Top Film Tip's Best Films On TV This Week - Dec 21-28

You'll be out and about over the next new week so feast your eyes on this and set the planner...
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You'll be out and about over the next new week so feast your eyes on this and set the planner...

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Saturday 21st

Escape addicted POWs bounce baseballs, dig tunnels, jump motorbikes and outsmart the least murderous nazis in film history in THE GREAT ESCAPE at 12:30pm on 5USA.

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A wife murdering money launderer convinces gullible prisoners of his innocence in IMDB's highest rated film THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION at 9pm on ITV2.

Sunday 22nd

Two sisters on the cusp between innocence and adulthood discover a friendly forest spirit in the beautiful, touching and stunning Studio Ghibli treat MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO at 11am on Film4.

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A naive young girl takes psychotropic 'srooms, encounters a hookah smoking insect, an eerie enigmatic cat an atheistic poetic parables in ALICE IN WONDERLAND at 5:15pm on BBC1.

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Three boarding school clones flee the fear of impending and compulsory organ donation with a fractious love triangle in the thematically provocative drama NEVER LET ME GO at 10:25pm on Channel 4.

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A childless, lawless/lawful couple steal a millionaire's baby in the Coen Bros anarchic, desert set, banjo themed comedy and ode to joy RAISING ARIZONA at 11:15pm on TCM.

Monday 23rd

A bar crawling bachelor and his invisible 6 foot 3 and a half rabbit best friend drive socialite family insane in the reality questioning psychotic comedy gem HARVEY at 1pm on Channel 5.

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Scary kids, fear of abandonment, life long love and wry humour in Joss Whedon’s fantastically scripted groundbreaking comedy TOY STORY at 3:15pm on BBC1.

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A traumatised pilot faces his fear of flying, wins back girl, punches a Harri-Krishna and provides the vehicle for 100 jokes per minute in comedy classic AIRPLANE! at 7:15pm on Film4.

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Pilgrims and prospectors face fear and carnivorous alien swarms with only a serial killer to rely on in the exquisite nocturnal SciFi PITCH BLACK at 11pm on ITV2.

Christmas Eve

Brainwashed by card carrying Korean communists, a military man is incestuously hypnotised into assassination in JFK's favourite film THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE at 12:10pm on ITV4.

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A suicidal man and a career driven angel skip across alternate realities to see the impact one life can make in Christmas classic IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE at 1:10pm on Channel 4.

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A broken and abandoned cowboy tempted by fame and adoration is set free by memories of love and friendship in the soaring melodrama TOY STORY 2 at 3:40pm on BBC1.

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An overprotective dad learns to let go whilst his kidnapped son learns self belief in the unsurpassed, double layered aquatic marvel FINDING NEMO at 5:55pm on BBC1.

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Uncouth atheist alien and an anglo-nerd duo flee MIBs in geek-nodding, profanity blurting, road-tripping love letter to SciFi PAUL at 9pm on Film4.

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Excavations unearth a reindeer eating, evil Santa and only a misfit kid and friends can stop him in the freakish Finnish comedy horror RARE EXPORTS at 00:45am on Film4.

Christmas Day

Bullied boy’s book bends reality in dragon riding, giant tortoise waking, emotionally engaging 1980's meta-fantasy marvel THE NEVER ENDING STORY at 1:15pm on Watch.

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In the coolest night club in cinematic history a tough man must make a tough choice in all time classic CASABLANCA at 2:25pm on Channel 5.

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A Hispanic space ranger and a Stockholm syndromed cowboy escape a totalitarian Bear's forced labour camp in tear jerking treat TOY STORY 3 at 3:20pm on BBC1.

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Students covertly filming a bear hunter discover a secret wildlife preserve of gargantuan, flatulent triple headed trolls in the phenomenally left field, found footage creature comedy TROLL HUNTER at 11:25pm on Film4.

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Newsreader pursues pirate hooker with help of mayo toasting moron, sex panther and a trident melee in comedy genius ANCHORMAN THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY at 00:40am on BBC1.

Boxing Day

An immigrant girl crushes a woman to death, forms a gang with robot, mutant lion and one of batman's foes then storms parliament in THE WIZARD OF OZ at 5:15pm on Channel 5.

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Very dry humour, subtle flavours of friendship and undertones of self discovery with a modern vintage in character comedy SIDEWAYS at 9pm on TCM.

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Maternally smothered accidental dog murderess and angry ginger faced man bludgeon campers to death in one liner crammed charismatic killer comedy SIGHTSEERS at 9pm on Film4.

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Unlikely father figure Denzel Washington finger chops and bum bombs his way to bloody justice in Tony Scott's stylish revenger MAN ON FIRE at 10:45pm on Film4.

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Danny Trejo decapitates dozens and stands up for illegal immigrants in the gut wrenching, nun-gunning preposterously fun MACHETE at 00:10 on Channel 4.

Friday 27th

Marlon Brando must choose to stay shtum or blow whistle after witnessing murder by Union-mobsters in edgy classic ON THE WATERFRONT at 3pm on TCM.

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The cocksure new guy in town charms the girls and hangs out with the tough guys until his secret is revelled in stunning true story BOYS DON'T CRY at 10:45pm on TCM.

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As humanity faces imminent extinction one woman, pregnant with hope, must be protected in Alfonso "Gravity" Cuaron's matchless dystopian SciFi CHILDREN OF MEN at 11:45pm on ITV4.

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Encouraged by a Super Soul, ex-cop rags Dodge Challenger across America in flashbacking, road racing cult classic VANISHING POINT at 01:20am on Film4.

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