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The weekend at the movies

The weekend at the movies
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First Published: Fri, Dec 24 2010. 08 04 PM IST

Updated: Fri, Dec 24 2010. 08 04 PM IST
Sheila’s here! And that should be reason enough for most of you cineastes to rush to the theatres. But if Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan doesn’t qualify as your popcorn-and-soda fix for this weekend, here is our list of films to watch.
THEATRICAL PICKS
Jonathan Swift’s endearing satirical adventure hits the big screen this week. Jack Black slips into the shoes of Gulliver, a travel writer en route to Bermuda who ends up in the land of Lilliput, inhabited by tiny citizens.
Farah Khan pairs the nation’s beloved Khiladi, Akshay Kumar, and Katrina Kaif for another big-budget film. Brace yourself for Kumar’s trademark hysterics, delivered this time around as a stylish and fearless conman.
TV PICKS
Saturday
7.50pm, TCM
A sleuth has retired to a normal and contented life when a case comes knocking on his door. Initially uninterested, he is prodded into his Pinkerton shoes by his wife.
9pm, World Movies
This is the story of a man who is ordered by the East German ministry of culture to spy on an actor and her writer lover. He finds himself getting increasingly interested and involved in the couple’s life.
11.50pm, Sony Pix
Reversing the stereotypical extraterrestrial film narrative, this Oscar-nominated movie sees a race of aliens, who are confined to a ghetto, discover a kindred spirit in a government agent who comes to their rescue.
Sunday
3pm, AXN
The acclaimed Steven Spielberg film charts the story of a robot-boy who wants to become real enough to be loved by the woman who has adopted him.
7pm, WB
Another addition to the highly lucrative and appealing Apocalypse movie genre, this film stars Will Smith as the “last man on earth”. The rest of humanity has been wiped out by a plague and all that remains is a race of mutants that our protagonist needs to stay away from, while trying to find a cure to the disease.
3pm, Lumiere
Hulot visits his brother-in-law and finds himself in a household that has dutifully attuned itself to the changing times by ushering all available technology into the house. This humble, old-fashioned uncle seems to get along really well with his nephew. Sensing this, the brother-in-law gets Hulot a job at a factory. A treat from master film-maker Jacques Tati.
SCREENING PICKS
Miracle on 34th Street (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110527/)
4pm, Epicentre, Gurgaon
A remake of the yesteryear classic, this John Hughes film marries wonder to belief. Richard Attenborough plays a department-store Santa who believes he is the real thing. His unwavering belief infects Susan, a little girl who, despite her mother having told her the truth about Santa, wants to step into the magical realm.
1pm, Epicentre, Gurgaon
The classic Dickens novel is adapted quite faithfully to the screen by Edward Marin. Scrooge, one of the most famous misers in literary history, is visited by a triad of ghosts, who warn him of impending doom if he doesn’t mend his stingy ways.
anupam1.v@livemint.com
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First Published: Fri, Dec 24 2010. 08 04 PM IST