5 Things You Need to Know About Top Gun: Maverick

If, after over 30 years, you still feel the need for speed then here’s some good news: Top Gun: Maverick also known as ‘Top Gun 2’ will finally (finally!) be hitting the big screen in cinemas across the country in May 2022 and we cannot wait!

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To celebrate the much-anticipated sequel of the ultimate 80s blockbuster which helped propel Tom Cruise into movie stardom and get you right up to speed (the need for speed!), we’ve put together a list of five things you need to know about Top Gun: Maverick right here, guaranteed to get you geared up for even more amazing aerial action from the Naval Fighter Weapons School.

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The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown – 453

Getting your December weekend all wrapped up with a bow on top, we’re sending a whole heap of movie goodness your way so you can settle in and jump into some action, comedy and maybe a little romance. Enjoy!

SATURDAY 4th December

Cutthroat Island (1995) Film4 12:55pm-3:15pm
A tough female pirate enlists the help of an educated slave in finding the three parts of a map leading to buried treasure. However, one of the pieces is in the hands of her cruel uncle, and she also has to find the loot before her crew mutinies or the British Navy catches up with her. Swashbuckling adventure, starring Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, Frank Langella and Maury Chaykin.

The Flintstones (1994) ITV 3:20pm-5:00pm
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.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) Film4 3:15pm-6:15pm
The war between the shape-shifting robots erupts once again, as the first of the evil Decepticons leads an attack on Earth to locate an ancient planet-destroying machine. Hapless teenager Sam Witwicky is caught in the middle of the ensuing conflict as he holds the key to discovering the location of the device. Sci-fi adventure sequel, starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox.

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Wild Wild West (1999) 5STAR 3:50pm-5:55pm
A government agent teams up with a gadget-mad master of disguise to investigate the disappearance of several scientists. Their search leads them to an evil genius who is plotting to kill the US president with some bizarre inventions of his own. Sci-fi Western comedy, starring Will Smith, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Salma Hayek and Ted Levine.

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Despicable Me (2010) ITV2 4:35pm-6:35pm
A criminal mastermind hopes to seal his reputation as the greatest villain of them all by stealing the Moon. First, he needs to get his hands on a shrinking ray owned by a rival evil genius, and adopts three orphan girls to help him – but finds that fatherhood brings out his long-buried caring side. Animated comedy, with the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand and Julie Andrews.

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Unbreakable (2000) 5STAR 5:55pm-8:00pm
A security guard escapes from the carnage of a train crash miraculously unscathed. He is baffled by what has happened to him – until he is contacted by a frail comic-book dealer, who appears to hold the key to the mystery. Drama from director M Night Shyamalan, with Bruce Willis, Samuel L Jackson, Robin Wright and Spencer Treat Clark.

The Abyss (1989) Film4 6:15pm-9:00pm
An American nuclear submarine is sunk after a collision with a mysterious object, and the US government asks oil workers to help with the rescue. However, when they and a Navy Seal team arrive at the location of the vessel, a series of strange incidents lead to an encounter with aliens living in the depths. James Cameron’s sci-fi thriller, starring Ed Harris, Michael Biehn and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.

The Sum of All Fears (2002) Paramount Network 6:40pm-9:00pm
The CIA becomes suspicious of Russia’s nuclear activities, and agent Jack Ryan is ordered to investigate. However, it is not long before the threat of terrorists detonating a nuclear bomb on American soil is on the cards, sparking a race against the clock to avert disaster. Thriller based on Tom Clancy’s novel, starring Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, James Cromwell, Liev Schreiber, Bridget Moynahan and Alan Bates.

The Simpsons Movie (2007) E4 7:15pm-9:00pm
Homer unwittingly pollutes Lake Springfield, so the US government decides to isolate the city underneath a giant dome. The Simpsons manage to escape and plan to start a new life in Alaska – but learn Springfield is about to be destroyed, and return to save their friends. With the voices of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith.

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Mamma Mia! (2008) ITVBe 8:00pm-10:15pm
A former member of a singing trio, now running a hotel on a Greek island, is reunited with her old bandmates for her daughter’s wedding – but is surprised when three of her old flames also show up unexpectedly. The three men have been invited by the bride, who wants to find out which one of them is her father. A musical comedy, with a soundtrack of Abba songs, starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard and Amanda Seyfried.

