STAR Adam San­dler, along with his di­vi­sive troupe of com­edy pals – Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade – re­turns for an­other ju­ve­nile com­edy about a group of friends who shirk adult re­spon­si­bil­ity at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity. Won’t Back Down (2012) PG 9PM, RTÉ2 A mother stars a cam­paign to im­prove stan­dards at an in­ner-city school af­ter fail­ing to get her own child trans­ferred to an­other in­sti­tu­tion. Drama, star­ring Mag­gie Gyl­len­haal (above). Tur­bu­lence (1997) 18 10PM, 3E There’s a touch of Con Air to this thriller which sees a con­victed killer (Ray Liotta) man­age to break free of his re­straints mid­flight. It’s up to a plucky stew­ardess (Lau­ren Holly) to keep the plane air­borne. The Gaunt­let (1977) 18 11.20PM, ITV4 A lesser-known Clint East­wood ve­hi­cle, in which he plays it dumb as an in­ad­e­quate, al­co­holic cop set up to fail when es­cort­ing a wit­ness to trial. Son­dra Locke (above, with East­wood) is the pros­ti­tute with the smarts to match her mouth. The Tree Of Life (2011) 12 1.30AM, CH4 Dar­ling of the crit­ics, Ter­rence Mal­ick (Days Of Heaven) re­turned from a six-year hia­tus with this ac­claimed drama, a dreamy, poetic mus­ing on the mean­ing of life. Jes­sica Chas­tain (above) and Brad Pitt star in the film’s more con­ven­tional seg­ments.

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