Wednesday 20 September 2017

Film Highlights Friday

Zombieland (2009)

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RTE Two, 9pm

Jesse Eisenberg stars in this winning comic horror film as an urbane young man from Columbus Ohio who finds himself far from home when a terrible disease grips America and then the world and turns practically everyone into vicious, flesh-eating morons.

He wonders if he might be the last human being left, but is setting out for home to see if his parents are alive when he meets another.

'Tallahassee' (Woody Harrelson, above) is a gun-toting hardman who eats zombies for breakfast, and together they set out across Texas in his heavily armed vehicle, picking up stray survivors along the way.

Ruben Fleischer's film entertainingly sends up the conventions of zombie movies, and a fine cast includes Bill Murray, Abigail Breslin, Amber Heard and Emma Stone.

Beautiful Creatures (2013)

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Sky Movies Drama, 4pm

Entertaining fantasy based on a book by Richard LaGravenese and starring Alden Ehrenreich as Ethan, a bookish teenager who finds life in his narrow-minded Bible-belt town unbearably stifling until a mysterious girl arrives bringing an incredible secret. With Jeremy Irons and Alice Englert.

Rush Hour (1998)

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TV3, 9pm

Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker star in this rather dated-looking 90s action thriller as a Hong Kong detective and an LA cop who are thrown together by fate and must join forces despite their mutual dislike to catch the gang that have kidnapped the Chinese consul's 11-year-old daughter.

The White Buffalo (1977)

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TG4, 9.35pm

Strange and fanciful western version of Moby Dick starring Charles Bronson as legendary gunman Wild Bill Hickok, who becomes obsessed with tracking down a huge white buffalo that appears to him in dreams. With Jack Warden and Will Sampson.

Die Another Day (2002)

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UTV, 10.35pm

In his last outing as James Bond, Pierce Brosnan is on a covert mission to North Korea when he's captured and imprisoned. And when he's released in a prisoner exchange, he must race to stop the inevitable super-villain from provoking a war between North and South Korea. With Halle Berry, Judi Dench and Rosamund Pike.

Suspect (1987)

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RTE One, 11.55pm

Eighties thriller starring Cher as a high-minded public defender who takes the case of a deaf and mute homeless man who's accused of killing the secretary of a judge. But when she digs deeper with the help of a congressional aide played by Dennis Quaid, they open up a can of worms.

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