Deadpool 2 (2018) Film4 9:00pm-11:15pm
The wisecracking anti-hero meets Russell, a gifted youngster pursued by a heavily armed cyborg from the future. With the aid of fellow mutant Domino and five less lucky teammates, they attempt to defeat the villainous Cable. An action-comedy, starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Julian Dennison and Zazie Beetz.

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War of the Worlds (2005) Channel 4 10:10pm-12:25am
A divorced father’s rare weekend with his two estranged children descends into horror when alien war machines rise from beneath Earth and begin to systematically destroy every human being in their path – leaving the man with the dangerous task of getting his kids to safety. Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi thriller, based on HG Wells’ novel, with Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin, Miranda Otto and Tim Robbins.

SUNDAY 5th December

City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold (1994) ITV4 12:00pm-2:15pm
New York city boy Mitch discovers what appears to be a treasure map hidden in a hat left to him by a dead cowboy. Teaming up with his annoying brother, his best pal and the deceased friend’s twin, Mitch heads for the Arizona Desert in search of a $1million cache of gold. Comedy Western sequel, with Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Jack Palance and Jon Lovitz.

A View to a Kill (1985) ITV 2:50pm-5:30pm
James Bond clashes with a megalomaniac international businessman plotting a global takeover of the computer industry by engineering a devastating earthquake in California’s Silicon Valley – and killing millions in the process. Spy adventure, starring Roger Moore in his final appearance as 007 alongside Christopher Walken, Grace Jones, Tanya Roberts and Patrick Macnee.

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Bruce Almighty (2003) ITV2 3:10pm-5:10pm
God tires of a down-on-his-luck reporter’s constant complaining, so pass on His powers to give him a taste of ultimate responsibility. The newsman falls in love with his extraordinary abilities – but a never-ending stream of incoming prayers and his ambitious attempt to please everyone soon prove there is more to the job than meets the eye. Comedy, starring Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston and Morgan Freeman.

Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Channel 4 4:30pm-6:30pm
Sonic, a blue hedgehog who can run at supersonic speeds, is transported to Earth. A decade later, while enjoying life in Montana, his speedy skills create an electromagnetic pulse. Scientific genius Dr Robotnik is hired to investigate and becomes obsessed with capturing the creature for his power. Live-action fantasy adventure based on the video games, starring James Marsden and Jim Carrey, with the voice of Ben Schwartz.

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The Grinch (2018) ITV2 5:10pm-7:15pm
In the magical town of Whoville, a race of human-like creatures called Whos are thrilled about celebrating Christmas. However, a cantankerous, furry green loner named the Grinch, who lives in a cave north of Whoville, hatches a dastardly scheme to ruin the festive season. Animated Dr Seuss adaptation, with the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, Pharrell Williams and Rashida Jones.

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Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) E4 5:50pm-9:00pm
The shape-changing robots are driven into hiding when the human race turns against them. When rediscovered by a kindly inventor and his daughter, they come out of exile to save the world, battling a new breed of human-created Transformers. These deadly new machines were created to hunt them down, but are now growing independent and intend to make use of technology from the Transformers’ home planet in a plot that could threaten all life on Earth. The fourth film in the sci-fi adventure series, starring Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammer.

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Hulk (2003) ITV4 7:35pm-10:15pm
Scientist Dr Bruce Banner turns into the rampaging green Hulk after exposure to a huge dose of gamma radiation, prompting the military to embark on a no-holds-barred mission to destroy the monster. Meanwhile, Banner’s unstable father resurfaces, holding the secret to his transformation. Comic-book adventure from director Ang Lee, starring Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott and Nick Nolte.

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) E4 9:00pm-11:05pm
Years before he joins the superhero team, mutant Logan is a member of a top-secret military unit but quits because he cannot justify his squad’s brutal methods. However, when the woman he loves is murdered by his psychotic brother, Logan returns to his old enemies for help in seeking revenge – and is offered the chance to become indestructible. Superhero adventure prequel, starring Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber.

The Fifth Element (1997) 5STAR 9:00pm-11:35pm
In the 23rd century, the world faces destruction from a seemingly unstoppable force of pure evil. Meanwhile, a New York cab driver encounters a mysterious woman destined to save the Earth from its fate and has to protect her from a scheming arms dealer and a horde of alien mercenaries. Luc Besson’s sci-fi adventure, starring Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich and Gary Oldman.

