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Inspired by Harry’s, Father Geek’s, Capone’s and the other critics' best-of-2009 lists, I’m experimenting this month -- in addition to my usual monthly list of series season premieres – with a list of theatrical features I think may be new to cable in February. (If I’m missing anything, be sure to point it out. I’m particularly keen not to miss the documentaries and indie films when they roll around.) I threw in the scores from Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic to help sort out movies viewers might be keen to pursue. I thought a list like this would be useful for a couple of obvious reasons. I’ve grown paranoid about missing movies I’ve been meaning to see, and not every movie sticks around forever uncensored on pay-cable. Also? Say you’ve been waiting to see “Frost/Nixon” but subscribe to Showtime (and/or Starz) but not HBO. Now that you know “Frost/Nixon” is headed to HBO you can add “Frost/Nixon” to your Netflix queue, or snag it off pay-per-view, or just purchase your own DVD or Blu-ray copy. (I’ve linked each movie title to an Amazon page so you can read more about it and/or order it.) I’ve arranged the titles chronologically by cable premiere date to make it most useful to people with DVRs:

Taste of Cherry RT: 82 MC: Feb. 1. 2am TCM

Tyson RT: 85 MC: 83 Feb. 1. 12:40pm Starz Black

Hannah Montana RT: 44 MC: 47 Feb. 1. 5:50am Starz Kids

Notorious RT: 50 MC: 60 Feb. 1. 8:30pm HBO HD

Never Back Down RT: 24 MC: 39 Feb. 2. 8:40am Encore Action

Jonas Brothers: The Concert Experience RT: 23 MC: 45 Feb. 3. 7am Starz Edge

Henry Pool is Here RT: 38 MC: 44 Feb. 3. 10:05am Encore Drama

Pathology RT: 47 MC: 55 Feb. 4. 2:45am Showtime HD

Coraline RT: 89 MC: 80 Feb. 4. 9pm HBO HD

Dragonball Evolution RT: 13 MC: 45 Feb. 6. 10pm Cinemax HD

The Tale of Despereaux RT: 55 MC: 53 Feb. 8. 6:35am Cinemax HD

My Best Friend RT: 75 MC: 65 Feb. 8. 9:05am IFC

Elegy RT: 74 MC: 66 Feb. 8. 8pm TMC HD

Valentino: The Last Emperor RT: 77 MC: 68 Feb. 9. 8pm Showtime HD

The Wrestler RT: 98 MC: 81 Feb. 9. 8pm Cinemax HD

Full Grown Men RT: 39 MC: 47 Feb. 9. 10pm Sundance

The Longshots RT: 40 MC: 52 Feb. 11. 8pm Showtime HD

Easy Virtue RT: 51 MC: 58 Feb. 12. 1:10pm Starz HD

Frozen River RT: 88 MC: 82 Feb. 12. 2:20pm Starz Edge HD

17 Again RT: 58 MC: 48 Feb. 13. 8pm HBO HD

Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys RT: 51 MC: 49 Feb. 13. 9pm Showtime HD

Miss March RT: 4 MC: 7 Feb. 13. 10pm Cinemax HD

Gigantic RT: 38 MC: 38 Feb. 19. 3:50am Starz Edge HD

The Last House on the Left RT: 42 MC: 42 Feb. 20. 10am Cinemax HD

Frost/Nixon RT: 91 MC: 80 Feb. 20. 8pm HBO HD

The Reader RT: 61 MC: 58 Feb. 20. 9pm Showtime HD

The Taking Of Pelham 123 RT: 52 MC: 55 Feb. 20. 9pm Starz HD

Baader Meinhof Complex RT: 87 MC: 76 Feb. 20. 11:05pm Showtime HD

Summer Hours RT: 92 MC: 84 Feb. 21. 10pm Sundance

O’Horten RT: MC: Feb. 22. 2:50am Starz HD

Year One RT: 15 MC: 34 Feb. 27. 9pm Starz HD
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  • Jan. 31, 2010, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Herc your sleeping habits are worrying me

    by IceCreamCohn

    I wish you would get better sleep.

  • Jan. 31, 2010, 7:05 a.m. CST

    I share those sleeping habits...

    by LordEnigma

    and they scare even me. This is a hell of an idea though Herc.

  • Jan. 31, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...The Wrestler, Frost/Nixon and Gigantic have certainly already been on premium cable channels. Maybe these are their premiere dates on specific channels.

  • Jan. 31, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    And I saw Pathology...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...months ago. Took its time getting to cable. Not really very good, but you have to give it credit for trying. <p> I approve of this new feature. Not only does it give you a last chance to whack or praise a movie on its way out the door, it could also clue you in on an easy way to catch something you haven't gotten around to seeing.

