Jawbreaker (1999): Don't you just hate it when you stage a pretend kidnapping of your friend for her 17th birthday and through absolutely no fault of your own she ends up unexpectedly, sort of, you know, dead? That's the setup of this crass, derivative and utterly enjoyable black comedy starring Rose McGowan as the queen bee of the Pretty Girl Popular Set at her high school. Featuring a terrific dual performance from the perennially underrated Judy Greer. -- 6:50 a.m. Monday on Cinemax

The Faculty (1998): This tacky but fun thriller poses the delicious question: What if the faculty of our high school is secretly plotting apocalyptic evil? The rather amazing cast includes John Stewart, Clea Duval, Josh Hartnett, Salma Hayek, Danny Masterson, Famke Janssen, Piper Laurie, Bebe Newirth, Elijah Wood ... the list goes on and on. Turn your brain off and see if the cute high school kids can foil the evil administration. -- 3:15 p.m. Monday on Cinemax

The Manchurian Candidate (1962): If you're one of those people who thinks Angela Lansbury is nothing more than sweet Mrs. Potts or canny detective Jessica Fletcher, and you've never seen this legendary movie, prepare to be shocked. Angela plays one of the most monstrous mothers of all time, manipulating her brainwashed son (Lawrence Harvey) into a deadly tool. Shelved quickly because of the Kennedy assassination, this movie deserves to be far more well known than it is. -- 7 p.m. Wednesday on Turner Classic Movies

The Kennel Murder Case (1933): This is the fifth film to feature mystery writer S.S. Van Dine's amateur sleuth, the fourth one to star William Powell, and the first one to be directed by the great Michael Curtiz. It's widely considered to be the best of the bunch, and I can attest that it's a breathless good time to watch. Though only 73 minutes long, it's got a plot I cannot begin to summarize here. Just know that there are lots of suspects, lots of witty repartee, and it co-stars Mary Astor. What more could you need to know? Enjoy! -- 8:45 a.m. thursday on Turner Classic Movies

Trivia Question No. 513: In what film does Rose McGowan's character end up with a minigun attached to the stump of her amputated leg?

Answer to Trivia Question No. 511: Frank Oz had a cameo as a prison guard in The Blues Brothers.

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