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Tue, September 2

Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes

FXM, 5:30 pm ET

Director Tim Burton ("Batman") reinvents one of the most acclaimed and beloved works of science fiction, Pierre Boulle's classic novel "Planet of the Apes." Burton's "Planet of the Apes" begins with the famed original's premise -- a pilot finds himself in a world turned upside down after landing on a strange planet.

The Best Man Holiday

The Best Man Holiday

HBOSIG, 5:45 pm ET

Long-forgotten rivalries and romances re-ignite when college friends have a Christmas reunion.

The Internship

The Internship

MAX, 5:45 pm ET

After losing their jobs, two men in their 40s get internships at a company with much younger bosses.

American Hustle

American Hustle

STARZ, 6:35 pm ET

A con artist and his lover are forced to work with the FBI.

The Heat

The Heat

HBO2, 7:00 pm ET

A federal agent and a Boston cop go after a Russian mobster.

Wed, September 3

Erin Brockovich

Erin Brockovich

HBOSIG, 5:45 pm ET

Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts) is a woman in a tight spot. Following a car accident in which Erin is not at fault, Erin pleads with her attorney Ed Masry (Albert Finney) to hire her at his law firm. Erin stumbles upon some medical records placed in real estate files. She convinces Ed to allow her to investigate, where she discovers a cover-up involving contaminated water in a local community which is causing devastating illnesses among its residents.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

STARZ, 6:35 pm ET

In 1805, aboard the H.M.S. Surprise, the brash Captain Jack Aubrey (Russell Crowe) and his trusted friend, the ship's scholarly surgeon, Stephen Maturin (Paul Bettany), are ordered to hunt down and capture a powerful French vessel off the South American coast. Though Napoleon is winning the war and the men and their crew face an onslaught of obstacles, including their own internal battles, "Lucky Jack" is determined that nothing will stop the Surprise from completing its mission.

42

42

MAX, 6:50 pm ET

Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) breaks baseball's color barrier by joining the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Casino Royale

Casino Royale

ESQTV, 7:00 pm ET

After receiving a license to kill, British Secret Service agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) heads to Madagascar, where he uncovers a link to Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), a man who finances terrorist organizations. Learning that Le Chiffre plans to raise money in a high-stakes poker game, MI6 sends Bond to play against him, gambling that their newest "00" operative will topple the man's organization.

National Treasure

National Treasure

ENCFAM, 7:00 pm ET

Historian and code-breaker Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) has been searching his whole life for a rumored treasure dating back to the creation of the United States. Joining an expedition led by fellow treasure hunter Ian Howe (Sean Bean), Gates finds an ice-locked Colonial ship in the Arctic Circle that contains a clue linking the treasure to the Declaration of Independence. But when Howe betrays him, Gates has to race to get to the document ahead of his so-called colleague.

Braveheart

Braveheart

IFC, 8:00 pm ET

Tells the story of the legendary thirteenth century Scottish hero named William Wallace (Mel Gibson). Wallace rallies the Scottish against the English monarch and Edward I (Peter Hanly) after he suffers a personal tragedy by English soldiers. Wallace gathers a group of amateur warriors that is stronger than any English army.

Dante

Dante's Peak

SHOWX, 8:00 pm ET

Volcanologist Harry Dalton (Pierce Brosnan) and Mayor Rachel Wando (Linda Hamilton), finally convince the unbelieving populace that the big one is about to hit and that they need to evacuate immediately, only to discover her two children have gone up the mountain to get their grandmother. With Earth's clock racing against them, they must rescue the kids and grandma before the volcano explodes in a fury of flame and ash a million times more powerful than an atomic bomb.

Escape From New York

Escape From New York

SUNDANCE, 8:00 pm ET

In 1997, a major war between the United States and the Soviet Union is concluding, and the entire island of Manhattan has been converted into a giant maximum security prison. When Air Force One is hijacked and crashes into the island, the president (Donald Pleasence) is taken hostage by a group of inmates. Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell), a former Special Forces soldier turned criminal, is recruited to retrieve the president in exchange for his own freedom.

