The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown – 345

Chooo chooooo! Steaming its way down the rails, another retro movie weekend is here and looking oh so good!

Packed with classic tales, iconic characters and a whole heap of top talent, we’re back with another look at an extra long weekends top movies. Plenty to be getting stuck into this bank holiday!

SATURDAY 24th August

Baby’s Day Out (1994) Film4 12:35pm-2:35pm
Three bungling kidnappers hatch a plan to pose as society reporters and snatch the baby son of a wealthy couple. However, the infant escapes on to the streets of New York, evading the crooks’ every attempt to recapture him. Comedy, starring Joe Mantegna, Lara Flynn Boyle, Joe Pantoliano and Brian Haley.

Babe: Pig in the City (1998) 5STAR 1:00pm-2:50pm
The pig and his farmyard pals take a trip to the big city, where their curiosity and love of adventure lands them in trouble, leaving the courageous Babe to find a way to save his chums from danger. Family comedy sequel, starring Magda Szubanski, Mickey Rooney and James Cromwell, and featuring the voice of Elizabeth Daily as Babe.
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*Screeeeech!* That’s the sound of another info-packed edition of the Retro Movie Rundown. Sure to keep you full clued up with the top classic films hitting the small screen over the next few days. Sit back, relax and dive into some epic nostalgia. Enjoy!

 

SATURDAY 21st July

Napoleon Dynamite (2004) Film4 11:00am-1:00pm
A socially inept high-school student and his lonely unemployed brother find their eccentric home life thrown into upheaval when their meddling uncle comes to stay. The teenage oddball tries to make the best of his changing circumstances, while putting all his skills to the task of helping his new best friend win the class presidency. Comedy, starring Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez and Haylie Duff.

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Hook
(1991) Sony Movie Channel 11:10am-1:30pm
Peter Pan, who has finally grown up and is now a married lawyer with a family of his own, is whisked away by Tinkerbell to Neverland, where he must learn to fly again if he is to save his children from the clutches of Captain Hook. Steven Spielberg’s fantasy adventure, with Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins and Maggie Smith.

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Sleepless in Seattle
(1993) Sony Movie Channel 1:30pm-3:45pm
A widowed father is coping badly with his wife’s death, but his son is convinced that what he really needs is some new romance in his life. He arranges for his dad to go on a radio phone-in show, and his touching story moves a reporter to respond, even though she is already engaged. She returns to her fiance, but the boy, certain she is the woman for his father, plots to bring them together. Romantic comedy, with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

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You’ve Got Mail
(1998) ITV2 2:00pm-4:25pm
Two rivals in the bookshop business fall in love over the internet, unaware they know and dislike each other in the real world. While things remain frosty in person, the pair’s anonymous online relationship continues to blossom. Romantic comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey and Dabney Coleman.

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The Indian in the Cupboard
(1995) Film4 2:45pm-4:35pm
A nine-year-old boy is given an old cupboard and a toy Iroquois Indian for his birthday – but when he puts the figure inside the cupboard, he is astonished to see it come to life. He repeats the experiment with more of his toys, and realises he is creating real people – and is responsible for their wellbeing. Children’s fantasy, with Hal Scardino, Litefoot and Steve Coogan.

Getting Even with Dad (1994) 5STAR 3:55pm-6:05pm
Spoilt child Timmy goes to live with his outwardly respectable father, but realises he is a small-time thief planning his latest robbery. Timmy sets out to reform his dad, and in the meantime manages to fix him up with an attractive undercover cop – leading to much confusion. Family comedy, starring Macaulay Culkin, Ted Danson, Glenne Headly and Hector Elizondo.

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Back to the Future Part III
(1990) Film4 6:40pm-9:00pm
Time-travelling teenager Marty McFly is transported back to the days of the Wild West, where he strives to save his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown from death at the hands of a villainous gunslinger. Final instalment in the sci-fi comedy trilogy, starring Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen and Thomas F Wilson.

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Pretty Woman (1990) BBC1 10:20pm-12:15am
A ruthless millionaire hires a prostitute while on a business trip. Realising she may be useful in helping him keep up a successful appearance, he pays her to accompany him for a week as he associates with the rich and powerful – but falls in love despite their many differences. Romantic comedy, starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, with Ralph Bellamy and Laura San Giacomo.

