Friday, July 24:
(Fantasy/Action), HBO, 6.53 pm
Cast: Aaron Ekhart, Miranda Otto
After the demise of Victor Frankenstein (Aden Young) in the 17th century, the monster he created, Adam (Aaron Eckhart), is rescued from demons by the gargoyle clan. The clan’s queen, Leonore (Miranda Otto), arms Adam with weapons to fend off demons. In a modern day setting, the demon prince Naberius (Bill Nighy) decides to recreate Frankenstein’s experiment, for which he needs Adam to discover the secret of giving life to corpses. This adaption of the original novel is one of the few to name
the monster Adam.
Wanted (Action/Drama), Movies OK, 8 pm
Cast: Salman Khan,
Ayesha Takia, Prakash Raj
Radhe (Salman Khan) is a professional hit man who falls for Jhanvi (Ayesha Takia)—a girl whom Talpade (Mahesh Manjrekar), a corrupt cop, also lusts after. When Talpade misbehaves with her, Radhe fights with him and makes him back off. Meanwhile, Radhe is hired by gangster Gani Bhai (Prakash Raj) .Things get complicated when the police commissioner arrests Gani in a bid to wipe out gangs. This is Prabhu Deva’s directorial debut in Bollywood.
Madagascar 3 (Animation/Comedy), Zee Studio, 7.10 pm
Cast: Eric Darnell,
Chris Rock, Ben Stiller
Alex the lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) and Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) are heading home to New York via Europe. To escape the clutches of the animal control officer, they join a circus where they befriend a tiger, a jaguar and a sea lion. After numerous adventures, the four must decide if they want to return to the zoo or travel with the circus. After Transformers, this is the second DreamWorks franchise to have a third sequel.
A Dry White Season
(Drama/History), MGM, 9 pm
Cast: Marlon Brando, Donald Sutherland Set in the 70s, in a South Africa that is struggling with apartheid, Ben Du Toid (Donald Sutherland), a South African school teacher, refuses to help Gordon Ngubene (Winston Ntshona), a black man who wants to find out about his son’s death during the Soweto Riots. Later, Gordon’s wife is killed too, and Du Toid feels compelled to help. With his attorney, Ian Mackenzie (Marlon Brando), Du Toid slowly learns the brutality of the blacks’ suppression. This is the only film featuring Brando that was directed by a woman (Euzhan Palcy).
Saturday, July 25:
What Happens in Vegas (Romance/Comedy), Movies Now, 10.35 pm
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher
Joy Ellis McNally (Cameron Diaz) is an equity trader who just got dumped by her fiancé. Jack Fuller (Ashton Kutcher) is a carpenter who got fired from his job by his father. Both meet accidentally in Las Vegas and end up getting married, while on a drinking binge. But their attempt to get a divorce is not simple—the judge rejects their plea and there is a $3 million jackpot at stake. How will the two of them make this impromptu marriage work? This was the first film in the UK and Australia to include a digital copy with the DVD.
Gone Girl (Thriller/Mystery), Star Movies Select , 9 pm
Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike
Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) becomes the primary suspect in the mysterious disappearance of his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike). A flashback shows that their marriage was in trouble though they kept up a blissful picture in front of their friends. With the help of his attorney Tanner Bolt (Tyler Perry), Dunne unravels clues that reveal that his wife may have deliberately gone away. Is Nick guilty or is his wife framing him? Gone Girl beat The Curious Case of Benjamin Button as David Fincher’s highest-grossing film.
(Crime/Drama), Star Gold, 8 pm
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor,
Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor) is a street fighter/boxer who falls in love with jazz singer Rosie (Anushka Sharma). Balraj thinks Rosie’s high-profile job will help him become rich. Meanwhile, Kaizad Khambatta (Karan Johar) recruits Balraj to run his club, Bombay Velvet, which is also a centre for illegal activities. Chasing them is reporter Jimmy Mistri, who is trying to get the scoop on their criminal activities and has a past with Rosie that he hopes to use to his advantage. Will Rosie
betray Balraj? Johar charged only `11 for this movie, directed by Anurag Kashyap.
