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THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974) SATA URDAY,A ITV1, 3.10pm WHAT'S IT ABOUT? Francisco Scaramanga isn't the sort to be messed with. He's arguably the world's leading assassin, and charges a million a kill.

However, his nefarious activities need to be brought to an end, so 007 is sent to deal with him. Of course, this being a Bond movie, the task is incredibly difficult, with our hero dodging death at every turn as he chases Scaramanga to his secret island lair, where a duel to the death takes place. IS IT ANY GOOD? Well, there are no prizes for guessing who WHATA LIES BENEATAH (2000) SATA URDAYA, Y CHANNEL 4, 11.10pm WHAT'S IT ABOUT? A doctor's wife has recurring nightmares after a car accident about a ghost who asks for her help.

When she tells her psychiatrist about the visions, he encourages her to communicate with the troubled spirit, though her husband thinks they're simply a result of the accident.

But while investigating the ghost, she realises there is some sort of connection to a local girl's disappearance ABOUT A BO T Y (2002) Sunday, ITV1, 4.40pm WHAT'S IT ABOUT? Hugh Grant plays 38-year-old slacker Will Freeman, who decides single-parent help groups might provide dates.

His scheme goes awry when he charms suicidal hippy mother Fiona (Toni Collette) and accepts the role of surrogate father to her 12-year-old son Marcus (Nicholas Hoult). IS IT ANY GOOD? This film adaptation of Nick Hornby's best-selling novel is a rousing success, striking a delicate balance between comedy and tragedy.

Grant has endured years of abuse about being a comes out on top, but watching the events unfold is certainly worthwhile thanks to some stunning set pieces. Christopher Lee also turns out to be one of the best Bond villains ever, although you can't help but think he'd deal with Roger Moore quite easily in real life.

ANYTHING ELSE? Alice Cooper recorded a title song for the soundtrack. However, it was scrapped by the filmmakers, who used one by Lulu instead.

STARRING: Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Maud Adams, Herve Villechaize - and uncovers some shocking truths about her own marriage.

IS IT ANY GOOD? It's a surprisingly good supernatural thriller complete with creaky floors, sudden appearances and lots of plot twists and turns.

ANYTHING ELSE? Director Robert Zemeckis handpicked Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford to play the leads, and he chose wisely. Pfeiffer proves her leadinglady status, and it's nice to see Ford play against type. STARRING: Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford, Amber Valleta, Diana Scarwid, Miranda Otto, James Remar.

one-trick pony, but he's far from the bumbling foppish Englishman here, playing a much more rounded and self-obsessed male lead.

It's very funny with plenty of touching scenes, and while the end is a bit of a damp squib, it's one of the better British films of recent years.

ANYTHING ELSE? Brad Pitt reportedly turned down the lead role of Will on the grounds that it was implausible that someone so attractive would need to pretend to be a single father to meet women.

STARRING: Hugh Grant, Rachel Weisz, Toni Collette, Nicholas Hoult X2 (2003), SUNDAYA , FIY VE, 7.25pm WHAT'S IT ABOUT? It opens where the original X-Men ended, with dastardly villain Magneto incarcerated in his plastic prison and Professor Xavier striving to combat human prejudice towards the mutants.

All of Professor Xavier's good work comes to nought when an assassin called Nightcrawler, who possesses the ability to teleport himself instantaneously, successfully overcomes the White House defences and threatens the life of President McKenna.

IS IT ANY GOOD? Fleshing out characters from the first adventure and introducing a host of new mutants, this is an exhilarating thrill ride with surprising emotional depth. It slowly develops the complex relationships between the characters so that you care for the mutants in their struggle against mankind's ignorance and prejudice.

ANYTHING ELSE? Alan Cumming (Nightcrawler) had mixed feelings when he was dropped from sequel X-Men: The Last Stand. He called it: 'Superhero interruptus.' STARRING: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 7, 2011
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