Ender’s Game (Action / Thriller), HBO Hits, 8 pm
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley
A hostile alien clan, the Formics, have attacked Earth some time in the near future. The latter is single-handedly saved by Mazer Rachkam (Ben Kingsley). The highly-respected colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford), along with the International Military, is training the most gifted children to launch a counter-attack. Among them is Ender Wiggin (Asa Buttefield), who stands out from the rest thanks to his intelligence and high aptitude for the field. Continuously winning complicated war games, and even earning the respect of his peers, he soon takes on the sole responsibility for saving the planet from the Formic. Early during the film’s development, writer Orson Scott Card considered changing Graff to a female, and recommended a “dry comic” such as Janeane Garofalo or Rosie O’Donnell for the role.
Saturday, December 27
Underworld Awakening (Action/Horror), HBO Hits, 6.35 pm
Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, India Eisley
The movie opens with the capture of Selene (Kate Beckinsale), in a global purge to extermine vampires and Lycans. Fast-forward 12 years, and Selene escapes from the laboratory where she has been in cryogenic suspension. But when she discovers that she has a daughter, Eve, and she is the subject of a plot by the Lycans, Selene tries to save her. Eve is known throughout the film as ‘subject two’, and is only credited as Eve.
Knight and Day (Action / Romance), Movies Now, 9 pm
Cast: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard
Car restorer June Havens (Cameron Diaz) gets tangled up with rogue spy Roy Miller (Tom Cruise), when she encounters him on a flight to Boston. Later questioned by intelligence officials, Havens is ‘rescued’ by Miller, who takes her to a safe house. What follows is an action-packed dash around the globe as the two try to evade officials trying to capture them, in the process realising that their feelings for one another are more than platonic. Both Diaz and Cruise did the majority of the stunts themselves.
Sunday, December 28
The Truman Show (Comedy / Drama), Z Studio, 2.20 pm
Cast: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone
Born out of an unwanted pregnancy, Truman Burbank is given over to a TV corporation who film a live reality show tracking his every move since birth. Shot through hidden cameras set up in an imaginary world designed and created specially for the show, his family and friends too are hired actors. But now at 30, Truman starts to notice certain inconsistencies and loopholes that make him wonder about the truth of it all. Wanting to find out what lies beyond his small town, he makes various attempts to escape but is stopped by the TV crew. Will his determination get him out of this make-believe world? Director Peter Weir chose to wait a whole year for Carrey to start filming rather than recast.
Total Siyappa (Comedy),& Pictures, 9.30 am
Cast: Anupam Kher, Ali Zafar, Yami Gautam, Kiron Kher
Settled in London, Aman (Ali Zafar) hopes to marry Asha (Yaami Gautam ), an Indian girl, who lives in the same city. He goes to her parents’ home to ask her hand in marriage. But things don’t go as planned when Asha’s parents turn out to be Pakistani-hating Indians and they find out Aman is from the land of the ‘enemy’. Asha’s father (Anupam Kher) begins to instantly test Aman on all aspects of life, while the mother (Kiron Kher) is no less relentless. Poking fun at his heritage, the family trouble Aman, leading to great on-screen humour. Will love triumph or will border issues trouble the young lovers. Anupam and Kiron Kher play an on-screen couple for the first time.
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (Comedy), HBO Hits, 8 pm
Cast: John Cho, Kal Penn, Paula Garces, Neil Patrick Harris
Cannabis-craving duo Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) plan to travel overseas to help the former meet his crush Maria (Paula Garcés), who is headed to Amsterdam. But they try to sneak in a marijuana-smoking implement (a bong) on a flight and so are already on the airport blacklist. On the long-haul flight, Kumar isn’t able to stay away from puffing some of the cannabis. Caught on board, they are taken to Guantanamo Bay, the most notorious prison in the world. There they face hardened criminals. Kumar and Harold have to then outsmart the guards, a weird Ku Klux Klan in-bred family with a Cyclops baby, and head to freedom. Neil Patrick Harris plays himself in the film and spent only four days shooting.