Home Entertainment Television Saturday, December 21

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Argo (Action, drama), HBO, 9 pm
Cast: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston

It is 1979. The American embassy in Iran has been attacked by revolutionaries and many Americans have been taken hostage. However, six of them manage to escape to the official residence of the Canadian ambassador. Ex-infiltration expert, Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck), hatches a plan to get them out of the country. He creates a phony Canadian film project to be shot in Iran and tries to transport them out as the film’s crew. It is the first film in seven years to win an Oscar for best motion picture (2012) without winning in the best director category, too.

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The Lion King (Animation), Zee Studio, 6.30 pm
Cast: Jonathon Taylor Thomas, James Earl Jones

A lion prince, Simba (Jonathon Taylor Thomas), is born to the king Mufasa (James Earl Jones). Simba is destined to be king. But his uncle, Scar (Jeremy Irons), plots with the hyenas and tricks Simba into thinking he’s killed his father. Many years later, a grown up Simba returns to his father’s kingdom, which is now in ruins. He must restore it to its former glory. The song, Can you feel the love tonight, won Elton John an Academy Award in 1995.

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Chennai Express (Romance), Zee Cinema, 8 pm
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Sathyaraj

Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) is on his way to Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu to scatter his grandfather’s ashes. On the way, he meets Meenamma (Deepika Padukone) who is running away from a marriage arranged by her father, a local don (Sathyaraj). Initially, he tries helping her escape the alliance. They then try to escape the goons sent by Meenamma’s father. The film had one of the widest releases in Bollywood—showing in 2,550 cinemas in India.

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Bandidas (Action), Movies Now, 1 pm
Cast: Penelope Cruz, Salma Hayek

This is the story of two feisty women, Maria (Penelope Cruz) and Sara (Salma Hayek), set in Mexico at the brink of reformation. When a New York bank wants to build a rail road across the country, they buy banks around the area and evict farmers on the rail line. The bank’s henchman, Jackson (Dwight Yoakam), crosses the path of these two who join in the cause of saving the farmers. The film was given an exclusive Cinema Latino Theatres release.

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