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Movies on TV: Jan. 18-24

by Andrew Scott, posted Jan 18th 2009 6:00AM
Don't miss George Clooney, Helen Mirren and more in this week's must -see picks ...

If you're looking to watch a light and easy movie this week, bet on 'Ocean's Eleven,' the 2001 remake starring -- among others -- George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon.

Also airing this week is the political drama 'The Queen.' The film won an Academy Award for its star, Helen Mirren, and earned an additional five nominations, including Best Picture. Catch it when it airs on Bravo before this year's Oscar nominations are announced on Thursday.

See more of AOL's flick picks of the week after the jump.


'Ocean's Eleven'
Sun., Jan. 18, 8PM on TBS

Synopsis: A parolee (George Clooney) organizes a gang to steal $150 million from three Las Vegas casinos in a single heist.

What the Critics Said: The majority of critics were charmed by the film's light and breezy attitude -- enough to temporarily ease fears of the dreaded "remake curse."

Our Take: It doesn't reinvent the wheel, but the star-studded ensemble is often too good to resist; standouts include Matt Damon and 'Benjamin Button' star Brad Pitt, who plays Rusty Ryan.

'The Queen'

Mon., Jan. 19, 8PM on Bravo

Synopsis: Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) and Prime Minister Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) try to reach a compromise in determining the royal family's public reaction to Princess Diana's death.

Number of Oscar-nominations: Six, including Best Picture and Best Actress, which Mirren took home amidst heavy competition from Meryl Streep and double Golden Globes-winner Kate Winslet.

Our Take: Oscar got it right that year. Mirren carries the film in a performance so powerful you'll be ready to cheer "All hail the Queen!"

'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner'
Tue., Jan. 20, 8PM on TCM

Synopsis: Parents (Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn) get to meet their daughter's partner (Sidney Poitier) in biracial marriage.

Notable Fact: This was Spencer Tracy's final movie; he died of a heart attack 17 days after filming had wrapped.

Our Take: Skip the remake and go straight to this original and moving story, which offers one last chance to see Tracy and Hepburn's indelible chemistry together.

More Movie Picks of the Week:

'Air Bud'
Wed., Jan. 21, 8PM on Disney

'The Untouchables'
Thu., Jan. 22, 8PM on AMC

'Catch Me If You Can'
Fri., Jan. 23, 8PM on TNT

'Titanic'
Sat., Jan. 24, 1PM on TNT

'Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins' (HBO premiere)
Sat., Jan. 24, 8PM on HBO

'Hoop Dreams'
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