Thursday 21 September 2017

Film Highlights Friday

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

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RTE Two, 9.00pm

Jon Favreau's 'Cowboys & Aliens' is a preposterous but very entertaining action blockbuster based on a graphic novel of the same name.

Daniel Craig (above with Harrison Ford) is Jake Lonergan, a wanted outlaw who comes to in the middle of the desert with a strange, futuristic shackle attached to his wrist. That wristband is a weapon, which comes in pretty handy when the nearest town is attacked by flying saucers packed with hostile aliens, and Lonergan is forced to team up with his old enemy, a curmudgeonly rancher called Dolarhyde (Ford) in order to repel them.

Ford and Craig work surprisingly well together, and overall 'Cowboys & Aliens' is good fun, though it does come a bit unstuck towards the end.

With Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano, Abigail Spencer and Olivia Wilde.

Ghost (1990)

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Film4, 9.00pm

The late Patrick Swayze stars in this hit 90s melodrama as a New York banker who's murdered by a colleague and comes back in ghostly form to warn his girlfriend that her life may by in danger too. With Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg and Vincent Schiavelli.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

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TG4, 9.05pm

Niels Arden Oplev's stylish but very violent crime drama stars Michael Nyqvist as a campaigning Swedish journalist who joins forces with a chippy young female hacker to investigate the disappearance of a young woman from a wealthy family 40 years ago. With Noomi Rapace.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)

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3e, 10.15pm

Kevin James stars in this daft but modestly amusing comedy as a man whose dreams of becoming a policeman ended in tatters when he had to settle for being a security guard at a suburban mall. But when a group of thieves raid the mall he gets his chance to shine. With Jayma Mays.

Saw (2004)

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Channel 4, 11.25pm

In James Wan's grisly but reasonably intelligent horror film that launched a franchise, two men wake up in a disused subterranean bathroom and discover that one of them is going to have to kill the other in order to survive. Leigh Whannell, Danny Glover and Cary Elwes star.

Double Jeopardy (1999)

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RTE One, 12.00am

In this enjoyable thriller that bears more than a passing resemblance to 'The Fugitive', Ashley Judd plays a woman convicted of killing her wealthy husband after he goes missing aboard his yacht and she wakes up covered in his blood. But guess what, she didn't do it, and sets out to prove it.

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