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Monday 21 April 2014

Film Highlights Thursday

Arthur Christmas (2011)

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Sky Movies Premiere, 8.00pm

This witty and enjoyable animated action comedy from Aardman Studios ought to get you in the festive spirit. In a vast, secret compound beneath the North Pole, the Claus family and their army of elves are preparing for Christmas.

The role of Santa has been passed from father to son for centuries, and the current incumbent (Jim Broadbent) is considering retiring. In line to succeed him is Steve (Hugh Laurie), his fiercely organised eldest son.

Santa's younger son, Arthur (James McAvoy), is clumsy and neurotic and spends most of his time answering letters in the post room. When Santa returns from a Christmas Eve run and finds that a present for a little girl in Cornwall has not been delivered, Steve dismisses it as a minor detail. But Arthur is devastated, and sets out to deliver it himself.

The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)

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Film4, 4.25pm

John Wayne is among the swaggering sons who gather to mourn the death of their mother and set out to avenge her murder in this stylish western from Henry Hathaway. Dean Martin plays Wayne's brother, and Martha Hyer and Dennis Hopper also star.

White Feather (1955)

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TCM, 6.55pm

A young Robert Wagner stars in this western loosely based on a true story. After a peace treaty between speculators and the Cheyenne tribe allows prospectors to begin panning for gold, the arrangement is threatened when a white surveyor falls in love with a Cheyenne woman. With John Lund.

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

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BBC3, 8.00pm

In this amiable Dreamworks animation, a clumsy and overweight panda called Po becomes an unlikely martial arts hero when his valley is overrun by a gang of murderous snow leopards. With the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Angelina Jolie.

The Nightmare before Christmas (1993)

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Sky Movies Christmas, 9.45pm

In Tim Burton and Henry Selick's dreamlike stop motion animation, Jack Skellington and his Halloween ghouls invade Christmas Town and take over the festive season, but their grasp of the Christmas spirit leaves a great deal to be desired. With the voices of Susan Sarandon and Catherine O'Hara.

American Pie: The Wedding (2003)

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ITV2, 11.00pm

In the third of the high school comedy series, the gang have graduated and convene once more for the wedding of Michelle and Jim (Jason Biggs). But as Jim worries whether or not his bride-to-be's parents will take to him, his friends are planning the mother and father of bachelor parties.

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