Herbie: Fully Loaded

Herbie: Fully Loaded

STZK, 8:00 pm ET

Maggie Peyton (Lindsay Lohan) wants to become a NASCAR driver but her overprotective father, Ray Peyton Sr. (Michael Keaton), won't hear of it. A former racer himself, Ray wants Maggie to take a lucrative TV sportscasting job and leave the driving to her crash-prone brother (Breckin Meyer). When Ray Sr. takes Maggie to a junkyard to pick out a car, she has no idea that the little Volkswagen Beetle -- named Herbie -- she takes home will change her life.

Must Love Dogs

Must Love Dogs

HBOF, 8:45 pm ET

Sarah (Diane Lane), is 40 and recently divorced. Believing Sarah needs to date more, her sister, Carol (Elizabeth Perkins), creates an online dating profile for her. Simultaneously, Jake (John Cusack) reluctantly decides to try Internet dating. Sarah and Jake meet, and though both agree they are not interested in a serious relationship, their chemistry is undeniable. But, when Bob (Dermot Mulroney) suddenly shows interest in Sarah, her future with Charlie becomes unclear.

Thu, September 4

Bend It Like Beckham

Bend It Like Beckham

ENCFAM, 7:00 pm ET

Jess Bhamra (Parminder Nagra), the daughter of a strict Indian couple (Anupam Kher, Shaheen Khan) in London, is not permitted to play organized soccer, even though she is 18. When Jess is playing for fun one day, her impressive skills are seen by Jules Paxton (Keira Knightley), who then convinces Jess to play for her semi-pro team. Jess uses elaborate excuses to hide her matches from her family while also dealing with her romantic feelings for her coach, Joe.

The Mothman Prophecies

The Mothman Prophecies

ENCSUS, 7:00 pm ET

Based on true events in Point Pleasant, Virginia, "The Mothman Prophecies" examines a series of inexplicable occurrences through the eyes - and mind- of one man. A man (Richard Gere) is driven to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding his wife's (Debra Messing) death -- and how they might be connected to the strange phenomena in a town four hundred miles away.

Thirteen

Thirteen

INDIE, 7:15 pm ET

Honor student Tracy Freeland (Evan Rachel Wood) has a troubling home life, but she is close to her mother, Melanie (Holly Hunter). While trying to conceal her inner turmoil by excelling academically, she befriends the calculating Evie (Nikki Reed), her school's queen bee. Evie talks Tracy into experimenting with drugs, exploring her sexuality and pickpocketing strangers to finance shopping sprees -- but before long, Melanie realizes she must step in and stop her daughter's destructive lifestyle.

Elf

Elf

CMT, 8:00 pm ET

Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn't fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

HBO, 8:00 pm ET

Bilbo and company encounter the fearsome dragon, Smaug.

The Matrix

The Matrix

AMC, 8:00 pm ET

Neo (Keanu Reeves) believes that Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), an elusive figure considered to be the most dangerous man alive, can answer his question -- What is the Matrix? Neo is contacted by Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), a beautiful stranger who leads him into an underworld where he meets Morpheus. They fight a brutal battle for their lives against a cadre of viciously intelligent secret agents. It is a truth that could cost Neo something more precious than his life.

Gravity

Gravity

HBOF, 8:45 pm ET

Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission. Her commander is veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), helming his last flight before retirement. Then, on a routine space walk, disaster strikes -- the shuttle is destroyed, leaving Ryan and Matt stranded in deep space with no link to Earth and no hope of rescue. As their fear turns to panic, they realize that the only way home may be to venture out further into space.

The Memory Book

The Memory Book

HALLMARK MOVIES, 9:00 pm ET

A woman (Meghan Ory) embarks on a quest to find a couple that she only knows through photographs from the 1970s.

Say Anything...

Say Anything...

