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A feast of entertainment coming up on M-Net Stars

Published: 11 May 2012

Highlights on M-Net Stars (DStv channel 105) during the month of June include Legend of Bagger Vance, Kate and Leopold, School of Rock, Robinson Crusoe, The Truman Show and I Heart Huckabees.

Monday nights:

All of Me
Monday, 4 June at 19:30.

Directed by Carl Reiner, starring Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, Victoria Tennant (1984). A dying millionaire has her soul transferred into a younger, willing woman. But something goes wrong, and she finds herself in her lawyer's body - together with the lawyer.

I Heart Huckabees
Monday, 11 June at 19:30.

Directed by David O’Russell, starring Jude Law, Naomi Watts, Jason Schwartzman (2004). In an attempt to get to the bottom of what is wrong with his life, and to explain the chance encounters with the same man, Albert seeks the help of two existential detectives.

Chocolat
Monday, 18 June at 19:30.

Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, starring Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina (2000). A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.

Shooting Fish
Monday, 25 June at 19:30.

Directed by Stefan Schwartz, starring Kate Beckinsale, Stuart Townsend, Dan Futterman (1997). Two con artists' plan to steal enough for a house are twisted when a pretty girl enters the picture. Things get complicated when they both fall for Georgie, the vivacious typist they hired for one of their scams. Georgie thinks they are raising money for orphans. Dylan and Jez have, of course, failed to tell her that they are the orphans.

Tuesday nights:

Original Intent
Tuesday, 5 June at 19:30.

Directed by Robert Marcarelli, starring Candy Clark, Jay Richardson (1990). A well-to-do attorney becomes involved with protecting a shelter for the homeless from a greedy landlord.

Beyond the Stars
Tuesday, 12 June at 19:30.

Directed by David Saperstein, starring Martin Sheen, Christian Slater (1986). A coming of age tale about the friendship between a misunderstood teenage boy and a former astronaut.

One Special Night
Tuesday, 19 June at 19:30.

Directed by Roger Young, starring James Garner, Julie Andrews, Patricia Charbonneau (1999). After visiting his sick wife in a nursing home, Robert is offered a lift home by an attractive doctor. A heavy snowstorm forces them to take refuge in a nearby cabin, and as they talk into the night, a deep bond springs up between them.

Under the Lighthouse Dancing
Tuesday, 26 June at 19:30.

Directed by Graeme Rattigan, starring Jack Thompson, Naomi Watts, Jacqueline McKenzie, Philip Holder (1997). Three couples travel to Rottnest Island for the weekend. One of the couples announces that they intend to get married and when the bride-to-be tells the others that she is terminally ill, they make sure the wedding takes place that weekend.

Wednesday nights:

There's No Fish Food in Heaven
Wednesday, 6 June at 19:30.

Best of Times
Wednesday, 13 June at 19:30.

Directed by Roger Spottiswoode, starring Robin Williams, Kurt Russell, Pamela Reed (1986). Two 30-something washed-up football players decide to re-stage the match that was the defining moment in their lives.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Wednesday, 20 June at 19:30.

Directed by Michael Tuchner, starring Anthony Hopkins, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Ann Down (1982). Esmeralda, the beautiful gypsy girl, is the catalyst that sets in motion a string of events that lead to tragedy.

Substance of Fire
Wednesday 27 June at 19:30.

Directed by Daniel J Sullivan, starring Tony Goldwyn, Benjamin Ungar (1996). Isaac is a wealthy man who owns a private publishing house and who regards with contempt the values of his three grown children. He makes a bet that he can bend them all to his will, but when one of them makes a stand against him, the bet becomes payable in blood.

Thursday nights:

The Truman Show
Thursday, 7 June at 19:30.

Directed by Peter Weir, starring Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Ed Harris (1998). A TV reality show has been running for 30 years and has an audience of millions. The star of the show is Truman Burbank, a man who has no idea that his every move has been recorded since birth. Truman is the only real person in this fictional town - everyone else, including his wife, mother and best friend, are actors. But one day, something drops from the ‘sky’, and Truman begins to suspect that his entire life may have been orchestrated.

The Silver Brumby
Thursday, 14 June at 19:30.

Directed by John Tatoulis, starring Russell Crowe, Caroline Goodall (1993). The story of the wild silver stallion, Thowra, King of the Cascade Brumbies, whose strength and prowess no man can outwit.

Robinson Crusoe
Thursday, 21 June at 19:30.

