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(last updated Sun 04 Jan 2009, 05:25 GMT)

Explorers (U) 1985 A young Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix head the cast of this underrated sci-fi adventure, in which three boys intercept a message from outer space. Discovering it contains instructions for creating their own spaceship, they set out to trace the signal to its source. But the aliens aren't quite what the young astronauts expected them to be. Co-starring Jason Presson, Dick Miller, James Cromwell and Robert Picardo in three different roles (888)

Cheaper By the Dozen (U) 1950 An efficiency expert (Clifton Webb) and his psychologist wife (Myrna Loy) think that by combining their skills they should be able to conduct their lives with mathematical precision and overcome the difficulties of looking after 12 children. Jeanne Crain and Edgar Buchanan also star in this fact-based family comedy (888)

The Nutcracker (U) 1993 Macaulay Culkin stars in this version of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet as a prince who meets a little girl in a fantasy world of oversized toys. Narrated by Kevin Kline, with Darci Kistler and Kyra Nichols

Australia Special Director Baz Luhrmann and stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman discuss the making of the epic romantic drama

Young Sherlock Holmes (PG) 1985 Enjoyable action-packed adventure, co-produced by Steven Spielberg, rewriting Arthur Conan Doyle's popular stories to have the brilliant detective and faithful sidekick Watson meeting as teenage students at public school an encounter that leads to their first investigation when the elderly members of an archaeological group begin to die under mysterious circumstances. Starring Nicholas Rowe, Alan Cox, Sophie Ward, Anthony Higgins and Freddie Jones, and directed by Barry Levinson

Independence Day (12) 1996 Roland Emmerich's sci-fi adventure charting desperate efforts to defeat an invading force of seemingly indestructible aliens who are intent on making the Earth their own, but reckon without the combined forces of the plucky US president, an ace pilot and a computer genius. The cast is led by Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum, with support from Mary McDonnell, Randy Quaid and Robert Loggia (888)

Garden State (15) 2004 Owing to a childhood illness, a TV actor has shuffled through life emotionally numbed by the drugs prescribed for him by his stern psychiatrist father. However, he decides to ditch the pills when his mother's death obliges him to return home for her funeral. Free of medication, his apathy begins to lift, and an encounter with a vibrant woman reawakens his joy for life. Romantic comedy, written, directed by and starring Zach Braff, with Natalie Portman and Ian Holm

Winter Light (PG) 1962 Ingmar Bergman's religious drama about a respected priest living in the Swedish countryside who mourns the moral decline of his congregation. Ingrid Thulin, Max von Sydow and Gunnar Bjornstran star

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