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SUNDAY 22nd July

The Dark Crystal (1982) Channel 5 12:20pm-2:15pm
A survivor of a near-extinct race is given a dangerous quest as his world approaches an astronomical event that will decide its future. He must find a way to restore a broken piece to a magical crystal, which has become a source of dark power for the cruel creatures who wiped out his people. Jim Henson’s puppet fantasy, with the voices of Stephen Garlick and Billie Whitelaw.

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James and the Giant Peach
(1996) Sony Movie Channel 12:30pm-2:15pm
An unhappy orphan living with his cruel aunts discovers a gigantic peach growing in the garden. Venturing inside, he meets six friendly insects and together they embark on a magical journey. Animated and live-action fantasy, based on Roald Dahl’s novel, starring Paul Terry, Joanna Lumley and Miriam Margolyes and featuring the voices of Susan Sarandon and Richard Dreyfuss.

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Ghostbusters II
(1989) Sony Movie Channel 2:15pm-4:25pm
The eccentric spectre-hunters reunite to save New York from a massive river of slime generated by the citizens’ negativity and nasty thoughts. Meanwhile, the spirit of a 16th-century tyrant tries to return to the land of the living by possessing the body of a toddler. Sequel to the supernatural comedy, starring Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis and Ernie Hudson.

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Labyrinth (1986) Channel 5 2:15pm-4:15pm
A teenager wishes her baby brother would be taken away, only to have her request granted by a band of goblins and their sinister king. She regrets her decision and sets out to rescue him, but to reach the castle where he is being held, she must find her way through a magical maze full of strange creatures. Jim Henson’s fantasy adventure, starring Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie.

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Groundhog Day
(1993) Dave 4:55pm-7:00pm
An obnoxious TV weatherman reporting on a small town’s annual festival finds himself caught in a bizarre time loop, and is forced to relive the same day over and over again. While at first he tries to exploit his predicament, he is ultimately driven to mend his ways and adopt a less cynical attitude. Comedy, starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott and Stephen Tobolowsky.

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) ITV2 6:15pm-9:00pm
Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn are instructed to protect Queen Amidala when her planet is invaded. Escorting her away from danger, they meet gifted youngster Anakin Skywalker, who seems ideally suited to join the pair’s order – but is unaware of just how powerful he could become. Sci-fi prequel, starring Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Ray Park.

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Whatever you’re up to this weekend, don’t forget the charger and always keep earphones away from kittens.

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It’s here! Rumbling it’s way towards us like a T-Rex on a mission, another retro movie packed weekend is here and ready to roar loud and proud with nostalgic feels. Are you ready to take on this beast? Take a look below to see what you’re up against…

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SATURDAY 28th April

The Little Rascals (1994) Sony Movie Channel 10:40am-12:20pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
Mischievous kids hear one of their gang is going out with a girl, so they set out to sabotage the relationship before it becomes too serious, while also preparing for an important go-kart race. Children’s comedy, starring Travis Tedford, Bug Hall and Brittany Ashton Holmes, with Mel Brooks, Whoopi Goldberg, Daryl Hannah and Reba McEntire.

Thunderbirds Are Go! (1966) Film4 11:00am-1:00pm (2 hours)
International Rescue is called in to save the first manned space mission to Mars from sinister hijacker The Hood, and ensure a second attempt goes to plan. Puppet adventure based on Gerry Anderson’s TV series, featuring the voices of Shane Rimmer, Ray Barrett, Alexander Davion, Peter Dyneley, Sylvia Anderson and Cliff Richard, voicing a puppet version of himself.

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Pinch my arm and slap my knee! Another classic retro movie weekend is here and we’re pretty gosh darn excited!

Working away like a wild and determined Beaver, we find ourselves racing the clock to collect all the materials and build something bigger and better than anything before it. Chomping, dragging and swimming our way to dam glory, we’ll work night and day to create something we can be proud of that will show the world what a small but eager creature can do before capturing our masterpiece on celluloid wonder.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 10th June

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Muppets from Space (1999) Sony Channel 1:00pm-2:50pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Gonzo hits the road with pal Rizzo in tow and goes in search of his roots – only to make the amazing discovery that his parents belonged to a race of aliens. He then has to choose whether to board a UFO and return to his family, or stay with the friends he knows and loves. Family comedy, with F Murray Abraham, David Arquette, Ray Liotta, Andie MacDowell and Rob Schneider alongside the puppets.

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School of Rock (2003) Film4 1:00pm-3:10pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A slobbish guitarist dreams of stardom, but his hopes are dashed when the other members of his band kick him out. Struggling to make ends meet, he takes a job as a supply teacher at an exclusive private school, and sets about moulding his pupils into rock gods. Comedy from director Richard Linklater, starring Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Mike White and Sarah Silverman.

