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SUN­DAY Casper (1995) PG M 2PM, VIR­GIN TWO A para­nor­mal ex­pert and his daugh­ter move into a haunted house, where she be­friends the ghost of a young boy – but the other res­i­dent spooks aren’t so wel­com­ing. Christina Ricci stars in the like­able fam­ily com­edy. War Horse (2011) 12 V 2.20PM, BBC1 Steven Spiel­berg’s adap­ta­tion of Michael Mor­purgo’s chil­dren’s novel (and its stage re­work­ing) is thor­oughly en­ter­tain­ing. Jeremy Irvine (be­low) stars as the farmer’s son head­ing for the bat­tle­fields of the First World War, and hop­ing to save the beloved horse that used to be his. Shrek (2001) PG M 4.45PM, CH4 Mike My­ers is the voice of the grumpy green ogre, who is sure there’s no such thing as happy ever af­ter – un­til a beau­ti­ful princess comes along to change his mind. Bobby (2016) PG M 6.25PM, BBC2 Bio­graph­i­cal doc­u­men­tary about Bobby Moore, the cap­tain of Eng­land’s 1966 World Cup-win­ning team. A foot­baller and a gent, Bobby is the kind of sport­ing icon who at­tracts univer­sal ad­mi­ra­tion and praise. Bird­man Or (The Un­ex­pected Virtue of Ig­no­rance) (2014) 15 V 9PM, RTÉ2 Michael Keaton (above) is on fine form in the Os­car-win­ning tale of a fad­ing movie star try­ing to es­cape his block­buster past by di­rect­ing a Broad­way play. Char­lotte Gray (2001) 15 V 12.40AM, CH4 Classy adap­ta­tion of a novel by Se­bas­tian Faulks, who based Cate Blanchett’s ti­tle char­ac­ter on the real-life fe­male se­cret agents who took on ac­tive field work some 60 years be­fore women were al­lowed to serve in close com­bat roles in the Bri­tish mil­i­tary. MON­DAY Salome (1953) PG M 11AM, FILM4 Stray­ing from New Tes­ta­ment scrip­ture to tell a more ro­man­ti­cised Hol­ly­wood story, this epic stars Rita Hay­worth as King Herod’s step­daugh­ter, whose wild danc­ing au­gurs the be­head­ing of John the Bap­tist. Stewart Granger stars as Salome’s Ro­man love in­ter­est. Beau­ti­ful Crea­tures (2013) 12 V 6.35PM, FILM4 Deep South su­per­nat­u­ral ro­mance, star­ring Alice En­glert (above, with Eileen Atkins and Jeremy Irons) as Lena Duchannes, a mem­ber of a cob­webby dy­nasty with a spooky legacy. Can day­dream­ing high­schooler Ethan (Alden Ehren­re­ich) help her to con­trol her pow­ers? Daniel’s Daugh­ter (2008) PG M 8PM, VIR­GIN THREE Laura Leighton stars as a New York mag­a­zine edi­tor who makes the trip to her home town to scat­ter her es­tranged father’s ashes – and learns a les­son about what she wants in life. Heaven And Earth (1993) 15 V 9.30PM, TG4 Fol­low­ing Pla­toon and Born On The Fourth Of July, Oliver Stone con­cluded his loose Viet­nam tril­ogy with the true story of Le Ly (Hiep Thi Le), a Viet­namese wo­man who mar­ries a trou­bled US sol­dier (Tommy Lee Jones). Shame (2011) 18 T 10.45PM, FILM4 A moody ex­plo­ration of sex ad­dic­tion from writer Abi Mor­gan and di­rec­tor Steve Mc­Queen. Michael Fass­ben­der (right) is the ex­ec­u­tive strug­gling to make mean­ing­ful con­nec­tions – even with his vul­ner­a­ble sis­ter (Carey Mul­li­gan). White God (2014) 15 V 2.10AM, CH4 Don’t be fooled by the ap­par­ently sweet 12-year-old girl (Zsofia Psotta) and her cute pup – this Hun­gar­ian drama is dis­turb­ing and raw, a meaty para­ble about dogs bit­ing the hands that feed them, re­ject them and hurt them. TUES­DAY Jour­ney Back To Christ­mas (2015) PG M 11.15AM, CH5 Can­dace Cameron Bure leads the cast of this bet­ter-than-av­er­age fes­tive TV