  • Jan. 31, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    The Wrestler

    by fiester

    Has been on cable already. I watched part of it last night, forget which channel though. One of the premium cable channels. So it's already showing.

  • Jan. 31, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST


    by c4andmore

    Elegy was on Netflix HD streaming and Tyson was on Netflix SD streaming. Also, Starz Black is the worst title for a channel ever, right after BET. Why don't they have WET or HET or AET or NAET or GET or LET or or or....

  • Jan. 31, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Some of These Movies

    by Wrath4771

    I've already seen on HBO or Showtime like Frost/Nixon and The Wrestler.

  • Jan. 31, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Great idea!

    by jimbojones123

    Please do this every month. I often forget titles of movie I want to see once on cable, and the premium channel websites SUCK! Thanks a ton AICN!

  • Jan. 31, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST


    by Reilly

    never thought that word would be associated with the movie 17 again

  • Jan. 31, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    More sponsored plugging

    by CaseyMcCall

    Nice. Click on the dvd, you know you want to.

  • Jan. 31, 2010, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Red Ned Lynch

    by Hercules

    I'm assuming Wrestler is new to the Cinemax channels, Frost/Nixon is new to HBO, etc. etc.

  • Jan. 31, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...which means the information is still valuable. I like this.

  • Jan. 31, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST


    by k88dad

    There are entertainment channels geared towards virtually every ethnic group or demographic. Logo is a channel for the LGBT crowd. I admit that I know of no Native American channels, but it wouldn't surprise me. If you can't think of any really white channels then you just aren't trying.

  • Jan. 31, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Several of these have been on pay cable for months

    by Jaka

    And I'm actually growing tired of your attempts to get people to put pennies in your pocket. And that IS all this column is for. Really glad you removed the $89 Blu-Ray player column, though. Because then I didn't have to wait until I could post to say Wal-Mart regularly has them for less.

  • Jan. 31, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST


    by F-18

    Just go ahead and say that instead of disguising it as a informational column.

  • Jan. 31, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

    There's this thing...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...called a mouse. Okay, personally I use a trackball, but the concept is the same. When I don't want to read something, on this or any other site I visit, I use it to make the little arrow thingie (I think they call it a cursor)take me somewhere else. <p> For instance, I haven't watched Saturday Night Live in a long time. Because of that I don't want to read about it. So I don't put the little arrow thing over those stories, or if I do I make sure not to click the bad left button. So I never get tired of stories about Saturday Night Live. <p> Now this, on the other hand, I'll probably click on regularly, 'cause it might have something listed I haven't seen and would like to. Or I might even want to say something along the lines of "that movie raped my childhood" or "that movie raped my eyeballs" one last time without bothering to introduce the subject to a thread about something different. I don't care why the column's here, but I can imagine it having a certain utility for me. <p> I have sympathy for people who yell at Herc to cover more things. That seems like a valid desire, and especially for genre stuff an appropriate thing to clamor for. But giving him crap for including more content, whatever his motive may be...nah, I can't get behind that.

  • Jan. 31, 2010, 8:20 p.m. CST

    I've been Doing Something Similar On My Blog

    by BlameItOnTheBoogiePop

    Great idea, Herc. For a few months now, I've been tracking good movies on cable each week (although not necessarily premieres), so I thought I'd shamelessly plug - I mean, share - it here: It's basically anything I think is worth "your valuable time", and that runs uncut, commercial free, and on a channel that I pay for. It exists to counter the argument that "there's nothing good on..."

  • Jan. 31, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST


    by Hercules

    At this embryonic stage I'm not as concerned about the movies in this column that might have hit another cable channel a few months earlier as I am about new movies I may have inadvertantly omitted. <p> And if Walmart has a working Blu-ray player under $89, I say buy it!

  • Jan. 31, 2010, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Taste of Cherry

    by Incomplete Gamer

    This is yet another great addition to Coax, Herc. I'm also a big fan of your ratings pieces, so you're on a roll lately. Although I only set one movie up for record, it ended up being the very first one on the list. I wasn't sure what to do with my night, but Taste of Cherry sounds like the perfect dinner. Great addition, I look forward to seeing more of these in the future.

  • Feb. 1, 2010, 2:31 a.m. CST

    this is great!

    by Juror Number 8

    wow this is really helpful, always good to know when some cool flicks are gonna be on TV. please keep it up!

  • Feb. 1, 2010, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Never Back Down feels like a movie destined to

    by SID 8.0

    have a DTV sequel. Enough people seen it to make a studio say "Hey slap a 2 or an again to the title." That's just my opinion.

