Friday, March 13
Zombieland (Comedy), Star Movies Action, 6.30 pm
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone
It’s been two months since a mutated strain of mad cow disease somehow sparked off a mad zombie infestation that turns Americans into the dreaded creatures. Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), a coward at heart, is one of the few survivors who teams up with experienced zombie slayer, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), and con artistes Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), to make it through the apocalypse. But soon the four start to question if they would have been better off alone. Written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the story was originally developed in 2005, as a script for a television pilot, which was to be aired that summer.
Last Passenger (Thriller), HBO Defined, 10 pm
Cast: Dougray Scott, Kara Tointon, David Schofield
Single dad and doctor, Lewis Shaler (Dougray Scott), is on his way home with his son, Max (Joshua Kaynama), on a late night train from London. At a station, Shaler notices a man tampering with the brakes. Then, when the train bypasses his home station, he tries to contact the driver through the intercom. As the train speeds on, Shaler and his fellow passengers realise that the driver is a sociopath who intends to kill himself and everyone on board. How will they get out alive? The train surfing scene, which is shown towards the end of the film, was actually shot in four different locations over six months.
The Blind Side (Sports Drama), Romedy Now, 5.15 pm
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron
Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) is bounced from one foster home to another due to his mother’s drug addiction. But every time he is given a new home, he runs away. Then, at school, he befriends SJ Tuohy (Jae Head), a young boy from a wealthy family. Soon, SJ’s suburban parents take him in and make him a part of their family. The film then traces how SJ’s mother, Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock), takes him under her wing and guides him on the road to becoming a successful football player. This film is Tim McGraw’s second role in a football focussed film. His first one, Friday Night Lights, in 2004, saw him play Charles Billingsley, the star player’s father.
Saturday, March 14
Rise of the Planet of The Apes (Action/Sci-Fi), Star Movies HD, 6.56 pm
Cast: James Franco, Freida Pinto
When Will Rodman (James Franco) develops a drug to treat Alzheimer’s, his experiment on a chimp goes badly. After the animal is euthanised, he adopts her baby and calls him Caesar. But an altercation with a neighbour sends Caesar, who shows signs of increased intelligence, to the lab, where he hatches a rebellion. Producer Rick Jaffa got the idea after reading a newspaper article on chimps and the problems they cause their owners.
Cellular (Thriller), Movies Now HD, 3.55 pm
Cast: Kim Bassinger,
Jason Statham, Chris Evans
Biology teacher Jessica Martin (Kim Bassinger) is kidnapped by a ruthless criminal, Ethan (Jason Statham), who threatens to kill her husband and son if he doesn’t have his way. Imprisoned in a cabin, she loses hope when Ethan destroys her telephone, but then she manages to put it together and make a call, which is answered by her student, Ryan (Chris Evans). Can he get her help in time? The car stunts in the film have been performed by Evans himself, who trained at a stunt school in Los Angeles for five weeks before filming.
Sabotage (Action), HBO, 2.48 pm
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams,
John ‘Breacher’ Wharton, a rebel DEA agent, heads a ragtag group of agents including Monster (Sam Worthington) and his wife, besides five others. On a raid of a cartel, they steal $10 million for themselves, though they lose an agent. But when the money goes missing, and the higher-ups begin to question the team, they start getting bumped off one by one, leading the others to suspect a traitor in their midst. The photos on Breacher’s desk are actual family photos of Schwarzenegger. His now-famous son, Patrick, is visible in them.