The Family Man (2000) 5STAR 4:05pm-6:40pm
A Wall Street banker is magically given the opportunity to find out what his life would have held if he had not walked out on his loving girlfriend. Suddenly transplanted into an alternative reality, complete with cosy home and kids, he is not initially impressed with the change – but his cold exterior gradually begins to thaw. Drama, starring Nicolas Cage, Tea Leoni and Don Cheadle.

Fun Fact: At one time Nicolas Cage actually owned the Ferrari used in the film. He sold it about a year before filming began.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) BBC1 5:25pm-7:15pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
The intrepid archaeologist, with his young sidekick and a nightclub singer in tow, is stranded in India, where he takes on a mission to recover magical sacred stones from the hands of an evil cult engaged in human sacrifice and child slavery. Steven Spielberg’s action adventure, starring Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Ke Huy Quan and Amrish Puri.

Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) Sony Movie Channel 6:20pm-9:00pm (2 hours 40 minutes)
Ex-convict Elwood Blues sets about re-forming his band to raise funds for a children’s hospital. But no sooner has he found a suitable lead singer to replace his late brother Jake, than the band end up being pursued by the police, the Russian mafia and his own embittered stepbrother. Comedy sequel, starring Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman and Joe Morton.

Iron Man (2008) Channel 4 8:00pm-10:30pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
Arms manufacturer Tony Stark is taken hostage by a terrorist group and realises the weapons his company build have been falling into the wrong hands. Using his engineering skills to construct a hi-tech armoured suit, he manages to escape and then puts the technology to good use in the fight against evil around the world. Superhero adventure, starring Robert Downey Jr, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow and Terrence Howard.

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The Game (1997) Sony Movie Channel 11:20pm-2:10am (2 hours 50 minutes)
A selfish investment banker is given an unusual birthday present by his free-spirited younger brother. He is enrolled in a mysterious game, the nature of which is never revealed – and as he tries to fathom the rules, his life rapidly begins to unravel in explosive fashion. David Fincher’s thriller, starring Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, Deborah Kara Unger and Peter Donat.

Fun Fact: Deborah Kara Unger fractured a bone in her foot and jumped into a dumpster infested with real rats while working on this film.

SUNDAY 11th June

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The Indian in the Cupboard (1995) Sony Movie Channel 9:15am-11:15am (2 hours)
A nine-year-old boy is given an old cupboard and a toy Iroquois Indian for his birthday – but when he puts the figure inside the cupboard, he is astonished to see it come to life. He repeats the experiment with more of his toys, and realises he is creating real people – and is responsible for their wellbeing. Children’s fantasy, with Hal Scardino, Litefoot and Steve Coogan.

Turner & Hooch (1989) E4 12:30pm-2:30pm (2 hours)
A Californian detective investigating the murder of a local man by drug smugglers has only one witness to help him solve the case – the large, smelly dog that belonged to the victim, which is about to turn the detective’s well-ordered existence into chaos. Family comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham and Craig T Nelson.

The Flintstones (1994) ITV2 12:55pm-2:35pm
Blue-collar caveman Fred Flintstone is promoted to an executive position at work and unwittingly becomes embroiled in an embezzlement scheme – thanks in no small part to his seductive new assistant. Live-action version of the cartoon comedy, starring John Goodman, Rick Moranis, Rosie O’Donnell, Halle Berry and Elizabeth Taylor.

Fun Fact: Though other actors were considered, there really was nobody else in the running for the role of Fred Flintstone. Steven Spielberg had worked with John Goodman earlier and had already noticed the actors striking resemblance to Fred Flintstone. He actually told Goodman then and there that he (Goodman) was ‘going to play Fred’ for him.

Stepmom (1998) Sony Movie Channel 1:15pm-3:55pm (2 hours 40 minutes)
A successful photographer marries a divorced businessman with two children, but has a hard time adapting to her new role as a stepmother – a task made all the more difficult by the hostile attitude of his ex-wife. However, a tragedy unexpectedly brings the two women closer together. Drama, starring Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris, Jena Malone and Liam Aiken.

