Sunday 24 September 2017

Film Highlights Saturday

Green Zone (2010)

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Channel 4, 9pm

In Paul Greengrass's gritty conspiracy drama set during the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, Matt Damon plays Roy Miller, a US Army Warrant Officer who's searching with his unit for weapons of mass destruction in occupied Baghdad when he begins to smell a rat.

Time after time they arrive at the supposed locations of weapons stashes to find absolutely no trace of them. Then he meets a CIA bureau chief called Brown (Brendan Gleeson), who thinks the military have been colluding with the Iraqi generals, and together they set out to prove it, and expose the corruption.

'Green Zone' has nothing particularly new to say about the invasion of Iraq, but Damon is excellent in the central role and the set piece action scenes are extremely impressive. With Amy Adams, Jason Issacs and Greg Kinnear. Casablanca (1942)

5 STARS

More4, 4.30pm

Humphrey Bogart stars in the timeless wartime classic as a cynical Casablanca nightclub owner called Rick Blaine whose sang-froid goes out the window when an old flame called Ilsa Lund walks into his nightclub. With Ingrid Bergman.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

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BBC1, 5.10pm

While attempting to fly a plane back home to New York, the lost zoo animals crashland on the plains of Africa and have a hard time fending for themselves in their supposed natural habitat. With the voices of Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer and Chris Rock.

Cast Away (2000)

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TV3, 9.30pm

Tom Hanks and a mild-mannered volleyball star in Robert Zemeckis's take on the Robinson Crusoe predicament. Hanks plays a hectically busy FedEx employee who experiences a drastic change of pace when he's involved in a plane crash and ends up stranded on a remote Pacific island.

Going the Distance (2010)

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TG4, 10.30pm

Relentlessly soppy romantic comedy starring Justin Long as Garrett, a young New Yorker who's drowning his sorrows in a bar after being dumped by his girlfriend when he falls in love with a charming young woman called Erin. Only trouble is she lives in San Francisco, and long distance relationships aren't supposed to work.

What Just Happened (2008)

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BBC2, 11pm

Barry Levinson's sharp satire stars Robert De Niro as a famous Hollywood producer whose professional and personal lives begin to fall apart when a new film of his starring Sean Penn receives a terrible response at public previews. With Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Bruce Willis and John Turturro.

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