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Movies on TV: Feb. 15-21

by Andrew Scott, posted Feb 15th 2009 6:00AM
Don't miss Owen Wilson and Hilary Swank in two of this week's must-see flicks ...

The Pixar renaissance continues tonight with back-to-back airings of 'Cars.' Among the famous voices you'll hear: Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt and Paul Newman in the last feature-film of his career.

Also airing this week are two Best Picture-winners. First, the Clint Eastwood-directed 'Million Dollar Baby,' starring Oscar-winner Hilary Swank.

Then don't miss the toe-tapping musical 'Chicago,' which won an additional five Oscars, including one for Catherine Zeta-Jones.

See more of our flick picks of the week after the jump.

Sun., Feb. 15, 6PM on ABC Family

Synopsis: A rookie race car (Owen Wilson) that only cares about winning learns what is really important in life after getting stranded in a town along historic Route 66.

Notable Fact: This was Paul Newman's last feature film.

Our Take: While not as Earth-shattering as 'WALL-E' or incredible as 'The Incredibles,' this Pixar flick still features a good script and strong voicework from Wilson, Newman and Bonnie Hunt.

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'Million Dollar Baby'
Mon., Feb. 16, 8PM on AMC

Synopsis: A deep bond develops between a cantankerous trainer (Clint Eastwood) and the female boxer (Hilary Swank) he reluctantly takes under his wing.

Number of Oscars: Four, including Best Picture and a second Best Actress win for Swank; she previously won for 'Boys Don't Cry' in 1999.

Our Take: Eastwood delivers a knock-out. The legendary Oscar-winner scores major points both behind and in front of the camera with his most sensitive and touching film to date.

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Tue., Feb. 17, 8PM on AMC

Synopsis: A lawyer (Richard Gere) handles the cases of two murderous women (Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger) who are looking to gain celebrity from their public exposure.

Where You May Have Seen It: 'Chicago' is based on the Broadway musical from Kander & Ebb; the duo also wrote an original song for the film ('I Move On'), which was nominated for an Oscar.

Our Take: 'Moulin Rouge!' kicked off the musical revival in 2001, and after 'Chicago' the genre was officially back. Come for the rousing musical numbers like 'All That Jazz' and 'The Cell Block Tango' and stay for the often-hilarious performances from Gere, Zellweger and an Oscar-winning Zeta-Jones.

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More movies picks of the week:


Wed., Feb. 18, 8PM on TNT

'Monster's Ball'

Thu., Feb. 19, 8PM on IFC

'Steel Magnolias'
Fri., Feb. 20, 7:30PM on Oxygen

Fri., Feb. 20, 8PM on TCM

'Live Free or Die Hard' (HBO premiere)
Sat., Feb. 21, 8PM on HBO

'Love and a .45'

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