HDTV Movie Highlights: June 12-18

The Haunting of Molly Hartley: Sky Movies, 8.30pm Saturday.

Spearheading a rum week for HD movie premieres on Sky is this straight-to-video shocker, starring The Hole’s Hayley Bennett and Medium’s Jake Weber, which was marketed as “Carrie for the Gossip Girl generation”. ‘nuff said. (2008)

Die Hard: Sky Movies Greats, 8.30pm Saturday.

Good, dumb fun on a grand scale – Bruce Willis plays a wisecracking, head-busting, off-duty cop trapped at the top of a skyscraper taken hostage by terrorists in downtown LA on Christmas Eve. Alan Rickman co-stars. This isn’t the first time it’s aired in HD on NZ TV – TV3 screened an HD print last year – but hopefully this will be in the correct aspect ratio: 2.35:1. (1987)

Behind Enemy Lines II – Axis of Evil: TV3, 11.20pm Saturday.

Direct to DVD sequel that recruits none of the original’s cast members – or excitement. Instead, Melrose Place’s Nicholas Gonzalez takes over from Owen Wilson as the leader of a secret Navy SEALS mission to North Korea. (2006)

Terminator: Salvation: Sky Movies, 8.30pm Sunday.

He’s back – but this time without the iconic action star who helped to make the first three Terminators such ferocious fun. Taking over from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cyborg is Avatar’s Sam Worthington while Batman’s Christian Bale plays John Connor in the early days of his leading the resistance against Skynet. It’s all serviceable sci-fi escapism but fans of the original will be justified in thinking that, 25 years on, the franchise is ripe for termination. (2009)

Hide: Sky Movies, 10.10pm Tuesday.

Another HD obscurity, this time with pathetic Bonnie & Clyde aspirations, hence its premiere in a later slot than 8.30pm. Christian Kane and Rachel Miner star as the lawless lovers on the lam. (2008)

The Talented Mr Ripley: Sky Movies Greats, 8.30pm Friday.

Matt Damon’s impoverished Mr Ripley would rather be a fake somebody than a real nobody, so through circumstance and deceit he befriends the revoltingly rich (Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law). An ability to absorb detail and expertly mimic those whom he yearns to be is what makes Mr Ripley so talented – and deadly. When he seems doomed to lose his ticket to high society, murder results and he stumbles upon a chilling new identity: that of an increasingly nimble serial killer who slays not for pleasure but to cover up one desperate lie after another … (1999)

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