YULE TIDE FILMS our pick of sci-fi films over the festive period

FILM: Moonraker
Channel: ITV1 Meridian
Date: Thursday 1st January 2004
Time: 13:55 to 16:20 
Duration: 2 hours and 25 minutes.
British agent James Bond investigates the disappearance of an Anglo-American space 
shuttle, which has fallen into the hands of a billionaire megalomaniac intent on 
world domination. Along the way, Bond has to contend with giant, steel-toothed hit 
man Jaws, before stowing away on a flight to a space station being used as a colony 
to breed a genetically 'pure' race.
Director: Lewis Gilbert
Starring: Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michael Londsdale, Richard Kiel, Corinne Clery, 
Emily Bolton
(Subtitles, 1979, 2 Star)

FILM: Westworld
Channel: TCM
Date: Thursday 1st January 2004
Time: 22:40 to 00:15 
Duration: 1 hour and 35 minutes.
Sci-fi chiller about two strait-laced businessmen who visit a theme park where 
robots help people to experience the adventures of their dreams. But while taking 
part in a Wild West-style saloon shoot-out, one of the robots malfunctions, 
retaliating in high-noon fashion. Suddenly, the men find their lives in grave 
danger as they are stalked by a cowboy robot who will stop at nothing to eliminate 
Director: Michael Crichton
Starring: Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin, Norman Bartold, Dick Van 
Patten, Linda Scott
(Widescreen, Subtitles, 1973, 15, 4 Star)

FILM: My Stepmother Is an Alien
Channel: Sky Movies 2
Date: Friday 2nd January 2004
Time: 00:45 to 02:45 
Duration: 2 hours.
Comic sci-fi about a beautiful extraterrestrial who comes to Earth to try to 
reverse the effects of an interplanetary ray that has altered the gravity of her 
home planet. When she finds the eccentric widowed scientist who created the ray, 
she woos and marries him in order to discover his secrets - which he seems to have 
forgotten. Only the scientist's young daughter suspects her new stepmum's alien 
Director: Richard Benjamin
Starring: Kim Basinger, Dan Aykroyd, Jon Lovitz, Alyson Hannigan, Joseph Maher, 
Wesley Mann
(Subtitles, Digital Surround Sound, 1988, 15, 1 Star)

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