Friday, January 9
Imogene (Comedy / Drama), HBO Hits, 12.40 pm
Cast: Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon, Darren Criss
Having been dumped by her boyfriend, playwright Imogene (Kristen Wiig) stages a fake suicide hoping he’ll come back. However, it backfires, forcing her to go into the custody of Zelda, her estranged mother. Living with her mum in Jersey Shore, she is intent on returning to New York, where her ‘cool’ friends are, but she has to deal with her issues before she can do so. The name Imogene is based on writer Michelle Morgan’s favourite character, Imogene Coca, from National Lampoon’s Vacation.
The Cure (Drama), MGM, 9 pm
Cast: Diana Scarwid, Brad Renfro, Joseph Mazzello, Annabella Sciorra
In a quiet town in Stillwater, Minnesota, Erik (Brad Renfro) lives with his mother, Gail (Diana Scarwid). Adolescent Erik strikes a friendship with their neighbour, Dexter (Joseph Mazzello), who had contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion. Erik and Dexter become really close, often setting off on various escapades and misadventures, but the nasty truth of Dexter’s health catches up with them in the end. The legendary Nina Foch acted as a consultant to director Peter Horton in this film.
The Sweetest Thing
(Romance / Comedy), Romedy Now,
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, Selma Blair, Thomas Jane
Christina Walters (Cameron Diaz) is a San Francisco-based woman living the single life of endless parties and a different partner every week. When she runs into Peter Donahue (Thomas Jane), she falls head-over-heels in love with him. But he soon disappears. Left with no information, except for the fact that his brother is getting married in their hometown, she and her friends embark on a road trip to the wedding to track him down. The Penis Song was actually co-written by the three leading actresses.
Ghost Machine (Sci-Fi / Thriller), Star Movies Action, 6.30 pm
Cast: Sean Faris, Rachael Taylor, Luke Ford, Jonathan Harden
Tom (Sean Faris), Vic (Luke Ford) and their group of video game-enthusiast friends smuggle an advanced combat simulator out of its storage area and into a neglected prison, which was once used to detain terrorists. A fun experiment soon turns into a bloody fight for survival when an unknown force takes control of the machine. The film was shot in the historic Crumlin Road Gaol, a Victorian era prison situated on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast, Northern Ireland, which has been shut since 1996.
Saturday, January 10
Heroine (Drama), UTV Movies, 10.50 pm
Cast: Kareena Kapoor,
Arjun Rampal, Randeep Hooda
Based on the life of a fictional Bollywood superstar, the movie exposes the gritty reality behind the glamour of the movie industry. Thrown out of a moving vehicle by her married ‘hero’ boyfriend, Aryan (Arjun Rampal), actress Mahi Arora (Kareena Kapoor) decides to reinvent herself, and starts dating upcoming cricketer, Angad Paul (Randeep Hooda). But with both big ticket and ‘serious’ films not going her way, the star slips into depression, resorting to extreme lengths to rekindle her failing career. It was announced at the Cannes Film Festival that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan would play Mahi, but she was later replaced by Kapoor.
Parker (Crime / Thriller), HBO Hits, 9.30 pm
Cast: Jason Statham,
Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte
One of the best in the business, Parker (Jason Statham) is a thief who is recruited by his mentor, Hurley (Nick Nolte), for a heist with unknown allies. Though they succeed in robbing the ticket booth at a fair, one innocent person is killed, enraging Parker. He is then double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. However, he survives and goes after Melander (Michael Chiklis), the man who tried to kill him. He enlists the help of Leslie (Jennifer Lopez), who falls in love with Parker, complicating things. Will she help the avenger or will she make plans of her own? Based on the book, Flashfire, it is the first Parker film since author Donald E Westlake died in 2008. He is credited in the film under his popular pseudonym, Richard Stark.
The Blue Umbrella (Drama), Star Gold HD, 11.25 pm
Cast: Pankaj Kapur, Shreya Sharma
This film focusses on a young girl, Biniya (Shreya Sharma), and the village’s only shop owner, Nand Kishore Khatri (Pankaj Kapur). When Biniya sees a bright blue umbrella, which belonged to someone from a group of Japanese tourists, she trades her lucky bear claw necklace for it. Her new acquisition not only gets her a scolding from her mother, but also a few jealous eyes, including that of Khatri’s. When it goes missing, Biniya accuses Khatri, who defends himself saying he has no interest in the blue one as he has acquired a red one. Will she accept the loss or is there more to the missing object than meets the eye? During the eight days of filming, it snowed in Himachal Pradesh. According to Kapur, it was a Herculean task to walk, as his legs would get stuck in the snow, and without cars, it took them hours to walk what would have been 20 minutes.
Evil Dead (Horror), Sony Pix, 11.25 pm
Cast: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas
A group of friends visit a remote cabin in the woods to help one of their number, Mia (Jane Levy), recover from a heroine addiction. Drawn to the basement by a terrible smell, they discover the rotting corpses of dead animals, a shotgun and a book titled Naturom Demonto. When they read a passage from the book out loud, they inadvertently summon a demon, who possesses Mia. Locking her in the cellar, the group argues if the demon should be ‘cleansed’ by burning Mia alive. But before they can decide, the demon enters other members of the group. This 2013 remake of the classic film used 50,000 gallons of fake blood for the final scene alone.
Sunday, January 11
Not Safe for Work (Thriller), Star Movies Action, 9.30 pm (Blow-Up)
Cast: Dan Bakkedahl, Max Minghella, Eloise Mumford
An office becomes the setting for a deadly shoot-out when legal firm Rosen, Byres and Emmerich becomes the target of a hit man—as a result of their involvement in a case against a powerful mafia family. Despite having been fired by partner Alan Emmerich, its ambitious junior lawyer, Tom Miller (Max Minghella), finds himself leading the defence, as he tries to protect both his former boss and his girlfriend, Anna (Eloise Mumford), who has been taken hostage. Made on a shoestring budget, the film was a straight-to-DVD release, but it still managed to get a positive critical reception.
The Monuments Men (Comedy / Drama), Star Movies, 6.30 pm
Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon,
Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin
It is 1943, during World War II. While the Allies are on the verge of victory, Lt Frank Stokes (George Clooney) is more concerned about the destruction of Bruges, the art capital. He convinces the American president that the art needs protection and gathers his old friends, and enlists their help. Made up of seven museum directors, curators and art historians, including Lt James Granger (Matt Damon), the Monuments Men guide Allied units to retrieve art, keep public property safe and return private pieces to the rightful owners. Will they succeed before the Germans blow-up the place where the treasures are hidden? Nick Clooney, George’s father, plays the older version of Stokes in the final scene.