Footloose (1984) Channel 5 4:15pm-6:25pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A rebellious, hip-swinging student from the city moves to a small religious community, where he instantly clashes with an old-school fire-and-brimstone preacher – who has banned dancing and rock ‘n’ roll because he considers them immoral. Drama, starring Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Chris Penn, Dianne Wiest and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Vice Versa (1988) Film4 5:05pm-7:00pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A department store executive returns from a trip to Thailand in possession of a mysterious artefact that causes him to change places with his 11-year-old son. While the horrified father struggles to cope with a world of teachers and school bullies, the youngster is revelling in the perks of being a grown-up. Fantasy comedy, starring Judge Reinhold, Fred Savage, Swoosie Kurtz and Corinne Bohrer.

Star Trek (2009) E4 6:30pm-9:00pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
The trainee crew members of the starship Enterprise embark on their maiden flight, which pits them against a Romulan commander from the future who is planning a horrific revenge on those he blames for a tragedy in his own time. Sci-fi adventure based on the original TV series, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, Zoe Saldana and Leonard Nimoy.

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Get Carter (2000) Sony Movie Channel 9:00pm-11:15pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
A Mob enforcer returns home to Seattle for his brother’s funeral. Learning his brother was murdered, he resolves to hunt down and kill everyone involved in his death, with the help of his dead sibling’s widow and her daughter. Crime thriller remake, starring Sylvester Stallone, Miranda Richardson, Mickey Rourke, Rachael Leigh Cook and Michael Caine, star of the original film.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, keep it light, keep it breezy and keep it awesome.

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Bubblewrap and boxes! It’s the weekend all over again and it’s time for another installment of our retro movie rundown!

Like two eager and determined house hunters, we find ourselves searching each and every avenue in the hunt for that perfect property that will tick all the right boxes, give us that warm feeling and become our brand a brand new home. We’ll fill it with all our worldly possessions, set everything just so and capture the whole adventure onto celluloid wonder ready to rediscover in years to come and say….look how young we looked!

Have a happy retro weekend.

SATURDAY 8th August

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Only You (1994) Movie Mix 9:10am-11:30am (2 hours 20 minutes)

A woman who was once told the identity of the person she would marry in a childhood Ouija board game is astounded when a man with the same name calls her on the eve of her wedding. After promptly dumping her dull fiance, she follows the stranger to Italy in the hope of convincing him they are meant to be together. Romantic comedy, with Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr, Bonnie Hunt, Fisher Stevens and Billy Zane.

Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986) ITV4 12:10pm-1:55pm (1 hour 45 minutes)

Facing closure from cutbacks in public spending and competition from a more successful academy, the police training school calls on its bungling graduates to act as instructors and make good officers out of a bunch of new recruits even more incompetent than they are. Comedy sequel, starring Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, Michael Winslow and Art Metrano.

The Mummy Returns (2001) ITV2 4:40pm-7:05pm (2 hours 25 minutes)

Married explorers Rick and Evelyn battle the newly resurrected mummy Imhotep and his ruthless partner, who have captured their son. The undead creature is heading for a confrontation with a legendary ancient warrior – with power over a magical army to be won. Fantasy adventure sequel, starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Oded Fehr and Patricia Velasquez, with a brief appearance by Dwayne Johnson.

Fun Fact: London’s Tower Bridge was closed to allow for filming. They were allowed to close it for 20 minutes at a time, but the resulting traffic jam after the first time brought threats of arrest from Scotland Yard and a reduced closing time of 10 minutes.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) BBC1 London 6:25pm-8:15pm (1 hour 50 minutes)

The intrepid archaeologist, with his young sidekick and a nightclub singer in tow, is stranded in India, where he takes on a mission to recover magical sacred stones from the hands of an evil cult engaged in human sacrifice and child slavery. Steven Spielberg’s action adventure, starring Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Ke Huy Quan and Amrish Puri.

Live and Let Die (1973) ITV4 6:25pm-9:00pm (2 hours 35 minutes)

James Bond’s investigation into the murder of three British agents leads him to a connection between the dictator of a Caribbean island and a notorious Harlem drug kingpin – along with a plot to flood America with limitless supplies of free heroin. Spy adventure, with Roger Moore in his first appearance as 007, alongside Yaphet Kotto and Jane Seymour.

Iron Man (2008) Film4 6:35pm-9:00pm (2 hours 25 minutes)

Arms manufacturer Tony Stark is taken hostage by a terrorist group and realises the weapons his company build have been falling into the wrong hands. Using his engineering skills to construct a hi-tech armoured suit, he manages to escape and then puts the technology to good use in the fight against evil around the world. Superhero adventure, starring Robert Downey Jr, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow and Terrence Howard.

