HDTV Movie Premieres: May 7-13

American Pie: Sky Movies Greats, 8.30pm Saturday.

This raunchy teen comedy about four high school friends who compete to lose their virginity before they graduate was big on bodily-function gags, and short on wit, style and originality yet was oddly likable. It spawned a slew of movie and direct-to-DVD sequels, the latest being American Reunion, which is due for release this time next year. Little Fockers’ Paul Weitz directs Seann William Scott, Jennifer Coolidge, Eugene Levy and How I Met Your Mother’s Alyson Hannigan. (1999)

Get Him to the Greek: Sky Movies, 8.30pm Sunday.

Russell Brand’s rock star from Forgetting Sarah Marshall has an encore in this less memorable romp from that movie’s star and screenwriter, Jason Segel. Jonah Hill, who was the waiter in Marshall, plays a record industry flunky baby-sitting Brand’s fading celebrity en route from London to Los Angeles for a comeback concert. The first half is a funny riff on the music business but thereafter the humour resembles Hill’s suggestion for the title: Running and Screaming and Puking. (2010)

Flightplan: Sky Movies Greats, 8.30pm Sunday.

Flightplan’s 9/11 tensions and paranoia are palpable. Yet this thriller about an aircraft engineer whose young daughter disappears 30,000 feet up in the world’s biggest jetliner was conceived two years before the attacks on the Twin Towers. Jodie Foster is typically terrific as the newly widowed mother who treads the thin line between determined and delusional: is she the victim of a conspiracy or her own psychosis? Flightplan is smartly crafted but nosedives near the end. (2005)

Legion: Sky Movies, 8.30pm Monday.

The first hour of this supernatural shoot-‘em-up holds great promise, with the archangel Michael (Paul Bettany) using a desert diner and its locals as a stronghold against the Apocalypse. It’s inventively made and unusually thoughtful for a good-vs-evil stoush — how often is God the bad guy? — but the slapped-together third act verges on purgatory. Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson and Lucas Black co-star; Scott Charles Stewart, of the upcoming graphic novel dramatisation, Priest, directs. (2010)

Hot Tub Time Machine: Sky Movies, 8.30pm Tuesday.

Four friends bored with their lives get the chance to change them when they travel back in time to 1986. Some critics favourably compared HTTM to The Hangover but others thought this ‘80s throwback “misogynistic” and “dull and ugly”. USA Today called it an “uneven but good-natured raunchfest” and The Hollywood Reporter, “loud, disjointed and not terribly funny”. John Cusack, W’s Rob Corddry, Pineapple Express’ Craig Robinson and Kiss-Ass’ Clark Duke star. (2010)

The Crazies: Sky Movies, 8.30pm Wednesday.

This is a riveting re-make of George A Romero’s 1973 horror movie of the same name, about the citizens of a small town in Iowa who are quarantined by the military after being infected with a virus that turns them into homicidal maniacs. What could have been just another zombie meat derby is a fun and suspenseful cut above its ilk, with Invasion of the Body Snatchers overtones. Breck Eisner (Sahara) directs Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell. (2010)

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