THE movie line-up is looking up at last. First choice must be Guilty by Suspicion, an unjustly criticised picture about Senator McCarthy's communist witchhunt in 1950s Hollywood. But, if you're after something less demanding, then Moon Over Parador is quietly amusing. ROBERT de Niro plays David Merrill, a top 20th-Century Fox director, in Guilty by Suspicion (Pearl, 9.45, Original Running Time 105 mins). Merrill returns from Europe to find a Hollywood on the edge of hysteria as its movers and shakers are ordered to testify before the House Un-American Affairs Committee. Merrill's ''crime'' is not his attendance at three Communist Party meetings during the war, but his refusal to name names of who else attended. Failure to co-operate is the death-knell for his career, and his fall from grace is shown in agonising detail, and watched disbelievingly by his ex-wife (Annette Bening). The movie has its weaknesses, but overall it's a chilling reminder of the fragility of civil liberties. The final scene is powerful, though it could have done without the continued cuts to Bening. George Wendt and Patricia Wettig co-star. IN a lighter vein, there's Moon Over Parador (World, 9.30pm, ORT 105 mins) in which Richard Dreyfuss (What About Bob?) plays an actor forced to impersonate the murdered dictator of a fictional Latin American country. Dreyfuss comes to relish the acting role of a lifetime, and falls for the dead man's mistress (Sonia Braga from Kiss of the Spiderwoman). Director Paul Mazursky has a memorable cameo playing the dictator's mother, and Sammy Davis Jr makes a guest star appearance. Predictable, but fun. SET in 19th century rural England, Precious Bane (Pearl, midnight) is the story of the Sarns, a family cursed according to local wizard Beguildy (John McEnery). His words seem borne out when the Sarns suffer a series of disasters starting with the accidental death of farmer Sarn at the hands of his son Gideon. Daughter Prue (Janet McTeer, outstanding) suffers the taunts of the villagers because she has a harelip. It's not all tragedy - there's more than a touch of magic and mayhem in this acclaimed drama. HONGKONG is the subject of A Traveller's Guide to the Orient (STAR Plus, 7pm). The episode is entitled The Fragrant Harbour, which would seem to suggest the makers hadn't been here for some decades, but apparently it covers the territory's history as well the present day. JAN Stradling and Johanna Gardiner, cool hosts of that totally crucial television show TCTV (World, 6pm), check out the Hongkong International Film Festival this week, highlighting movies likely to appeal to youthful persons. There's also a feature on flares - either fashion banes or boons, depending on whether or not you saw them the first time round.