Monday 11 December 2017

New Year Movies


The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 7.20-11.10pm C4 As hobbits Frodo and Sam near the end of their journey into the dark lands of Mordor to destroy the One Ring, the evil Sauron unleashes the full might of his armies on Middle-earth. Meanwhile, Aragorn must fulfil his destiny of becoming king by leading his people into a climactic battle with the forces of darkness. Conclusion of the fantasy adventure trilogy, starring Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen and Sean Astin. With an introduction by Peter Jackson. (2003/12) Wuthering Heights 11.10pm-1.35am C4 PREMIERE A Yorkshire hill farmer takes pity on a homeless boy, and brings him back to his remote estate on the moors. The new arrival and the farmer's daughter develop an obsessive bond as they grow up, but he is ultimately cast out by her brother. He returns years later, seeking to be reunited with his lost love and to avenge himself on her family. Period drama, starring James Howson and Kaya Scodelario. (2011/15) The Abandoned 2.15-3.55am RTE Two PREMIERE A woman who was adopted as a child from Russian parents and raised in America learns her birth mother has died mysteriously. As the only surviving relative, she inherits an isolated, derelict farm that is the focus of local superstition – but when she finally arrives at the family homestead, she is tormented by terrifying ghostly visions. Horror, starring Anastasia Hille. (2006/15)


Edward Scissorhands 2.55-5pm C4 A reclusive genius creates a boy but dies before completing him, leaving his brainchild with scissor-like blades in place of hands. A kindly woman from a nearby suburb takes pity on the lonely boy and welcomes him into her home. Tim Burton's fantasy, starring Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder and Dianne Wiest. (1990/PG) Moon 10.00-11.30pm BBC2 PREMIERE Astronaut Sam Bell has been working alone at an energy-generating base on the moon for three years and desperately longs to return home. After he is injured in an accident, he begins to discover the disturbing truth about the operation he is running. Sci-fi drama, starring Sam Rockwell, with the voice of Kevin Spacey. (2009/15) Lost in Translation 11.25pm-1.20am TG4 A lonely and past-his-prime American actor travels to Japan to film a commercial. During a depressing night in the hotel bar, he meets a spirited younger woman and the pair strike up a close friendship, exploring Tokyo and helping each other face the mundanities of everyday life. Sofia Coppola's comedy drama, starring Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and Giovanni Ribisi. (2003/15) Blade Runner: The Final Cut 11.30pm-1.20am BBC2 A former cop in a bleak future Los Angeles is forced to return to duty for a mission to hunt down and kill a group of renegade android replicants. The fugitives have escaped from a space colony to find their creator on Earth, in a bid to prolong their limited lifespan. Ridley Scott's definitive version of his sci-fi thriller, starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young and Daryl Hannah. (1982/15) Scarface 12.45-3.40am RTE Two Small-time crook Tony Montana emigrates from Cuba to the US, determined to become rich and powerful. Admitted into the inner circle of a Miami drug lord, he ultimately takes over his boss's empire and even his wife. However, his paranoia and cocaine addiction begin to spiral out of control. Gangster thriller remake, with Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert Loggia. (1983/18)


Happily N'Ever After 6.35-7.55am C4 PREMIERE Animated comedy set in a world of fairytale characters, where an exhausted wizard struggles to ensure everyone gets the happy ending they deserve. However, when he takes a much-needed break, his sidekicks unwittingly allow Cinderella's wicked stepmother to get her hands on his magic staff. With the voices of Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sigourney Weaver. (2006/U) The Sound of Music 3.10-6pm BBC1 A cheerful novice nun is employed as governess to the seven children of an austere widower, bringing light, laughter and a love of all things harmonious to a family previously beset by grief and strict discipline while also falling for her employer. But before long, the looming threat of the Second World War jeopardises their happy household. Oscar-winning Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. (1965/U) The Secret of Kells 6.30-8pm RTE Two A boy living in a medieval monastery under constant attack by Viking raiders acquires an unfinished book of mystical knowledge. The task of completing the tome falls to him, so he ventures into a haunted forest in search of the secrets required, where he must face his own darkest fears. Animated fantasy adventure, with the voices of Evan McGuire, Christen Mooney and Brendan Gleeson. (2009/PG) Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 8.30-10.20pm BBC1 PREMIERE A homeless youth in the ancient kingdom of Persia is adopted by the king and grows to become a great warrior. When the king is murdered, he is framed for the crime and forced to flee, and with the aid of a mysterious princess, he must stop a magical dagger with the power to control time from falling into evil hands. Fantasy adventure, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton and Ben Kingsley. (2010/12) Julie & Julia 9.15-11.10pm BBC2 PREMIERE Biopic telling the stories of revolutionary 1960s American chef Julia Child and modern-day housewife Julie Powell, who vows to master her heroine's most famous recipes in one year and maintain a blog about her experiences. Starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci and Helen Carey. (2009/12) Kick-Ass 10.30pm-12.35am RTE Two PREMIERE A teenage comic-book fan sets out to become a real-life superhero. His amateur crime-fighting exploits make him a media sensation, but he is soon in over his head. Comic-book action comedy, with Aaron Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz and Nicolas Cage. Includes World Forecast. (2010/15) How She Move 2.50-4.15am RTE Two PREMIERE A medical student returns to her old neighbourhood when she is no longer able to afford to fund her education. She falls in with a street dancing team and hopes the prize money from a lucrative contest might provide the financial independence she needs – but her fellow dancers are not convinced she has what it takes. Drama, starring Rutina Wesley. (2007/12)


Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue 9.00-10.20am RTE Two PREMIERE Tinker Bell travels to the human world for the first time and befriends a little girl. However, when the child's scientist father discovers the fairy, he takes her away for study in the hope of learning more about the magical creatures. Animated fantasy, with the voices of Mae Whitman and Michael Sheen. (2010/U) Dances withWolves 12.45-3.35pm BBC2 A Union army officer during the American Civil War requests a posting to a remote outpost on the frontier. Left to man a deserted fort single-handedly, he is gradually adopted into a local Sioux tribe. Oscar-winning Western, directed by and starring Kevin Costner. (1990/12) Mary Poppins 1.45-4pm BBC1 A practically perfect Edwardian nanny brings magical fun, laughter and adventure into the humdrum lives of a young brother and sister. Disney's musical fantasy, starring Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Glynis Johns, David Tomlinson, Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber. (1964/U) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 3.35-5.45pm RTE One The intrepid archaeologist sets out to find his estranged father who has gone missing while searching for the Holy Grail. Once reunited, father and son team up to finish the task and locate the sacred relic before the Nazis get their hands on it. Action adventure sequel directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody, River Phoenix, Julian Glover and Denholm Elliott. (1989/PG) The Princess and the Frog 4.00-5.35pm BBC1 PREMIERE A hard-working New Orleans waitress meets an arrogant prince who has been turned into a frog by a magic spell. When she tries to break the enchantment by kissing him, she also ends up transformed into an amphibian, and together they go in search of the voodoo queen who can change them back. Disney animated musical fantasy, with the voices of Anika Noni Rose and Bruno Campos. (2009/U) The Wizard of Oz 4.30-6.25pm C4 Youngster Dorothy Gale is whisked over the rainbow by a tornado into the magical land of Oz, where she inadvertently kills a wicked witch – incurring the wrath of another. Setting out to find the wizard who can show her a way home, she is joined on her journey by a scarecrow, a tin man and a cowardly lion, who all hope their own wishes will be granted. Musical fantasy, with Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr and Frank Morgan. (1939/U) Up 6.30-8pm BBC1 PREMIERE An old man attaches thousands of balloons to his house so he can fly it to South America, and fulfil his late wife's dream of exploring the jungle. However, once airborne, he finds he has an unwanted stowaway in the shape of an excitable boy scout. Pixar animated adventure, with the voices of Ed Asner, Jordan Nagai and Christopher Plummer. (2009/U) Robin Hood 9.00-11.45pm C4 PREMIERE An archer fighting in Richard the Lionheart's crusading army returns home to England and assumes the identity of a nobleman killed in battle. His newfound status draws him into the dangerous world of the newly crowned King John's court, while a traitorous knight plots to aid the French in conquering England. Ridley Scott's medieval adventure, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. (2010/12) Avatar 9.30pm-12.25am RTE One PREMIERE Paraplegic Marine Jake Sully is sent to the alien moon of Pandora to take part in the Avatar Program in place of his dead scientist brother. However, once there Jake is asked to infiltrate the native Na'vi and gather intelligence for a corrupt mining executive. But as he learns their ways and is welcomed into a tribe, he begins to question whether he is doing the right thing. James Cameron's sci-fi adventure, starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang. (2009/12) Bug 1.45-3.30am C4 PREMIERE A woman moves into a roadside motel in the hope of avoiding her violent ex-husband, who has just been released from prison. She forms a relationship with a troubled war veteran, but discovers he is suffering from terrifying delusions that make him a danger to both himself and her. Psychological thriller, starring Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon and Harry Connick Jr. (2006/18)

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