movie. She stars as a World War Two nurse who is griev­ing for the loss of her hus­band when she is knocked un­con­scious – and wakes up in 2016. She dis­cov­ers that a lot has changed in 70 years, but that the mean­ing of Christ­mas is time­less. The Mouse That Roared (1959) U M 1.10PM, FILM4 Show­cas­ing the tal­ents of Peter Sellers (above, with Leo McKern) in mul­ti­ple roles, this fan­tasy com­edy fol­lows the leaders of a fic­tional Euro­pean coun­try, who de­clare war on the US in a cun­ning plan to over­come an eco­nomic down­turn. That’s one way to end aus­ter­ity. Bridge Of Spies (2015) 12 V 9PM, FILM4 Steven Spiel­berg’s at­mo­spheric and tense Cold War le­gal thriller has some stand-out act­ing from star Tom Hanks, as the Amer­i­can lawyer de­fend­ing a man (a bril­liant Mark Ry­lance, above with Hanks) ac­cused of be­ing a spy for the Sovi­ets. Legally Blonde (2001) (12) V 9.20PM, RTÉ2 A dizzy teenager en­rols at Har­vard to try to prove to her ex-boyfriend that she is not stupid, but finds her­self out of her depth. Com­edy, with Reese Wither­spoon. Poltergeist (2015) 15 V 11.15PM, ITV4 Re­make of the 1982 block­buster haunted house chiller, up­dated to the present day, com­plete with flatscreen TVs and tablets. How­ever, it doesn’t quite cap­ture the eeri­ness of the orig­i­nal. Kennedi Cle­ments is the sweet lit­tle girl mak­ing a con­nec­tion with the other side. Hunger (2008) 15 V 11.45PM, FILM4 Con­clud­ing Film4’s Steve Mc­Queen sea­son, Hunger is raw, pow­er­ful and ex­plicit. It’s the story of the 1981 hunger strike of the IRA’s Bobby Sands (Michael Fass­ben­der) in the no­to­ri­ous Maze prison in the North. WED­NES­DAY Be­com­ing Santa (2016) PG M 11.15AM, CH5 Jesse Hutch stars in the fan­tasy com­edy as a toy de­signer who is shocked to dis­cover that his girl­friend’s father is none other than Santa Claus – and that if they get mar­ried, he’ll be ex­pected to take over the role. Marry Me At Christ­mas (2017) PG M 2.15PM, CH5 A bridal bou­tique owner throws her­self into or­gan­is­ing a client’s wed­ding – but when she finds her­self fall­ing for the bride’s movie star brother, she risks over­shad­ow­ing the big day. Rachel Skarsten stars. Pi­rates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) 12 V 8PM, 5STAR Jack is back for the sec­ond in Gore Verbin­ski’s block­bust­ing fran­chise, which re­vived the swash­buck­ler for a new gen­er­a­tion. Johnny Depp’s pi­rate Jack Spar­row (above) is on the loose, and des­per­ate to avoid a watery grave. Amer­i­can Pie: Re­union (2012) 15 V 9PM, ITV2 Thir­teen years af­ter they grad­u­ated from high school and the first film was re­leased, the char­ac­ters are a wee bit more grown up (some are even mar­ried), but that doesn’t mean they are not still to­tally pre­oc­cu­pied with sex. Ja­son Biggs, Chris Klein and Alyson Han­ni­gan star. Hot Tub Time Ma­chine 2 (2015) 15 V 11PM, 5STAR Wisely, per­haps, the first film’s big­gest star, John Cu­sack, does not re­turn for this soggy se­quel. The friends have moved on to great things, but trou­ble is soon knock­ing on their door. The magic bub­bles of the hot tub beckon when one of them is shot and killed. Adam Scott (above) is the new kid in the tub. Killer Joe (2011) 18 T 1.30AM, CH4 Blackly comic slice of South­ern noir. Juno Temple stars as a girl bartered to Matthew McConaughey’s hit man as down pay­ment for a mur­der. How­ever, things don’t go to plan. With Emile Hirsch.

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