The A-Team (2010) Channel 4 9:00pm-11:25pm (2 hours 25 minutes)

Four soldiers are sent on a top-secret mission in Iraq that results in them being imprisoned for a crime they did not commit. When they learn the culprit is trying to sell equipment for producing fake currency, they break out of prison to find both him and evidence of their innocence. Action adventure based on the 1980s TV series, with Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley and Quinton `Rampage’ Jackson.

Octopussy (1983) ITV4 9:00pm-11:40pm (2 hours 40 minutes)

James Bond investigates the mysterious death of a British agent in East Berlin, a mission that leads him to a glamorous, international jewel thief. He discovers one of her criminal cohorts, an Indian gangster, is in league with a crazed Soviet general who plans to heat up the Cold War by detonating a nuclear bomb in an American Air Force Base. Spy adventure, with Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Steven Berkoff and Louis Jourdan.

Rambo (2008) Spike 10:00pm-11:40pm (1 hour 40 minutes)

The bandana-wearing one-man army has turned his back on violence to live a quiet life in Thailand. But before long he takes up arms once again to rescue a party of missionaries who have been taken captive en route to Burma by a sadistic military officer. Action sequel, directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone. With Julie Benz and Graham McTavish.

The Matrix (1999) ITV2 11:50pm-2:30am (2 hours 40 minutes)

A computer hacker discovers the world around him is nothing more than a virtual-reality fantasy created by malevolent living machines. Entering the devastated real world, he joins freedom fighters risking their lives to bring the truth out into the open and liberate the human race. Sci-fi action thriller, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss and Hugo Weaving.

SUNDAY 9th August

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Legally Blonde (2001) 5* 1:30pm-3:30pm (2 hours)

A seemingly dizzy teenager is heartbroken when her boyfriend dumps her because he thinks she is not intelligent enough to help his political career. To prove him wrong she enrols at Harvard, but finds herself out of her depth as other students do their best to humiliate her. Comedy, starring Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis and Victor Garber.

My Neighbour Totoro (1988) Film4 2:55pm-4:40pm (1 hour 45 minutes)

Two sisters move to a new home in the countryside when their mother is taken ill. They are thrilled to discover the house is next to an enchanted forest, and befriending the eldest and wisest of the strange magical creatures dwelling there. Animated fantasy from Spirited Away director Hayao Miyazaki, with the voices of Dakota and Elle Fanning.

Never Say Never Again (1983) ITV London 3:25pm-6:00pm (2 hours 35 minutes)

James Bond investigates the hijacking of two American nuclear warheads and tracks the stolen missiles to the Bahamas, where a sinister millionaire working for criminal organisation Spectre is planning to hold the world to ransom. Action adventure, starring Sean Connery, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Kim Basinger, Max von Sydow and Barbara Carrera.

Planet of the Apes (2001) 5* 3:30pm-6:00pm (2 hours 30 minutes)

An astronaut crash-lands on a strange planet and is captured and enslaved by the ruling race of highly intelligent apes. Luckily, he is helped by a sympathetic chimpanzee – but then discovers a shocking secret. Remake of the 1960s sci-fi adventure, directed by Tim Burton and starring Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Roth, and featuring a cameo appearance from the original film’s star Charlton Heston.

Fun Fact: Mark Wahlberg joined the film after meeting with Tim Burton for only five minutes. He was so anxious to work with the director that he agreed to play any part. Wahlberg dropped out of the role of Linus in Ocean’s Eleven (2001) to do this film.

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) Syfy 5:50pm-8:00pm (2 hours 10 minutes)

The Starship Enterprise races to the rescue of intergalactic ambassadors held hostage on a distant planet. The crisis proves to be the handiwork of a renegade Vulcan mystic who kidnaps Captain Kirk and his crew, ordering them to fly to an unexplored world where he hopes to fulfil his insane ambition – to meet God. Sci-fi adventure, written, directed by and starring William Shatner, with Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and David Warner.

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) ITV2 6:15pm-9:00pm (2 hours 45 minutes)

A gifted teenager investigates his dead parents’ past, leading to a mysterious corporation and an incident that leaves him with superhuman powers. A personal tragedy drives him to use his abilities to fight crime, and he soon faces a scientist colleague of his father, who has undergone a deadly transformation of his own. Superhero adventure reboot, starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, make sure you look both ways and remember that eating spaghetti with a white t-shirt on is a very dangerous game.

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