Top Film Tip's Best Films On TV This Week 29/12 - 3/1

From galaxies far, far away to greased lightning and everything else in between, here are our picks over the New Year period.
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From galaxies far, far away to greased lightning and everything else in between, here are our picks over the New Year period.

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Sunday 29th

Political dissident indulges in incest, yeti slaughter, organic sleeping bags and cryptic swamp training in STAR WARS EPISODE V THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK at 6:30pm on ITV2.

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John Hughes referencing redhead’s rumour riding rebellion doesn't go to plan in Emma Stone’s high school set Scarlet Letter EASY A at 9pm on Film4.

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Amid aftermath of war, two oblivious yokels are swept along in princess's escape plan in Akira Kurosawa's STAR WARS inspiring epic THE HIDDEN FORTRESS at 1am on Film4.

Monday 30th

A bullied boy and an outcast new girl find amity as they dream up an imaginary world in the bittersweet tear-jerking wonder BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA at 2:45pm on BBC1.

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The promise of excitement causes a mans life implode in David Fincher's expectation defying lesser known thriller treat THE GAME at 10:45pm on ITV1.

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Abuse of power, rape, repentance and reconciliation as John Malkovich faces the realities of post apartheid South Africa in DISGRACE at 00:00am on BBC1.

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Chris Rock explores the expense, culture and identity issues surrounding African-American coiffure as he tries to answer the question- what is GOOD HAIR at 00:30am on BBC2.

New Year's Eve

A friendly neighbourhood descends into paranoid chaos in Joe Dante's satanic sardine scoffing 1980s character comedy gem THE 'BURBS at 1:05 on ITV1.

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Explosions, chases and teenage crushes as geek Viking learns secrets of dragon taming in outstanding fantasy fun HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON at 4pm on BBC1.

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Aryan master race lead army of ethnic underlings and musical koalas against religious zealot with Freudian issues in STAR WARS EPISODE VI RETURN OF THE JEDI at 4:20pm on ITV2.

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A good man descends into iniquity as he rises to power in the most iconic & layered character arc ever put to film when THE GODFATHER plays at 9pm on Film4.

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Revenge and revolution, politics and power as parallel narratives chart the rise of father and son in cinematic epic THE GODFATHER PART 2 at 00:20am on Film4.

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New Year’s Day

Haphazard Audrey Hepburn “escorts” men for money, visits mobsters in prison and falls in love in the classic treat BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S at 10:00am on More4.

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Ridley Scott gives master class in (1) genre definition (2) exquisite direction (3) fear induction (4) twisting expectations in chestbursting horror ALIEN at 00:20am on Channel 4.

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An obsessive director pays a decrepit vampire in blood to lead cast of A Symphony Of Horror in the possibly true story SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE at 1:05am on BBC2.

Thursday 2nd

Vicarious hatred, timeless love and never forgotten favour in David Lean's Dickensian coming of age masterpiece GREAT EXPECTATIONS at 10:20am More4.

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Miniature heroine comes of age by befriending bedridden boy in Studio Ghibli's breathtakingly beautiful Borrowers treat ARRIETTY at 11am on Film4.

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Fast food, boys who’re rude, gang fights, black tights, car races, girl chases, musical parley and a flying finale in GREASE at 8pm on E4.

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Denzel Washington falls into murky underworld when asked to find a missing White woman hiding out in the Black neighbourhoods of L.A. in narrated noir DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS at 9pm on Movie Mix.

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Traumatised forklifter accompanies state of the badass art marines on chest bursting, maternal instinct driven gun melee ALIENS at 10:50pm on Channel 4.

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Navy guys show a condemned man the time of his life before a decade in prison for a petty crime in top lesser known Jack Nicholson treat THE LAST DETAIL at 1:30am on Film4.

Friday 3rd 

Brutal battle and widespread nudity as Michael Caine leads a hundred men holding out against 4000 warriors in epic classic ZULU at 1:15pm on Channel4.

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David Lean explores the human cost of the Russian revolution in the vast, beautiful and sweeping epic DOCTOR ZHIVAGO at1:15pm on Channel 5.

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Stoic, sociopathic, scorpionesque stuntman lets his heels and wheels do the talking in the beautifully lit, shot and acted romantic, skull crushing neon-noir gem DRIVE at 10pm on BBC2.

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42 Japanese teenagers are sent to an island to murder each other in a last man standing game of death when Takeshi Kitano's cult classic BATTLE ROYALE plays at 1:30am on Film4.

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