Ek Villain (Thriller Romance),
Star Gold HD, 9 pm
Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Riteish Deshmukh, Shraddha Kapoor
The film opens when Aisha (Shraddha Kapoor) is murdered. Her husband, Guru (Sidharth Malhotra), a criminal, is intentionally thrown off track by the CBI to stop him going on a killing spree. Meanwhile, Rakesh (Riteish Deshmukh), an unsuccessful man with a dominating wife, turn a sociopath killer. This marks Remo Fernandes’ first film as an actor. He is otherwise always a musician
Sunday, March 15
Action Jackson (Adventure), Star Plus, 8 pm
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha,
Vishi (Ajay Devgn) is a petty crook who is happy to do anything which gets him some money. He falls in love with a simple HR executive, Khushi (Sonakshi Sinha), and they strike up a relationship. One day Vishi gets into a fight and beats up a man, only to have him and this gang return for revenge. Brutally beating up Vishi, the gang escapes, but it is revealed that it wasn’t Vishi they beat up, but his lookalike Jay. But Jay also comes with history—he is actually AJ, an assassin on the run from his former gang leader, Xavier Fonseca (Anandaraj). Xavier wants AJ to marry his sister, though he’s already married to Anusha (Yami Gautami). Thus, when AJ and Vishi meet, they hatch a plan to confuse and eliminate their individual threats. The film marks the first time that director Prabhu Deva and Devgn worked together. Prabhu Deva also makes a special appearance in the film.
I, Frankenstein (Fantasy Action), HBO 1 pm
Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto
Based on the graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux, this one is a re-telling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Two hundred years after Dr Frankenstein creates his ‘monster’, Frankenstein (Aaron Eckhart) still roams the Earth but with no real goals or direction. He then becomes entangled in a war between gargoyles, considered the immortal protectors of mankind, and evil demons. But being neither human nor demon, he is torn between helping Queen Leonore (Miranda Otto), who leads the gargoyles, and demon Prince Naberius (Bill Nighy). Eventually, he must figure out who he really is and pick a side. To get a lean physique, Eckhart worked out for five hours for six months, eating only apples, peanut butter and chicken to get the look.
Betrayed (Drama Thriller),
MGM, 1.30 pm
Cast: Debra Winger, Tom Berenger, John Heard, John When a radio host is murdered, FBI undercover agent Catherine Weaver (Debra Winger), aka Katie Phillips, is assigned to infiltrate a farming community to keep tabs on their prime suspect. After receiving a warm welcome from land-owner and farmer Gary Simmons (Tom Berenger) and his young children, she begins to wonder if the FBI got the lead correct. As she starts to fall in love with Simmons, she gets a rude shock when she accompanies him and his friends for a ‘hunt’ and realises they want to kill an innocent black man. Katie must then choose to save the man she’s fallen for or protect her country. This is Betsy Blair’s last film (she plays Gladys Simmons). Blair then went on to do TV films
until her death in 2009.
Switched at Birth, Z Cafe, Monday to Friday, 10 pm
Bay Kennish and Daphne Vasquez are switched at birth. While Kennish grows up in a rich family, Vasquez lives with a single mother in a poor neighbourhood. In the latest episode, Kennish takes a DNA test when she realises her blood group matches no one in her family. When she then finds out about the switch, she invites Vasquez and her mother to live with her.
Elementary, AXN, Friday, 10 pm
Based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, this series has Holmes and Watson solving murders and tracking criminals in Manhattan. In the latest episode (season 3), the detective and his apprentice, Kitty Winter, have to solve the mystery behind a severed hand found in the street. Will he be able to crack it?
Swim Team, Channel V, Monday to Friday, 7 pm
This new show is about swimmers from across India who fight it out on a grand platform. Under three themes—The Dreamer, The Winner and The Believer—it brings together the best of swimmers, both men and women, and follows them as they try out various swimming styles and take on challenges.
Dream Girl, Life OK, Monday to Friday, 9.30 pm
Launched last week, this new show is about a young girl, Lakshmi, who sets out to become an actress. Based in Jodhpur, it will showcase her aspirations, and the trials she faces on her path to achieving her goal. Lakshmi’s optimistic approach makes the show an interesting watch.
Dual Survival, Discovery Channel, Sunday, 6 pm
Two wildlife experts, Joseph Teti and Matt Graham, find themselves in Fiordland, New Zealand, when they realise that they have no idea about the language, culture and the people of the place. They are lost in the wild, with encounters with a variety of wild animals. How will they make it?
Chelsea vs Southampton, March 15, Star Sports, 1.30 pm
Fresh from their League Cup win, Chelsea face Southampton, who they drew with in the away fixture last year. Will Southampton be able to steal a point yet again? For that they will have to get past Chelsea’s goalie, Thibaut Courtois, and stop fiery Diego Costa from finding the back of the net.