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Thursday 17 April 2014

Film Highlights Monday

The Wrestler (2009)

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TG4, 9.30pm

In Darren Aronofsky's moving drama Mickey Rourke (above) found the role he was surely born to play, that of Randy 'The Ram' Robinson, a washed-up pugilist who used to be a big shot but now lives in a trailerpark and wrestles at weekends.

Randy still fights because it's the only thing he was ever any good at. His marriage collapsed long ago, and his grown-up daughter can't stand the sight of him, but Randy thinks his luck has changed when he falls in love with a seasoned stripper (Marisa Tomei) and is asked to take part in a lucrative rematch of one his most famous fights.

What could have been a sentimental hard luck story is raised above the banal by Aronofsky's gritty direction and Rourke's truly remarkable performance.

With Evan Rachel Wood, Dylan Keith Summers and Mark Margolis.

The Anderson Tapes (1971)

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Film4, 2.40pm

Sean Connery and Dyan Cannon star in this heist drama from Sidney Lumet. An ex-con who is planning a massively audacious multi-million dollar burglary from a New York apartment building doesn't realise that his every move is being watched by the police.

Rocky Mountain (1950)

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TCM, 4.25pm

Western starring Errol Flynn as Captain Lafe Barstow, the dashing leader of a Confederate troop that's in California trying to drum up recruits for the South's faltering war campaign when they save a stagecoach from an Indian attack and Barstow falls in love with one of the passengers.

American Reunion (2012)

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Sky Movies Comedy, 8.00pm

When Jim, Oz, Michelle, Stifler and the gang reunite for their 13-year high school reunion, they're all well established in their lives and some of them have children, but they turn out not to be quite as mature as they initially seemed. Indifferent comic sequel, starring Jason Biggs and Chris Klein.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

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Sky Movies Drama, 9.00pm

Kate Hudson stars in this romantic comedy as an agony aunt for a glossy magazine who sets out to demonstrate how easy it is to attract and then dump a man in just 10 days. But when she chooses her target, she doesn't realise he's an ad executive who's something of an expert on women.

The Runaways (2010)

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Film4, 11.15pm

Decent drama based on the true story of The Runaways, America's first all-girl rock group. Kristen Stewart plays Joan Larkin, a Californian teenager who in the mid-1970s changed her name to Joan Jett and began looking for a lead singer charismatic enough to front her new band. With Dakota Fanning.

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