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Movies on TV: May 24-30

by Andrew Scott, posted May 24th 2009 5:00AM
Star Wars'Star Wars' (airing tonight at 8PM on MTV) kicks off a great week of movies on TV. The movie won five Oscars in 1977, grossed millions of dollars at the box office and continues to win over new generations of movie lovers.

Also airing this week: Renee Zellweger's Oscar-winning performance and a surprise animation classic featuring the voices of Jack Black and Angelina Jolie.

See more of this week's must-see flicks after the jump.Star Wars'Star Wars'
Sun., May 24, 8PM on MTV

What It's About: Robots and other allies help a youth (Mark Hamill) and a space jockey (Harrison Ford) rescue a rebel princess (Carrie Fisher) and battle dark forces bent on intergalactic rule.

Where It Ranks: Moviefone users recently named 'Star Wars' the greatest sci-fi movie of all-time.

What The Critics Said: 'Star Wars' earned a whopping 95% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, winning universal praise from critics (but really: that's nothing compared to the fans).

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'Cold Mountain'

Mon., May 25, 9PM on CMT

What It's About: During the Civil War, a wounded Confederate soldier (Jude Law) abandons his duties to make his way home to his sweetheart (Nicole Kidman).

Number of Oscars: One. Co-star Renee Zellweger finally took home an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress after being nominated for three consecutive years.

We Say: It's no 'Gone WIth the Wind.' But this Civil War epic mixes enough romance, comedy and action to make the two-hour-plus running time worth watching. Plus: You won't want to miss Jude Law in one of his best roles -- a role that earned him a Best Actor nomination.

Rent It on Netflix | Buy It on Amazon

Kung Fu Panda'Kung Fu Panda'
Tue., May 26, 7:15PM on HBO

What It's About: Chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy, a clumsy panda (Jack Black) must become a martial-arts master and defend his people from a villainous snow leopard.

Famous Faces: In addition to Black, 'Kung Fu Panda' features the voices of stars like Dustin Hoffman, Seth Rogen and Angelina Jolie.

It's In The Money: 'Panda' was one of last year's biggest box-office surprises, taking in over $200 million total. Way to put up a good fight.

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More flick picks of the week:

'Ocean's Eleven'
Wed., May 27, 9PM on TNT

'You've Got Mail'
Thu., May 28, 9PM on Lifetime

'Walk the Line'
Fri., May 29, 8PM on CBS

'Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay' (HBO premiere)
Sat., May 30, 8PM on HBO

'His Girl Friday'
Watch anytime on AOL TV

Check out our TV calendar for more movies on TV.

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