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.