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M-NET MOVIES (article first published : 2003-01-22)

Coming up from M-Net to the end of the month is a series of premieres of top movies. Times, dates and synopses follow.

On January 23 at 20h30 is Deterrence, a drama featuring Kevin Pollak, Timothy Hutton and Sheryl Lee Ralph directed by Rod Lurie. Presidential candidate Walt Emerson's resources are tested from all angles. As Vice President, who was appointed to take over when the president died, he still has to convince the Americans that he's worthy to be officially elected their president. While Walt is on an election campaign, an international crisis breaks out and he has to try and solve it. He has to do all of this while holed up in a remote diner during a snowstorm.

On January 24 at 23h00, Damon Wayans, Jada Pinkett Smith and Savion Glover star in Bamboozled directed by Spike Lee. When Pierre Delacroix, a black TV writer who sold out to the white corporate industry years ago, gets a brief to write a show that will make headlines, he uses racism as his winning card. His variety show with two leading characters that are described as ignorant, dull-witted, lazy and unlucky definitely ruffles some feathers. This is acclaimed director Spike Lee's sly satire about racism in the television industry at its best.

The comedy drama Interstate 60 will be screened on January 25 at 20h30. Directed by Bob Gale, it stars James Marsden, Gary Oldman and Jane Moffat. Instead of indulging himself in the famous mid-life crisis, Neal decides to go on a road trip in search of the meaning of life. What he discovers is Interstate 60, a gateway to a whole new perspective on America and its people.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is an action adventure screened on January 26 at 20h00, starring Angelina Jolie; John Voight and Iain Glenn, directed by Simon West. Every 5000 years when the planets are all aligned, a secret society called the Illuminati tries to find an artefact that will help them control time. The only person with the Key to the lost city where the artefact is hidden is Lady Lara Croft, daughter of the late tomb raider Sir Richard Croft. Now a showdown is imminent between Lara Croft and the Illuminati.

On January 27 at 20h00, there’s Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her, a drama starring Cameron Diaz, Glenn Close and Calista Flockhart, directed by Rodrigo Garcia. This movie weaves together five stories about six different women and the heavy issues they're dealing with in their lives. When it comes to the crunch, Elaine, a successful gynaecologist and a divorcee, suddenly realizes that she really doesn't have any friends. Single bank manager Rebecca is pondering an abortion, while single mother Rose is afraid that her son is growing to fast and is about to be independent. Christine is faced with her own mortality while nursing her lesbian lover who's dying of cancer and Kathy realizes that her blind sister has a much more normal life than she does.

All The Pretty Horses premieres on M-Net on January 29 at 20h30. The comedy is directed by Billy Bob Thornton and stars Matt Damon, Penelope Cruz and Henry Thomas. When John Grady Cole loses his property to a big oil company, he and his pal Lacey Rawlins, who is just as crazy about horses, head south for Mexico. But Mexico isn't quite the paradise they were looking for. First they get implicated in a horse stealing raid, and just when they thought they'd left that behind, John goes and falls for their boss's daughter; big mistake. A tale of friendship, love, betrayal and death set in the not so Wild West.

The horror movie Valentine can be seen on January 30 at 20h30. It stars David Boreanaz, Denise Richards and Marley Shelton and is directed by Jamie Blanks. At a sixth grade Valentine's Day dance, four girls refuse to dance with a school nerd and the fifth one humiliates him as well. The girls are now in their twenties and getting ready for Valentine Day, unaware that their past has finally come back to haunt them. Will the force of evil unleash his 13 years of pent-up rage on all of them?

Directed by Wolfgang Petersen, the drama The Perfect Storm starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Diane Lane will be screened on January 31 at 20h00. This movie is based on Sebastian Junger's best-seller book about a fishing ship named Andrea Gail, which ran into three great storm systems that collided into the Atlantic in 1991. After a good catch, the crew decided to risk the storm and collect their paychecks, will these men win the struggle against the most horrific storm at sea and live to tell the tale?




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