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SUNDAY

Get Carter (1971)

12.35am, RTE1

"YOU'RE a big man, but you're out of shape. With me it's a full-time job." One of the many endlessly-quoted lines delivered by Michael Caine in this classic 1971 crime drama. Caine plays a London gangster who goes to Newcastle to avenge his brother's death. Brutal and stylish, it's also notable for Caine throwing Coronation Street's Alf Roberts off a car park roof.

The Lovely Bones (2009)

9pm, Channel 4

The pride of Carlow, Saoirse Ronan, stars as a murdered teen watching over her family in Peter Jackson's adaptation of the Alice Sebold novel. Her character tries to prevent another murder from the afterlife. Stanley Tucci also stars in the Lord of the Rings director's mixed effort, in which Ronan is certainly the best thing.

Some Mother's Son (1995)

9pm, TV3

Terry George, who won an Oscar for his short The Shore, made his directorial debut in this drama set during the 1981 hunger strikes. Helen Mirren and Fionnuala Flanagan play two mothers, separated by class and their response to their sons' plight, who yet manage to find common ground. A young Aiden Gillen (The Wire, Love/Hate) also stars.

MONDAY

Moll Flanders (1997)

9.30pm, TG4

Sean Penn's ex, Robin Wright, stars in this modern adaptation of the classic Daniel Defoe novel about a tempestuous young woman who turns to prostitution to escape poverty. Stockard Channing plays the brothel madam and Morgan Freeman supports as her servant. Northern Irish actor John Lynch is Moll's love interest.

All That Heaven Allows (1955)

4.50pm, Film Four

A melodrama starring Jane Wyman as a widow who falls in love with landscape gardener Rock Hudson. Poorly received when it first came out, it later found favour with some as a masterpiece of irony attacking post-war American life. For others however, it's just so much glossy soap-opera.

TUESDAY

The Story of GI Joe (1945)

11.40pm, BBC2

THIS war movie was nominated for four Academy Awards and established Robert Mitchum as a major box office star. Based on the columns of war correspondent Ernie Pyle, who died in action two months before the film was released, Mitchum plays the titular soldier.

Planet of the Apes (2001)

10.30pm, Sky 1

The Actor Formerly Known As Marky Mark -- Mark Wahlberg -- reprises the Charlton Heston role in this remake of the 1960s classic. An astronaut crash-lands to find a planet where apes call the shots and humans are treated like animals, and that isn't even the strangest discovery. Notable for being a Tim Burton film that doesn't feature Johnny Depp; perhaps best watched to see how it compares to the original. Frankly, it's not as good.

Rendition (2007)

9pm, Film 4

Jake Gyllenhall and Reese Witherspoon star in this story of a CIA operative who begins to have doubts after witnessing the interrogation of a suspected suicide bomber by secret police in an unnamed North African country. Covers similar themes to the recent Homeland series.

WEDNESDAY

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)

11.35pm, TG4

Part of a thriller-trend from the late Eighties/Nineties dubbed 'the intimate enemy', which places the enemy in the protagonist's home. In this case, it's the Nanny From Hell, played brilliantly by Rebecca de Mornay. In one memorable, controversial scene she breastfeeds the family's baby. See also the Tenant From Hell in Pacific Heights and the Flatmate From Hell in Single White Female.

Lake Placid (1999)

9.55pm, E4

An entertaining mix of horror and comedy about the hunt for a giant tropical crocodile that somehow survives in a lake in Maine. Written by the creator of Ally McBeal, it stars Bridget Fonda and Jeff Pullman.

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid (1969)

4.35pm, Film 4

THIS classic stars Robert Redford and Paul Newman and was written by the brilliant William Goldman, who famously said about Hollywood, "nobody knows anything". It's loosely based on fact and follows two charming outlaws as they escape to Bolivia. Also features Bacharach and David's Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head over a charming montage of Newman frolicking with Katharine Ross on an olden-days bicycle.

THURSDAY

Logan's Run (1976)

12.50pm, Channel 4

IN a futuristic society, survivors of a holocaust willingly agree to have their lives ended at the age of 30 in order to conserve resources. One man, Logan 5, played by Michael York, goes on the run with Jenny Agutter. Apparently soon to be remade with Ryan Gosling. This is not necessarily good news.

Flight of the Phoenix (2004)

6.40pm, Film 4

DIRECTED by top Louth action movie director, John Moore, this remake of the 1965 classic stars Dennis Quaid, Giovanni Ribisi and Hugh Laurie. A plane crash-lands in the Namibian desert and survivors must make a new plane out of the old one.

The First of the Few (1942)

11.35am, BBC2

IT'S stiff-upper-lip time with Leslie Howard producing, directing and starring in a biopic about RJ Mitchel, the aeronautical engineer who designed the Spitfire, which saw off the Nazi air attack on Britain in the Second World War.

FRIDAY

Odd Man Out (1942)

11.35am, BBC2

THIS thriller was beautifully shot in Belfast by the director of The Third Man, Carol Reed. It's about an IRA man played by James Mason who goes on the run after a botched bank robbery. If you can get past Mason's awful accent, it's well worth a watch.

The Duellists (1977)

6.50pm, Film 4

Set in the Napoleonic era, this was Ridley Scott's first feature film, based on a short story by Joseph Conrad and starring Harvey Keitel, Keith Carradine, Tom Conti, Albert Finney and Diana Quick. The characters' duels are interrupted by a series of wars.

The Bucket List (2007)

10.45pm, TV3

TWO terminally ill patients, played by Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, decide to live out their dreams before they die, via a list of things to do before they 'kick the bucket', hence the title. Directed by Rob Reiner of Spinal Tap fame.

SATURDAY

Stormbreaker

6.35pm, RTE1

BASED on the much-loved books by Anthony Horowitz. Alex Rider thinks he is an ordinary schoolboy, an orphan who lives with his boring banker uncle. Until the uncle disappears under mysterious circumstances, and Alex is recruited to finish the secret spy mission his uncle was engaged on. Luckily, he has hidden depths -- his entire childhood was actually geared towards creating the perfect super-spy. Stars Alex Pettyfer, Mickey Rourke and Sophie Okonedo.

The Omen (1976)

12.25am, RTE2

The film that made 1970s kids think the church was cool, and pretty much did for the popularity of the name Damien. Young Damien is a cuckoo in the nest, an orphan substituted at birth for an American couple's dead son. Cue mysterious deaths and a creeping sense of horror in this masterful suspense film. Stars Gregory Peck, Lee Remick and Billie Whitelaw.

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