STZC, 9:40 pm ET

In a charming, critically acclaimed tale of first love, Lloyd (John Cusack), an eternal optimist, seeks to capture the heart of Diane (Ione Skye), an unattainable high-school beauty and straight-A student. It surprises just about everyone when she returns the sentiment. But Diane's overly possessive, divorced father (John Mahoney) doesn't approve and it will take more than the power of love to conquer all.

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

HBOF, 10:15 pm ET

Average Joe's Gym and its owner, Peter La Fleur (Vince Vaughn), are both down on their luck. A fancy competing gym called Globo-Gym, run by the maniacal health nut White Goodman (Ben Stiller), is about to put Average Joe's out of business unless Peter can raise $50,000 to keep his mortgage. To save the gym, Peter and a ragtag group of Average Joe's members and employees enter a dodgeball contest with a big cash prize. In response, White forms his own Globo-Gym team to rout the competition.

Sin City

Sin City

ENCRCL, 10:50 pm ET

In this quartet of neo-noir tales, a mysterious salesman (Josh Hartnett) narrates a tragic story of co-dependency, while a musclebound vigilante (Mickey Rourke) ]tears his way through the criminal underworld in search of his lost love (Jaime King) ]. In another part of the city, a grizzled cop (Bruce Willis) ]foils the ambitions of a child-killer (Nick Stahl) ], and an ex-prostitute (Brittany Murphy) ]evades her ex-pimp (Benicio Del Toro) with the help of her new boyfriend, Dwight (Clive Owen) ].

American Hustle

American Hustle

STARZ, 11:00 pm ET

A con artist and his lover are forced to work with the FBI.

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim

HBOZ, 11:30 pm ET

Humans pilot giant robots to fight alien invaders.

Fri, September 5

Two Weeks Notice

Two Weeks Notice

VH1, 5:30 pm ET

Dedicated environmental lawyer Lucy Kelson (Sandra Bullock) goes to work for billionaire George Wade (Hugh Grant) as part of a deal to preserve a community center. Indecisive and weak-willed George grows dependent on Lucy's guidance on everything from legal matters to clothing. Exasperated, Lucy gives notice and picks Harvard graduate June Carter (Alicia Witt) as her replacement. As Lucy's time at the firm nears an end, she grows jealous of June and has second thoughts about leaving George.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

HBO2, 6:00 pm ET

Bilbo Baggins begins a journey to reclaim a stolen treasure.

Bad Teacher

Bad Teacher

TBS, 8:00 pm ET

For most, teaching is an honorable profession -- except for Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz). The foul-mouthed, boozy woman can't wait to marry a rich man and quit her job, but she has to rethink her plans when her sugar daddy dumps her. Then Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake), a substitute teacher who's cute and rich, arrives. Elizabeth can't wait to sink her teeth into a new meal ticket, but she faces stiff competition from Amy (Lucy Punch), a popular and perky colleague.

Man of Steel

Man of Steel

HBOZ, 8:00 pm ET

Though struggling with the ramifications of his extraordinary origin and abilities, young journalist Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) must become a hero to save those he loves from a dire threat.

Gran Torino

Gran Torino

TNT, 9:00 pm ET

Retired auto worker and Korean War vet Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) fills emptiness in his life with beer and home repair, despising the many Asian, Latino and black families in his neighborhood. Walt becomes a reluctant hero when he stands up to the gangbangers who tried to force an Asian teen to steel Walt's treasured car. An unlikely friendship develops between Walt and the teen, as he learns he has more in common with his neighbors than he thought.

The Abyss

The Abyss

ACMAX, 9:45 pm ET

Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio are formerly married petroleum engineers who still have some issues to work out. They are drafted to assist a gung-ho Navy SEAL (Michael Biehn) with a top-secret recovery operation: a nuclear sub has been ambushed and sunk, under mysterious circumstances, in some of the deepest waters on Earth.

Gravity

Gravity

HBOSIG, 11:00 pm ET

Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission. Her commander is veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), helming his last flight before retirement. Then, on a routine space walk, disaster strikes -- the shuttle is destroyed, leaving Ryan and Matt stranded in deep space with no link to Earth and no hope of rescue. As their fear turns to panic, they realize that the only way home may be to venture out further into space.

