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Wednesday 16 April 2014

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The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

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Sky Movies Action, 9.00pm

After a break of five years, the lucrative 'Spider-Man' franchise was fairly successfully revived in this engaging big-budget romp directed by Marc Webb.

Andrew Garfield replaces Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker, and the film goes back to the start of his story to describe how a geeky schoolboy ends up as a masked crimefighter after being bitten by a genetically modified spider.

Garfield is very good in the lead role, and works well with his love interest, Emma Stone. A strong cast includes Martin Sheen, Rhys Ifans and Denis Leary, and the film's opening hour or so is funny and enjoyable.

But its villain, a giant lizard man with a nasty agenda, is problematic, and the film's long and noisy conclusion will test the patience of some.

Ice Age 2: the Meltdown (2006)

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ITV2, 2.25pm

Mannie the Mammoth, Sid the Sloth and Diego the Sabre-Toothed Tiger return in this competent sequel to the 2002 animation, this time attempting to find a new home when they realise that melting glaciers are about to destroy their valley. With the voices of Denis Leary, Ray Romano and Jay Leno.

My Father, The Hero (1994)

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RTE Two, 3.25pm

Indifferent remake of a 1991 French language comedy starring a young Katherine Heigl as Nicole, who's on holiday with her French father Andre (Gerard Depardieu) when she falls for a boy called Ben and pretends her dad's her lover in order to impress him. With Lauren Hutton and Faith Prince.

Night at the Museum (2007)

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Channel 4, 5.35pm

This playful adventure comedy was a big hit in 2007, and spawned a sequel. Ben Stiller plays a single father who gets a job at a natural history museum where exhibits have a nasty habit of coming to life after dark. An all-star supporting cast includes Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais and Owen Wilson.

Crocodile Dundee (1986)

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E4, 8.00pm

A surprise hit in the mid-1980s, this crude but enjoyable comedy stars comedian Paul Hogan as Mick 'Crocodile' Dundee, a rugged Australian outdoorsman who's invited to New York by a glamorous American journalist and becomes something of a celebrity in the Big Apple. With Linda Kozlowski.

Eamon (2009)

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TV3, 11.00pm

Uneven drama from Margaret Corkery starring the excellent Robert Donnelly as Eamon, a deeply disturbed six-year-old boy whose problems with his dreadful parents come to a head during a shambolic beach holiday on the Wicklow coast. With Amy Kirwan, Darren Healy and Deirdre Monaghan.

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