Friday, December 19
Eden Lake (Crime / Thriller), Z Studio, 12.25 pm
Cast: Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender,
Jack O’Connell, James Gandhi
The film revolves around a couple—Jenny (Kelly Reilly), a nursery school teacher, and her boyfriend Steve (Michael Fassbender). Wanting to take a quick break from their city life, they take a trip down to an idyllic lake in a remote part of the English countryside, where they plan to camp for the night. While relaxing at the beach, their peace is disrupted by the presence of unruly teenagers and their dog. Steve is determined to stay on and enjoy their vacation, but things get serious when they find that their food is infested with bugs and their car tyres are ruptured. Bonnie, Brett’s Rottweiler, is referred to several times as a female, but it’s actually male.
Hannah and Her Sisters (Comedy/Drama), MGM, 5.45 pm
Cast: Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey, Dianne Wiest, Michael Caine, Woody Allen
A heartwarming tale of love, loss and romance, the plot spans three years—beginning and ending with a Thanksgiving party at Hannah’s (Mia Farrow) and Elliot’s (Michael Caine) house. Elliot is infatuated with one of Hannah’s sisters, Lee (Barbara Hershey), and the two soon begin an affair, while her other sister, Holly, is still trying to find her calling in life as she shuffles between careers. Through it all, Hannah is unaware of Lee’s affair and lends Holly money every time she changes her mind about her career. What will the last Thanksgiving dinner unravel for the sisters? Grossing $40,084,041 in the US, this is one of the highest-grossing Woody Allen films.
Intersection (Romance / Thriller), HBO Hits, 8 pm
Cast: Frank Grillo, Jaimie Alexander, Roschdy Zem,Marie-Josée Croze, Charlie Bewley
Newlyweds Taylor (Jaimie Alexander) and Scott Dolan (Frank Grillo) are on their honeymoon in Morocco. Seemingly in love, the truth, though, is that Taylor is scheming to murder her extremely rich husband with assistance from her lover, Travis (Charlie Bewley). However, the plan takes a turn for the worse when the three are involved in a car pile-up on a lonely road in the desert. They survive, but encounter a group of other survivors including a smuggler, a French woman and a mysterious “repairman”. As they travel together, it is soon evident that everyone has their own secrets. Director David Marconi returned to directing after two decades with this film.
Saturday, December 20
Watchmen (Mystery / Sci-Fi), HBO Hits, 4.05 pm
Cast: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino
Superheroes in full costume are an everyday phenomenon in the alternate 1985 America of Watchmen, and as the film opens they are starting to lose some of their appeal. When one of their colleagues is murdered, masked vigilante Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) discovers a plot to discredit all superheroes. Reaching out to his motley crew of retired superheroes (only one of whom seems to possess real powers); Rorschach sets out to foil the plan. But in doing so he uncovers a cold war plot far deeper and more disturbing. The US flag has 51 stars whenever it’s shown in the movie because in the film’s alternative reality, Vietnam became the 51st state after the war.
Star Gold HD, 9 pm
Cast: Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chatterjee, Dhritiman Chatterjee
While Kolkata prepares for Durga Pooja, a heavily pregnant Vidya Bagchi (Vidya Balan) arrives from London, in search of her missing husband Arnab. Setting herself up in the guest house that he was last known to have stayed in, she begins her hunt, with the support of police officer Rana (Parambrata Chatterjee). The mystery deepens when she realises that nobody at the National Data Centre (NDC), where Arnab was on assignment, or indeed anywhere in the city, seems to have seen him. Yet as the search continues, it becomes apparent that Bagchi and Rana are facing larger forces and that there is more to Arnab’s disappearance than meets the eye. Despite being produced on a shoestring budget, the film won three National Film Awards and five Filmfare Awards.
Mardaani (Action / Drama), Sony Max, 8 pm
Cast: Rani Mukerji, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Gautam Babbar
Famed for her skills as a detective and her fearless approach to her job, senior inspector Shivani Shivaji Roy (Rani Mukerji) works with the criminal branch in Mumbai. But a case that sees her chasing a child trafficking Mafia don who has kidnapped homeless teenager Pyari, brings her work much closer to home. However, despite threatening calls, Roy sticks to her guns. Desperate to free Pyari, who happens to be her niece’s friend, Roy raises the stakes even as the criminals target her husband in a bid to discourage her. In preparation for the role,
Mukerji met the Mumbai Police Crime Branch chief, and
also trained in Krav Maga, a self-defence technique that was
first developed in the Israeli military.
Sunday, December 21
World War Z (Action),
HBO Defined, 10 pm
Cast: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz
Set in a post-apocalyptic Earth, the plot revolves around UN employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), who is on a mission to stop a zombie outbreak. When he finds out that a disease could mask human traits, ensuring zombies do not attack them, he is faced with the task of retrieving pathogens from a lab that is zombie infested. Considered a zombie-genre revival film, it raked in $540 million—the highest of all time.
Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Fantasy),
Star Movies HD, 11.36 am
Cast: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes, Will Poulter
Set three years after Prince Caspian, the younger Pevensie siblings, Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Henley), are taken back to Narnia along with their cousin, Eustace Scrubb (Will Poulter). They join the now King Caspian (Ben Barnes) in his quest to rescue the Kingdom’s seven lords and stop the evil that’s rising from a dark island. In the film, the picture of the Pevensies together is a candid behind-the-scenes image of the actors from The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.
Race 2 (Action),
& Picture, 2.35 pm
Cast: Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez
Ranveer (Saif Ali Khan) has a major heist planned in collaboration with his old friend RD (Anil Kapoor) —to steal the Shroud of Turin. That brings Ranveer on the radar of casino mogul Armaan (John Abraham) and his half-sister Alina (Deepika Padukone), which really was Ranveer’s aim, as he believes Armaan killed his wife (Bipasha Basu). But will he get his revenge or are his fake allies going to ruin him? The Mardan Palace, a luxury hotel in Turkey, is shown to be Armaan’s home
Ninja: Shadow of a Tear
(Action / Thriller), Sony Pix, 11.39 pm
Cast: Scott Adkins,
Kane Kosugi, Mika Hijii
Martial artist Casey Bowman (Scott Adkins) has married Namiko Takeda (Mika Hijii) and they are expecting their first child. Things start to go wrong when a gang first mug Bowman and then kill his wife. With the help of his friend Nakabara (Kane Kosugi), he sets off to avenge her death. Adkins’ character is close to his own as he is a martial arts expert trained in kickboxing, ninjutsu, Karate and more.