Tuesday 17 October 2017

Film Highlight Tuesday

Earthbound (2012)

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Sky Movies Premiere, 6.15pm

Written and directed by young Irish filmmaker Alan Brennan, 'Earthbound' is a whimsical but ambitious little film that tries to fuse romcom with sci-fi thriller on a shoestring budget and almost gets away with it.

Rafe Spall (above) stars as Joe Norman, a lonely young man who is haunted by the premature death of his beloved father. Bill Norman (Neil Morrissey) died when his son was only 11 years of age, but before he did pass away, he confided in Joe about a daring escape from an alien planet that made the boy believe he was really an extraterrestrial.

He still scours the dark night sky for traces of his home planet, and when he takes the decision to share his secret with his new girlfriend Maria (Jenn Murray), he unleashes all sorts of unintended consequences.

Siege of the Saxons (1963)

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Channel 4, 1.30pm

When King Arthur is betrayed and killed by Edmund of Cornwall, his daughter Katherine manages to escape with the help of a charismatic outlaw and plot her revenge. With Janette Scott and Ronald Lewis.

The Quiller Memorandum (1966)

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Film4, 2.45pm

George Segal stars in this entertaining Michael Anderson flick as Quiller, a crack American agent who's drafted in by the British secret service to help them infiltrate a neo-Nazi plot in 1960s Berlin. A fine cast includes Alec Guinness, Max von Sydow, George Sanders and Senta Berger.

Kings Go Forth (1958)

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TCM, 4.40pm

Weighty drama from Delmer Davies starring Frank Sinatra and Tony Curtis as two American soldiers fighting together in southern France who become romantically involved with the same woman. But when they find out about her racial background, their reactions differ revealingly. With Natalie Wood and Eddie Ryder.

Taken 2 (2012)

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Sky Movies Action, 10.00pm

In this convoluted but reasonably enjoyable action sequel, the tables are turned for ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills when he and his wife are taken hostage in Istanbul by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter in Paris. With Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Rade Serbedzija, Jon Gries, DB. Sweeney and Luke Grimes.

The Rum Diary (2011)

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Sky Movies Drama, 12.20am

Johnny Depp stars in Bruce Robinson's drama based on a novel by Hunter S Thompson. Depp is Paul Kemp, a hard-drinking American journalist who arrives in Puerto Rico in 1960 to take up a job at a local newspaper and stumbles on a corrupt land deal. With Richard Jenkins and Aaron Eckhart.

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