Sat, September 6

Walk the Line

Walk the Line

HBO, 5:30 pm ET

The rise of country music legend Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) begins with his days as a boy growing up on the family farm, where he struggles under the scorn of his father (Robert Patrick). As the years pass, Cash ends up in Memphis, Tenn., with his wife, Vivian (Ginnifer Goodwin), and breaks into the music scene after finding his trademark sound. While on tour, Cash meets the love of his life, singer June Carter (Reese Witherspoon), but Cash's volatile lifestyle threatens to keep them apart.

The Notebook

The Notebook

WE, 7:00 pm ET

In 1940s South Carolina, mill worker Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and rich girl Allie (Rachel McAdams) are desperately in love. But her parents don't approve. When Noah goes off to serve in World War II, it seems to mark the end of their love affair. In the interim, Allie becomes involved with another man (James Marsden). But when Noah returns to their small town years later, on the cusp of Allie's marriage, it soon becomes clear that their romance is anything but over.

Frozen

Frozen

STZK, 8:00 pm ET

When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna (Kristen Bell) joins forces with extreme mountain man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer sidekick to find her sister Elsa, the Snow Queen (Idina Menzel), and break her icy spell. Although their epic journey leads them to encounters with mystical trolls, a comedic snowman (Josh Gad), harsh conditions and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff bravely push onward in a race to save their kingdom from destruction.

The Vow

The Vow

FXX, 8:00 pm ET

Paige (Rachel McAdams) and Leo (Channing Tatum) are happily married newlyweds, but their idyllic life together suddenly shatters when a car accident leaves her in a coma. When Paige awakes, she has severe memory loss and doesn't know Leo. She also has a confusing relationship with her parents (Sam Neill, Jessica Lange) and still harbors feelings for a former fiance (Scott Speedman). Despite these difficult obstacles, Leo is determined to renew their bond and rebuild their marriage.

A Good Day to Die Hard

A Good Day to Die Hard

HBO2, 8:15 pm ET

John McClane and his son battle Russian villains.

Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump

ABCFAM, 9:00 pm ET

Slow-witted Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) has never thought of himself as disadvantaged, and thanks to his supportive mother (Sally Field), he leads anything but a restricted life. Whether dominating on the gridiron as a college football star, fighting in Vietnam or captaining a shrimp boat, Forrest inspires people with his childlike optimism. But the one person Forrest cares about most may be the most difficult to save -- his childhood love, the sweet but troubled Jenny (Robin Wright).

Argo

Argo

ACMAX, 11:15 pm ET

On November 4, 1979, Iranian revolutionaries storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. Amid the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge at the home of the Canadian ambassador. However, knowing that it's only a matter of time before the refugees are found and very likely executed, a CIA "exfiltration" specialist named Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) hatches a risky plan to get the group safely out of the country. Based on a true story.

Sun, September 7

Secretariat

Secretariat

ABCFAM, 5:30 pm ET

Despite her lack of experience, housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) agrees to take over management of the family Thoroughbred farm after her father (Scott Glenn) becomes ill. Successfully navigating her way through the male-dominated world of horse racing, Chenery, together with veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich), fosters a gifted colt that ultimately crosses the finish line into history as the Triple Crown winner in 1973.

Knocked Up

Knocked Up

TBS, 6:00 pm ET

Rising journalist Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) hits a serious bump in the road after a one-night stand with irresponsible slacker Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) results in pregnancy. Rather than raise the baby on her own, she decides to give Ben a chance to prove he is father material. However, he is unsure if he is ready to be a parent, and both wonder if they would be compatible lifetime partners.

Unbreakable

Unbreakable

ENCSUS, 7:10 pm ET

David Dunn (Bruce Willis) is the sole survivor of a devastating train wreck. Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) is a mysterious stranger who offers a bizarre explanation as to why David escaped without a single scratch -- an explanation which threatens to change David's family and his life forever.

