HDTV Movie Premieres: September 10-16

Panic Room: TV3, 8.30pm Saturday.

In this David Fincher thriller, Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart are a Manhattan divorcee and daughter seeking refuge from three intruders in their “panic room”, a secret hi-tech sanctuary wired for security and surveillance with just one snag: it’s where several million dollars that belonged to the previous owner is hidden. Consequently, the thieves want in but they don’t want out. The vicarious cat-and-mouse contest makes for thrilling, ingeniously mounted escapism. (2002)

Forrest Gump: Sky Movies Greats, 8.30pm Saturday.

Without Tom Hanks’ presence, a definitive ’60s soundtrack and some nifty computer trickery, this would be a longwinded, lacklustre variation on Rainman about a handicapped hero who predictably triumphs over all odds and continues to see only the good in people. It’s not only life that’s like a box of chocolates — so are some movies, and this one has all marshmallow centers wrapped up in flagrant red-white-and-blue packaging. (1993)

The Hangover: TV2, 8.30pm Sunday.

Three guys wake up in a Vegas hotel room unable to find their best friend, who’s mysteriously disappeared on his wedding day. Thereupon ensues what Variety memorably summed up as “a boys-gone-wild laff riot that also clicks as a seriocomic beat-the-clock detective story”. Todd Phillips (Starsky & Hutch, Old School) directs a screenplay by The Change-Up’s Jon Lucas and Scott Moore; Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha and Zach Galifianakis star. (2009)

Sex and the City 2: Sky Movies, 8.30pm Sunday.

Critics excoriated Carrie & co for this sequel in which Manhattan’s Fab Four strut their stuff in the United Arab Emirates. One of the kinder reviews likened it to “the equivalent of five half-hour episodes strung together” (Rolling Stone) but most echoed Empire’s: “Many of the jokes are beyond broad, and the Middle Eastern stereotypes are shockingly cack-handed.” Stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis reunite with Michael Patrick King, who wrote and directed the first movie spun off the HBO hit. (2010)

Titanic: TV3, 7.30pm Thursday.

The biggest-grossing movie in history isn’t as bad as its critics would argue – nor as good as its record-breaking run (and 11 Oscars, including best picture) would indicate. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are lovers – she’s travelling first-class, he’s below deck – on the doomed maiden voyage of the unsinkable liner that did the unthinkable when it struck an iceberg. The inevitable is too long in coming but recreated with spectacular impact. (1997)

The Perfect Storm: Sky Movies Greats, 8.30pm Friday.

George Clooney plays the skipper of a fishing boat who takes a battering when, to land the haul of the season, he sails his sword-fishing crew into a monstrous freak storm from which there seems no escape. It’s based on a true story but feels more like hack fiction, although how director Wolfgang Petersen seamlessly blends digital effects with seemingly authentic, heart-stopping spectacle makes for a movie that’s still see-worthy. (2000)

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