Friday, January 2
Drama), Movie Now HD, 1.45 pm
Cast: John Leguizamo, Justin Long, Tiya Sircar, Skyler Stone
Zack, a paleontologist, takes his nephew Ricky and niece Jade fossil hunting. A sulky Ricky is given a Gorgosaurus tooth to keep busy with, while the other two head off to explore a fossil bed. While alone, a talking ‘rook’ transforms into an Alexornis bird and takes Ricky 70 million years back—to a time when Patchi, the youngest of a litter of Pachyrhinosaurus hatchlings, has adventures with his brother, Scowler, and his love interest Juniper. Character designer David Krentz worked with five to six paleontologists to ensure accuracy.
natch (Crime / Comedy),
Star Movies Action, 8 pm
Cast: Benicio del Toro, Vinnie Jones, Brad Pitt, Jason Statham
The film is set in the criminal underworld of London and has two intertwining plots. While Frankie “Four-Fingers” (Benicio del Toro) is trying to deliver a stolen diamond, the other plot involves a small-time boxing promoter, Turkish (Jason Statham), who is under the control of a sadistic gangster. When the two sides of the tale clash, there is bloodshed and mayhem. The scene in which Vinnie Jones is introduced, he is shown slamming a man’s head into a car door. It is action director Tom Delmar’s head.
Capote (Biopic), MGM, 12.15 am
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Clifton Collins,
Based on Truman Capote’s life, the film follows the events that inspired his famous book, In Cold Blood. Fascinated by the gruesome Clutter family murders, Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman) travels to Kansas with his friend Nelle Harper Lee (Catherine Keener). He forms a bond with the lead investigator, enabling him to visit the suspects often; he even begins to like one of the suspects, Perry Smith (Clifton Collins). As Smith is the key source for his book, will his fondness affect the truth? The film was shot in under 36 days.
Something’s Gotta Give (Romance / Comedy), Romedy Now, 11.05 pm
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves, Amanda Peet
Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson), a wealthy New York music mogul,
always had a fetish for younger women— his latest interest being
Marin Klein (Amanda Peet). But
when Marin’s mother, Erica, and
Harry accidently meet at her Hamptons beach house, it turns awkward.
Matters get worse when Harry has a heart attack and he is forced to stay there, even as his young doctor Julian Mercer (Keanu Reeves) falls for Erica. Nicholson turned down Bad Santa
to be part of this film.
Saturday, January 3
(Romance / Drama),
Romedy Now, 11.15 pm
Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow,
Aaron Eckhart, Jeremy Northam
American academic Roland Mitchell (Aaron Eckhart) uncovers a love
letter from Victorian poet Randolph Henry Ash, which he suspects was written to Ash’s sworn adversary, fellow poet Christabel LaMotte. But the fact is quite unbelievable because of the poets’ public antagonism and wildly
different political views. So
Mitchell enlists the help of a LaMotte expert, Maud Bailey (Gwyneth Paltrow). Even as rival scholars are trying to stake claim of the discovery, Mitchell and Bailey have personal issues to deal with.
The movie is based on a novel
of the same name by AS Byatt, which won the Booker
Prize in 1990.
Main Tera Hero (Comedy / Romance), &Pictures, 8 pm
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Nargis Fakhri, Illeana D’Cruz
In a failed bid to score a good grade, Seenu (Varun Dhawan) kidnaps his professor’s daughter. Then, when his father taunts him as a failure, Seenu leaves for Bangalore, aiming to get a degree. On the train, he saves a fellow passenger, Ayesha (Nargis Fakhri), from a bunch of goons, unwittingly earning her love. But in Bangalore, Seenu falls for Sunaina (Illeana D’Cruz), whom he saves from a corrupt police officer. But with Ayesha’s father, Vikrant, a notorious don, determined to get his daughter what her heart desires, can Seenu and Sunaina battle the odds? The film is a remake of the 2011 Telugu film, Kandireega.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
(Biography / Drama), Star Gold, 8 pm
Cast: Farhan Akhtar,
Sonam Kapoor, Pavan Malhotra
Based on his memoirs, this biopic follows the life and career of Indian athlete and Olympian Milkha Singh, ‘the flying Sikh’. Forced to flee his village in Punjab during the Partition, Singh (Farhan Akhtar) loses his parents and ends up living with his sister in a refugee camp in Delhi. He joins the army, where he is given the opportunity to train for the Indian Olympic team. Smashing the national record, he attends the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne. But it’s not all smooth sailing for Singh, who has to overcome painful childhood memories in order to succeed. When Singh met Akhtar during shooting, he gave him the shoes that he had worn during the Rome 1960 Olympics.
Sunday, January 4
X-Men First Class (Sci-Fi),
Star Movies, 9 pm
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer
Lawrence, Kevin Bacon
The story is set in 1962, during the Cuban missile crisis, and explores the relationship between Charles Xavier or Professor X (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Micheal Fassbender), who becomes Magneto. The duo is inseparable and together they create the X-Men, until the more aggressive Magneto breaks away to create the opposing Brotherhood of Mutants. But not before they fight off Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) who wants to destroy the world with his power of controlling kinetic and radiated energy. Knowing he’d be Professor X, McAvoy shaved his head to be like Patrick Stewart, only to be told he had to wear hair extensions until his grew back as they wanted him to be a younger version with hair.
(Thriller / Drama), Cinema TV, 8.55 pm
Cast: Naseeruddin Shah,
Anupam Kher, Jimmy Shergill
It all begins when an unnamed individual (Naseeruddin Shah) places bombs across Mumbai. He then anonymously calls police commissioner Prakash Rathod (Anupam Kher) and demands the release of four terrorists being held in a prison. As Rathod and his team desperately try to locate the caller, the entire city’s safety is at stake. Meanwhile, the caller proves his seriousness by audaciously planting a live bomb in the police station. Not a single interview was done for the promotion of the film as the creators and actors, especially Shah, said, “People are far too smart and make their choices based on their own understanding and logic.”
When A Stranger Calls (Horror / Thriller),
Star Movies Action, 10.30 pm
Cast: Camilla Belle, Tommy Flanagan,
Katie Cassidy, Clark Gregg
Teenager Jill (Camilla Belle) is babysitting two kids at the Mandrakis house to earn some extra cash. But it gets creepy when she starts getting anonymous calls that give the impression that she is being watched. The calls get more frequent and Jill calls the police. They tell her that the calls are, in fact, coming from inside the house. Now terrified, she explores the house only to find her best friend (Katie Cassidy), who had visited her earlier, murdered in the bathroom. Can Jill protect the children? Belle was injured on the set—once after being struck by a wooden bride cutting and then again, when she slammed her head against a glass window when filming.