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MGM – Friday 25 January, 8.30pm

Science Fiction: On the eve of retirement, Kirk (William Shatner) and McCoy (DeForest Kelley) are charged with assassinating the Klingon High Chancellor and imprisoned. The Enterprise crew must help them escape to thwart a conspiracy aimed at sabotaging the last best hope for peace. This film marked the final appearance together of the original series’ cast and introduced new characters and actors.

MGM – Thursday 24 January, 8.30pm

Comedy: Woody Allen and Diane Keaton reunite in this comedic murder mystery as a middle-aged couple that suspects foul play when their neighbour’s wife suddenly drops dead. Diane Keaton received a Golden Globe nod for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her performance and Anjelica Huston received a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

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Lawman

MGM – Wednesday 23 January, 8.30pm

Western: A pitiless marshal turns driven lawman on a mission to arrest seven cowhands who left a man dead in the wake of a drunken night of celebration. Starring: Burt Lancaster, Robert Duvall.

MGM – Tuesday 22 January, 8.30pm

Drama: Michael Cimino’s epic masterpiece is an in-depth examination of the way that the Vietnam War affects the lives of people in a small industrial town in the USA. Structured in five sections contrasting home and war, the film was renowned for its tough portrayal of the war’s effect on American working class steel workers and notorious for its ahistorical use of Russian roulette in the Vietnam sequences. It features a star-studded cast including Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep. The film won five Academy Awards (including Best Picture and Best Director), and was nominated in four other categories. Michael Cimino also won a Golden Globe� for Best Director and the film won two BAFTAs� for Best Cinematography and Editing.

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Sin City

MGM – Monday 21 January, 8.30pm

Action: Frank Miller’s comic series Sin City comes to life in this live-action feature adaptation from directors Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino and Frank Miller. Interweaving four multiple storylines from the series’ history, this violent crime noir paints the picture of the dark and miserable town, Basin City, without pity, through the eyes of its roughest characters. The film features an all-star cast including Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Jessica Alba, Benicio del Toro, Brittany Murphy, Elijah Wood and Michael Madsen.

MGM – Sunday 20 January, 8.30pm

Drama: The Top Gun team of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, late director Tony Scott, and superstar Tom Cruise reunited for this excursion into stock-car racing that incorporates the vroom and rumble of deafening car engines with the same elements that worked so effectively in Cruise’s Top Gun, The Colour of Money, and Cocktail. Cruise plays stock-car driver Cole Trickle, a young fireball on the Southern stock-car circuit who gets the chance to compete at the top level and must learn how to channel his talent into racing success. Also starring: Robert Duvall, Nicole Kidman, Randy Quaid, Cary Elwes.

MGM – Saturday 19 January, 8.30pm

Crime: Love And A .45 centres on philosophically inclined thief Watty Watts (Gil Bellows), who believes in a little robbery but not real violence. An ill-advised collaboration with a crazed, drugged-out biker (Rory Cochrane) ends badly, however, forcing Watty to go on the run. In her first lead feature role, Renee Zellweger stars as Watty’s girlfriend Starlene who joins him on the road, and the two become media darlings thanks to television coverage of their flight from the law.

MGM – Friday 18 January, 8.30pm

Science Fiction: The fifth feature to star the original Star Trek series cast centres on Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and his crew as they confront Mr. Spock’s (Leonard Nimoy) half-brother, who hijacks the Enterprise for an obsessive search for God. William Shatner wrote the story and made his directorial debut with the film, following on from co-star Leonard Nimoy’s pair of successful Trek directing forays. Also starring: DeForest Kelley, James Doohan and George Takei.

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Spy Game

MGM – Thursday 17 January, 8.30pm

Comedy: Robert Redford and Brad Pitt star in this espionage thriller from director Tony Scott. CIA operative Nathan Muir (Redford) is on the brink of retirement when his protege (Pitt) is arrested for espionage, forcing Muir to embark on a covert mission of rescue.

MGM – Wednesday 16 January, 8.30pm

Western: Kris Kristofferson and Christopher Walken star in Michael Cimino’s ambitious frontier epic as a lawman and a hitman who fight in a tragic class war between ranchers and starving immigrants. The film was nominated for an Oscar (Art Direction), as well as the Golden Palm at Cannes. Also starring: John Hurt, Sam Waterson, Brad Dourif, Isabelle Huppert, Jeff Bridges.