Back to the Future

Back to the Future

ENCRA, 8:00 pm ET

In this 1980s sci-fi classic, small-town California teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into the '50s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) goes awry. Traveling through time in a modified DeLorean car, Marty encounters young versions of his parents (Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson), and must make sure that they fall in love or he'll cease to exist. Even more dauntingly, Marty has to return to his own time and save the life of Doc Brown.

Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips

STZE, 8:00 pm ET

Somali pirates hijack an American cargo ship in 2009.

Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan

TNT, 8:00 pm ET

Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) takes his men behind enemy lines to find Private James Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Surrounded by the brutal realties of war, while searching for Ryan, each man embarks upon a personal journey and discovers their own strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency and courage.

Tangled

Tangled

DISNEY, 8:00 pm ET

When the kingdom's most-wanted bandit, Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi), hides in a convenient tower, he immediately becomes a captive of Rapunzel (Mandy Moore), the spire's longtime resident. Crowned with 70 feet of magical golden hair, she has been locked away for years and desperately wants freedom. The feisty teenager strikes a deal with Flynn, and together they begin a whirlwind adventure.

The Master

The Master

SHO2, 8:00 pm ET

A drifter becomes the right-hand man of a faith-based organization's charismatic leader.

Mon, September 8

Argo

Argo

MAX, 6:00 pm ET

On November 4, 1979, Iranian revolutionaries storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. Amid the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge at the home of the Canadian ambassador. However, knowing that it's only a matter of time before the refugees are found and very likely executed, a CIA "exfiltration" specialist named Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) hatches a risky plan to get the group safely out of the country. Based on a true story.

Remember the Titans

Remember the Titans

ABCFAM, 6:00 pm ET

In Virginia, high school football is a way of life, an institution revered, each game celebrated more lavishly than Christmas, each playoff distinguished more grandly than any national holiday. And with such recognition, comes powerful emotions. In 1971 high school football was everything to the people of Alexandria. But when the local school board was forced to integrate an all black school with an all white school, the very foundation of football's great tradition was put to the test.

The Bourne Supremacy

The Bourne Supremacy

SPIKE, 7:30 pm ET

Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is living in India when he is framed by Russian agent Kirill (Karl Urban) for the theft of millions from the CIA. Kirill begins to pursue Bourne, intending to assassinate him -- but while Bourne and his girlfriend, Marie (Franka Potente), are on the run, a shot meant for him kills her instead. Vowing revenge, Bourne sets out to prove his innocence and bring the culprits to justice, but he has to evade CIA head Pamela Landry (Joan Allen), who is convinced he is guilty.

American Beauty

American Beauty

HBOC, 8:00 pm ET

Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is a gainfully employed suburban husband and father. Fed up with his boring, stagnant existence, he quits his job and decides to reinvent himself as a pot-smoking, responsibility-shirking teenager. What follows is at once cynical, hysterical, and, eventually, tragically uplifting.

Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs

IFC, 8:00 pm ET

A group of thieves assemble to pull of the perfect diamond heist. It turns into a bloody ambush when one of the men turns out to be a police informer. As the group begins to question each other's guilt, the heightening tensions threaten to explode the situation before the police step in.

Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris

STZCI, 8:20 pm ET

Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) is a screenwriter and aspiring novelist. Vacationing in Paris with his fiancee (Rachel McAdams), he has taken to touring the city alone. On one such late-night excursion, Gil encounters a group of strange -- yet familiar -- revelers, who sweep him along, apparently back in time, for a night with some of the Jazz Age's icons of art and literature. The more time Gil spends with these cultural heroes of the past, the more dissatisfied he becomes with the present.

Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty

ENCORE, 9:30 pm ET

SEAL Team 6 hunts Osama bin Laden.

Closed Circuit

Closed Circuit

HBO, 10:00 pm ET

Ex-lovers find their lives in danger after joining the legal defense team of a terrorist.