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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Five, 5.05pm WHAT'S IT ABOUT? For the uninitiated, Roald Dahl's classic story follows Charlie Bucket, a poor youngster who finds a rare golden ticket in a special chocolate bar which enables him to take a trip to an infamous and magical chocolate factory. What he finds inside its doors are beyond his wildest imagination. ANY GOOD? There are bound to be comparisons with Tim Burton's big budget version, which suffered from a little too much back story and a creepy performance from Johnny Depp as Wonka. However, this far cheaper version features a superb turn from Gene Wilder as the eponymous candy man and a likeable script by Dahl himself. WHO'S IN IT? Gene Wilder (above), Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear, Julie Dawn Cole and Aubrey Woods Swordfish Five, 9pm WHAT'S IT ABOUT? A retired computer hacker is tempted back to his old ways by an elusive terrorist who offers to pay the technology whiz to hack into the billions of dollars belonging to the US Government. The ex-con reluctantly takes the job so that he can afford to fight his ex-wife in a bitter custody battle for his young daughter.

ANY GOOD? Director Dominic Sena was given $80m to make this glossy action thriller and no expense is spared when it comes to some awe-inspiring special effects. The excellent Paul Oakenfold score is a bonus.

WHO'S IN IT? Hugh Jackman, John Travolta, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Vinnie Jones and Sam Shepard Desperado Five, 11pm WHAT'S IT ABOUT? In a star-making role, Antonio Banderas plays a mysterious travelling musician who carries a guitar case full of guns. Arriving in a small town, he sets out to take revenge on the drug lord who maimed him and killed his former love. Having been mistaken for a hitman once again, he wastes no time in announcing his intentions to the villain's henchmen in the most destructive way possible. Along the way he falls for a beautiful woman who is involved with his foe, before facing another explosive showdown with the head honcho.

ANY GOOD? This exquisitely shot action thriller features plenty of exhilarating gunplay. If you can see the original El Mariachi, it will colour in a few grey areas but it's not essential. Desperado stands up on its own with some inspired shootouts and features some tongue-in-cheek humour to take your mind off the relentless bloodletting. Just a pity the sequel, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, was such a mess.

WHO'S IN IT? Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin and Quentin Tarantino
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 15, 2012
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