  • Feb. 1, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST


    by Judge Briggs

    Please keep these sort of 'when movies are showing on the cable networks' coming!

  • Feb. 1, 2010, 9:27 a.m. CST

    How 'bout instead of adding a new regular column?

    by SadCadillac

    You work on the timely deliver of your customary ones. I haven't seen hide nor hair of your DVD/Blu release column in three weeks, Harry! Let's get with the program, shall we?

  • Feb. 1, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST

    So, let's see if I got this right...

    by Darkman

    MISS MARCH and DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION get 'Saturday night premieres', while CORALINE gets snuck onto the network on a Thursday? Fucking weak. <br><br> And am I the only one who thinks that Showtime needs to get the lead out on their movie premieres? It's almost two years since IRON MAN came out and I haven't heard word one about it. What the fuck? <br><Br> I do hope this becomes a regular thing. It's very informative.

  • Feb. 1, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    At least Herc posts a lot of articles

    by Stabby

    But why he posts half the stuff he does I'll never know. Unless he gets paid per article or hits to articles.

  • Feb. 1, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Baader Meinhof is Awesome

    by theGoldbergV

    Everyone should see this movie. Its fucking superb

  • Feb. 1, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Pelham 123 was actually a good crime drama/action flick

    by Stabby

    And Travolta was very entertaining as an interesting bad guy.

  • Feb. 1, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST


    by mynamesdan

    come off it

  • Feb. 1, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST


    by mynamesdan

    come off it

  • Feb. 1, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST


    by mynamesdan

    come off it

  • Feb. 1, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST


    by mynamesdan

    come off it

  • Feb. 1, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...much like another Assault on Precinct 13, Pelham isn't a terrible straight ahead, no brainer, no surprises, sure there are plot holes and the characters' motivations are...who cares, look what happens now movies. <p> And there's a place for those. And no, the re-Pelham is not as bad as the re-Precinct. <p> But man, what's the point even, if you can't bring anything fresh or interesting to the mix, or even adequately ape the cleverness of the originals? <p> Matthau and Shaw > Washington and Travolta, sure, though that shouldn't even be a given because both Washington and Travolta have taken some pretty good swings in their day. But the supporting casts for the two movies are just thousands of miles away from each other. And forget about pacing, atmosphere or character driven drama. <p> Is the remake terrible? No, not absolutely. But if you can't improve on a nearly forty year old crime drama (sure a gem, but a minor one) with a big budget and big stars shouldn't that be automatically judged a pretty big failure?

  • Feb. 1, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Pelham...and a complete waste of Gandolfini

    by skimn

    who scores big in In The Loop. Always amazing that "TV" actors want their spot on the big screen, but the roles pale to their television roles. Want to see what Jon Hamm does next after the nothing role in Time Stood Still. And yes, I know Gandolfini had many film roles before the Sopranos.

  • Feb. 1, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    skip: Year One, Pelham, Hannah Montana, DragonballZ

    by Tall_Boy66

    The rest of those movies I either like/love/haven't seen.

  • Feb. 1, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST


    by Jaka

    Cool, I can see the logic in that. But I've got every movie channel available on Comcast and that's a majority of what I use my tv for. I was just a little surprised that some of your suggestions had been on for a while already. Loved Tyson, btw. Uncomfortable at times, but that doc along with The Hangover have made me like that guy much more than I did prior to their viewing. It's not a bad column idea overall. But I stand by the constant shilling growing old. AICN contributors gotta eat, though, I suppose.

  • Feb. 1, 2010, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Re: Wal-Mart Blu-Ray players

    by Jaka

    Yes, they've had them for less than $89. Had them for at least as low as $69 around Christmas and $85, I believe, just recently. Haven't checked a store recently but they have them for $98 and $108 online. The $108 player appears to be a nice 1080p Panasonic that's been "rolled back" from $249. However, as I commented before, no Blu-Ray player for me until the DVD format (and the deals you can get on them now) has run it's course. I've been through too many format changes in my life already and have too large a DVD collection to switch over now. By the time DVDs are done I expect we'll have moved past Blu-Ray anyway.

  • Feb. 2, 2010, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Thanks, and a WARNING to HBO and Cinemax viewers...

    by Lord Elric

    Keep in mind that if a movie was in 2.35:1, which is scope, HBO and Cinemax will blow it up to 1.78:1, thus cutting off a great deal of picture. Awesome idea, Hercules. Sometimes it's tough to keep up with everything. It's good to have a signpost.

  • Feb. 3, 2010, 4:58 a.m. CST

    I see someone already mentioned Ironman

    by ottomatic

    why does iit seem to take so long for some movies to premier?Wheres Indiana Jones 4 and Ironman?

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