Sunday 24 September 2017

Film Highlights Saturday

The American (2010)

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Film Four, 9pm

Anton Corbijn's moody but rather flimsy drama stars George Clooney (above) as Jack, a professional hitman who goes to ground in a remote southern Italian village after barely escaping with his life from a controversial incident in Sweden.

Jack's employer has told him to lie low, but when he gets bored and goes to a nearby brothel he falls in love with a prostitute called Clara (Violante Placido).

Jack is considering retiring from crime altogether until his boss gives him a new contract, and a suspicious-looking Swede turns up in town.

'The American' is full of atmosphere and a sense of dread, especially early on, and Clooney is good as the catatonic killer. But he's given too little to work with in a film that's high on style but short on substance. Mr Popper's Penguins (2011)

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RTE One, 6.40pm

Charming children's comedy starring Jim Carrey as Tom Popper, a high-flying but glum and recently divorced businessman whose life changes in all sorts of ways when he inherits six penguins from his eccentric explorer father. With Carla Gugino. Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011)

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Channel 4, 9pm

In the penultimate part of the sloppy teen vampire drama, Bella and Edward finally tie the knot and travel to Brazil on honeymoon. Everything seems perfect but Jacob is still worried about Bella's safety, and when she falls pregnant, the werewolves take the news badly. With Robert Pattinson.

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)

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TV3, 9pm

In this sequel to the hugely successful 2001 romantic comedy, Bridget is happily involved with dashing lawyer Mark Darcy until she becomes paranoid about a glamorous work colleague of his and starts spying on him. With Renee Zellweger.

Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

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BBC2, 11pm

Parminder Nagra and a young Keira Knightley star in this heartwarming comedy about a young Sikh girl called Jess whose talent for soccer horrifies her traditional parents, who forbid her from playing for the local girls' team. Gurinder Chadha directs.

Copycat (1995)

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Channel 4, 11.15pm

Sigourney Weaver stars in this entertaining if slightly far-fetched 90s thriller as a criminal psychologist who becomes a recluse after a serial killer attacks and nearly kills her. But when he escapes from prison and begins a series of murders inspired by the work of other serial killers, she's reluctantly drawn into the attempt to catch him.

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