Sunday 22 October 2017

Film Highlights Saturday

Tron Legacy (2010)

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BBC2, 8.00pm

Shown by BBC2 as part of a double bill with the cult 1982 science-fiction drama that inspired it, this tardy sequel is a little dull in parts but the special effects are undeniably impressive.

Garrett Hedlund plays Sam Flynn, a young tearaway whose computer whiz father Kevin disappeared without a trace 20 years ago. When Sam goes to an old gaming arcade his father used to run, he's transported into the virtual world of The Grid, where he finds that his dad is still alive and leading an underground uprising against an evil cyber dictator.

Jeff Bridges reprises his role from the first film, and the spectacular 3D chase and fight scenes are 'Tron Legacy's' principal selling point.

With Bruce Boxleitner, Beau Garrett and Olivia Wilde (above).

The Searchers (1956)

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More 4, 12.05pm

In arguably the greatest western ever made, John Wayne plays Ethan Edwards, an embittered Civl War veteran who embarks on a personally destructive and years-long quest after his niece is kidnapped by Commanches in a murderous raid on their ranch.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

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UTV, 2.30pm

In the third of the 'Potter' films, Harry and his friends Hermione and Ron return to Hogwarts only to discover that the school is under lockdown after the escape from Azkaban of Sirius Black, a notorious killer who has a bone to pick with young Master Potter.

Clear and Present Danger (1994)

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Channel 4, 10.55pm

In Phillip Noyce's absurd but enjoyable action caper, Jack Ryan rolls his sleeves up and heads for the Colombian jungle after a group of US soldiers get into difficulty on a covert mission to track down a major drug baron called Escobar. With Willem Dafoe, Miguel Sandoval and James Earl Jones.

Phantom of the Opera (2004)

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RTE One, 11.35pm

In Joel Schumacher's flashy adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical, Gerard Butler plays the Phantom, a hulking, disfigured outcast who emerges from the sewers beneath a Parisian Opera house to pursue a young soprano whose voice and beauty have bewitched him. With Emmy Rossum.

The Stranger (1946)

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TG4, 12.10am

Orson Welles directs and stars in this sombre, stylish film noir. Edward G Robinson plays a UN War Crimes official who arrives in a small Connecticut town to investigate a mysterious prep school teacher called Rankin (Welles), who is really a Nazi fugitive. With Loretta Young and Billy House.

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