(Sony Max, Friday, 9 p.m.)
Maximus (Russell Crowe), a Roman general who is loved by the people, is appointed heir by the Emperor instead of his own son, Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix). The following power struggle results in the deaths of Maximus' family members. A heartbroken Maximus gets captured and is put to the task of entertaining through Gladiator games.
(STAR Movies, Sunday, 10 a.m.)
Ike (Richard Gere) is a newspaper columnist. He gets information about Maggie (Julia Roberts), who has a tendency to run away from her weddings at the last minute. Without cross checking facts, Ike, who does not have a great opinion about women, writes a stinging report about Maggie in the newspaper. The paper's out the next day and Ike gets fired from his job. Now, Ike can get his job back only after writing a regular, fact-based report on Maggie. But will Maggie co-operate after the way he's dragged her name through mud?
(HBO, Friday, 9 p.m.)
Stanley (Jim Carrey) works for a bank and is a very mild character. His boss and colleagues take advantage of his nature and walk all over Stanley. But his life changes forever when he chances upon an ancient mask that grafts itself on to the face of the wearer and changes his personality totally giving him superhuman powers. The Mask is the alter-ego of Stanley. There is no stopping him as he sets out to avenge all the insults that he has received. All this until the local mobster gets wind of ... the powers of the mask.
(Movies Now, Saturday, 9 p.m.)
Two tiger cubs grow up among ancient temple ruins in French Indo-China.
One is gentle while the other is fierce. The gentle one is captured and sold to a circus and trained to jump through a hoop of fire. The fierce one is taken away and gifted to the regional administrator's son.
The fierce tiger cub tears their house apart and is given away to the king's museum. One year later, the grown up tigers are set to fight one another in the king's stadium. The cast includes Guy Pearce, Jean-Claude Dreyfus and Freddie Highmore.
(MGM Movies, Friday, 9 p.m.)
When terrorists threaten to blow up San Diego, heroic cop Norris is forced to collaborate with a canine partner who seems to outsmart him every step of the way. Chuck Norris, Michele Lamar Richards and Erik von Detten are in the lead roles.
The Falcon and the Snowman
(MGM Movies, Saturday, 5 p.m.)
This is a true story about two childhood friends from affluent American families who betray their country when they decide to sell government secrets to the Russians. Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn star in this film.