Movies

MGM – Tuesday 1 January, 8.30pm

Drama: Richard Gere stars in this modern classic as Zach Mayo, a young man who must complete his work at a Navy Flight school to become an aviator with the help of a tough gunnery sergeant (Louis Gossett Jr.) and his new girlfriend (Debra Winger). Louis Gossett Jr. won an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance. The film also won an Oscar for Best Original Song for ‘Up Where We Belong’ and received four more nominations.

TCM – Tuesday 1 January, 8.30pm

Musical: Anything can happen during a weekend at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria: a glamorous movie star meets a world-weary war correspondent and mistakes him for a jewel thief; a soldier learns that without an operation he’ll die and so looks for one last romance with a beautiful but ambitious stenographer; a cub reporter tries to get the goods on a shady man’s dealing with a foreign potentate. And it all happens in the opulent, grandiose New York landmark hotel as a sort of tongue-in-cheek take-off on the classic movie Grand Hotel. Starring: Van Johnson, Ginger Rogers and Lana Turner.

RIALTO CHANNEL – Tuesday 1 January, 8.30pm

Until the end of February 2013, grab your boarding pass and visit a different part of the world every Tuesday and Wednesday night. Discover the very best of ‘World Cinema’ at your chosen destination.

Drama: Wang Han, an 11-year-old boy in the province of Ghizhou, is confronted by a runaway murderer hiding in the woods. The wounded man persuades Wang Han to help him out. Both frightened and fascinated, Wang Han and his friends promise to keep the man’s whereabouts secret from the police even when strange things begin happening at school.

RIALTO CHANNEL – Monday December 31, 8.30pm

2012 Winner – BAFTA TV Award – Best Mini-Series

Drama: The award-winning story by Shane Meadows continues. It’s the Christmas of 1988 as Lol struggles to cope with life as a single mother. Haunted by the devastating events that took place 18 months previously, she finds her reserves of strength ebbing away. With her soul mate Woody heartbroken from her betrayal and in self-imposed exile from the gang, Lol also becomes increasingly isolated and alone.

MGM – Monday 31 December, 8.30pm

Action: Newly arrived in California from New Jersey, teenager Daniel (Ralph Macchio) almost immediately runs afoul of karate-trained high school bullies. He is rescued by Japanese janitor Miyagi (Noriyuki ‘Pat’ Morita), who agrees to teach Daniel how to harness karate for good instead of brutality. Vastly popular, The Karate Kid spawned three sequels as well as a 2010 remake starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith.

MGM – Sunday 30 December, 8.30pm

Action: The third film in the popular Beverly Hills Cop series finds Detroit cop Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) returning yet again to Southern California, this time on the trail of two car thieves turned murderers. As he teams up again with L.A. cop Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold), Foley’s investigation leads him to Wonder World, a theme park that is also the front for a major counterfeiting ring.

RIALTO CHANNEL – Sunday 30 December, 10.45pm

Drama: The Marriage of Maria Braun opens with the marriage ceremony under siege. Bombs dropping all around them, Maria (Hanna Schygulla) weds Hermann, a German soldier she has known only briefly during the waning days of World War II. After a one-day honeymoon, Hermann returns to the Russian front, and Maria keeps a daily vigil at the train station, searching for any word about her husband. When word comes that he has died, she refuses to mourn her loss. Instead, she trades her mother’s brooch for a sexy black dress and finds work as a bargirl. In the redecorated confines of an old school gymnasium, she meets a black American GI, and begins a relationship with him. A chance meeting on a train with a factory owner, Karl Oswald, earns her a secretarial job. She begins an affair with Karl, and soon proves to be a formidable businesswoman. Maria’s single-minded rise through the company’s ranks mirrors the renaissance of the German post-war economy.

SKY MOVIES – Sunday 30 December, 8.30pm

Drama: The Descendants is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to Matt reconnecting with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family’s land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.

SKY MOVIES – Sunday 30 December, 5.10pm

Animated: Way before he ever met Shrek, the legendary Puss in Boots goes on a heroic journey, teaming up with mastermind Humpty Dumpty and the street-savvy Kitty Softpaws to steal the famed goose that lays the Golden Eggs. An all-star voice cast includes Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton.

Casino

MGM – Saturday 29 December, 8.30pm

Crime: Film legend Martin Scorsese directs Academy Award winner Robert De Niro in this tale about the rise and fall of a Las Vegas gangster, based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Nicholas Pileggi. The story of Sam ‘Ace’ Rothstein, a top gambling handicapper who is called by the Mob to oversee the day-to-day operations at the fictional Tangiers casino in Las Vegas, is based on Frank Rosenthal, who ran several casinos in Las Vegas for the Chicago Outfit from the 1970s until the early 1980s. Sharon Stone won a Golden Globe, and earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance as the gangster’s slowly unravelling wife. Academy Award� winner Joe Pesci is at his absolute best in an excellent supporting performance as Nicky Santoro, based on real-life mob enforcer Anthony Spilotro.