Directed by Rod Hardy, George Miller, starring Pierce Brosnan, Ian Hart, William Takaku, Polly Walker (1996). As the sole survivor of a disastrous high-seas shipwreck, Robinson Crusoe is forced to build a solitary life on a deserted tropical island. But he eventually discovers that even this existence is threatened by a local tribe, which uses his island for barbaric sacrificial rituals. Soon, Crusoe will risk his own life to save a doomed tribesman from certain death.

Smoke
Thursday, 28 June at 19:30.

Directed by Wayne Wang, starring Harvey Keitel, William Hunt, Giancarlo Esposito (1995). A group of people's lives intertwine when a New York cigar store manager, Auggie, befriends them. Among them is a writer who can't write, a reluctant father hiding from his past, a streetwise teen with an unusual identity crisis, and Auggie's long-lost ex-girlfriend, who returns with some surprising news!

Friday nights:

School of Rock
Friday, 1 June at 19:30.

Directed by Richard Linklater, starring Jack Black, Mike White, Joan Cusack (2003). A wannabe rock star in need of cash poses as a substitute teacher at a prep school, and tries to turn his class into a rock band. Energetic comedy starring Jack Black as the wannabe rocker who gets a chance to start a rock band when he pretends to be a teacher at a primary school.

Used People
Friday, 8 June at 19:30.

Everybody's Fine
Friday, 15 June at 19:30.

Directed by Kirk Jones, starring Robert de Niro, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell (2009). A widower who realised his only connection to his family was through his wife, sets off on an impromptu road trip to reunite with each of his grown children.

Kate and Leopold
Friday, 22 June at 19:30.

Directed by James Mangold, starring Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman (2001). Kate McKay is a modern-day executive, a 21st century woman driven to succeed in the corporate world. Leopold, the Third Duke of Albany, is a charming 19th century bachelor. Each has grown weary of waiting for love. But when a dramatic twist of fate lands Leopold in present-day New York, they must confront the prospect of a love affair 100 years in the making.

Legend of Bagger Vance
Friday, 29 June at 19:30.

Directed by Robert Redford, starring Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron (2000). A down-and-out golfer attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy.

Saturday nights:

The Shape of Things
Saturday, 2 June at 19:30.

Directed by Neil LaBute, starring Paul Rudd, Rachel Weisz, Gretchen Mol (2003). Quiet, unassuming Adam is changing in a major way, thanks to his new girlfriend, art student Evelyn. Adam's friends are a little freaked by the transformation.

Keeping Up With the Steins
Saturday, 9 June at 19:30.

Directed by Dvott Marshall, starring Jeremy Piven, Garry Marshall, Daryl Sabara (2006). A 13-year-old boy uses his upcoming bar mitzvah to reconcile the strained relationship between his father and grandfather.

‘Til There Was You
Saturday, 16 June at 19:30.

Directed by Scott Winant, starring Jeanne Tripplehorn, Dylan McDermott, John Plumpis (1997). Two strangers, whose paths are always crossing, finally meet when fate steps in.

Soul Man
Saturday, 23 June at 19:30.

Directed by Steve Miner, starring C Thomas Howell, Rae Dawn Chong, Arye Gross (1986). To achieve his dream of attending Harvard, a pampered teen poses as a young black man to receive a full scholarship.

A Month by the Lake
Friday, 30 June at 19:30.

Directed by John Irvin, starring Uma Thurman, Vanessa Redgrave, Edward Fox (1995). For 16 years, Miss Bentley has been spending April at an elegant hillside villa on Lake Como.

Sunday nights:

Man Without a Face
Sunday, 3 June at 19:30.

Directed by Mel Gibson, starring Mel Gibson, Nick Stahl, Margaret Whitton (1993). Chuck wants to leave home but can't make the grade for boarding school. Then he finds out the disfigured recluse living nearby is an ex-teacher.

Daddy and Them
Sunday, 10 June at 19:30.

Directed by Billy Bob Thornton, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd (2001). A quirky tale about a family of rednecks who are thrown into the deep end when an uncle is charged with armed robbery.

Man Trouble
Sunday, 17 June at 19:30.

Directed by Bob Rafelson, starring Jack Nicholson, Ellen Barkin, Harry Dean Stanton (1992). A sleazy but affable guard dog trainer is blackmailed to steal a manuscript for a tell-all book from one of his clients.

The Man Who Sued God
Sunday, 24 June at 19:30.

Directed by Mark Joffe, starring Billy Connolly, Judy Davis, Collin Friels (2001). Steve Myers is a lawyer who became a fisherman from frustration. When his one piece of property, his boat, is struck by lightning and destroyed, he is denied insurance money because it was 'an act of God'. He re-registers as a lawyer and sues the insurance company and the church under the guise of God, defending himself. The accident leads him to a friendship and eventual relationship with a journalist, Anna Redmond.
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