Stella (Drama / Romance), MGM, 5.15 pm
Cast: Bette Midler, John Goodman, Stephen Collins, Trini Alvarado
Stella Claire (Bette Midler) is a young, single mum, known to be feisty and loose. Working as a waitress in a bar in Watertown NY, Claire is determined to give her daughter Jenny (Trini Alvarado), a good life. But when Jenny turns four, her wealthy upper class father resurfaces, wanting to start a relationship with her. Torn between the two starkly different worlds of her parents, Jenny has to make a decision that could change all their lives forever. Though it received mediocre reviews, Midler won a Razzi award for worst actress for the film.
First Daughter (Romance / Comedy), Romedy Now, 9.25 am
Cast: Katie Holmes, Marc Blucas, Amerie Rogers, Michael Keaton
The only daughter of United State s president John MacKenzie, Samantha MacKenzie (Katie Holmes) leaves her sheltered life in the White House to attend college in California. Thrilled by the prospects of being away from home for the very first time, Samantha can’t wait to lead a normal life. She quickly makes new friends—her roommate Mia (Amerie Rogers) and classmate James (Marc Blucas), who are not affected by who she is. But there are some surprises in store for Samantha. All of Holmes’ gowns were by Vera Wang.
Red Eye (Action / Thriller), Z Studio, 7.20 pm
Cast: Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox, Jayma Mays
While aboard a flight from Dallas to Miami, Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams) strikes up a conversation with Jackson Rippner (Cillian Murphy). He reveals he is a terrorist and seeks her help in assassinating the deputy secretary of homeland security and his family, who are staying at the hotel she works at. When she refuses, he threatens to murder her father, forcing Lisa to make a choice. The framed photo of a younger Lisa in the beginning of the film is a still from the film Mean Girls in which McAdams acted alongside Lindsay Lohan.
The Town (Crime / Thriller), Movies Now, 12.45 pm
Cast: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner
Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck), Jem Coughlin (Jeremy Renner), Albert Magloan (Slaine) and Dez Elden (Owen Burke) are friends, making a living by robbing banks. On a heist, they take bank manager Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall) hostage, but release her once they are safe. When they discover she lives in their neighbourhood, Doug follows her to make sure she doesn’t help the police. Soon they fall in love, but how long can Doug keep his secret? Hall found it challenging to keep a straight face when Affleck would direct in his full costume.
Saturday, November 29
12 Years a Slave
(Drama / History) , HBO Defined, 10 pm
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor,
Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt
Based on true experiences narrated in his memoir, the film follows African-American Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who is abducted and sold into slavery. A free man working as a violinist and living with his wife and children, his life is turned upside down when he is forcibly shipped to New Orleans to work for plantation owner William Ford. He is violently reprimanded when he tries to assert his rights as a free man. Eventually he is sold to the sadistic Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) where he stays for a decade. Will he survive to reunite with his family? The hard-to-watch lynching scene was filmed at a tree that was actually used for lynchings, and is now surrounded by memorials to murdered slaves.
(Adventure / Fantasy), Movies Now, 9 pm
Cast: Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins
The film tells the story of legendary Greek half-god hero Hercules (Kellan Lutz). Unaware that his father is not his mother’s husband the king, but the great God Zeus, and that his destiny is to overthrow the rule of his tyrannical step father, Hercules grows up in the palace. His obsession with Hebe, princess of Crete, who is betrothed to his brother, unravels him, ultimately leading to his exile, where he discovers his true identity. Calling upon his divine strength, he must fight his way back to the kingdom that banished him. Lutz was cast for the title role just weeks before shooting began, so adopted a special ‘caveman crash diet’ to help make his abs more prominent.
(Drama / Romance),
Star Gold HD, 9 pm
Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amrita Singh
Boy meets girl, but the happily-ever-after seems far away, when Punjabi Krish (Arjun Kapoor) and Tamilian Brahmin Ananya (Alia Bhatt) have to persuade their parents that their match is made in heaven. After graduating from IIM-Ahmedabad, the pair decides that the best way to bring their families around is for Krish to move to Ananya’s hometown, Chennai, to take up a banking job. While his efforts at tutoring Ananya’s younger brother win him some support, it proves trickier for Ananya to make a good impression in Delhi when faced with Krish’s dysfunctional family. Ananya is styled as a girl with both traditional and modern heritage, and her Indian fusion outfits in the film were designed by Manish Malhotra.
Sunday, November 30
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
(Drama / Comedy), Star Movies, 9 pm
Cast: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Sean Penn
This is the story of a classic dreamer, Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller), whose job as a negative assets manager at Life magazine bores him, but a crush on co-worker, Cheryl (Kristen Wiig), keeps him going. Mitty works with photojournalist Sean (Sean Penn), who sends Mitty a new set of negatives and a wallet as appreciation for his work. But the no 25 image, that is to be used as the cover, is missing. Mitty discards the wallet and ends up all the way in Greenland, hunting for both the image and the photographer. But the journey turns out to be about more than a missing picture. In reality, the entire shoot which was meant to be Greenland, was shot in Iceland.
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (Animation), Z Studio, 10.50 pm
Cast: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith
Alex (Ben Stiller), Marty (Chris Rock), Melman (David Schwimmer) and Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith) are trying to get back to New York and, instead, their adventures take them across the pond to Europe. Hot on their tail is Captain Chantel Dubois (Frances McDormand), an animal control official, whose aim is to add Alex to her collection of stuffed animals. The lot join a travelling circus as a facade to allow them entry back home. They rope in the other zoo animals Gia (Jessica Chastain), Vitaly (Bryan Cranston) and Stefano (Martin Short) and try to get their act together. The monkey troupe is called King of Versailles, a reference to King Louis XVI, whose wife was Marie Antoinette. Hence the car’s plate reads EAT CAKE, referring to her famous speech during the French Revolution.
Mary Kom (Biopic), Colors, 6.30 pm
Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Darshan Kumar
A film that chronicles the life of boxer Mary Kom (Priyanka Chopra), it sees her struggle in what is considered a man’s game. It follows the five-time female World Boxing Champion and Olympic bronze medallist from her childhood—when she hid the fact that she wanted to be a boxer—to winning her maiden championship in 2008. Documenting the trials and tribulations she faced, as a woman, a mother of two, recovering from a blow to her face and coming back to win, Mary Kom throws light on the personal life of the champion. Chopra got her first credit as a playback singer for the song Chaoro, a lullaby in the film.