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Whatever you’re up to this weekend, a top tip is to learn at least one awesome cocktail and nail it. Will see you through a lot of times!

The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown – 447

Sweet cherry pie! Another action, drama, comedy and nostalgia packed weekend is upon us. We’re SO ready to grab a fork and tuck into all the excitement our top movie picks can bring. Are you ready?

SATURDAY 7th October

Stuart Little (1999) Film4 11:00am-12:45pm
An American couple decides their son needs a brother, and plan to adopt another child – but when they get to the orphanage they are greeted by a charming talking mouse named Stuart, who fits the bill perfectly. However, their jealous cat hatches a plot to get rid of the new arrival. Comedy adventure, starring Geena Davis and Hugh Laurie, with the voice of Michael J Fox.

Stuart Little 2 (2002) Film4 12:45pm-2:20pm
The plucky talking mouse feels left out when the son of his adopted human family makes a new pal – but quickly forgets such trifling matters when his high-flying canary friend is captured by an evil falcon, prompting the brave rodent to mount a daring rescue. Family adventure sequel, with Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie and Jonathan Lipnicki, and the voices of Michael J Fox, Melanie Griffith and James Woods.

Cocoon (1985) Channel 5 12:55pm-3:15pm
The elderly residents of a retirement home treat themselves to an occasional dip in the pool at an abandoned house. It turns out that friendly aliens in human form are using the place to restore dormant members of their species – and energy from their cocoons is giving the old-timers a new lease of life. Ron Howard’s sci-fi drama, with Wilford Brimley, Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Don Ameche and Steve Guttenberg.
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The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown – 442

Merry bank holiday! With a whole extra day of fun this weekend, we’re faced with even more chances to catch some totally awesome and oh-so retro movies! Check out our top picks heading your way. Enjoy!

SATURDAY 28th September

Shrek the Third (2007) Film4 12:50pm-2:40pm
The bad-tempered ogre finds himself in the unwelcome position of being next in line for the throne. Preferring to stay at home in the swamps, he sets out on a quest to find the rightful heir – a rebellious teenager named Artie – and persuade him to face up to his responsibilities as the future king. Meanwhile, the ambitious Prince Charming sees his chance to take the throne. Animated comedy, with the voices of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas and Rupert Everett.

Thunderball (1965) ITV 2:20pm-4:55pm
James Bond travels to the Bahamas on the trail of two nuclear warheads stolen from a British aircraft. The lethal weapons have fallen into the hands of international crime syndicate Spectre, which plans to fire them at the US coast unless an exorbitant ransom is paid. Spy adventure, starring Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi and Lois Maxwell.

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WarGames
(1983) Film4 2:40pm-4:55pm
A teenager hacks into a top-secret military supercomputer, which challenges him to what he thinks is a game. However, the machine has complete control of the US nuclear arsenal, and the youngster’s actions are unwittingly pushing the world to the brink of war. Thriller, starring Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, Dabney Coleman and John Wood.
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The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown – 439

It’s time to raise a glass of your favourite tipple, we’re back and celebrating another classic movie filled weekend with some top picks that aren’t to be missed!

SATURDAY 7th August

The Rugrats Movie (1998) Film4 11:00am-12:40pm
Tommy tries to return his new brother to the baby shop, helped by Angelica, Chuckie, Phil and Lil – but the friends become lost in dense woodlands en route, turning their expedition into a scary and exciting journey of discovery. Animated comedy based on the TV series, with the voices of Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Kath Soucie, Whoopi Goldberg and Busta Rhymes.

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Edward Scissorhands (1990) Channel 4 11:20am-1:25pm
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 figure and welcomes him into her home. He quickly becomes a hit in the neighbourhood – but then his new friends start to turn against him. Tim Burton’s fantasy, starring Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest and Vincent Price.

Dirty Dancing (1987) Channel 5 2:30pm-4:35pm
A dance instructor at a 1960s resort hotel fears his career will be jeopardised when his regular partner is forced to pull out of an important show in which they are due to perform. Luckily, a naive teenager is happy to step in, and is treated to a whirlwind holiday education in life, love and expressing herself. Romantic drama, with Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey and Jerry Orbach.

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