Ruby Sparks (Romance), Romedy Now, 9.25 am
Cast: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Annette Bening
Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano), a lonely writer, is stunned when a character from his writing, Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan), magically comes to life. Soon he realises that his writing directly affects her life. Though his brother Harry (Chris Messina) warns him, things get complicated when Calvin starts to feel possessive about Ruby. His constant need to modify Ruby’s behaviour, by re-writing her character, worsens the situation. But can they start over and make their love work? Kazan, apart from playing Ruby, also wrote the screenplay for the film.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Drama), HBO Hits, 8 pm
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) return home to District 12 after emerging triumphant at the 74th Hunger Games. However, Katniss’ joy is short-lived when President Snow visits her to tell her that her rebellious actions have created anarchy in all the districts, and insists that she resolve it or lose her family. As Snow prepares for the 75th Hunger Games, Katniss also has to convince the districts that her love for Peeta is real and not part of her strategy. The actors actually ate raw fish in the scene where Katniss, Finnick and Peeta dine together, though both Lawrence and Clafin have an aversion to fish.
Waterworld (Action), Star Movies Action, 5.30 pm
Cast: Kevin Costner, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Dennis Hopper
Set in a post apocalyptic future, where the world is covered in water, the surviving humans have very few alternatives for shelter, like the town called Atolls, where a force of evil pirates live. Far from the survivors’ community is a drifter without a name, known only as ‘The Mariner’ (Kevin Costner), who is arrested when the floating community discovers that he is a mutant. Soon there is complete chaos, but a woman named Helen (Jeanne Tripplehorn) and her adopted daughter Enola persuade the mysterious Mariner to give them asylum in return for a map to dry land. The script underwent 36 different drafts, involving six different writers.
Saturday, February 21
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (Comedy / Romance),
HBO Defined, 7.25 pm
Cast: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey
Friends and magicians Bert (Steve Carell) and Anton (Steve Buscemi) have a successful show in Las Vegas. But performing the same tricks take its toll. When street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey) starts to steal their audience, the duo must rediscover why they love magic, in order to save their act. The actors had to sign secrecy contracts for some of the tricks they learned.
Something Borrowed (Drama / Romance), Romedy Now, 9 pm
Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield
Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Darcy (Kate Hudson) have been best friends since college. But Rachel has a long-standing secret crush on Darcy’s finance Dex, and one evening, after a few too many drinks, she and Dex end up in bed together. What starts as a one-night-stand turns into a full-blown affair, as Rachel and Dex try to keep their relationship secret, while plans for Darcy and Dex’s wedding continue. The movie is based on a novel by Emily Giffin, who makes a cameo appearance in the film.
The Heat (Action / Comedy),Star Movies Action, 10 pm
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Michael McDonald, Melissa McCarthy
Effective at her job yet loathed by her colleagues because of her arrogance, FBI agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) is hungry to climb the career ladder. Given the task of revealing the identity of a famed drug lord, she throws herself into the task, knowing that a promotion is likely if she succeeds. But in order to crack the case, she must work with police officer Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy), whose temperament and way of working clashes with her more measured approach. Director Paul Feig has a cameo as a hospital doctor.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Animation / Family), Sony Pix, 5.30 pm
Cast: Bill Hader, Anna Faris
Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) and his friends may have managed to save the world from a deadly food storm in the last film, but the Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator (or FLDSMDFR), which caused the problems in the first place, is still at large. Can Flint track it down and muster the will power to destroy his own creation? The original name of the movie was Revenge of the Leftovers.
Sunday, February 22
You’ve Got Mail (Romance / Comedy), WB, 8.30 pm
Cast: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan,Greg Kinnear
An ode to the beginning of the digital age, the film revolves around Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) and Joe Fox (Tom Hanks), who exchange e-mails using their online handles ‘Shopgirl’ and ‘NY152’. Despite Kathleen living with her journalist boyfriend Frank, she and Joe fall in love, but are unaware that they are also business rivals in real life, with Kathleen’s neighbourhood bookstore endangered by the opening of Joe’s Fox Books chain store. Will their love be able to survive outside of the virtual world? The film is a remake of the 1940 film, The Shop Around the Corner, and was the third time Ryan and Hanks starred together.
Oblivion (Action / Adventure), Star Movies HD, 11.35 pm
Cast: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough
It’s 2066 and few humans remain on Earth, after a war with aliens destroyed the Moon, causing frequent tsunamis and earthquakes. Most of the remaining population are being evacuated to one of Saturn’s satellites, Titan. But Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) and his girlfriend Vika (Andrea Riseborough) remain. Their mission is to protect a vital power supply from the Scavs, a small deployment of aliens who remain on the planet. But as Jack grapples with flashbacks, the pair make a discovery that leads them to question everything they’ve been told about the war. Cruise celebrated his 50th birthday on the set. To mark the occasion, director Joseph Kosinski presented the biking enthusiast one of the motorcycles created for the film.
Kahaani (Thriller), Star Gold HD, 2.50 pm
Cast: Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chatterjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Vidya Bagchi (Vidya Balan), a heavily pregnant woman, arrives in Kolkata during the Durga Puja festivities, looking for her missing husband. Undeterred by the difficulties she faces in the new city and the police’s inability to help, she finds a sympathetic friend in policeman Satyoki ‘Rana’ Sinha (Parambrata Chatterjee), who accompanies her on her search. The strange obstacles she encounters during her quest convince her that there’s more to the mystery than meets the eye, and that unearthing the truth would lead her to her husband. Balan, the first choice of director Sujoy Ghosh to play the lead, was unimpressed with the plot outline initially, but later changed her mind after reading the final script.