Sunday, July 26:
Maleficent (Fantasy/Drama), Star Movies, 5 pm
Cast: Angelina Jollie , Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley
Maleficient (Anjelina Jolie) is a powerful fairy, having an idyllic living in the Moors. She falls in love with a peasant boy, Stefan (Sharlto Copley), when she is young. But years later, a grown Stephan betrays her—to better his position with the king, he lures Maleficient into a trap and cuts off her wings. The benovalent fairy transforms into a ‘monster’ with revenge on her mind. Maleficient waits until Stefan is crowned king and becomes a father before exacting her revenge. The young princess Aurora is played by Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, Jolie’s real-life daughter with husband Brad Pitt. Angelina Jolie performed the stunts herself using harnesses for her flight and
Super Nani (Drama), Zee Cinema, 3.27 pm
Cast: Rekha, Sharman Joshi,Shweta Kumar
Bharti (Rekha) is an overlooked and ill-treated housewife. But her life takes a turn for the good when her grandson, Mann (Sharman Joshi), comes home with a director (Anupam Kher), who signs her on for modelling and acting assignments, much to the disdain of her husband. Will this help her make an identity for herself and prove her worth to her family? The film, which didn’t at the box office, is Rekha’s first collaboration with Joshi.
Chef (Comedy), Romedy Now, 6 pm
Cast: Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara
Carl Casper (John Favreau) plays a professional chef, who quits his job in a Los Angeles restaurant—following a meltdown with a food critic—and starts a food truck in Miami. He is joined by his ex-wife Inez (Sofia Vergara) and his son. As he starts building a relationship with his son, his Fresh Cuban cuisine becomes popular, encouraging him to drive back to LA to share his new recipes. Will he be able to get back his life and his ex-wife? This is the first film, apart from Iron Man, where Robert Downey Jr and director Jon Favreau have acted together.
Bunkers and Brutalism, BBC World News, Tomorrow, 7.40 am & 8.40 pm
In this series, Jonathan Meades explores the ‘brutalist’ (from the French word for ‘raw concrete’) architectural story and its movement across Europe. Found mostly in baroque and modern Gothic, he picks out the most impressive buildings and highlights the art behind the once-unpopular structures.
Lands of the Monsoon,
Animal Planet, July 8, 8 pm
The show documents the life of animals and humans during the rains. While in northern Australia 3,00,000 flying foxes gather for a drink, in Sumatra an orangutan guides her youngster to where she knows a fig tree fruits. In the human world, find out why the Delhi stock markets crash and how people in Borneo face up to the high tides.
Star Sports, Sunday, 5.30 pm
While the rest of the world is watching Wimbledon, Formula One fans can look farther north, towards Silverstone, for the 2015 F1 race. After the 2010 upgrade of circuit’s Formula One layout, drivers have a better challenge with a host of tight corners. Currently, Lewis Hamilton leads the tables with teammate Nico Rosberg hot on his heels.
True Detective, HBO Defined, Monday, 6.30 am
In the latest episode, Maybe Tomorrow, detective Ani, of the fictional Vinci Police Department, makes it clear to fellow agent Ray that she is in charge of the case they are working on. But she then comes to learn that he has found some evidence. Meanwhile, criminal-turned-businessman Frank Semyon meets fellow criminals who he thinks are friends. But they are in no mood to answer to their former boss.
FIFA World Cup,
Sony Kix, Monday, 4.30 am
USA, Germany, Japan and England will battle it out in the semi-finals of the women’s FIFA World Cup. The finals, to be held in Vancouver, are likely to be between former champions Germany, and Japan, who are the reigning champions. BC Place, the stadium,
has artificial turf, making this the first FIFA final to ever be played on synthetic surface.
Are We There Yet?, Comedy Central, Weekdays, 9.30 pm
Premiering this Monday, this comedy centres on Nick Persons (Terry Crews) who marries Suzanne Kingston (Essence Atkins). With two kids from her previous marriage, Nick now has to deal with 14-year-old Lindsey, who’s forever texting on her cellphone, 12-year-old Kevin, and Suzanne’s ex-husband, who keeps popping in with his family.