Friday, February 27
Mama (Horror / Suspense),
Movies Now, 9 pm
Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jessica Chastain, Megan Charpentier
Two young girls, Victoria (Megan Charpentier) and Lily (Isabelle Nélisse), abandoned in a forest cabin, are brought up by an unknown entity they fondly call ‘Mama’. Five years later, when their uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) finds them and takes them back, Mama follows. The ensuing strange occurrences lead Lucas and his girlfriend to discover more about the fearsome Mama and how dangerously possessive she is about the girls. Nélisse can’t speak English, which is why she was not given much dialogue.
The Intouchables (Comedy),
HBO Defined, 1.50 pm
Cast: François Cluzet,
Omar Sy, Audrey Fleurot
Paris-based millionaire quadriplegic Philippe’s (François Cluzet) search for a caregiver is shaken by the arrival of the outspoken West-African job-seeker, Driss (Omar Sy). He only wants Philippe to sign his social security document to prove he applied for the job. Despite being uninterested, he takes up the position and does a good job. But when Philippe realises Driss needs to support his family, he has to let him go. Based on a true story, it became the second most successful French film, just nine weeks after its release.
The Bridges of Madison County
(Drama / Romance),
Romedy Now, 2.50 pm
Cast: Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Annie Corley, Victor Slezak
Siblings Michael (Victor Slezak) and Carolyn (Annie Corley) arrive at their Iowa farmhouse to discover journals of their mother Francesca Johnson (Meryl Streep) detailing her four-day love affair with a Robert Kincaid (Clint Eastwood), a photographer from the National Geographic magazine. Since the two are having marital troubles, they hope that the letters will inspire them to fall in love again. Streep allegedly put on 15-20 pounds for her role as a middle-aged housewife in the film.
The Christine Jorgensen
Story (Biography / Drama),
MGM Channel, 10.45 pm
Cast: John Hansen, Joan Tompkins, Quinn K Redeker
Based on the autobiography by America’s first widely-publicised transsexual, George Jorgensen (John Hansen), it is the story of a woman trapped in a man’s body. The film highlights his childhood and unhappiness at being a man. He makes his way to Denmark, to a pioneering team of doctors, who agree to perform the sex-change surgery. The real Jorgenson didn’t wear female clothing as a child. She did so only after she got her new passport under her new name.
Saturday, February 28
White House Down
(Action / Thriller), Sony Pix, 3.41 pm
Cast: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal
To win points with his politically-inclined daughter Emily (Joey King), police officer and ex-marine John Cale (Channing Tatum) takes her on a tour of the White House, after his interview to be in the Secret Service doesn’t go well. But when there is an attack on the President (Jamie Foxx) Cale’s instincts kick in. He gets in touch with Carol (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a secret service agent, to help him through it. But when he realises that a high-ranking officer in the presidential detail is behind the attack, he has to tread carefully—as both the President and his daughter have been captured by him. While the film looks like it has been shot entirely in Washington DC, it was actually shot in Montreal, Canada, save for a few shots.
The Hurt Locker (Action),
Movie Now, 4.50 pm
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty
A new sergeant, James (Jeremy Renner), takes over the elitist Explosive Ordnance Disposal and his reckless tactics annoy his two team members, Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Eldridge (Bria Geraghty). But when James comes upon the body of a young boy, who he knew from before, with a bomb embedded in him, he changes. When Elridge is accidently shot in the leg, it is up to James and Sanborn to save an Iraqi civilian who has a bomb vest strapped to him. Director Kathyrn Bigelow’s ex-husband James Cameron convinced her to make this film. She eventually beat his film Avatar to win the best picture Oscar in 2009.
Sunday, March 1
MGM, 7.30 pm
Cast: Kylie Travis, Jim Belushi, Shannon Whirry
When Chicago police psychiatrist Karen’s (Kylie Travis) car breaks down on a highway, she hitches a ride with Frank (Jim Belushi). Little does she know that Frank is an abusive, violent man, who is travelling with his abused wife to sell stolen computer chips. Enroute, suspecting his wife of being unfaithful, he is enraged and hurts her. Karen escapes and reaches a lab where she chances upon a time machine. Wanting to save the woman’s life, she goes back in time only to cause worse consequences. The script was co-written by Phillip Badger, who also directed the thriller The Forgotten One (1989) and another time travel film, Slipstream (2005).
The Amazing Spiderman 2 (Action / Adventure), Sony Pix, 1 pm and 9 pm
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan
When Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) gains the power to control electricity, after being struck by lightning, he becomes Electro. Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) must now protect New York against the new super villain. But as Peter Parker, he must also keep his girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) out of danger. Meanwhile, old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) takes over Oscorp after his father Norman dies, but he inherits more than his wealth—he inherits the DNA strain that converts him into the evil Green Goblin. As the fight scenes inside the actual clock tower saw the actors working in 46 degress celcius—DeHaan’s goblin costume weighed 50 pounds and couldn’t be opened without power tools—they had to fit a tubing system inside to pump cold water in, to cool his body.
Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (Drama), Star Gold, 1.30 pm
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Jaya Bachchan, Kajol, Hrithik Roshan
Yash (Amitabh Bachchan), a wealthy businessman, is a bit of a control freak, who dictates the life of his wife Nandini (Jaya Bachchan) and sons Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) and Rohan (Hrithik Roshan). When Rahul falls in love with a working class Punjabi girl (Kajol) and refuses to marry someone of his father’s choosing, he is disowned. Years later, after Rohan graduates from school, he pledges to reunite the family and moves to London to meet his brother. Kajol was moved to tears when she read the script and decided to do the film even though she was just recently married at the time.