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Friday, November 25

Top Five (Comedy), WB, 6.59 pm
Cast: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union
Andre Allen (Rock), the star of a hit comedy franchise, Hammy The Bear, is gearing up for his marriage with reality TV-star Erica Long. Also looking to do more serious movies, starting with Uprize, Allen is interviewed by Chelsea Brown (Dawson), a New York Times reporter. Things change for the star when they meet with a car accident. As he begins to develop feelings for Brown, she throws a shocker when she admits that she never found Allen funny. Will his comic timing be the deal breaker for their relationship? Rock’s character is named after his brother, Andre, and his grandfather, Allen.

Boyhood (Drama), Netflix
Cast: Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane
Mason Jr (Coltrane) and his sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater) have had a tough childhood. Their parents are divorced, and they live with their mother, Olivia (Arquette), who is trying to move on. The movie chronicles Mason’s life from the age of six to 18—through his experiences filled with family problems and romance, marijuana and an aspiration for photography in later years. It is a coming of age story that sees Mason attempting to straighten out his life. The movie covers a period spanning 11 years, or 4,000 days, and was shot in 45 days.

Saturday, November 26

The Godfather Part 3 (Crime/Drama), HBO, 11.27 pm
Cast:  Al Pacino, Andy Garcia, Sofia Coppola
The Sicilian mafia  boss Don Michael Corleone (Pacino) may be old at 60, but his empire is stronger than ever. Having made ruthless decisions including getting his
own brother, Fredo, murdered, in the past —now Corleone, also known as the Godfather, is ready to legitimise his businesses. But the murder of Pope John Paul 1 and the Papal banking scandal threaten to sabotage his good intentions. Add to that when his nephew Vincent Mancini (Garcia) starts a feud with gangster Joey Zasa, Corleone realises thet he cannot leave the mafia world yet. Robert Duvall, one of the mainstays in the first two films, refused an offer in the third, due to vast differences between his salary and Pacino’s.

Neerja (Biographical/Thriller), Movies OK, 7.55 pm
Cast: Sonam Kapoor, Shabana Azmi
Based on a true story, Neerja Bhanot (Kapoor) is a successful flight attendant and former model whose mother, Rama (Azmi) always expresses concern about her job. After attending a house party, Kapoor heads back to the airport for her duty on Pan Am Flight 73. Little does she know that the passengers on the plane for the day also includes militants from a terrorist organisation who are planning to a hijack. The moment they spring up into action, Neerja is brave in face of the adversity and alerts the pilots and even manage to ground the plane in Karachi. But the passengers are still at the mercy of the hijackers. The actual incident happened when Kapoor was just one year old.

Sunday, November 27

Jungle Book, Star Movies, 9 pm
Cast: Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley Idris Elba
Featuring voice-overs by an ensemble cast, Jungle Book tells the story of Mowgli, the orphan boy raised by animals in the jungle. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s original work of the same name and Walt Disney’s animated film, it shows how Mowgli learns to live in the jungle, under the watchful eye of panther Bagheera (Kingsley) and Baloo (Murray). His biggest threat yet is Shere Khan (Elba), who is on the lookout for the boy to kill him. Can Mowgli survive? The movie is the first instance where Kaa, the snake, has been portrayed as a female, voiced by Scarlett Johansson.

Shaandaar (Romance/Comedy), UTV Movies, 11.30 pm
Cast: Shahid Kapur, Alia Bhatt
Alia (Bhatt), an insomniac, is the adopted daughter of Bipin Arora (Pankaj Kapur). Though the Arora clan is not very kind to Alia, Bipin and his daughter Isha (Sanah Kapoor), adore the girl. Soon, Isha’s marriage is fixed with Robin Fundwani (Vikas Arora), in a bid to improve their financial condition. On the way to the wedding, Arora’s car is rammed by a motorcycle driven by Jagjinder Joginder aka JJ (Kapur), who is the event manager for Isha’s wedding. During the wedding, JJ and Alia are drawn to each other, especially when it is discovered that JJ is an insomniac too. While they find their common ground, Fundwani manages to break Isha’s heart. Tabu was initially reported to be paired opposite Kapur.

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