Saturday 23 September 2017

Film Highlights Saturday

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

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BBC1, 10.20pm

A summer blockbuster based on a video game, Disney's 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time' is a surprisingly entertaining yarn set in medieval Persia and features Jake Gyllenhaal as Dastan, a former street urchin who became the king's beloved adopted son.

When the king is killed by treachery in the holy city of Alamut, Dastan is unfairly blamed and flees to the desert with a beautiful princess called Tamina (Gemma Arterton) who is not his biggest fan.

However she and a magic time-bending dagger will be crucial to clearing his name and saving the Persian empire from destruction. The action scenes are great, and crucially, this film also has a sense of humour.

With Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina, Ronald Pickup, Tony Kebbell and Richard Coyle. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

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BBC1, 5.10pm

Likeable Dreamworks' animation set in a small Viking town that's beset by constant dragon attacks. When an ostracised young boy called Hiccup shoots down a dragon he finds he cannot kill the creature and forms a secret bond with it. With Jay Baruchel. The Princess and the Frog (2009)

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RTE1, 6.35pm

This delightful Disney animation based on the classic Grimm brothers' fairytale is set in jazz era New Orleans, where a waitress and a visiting prince are both turned into frogs when they kiss. With the voices of Terrence Howard and Oprah Winfrey.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)

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Channel 4, 9pm

In this absurd action film based on a Marvel comic and the story of Faust, Nicolas Cage is at his hammiest playing Johnny Blaze, a cocky motorbike stunt rider who made a deal with the devil to save his dying father's life and is doomed to wander the Earth looking for lost souls. With Idris Elba.

The Firm (1993)

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Channel 4, 10.50pm

Entertaining but slightly hammy thriller from Sydney Pollack starring Tom Cruise as a bright young lawyer who joins a prestigious law firm with high hopes but is horrified to discover that the company is corrupt to its core. With Gene Hackman, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Hal Holbrook, Ed Harris and Holly Hunter.

Mean Streets (1973)

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BBC2, 11.15pm

In his first collaboration with Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro plays a volatile minor hoodlum called Johnny Boy whose disregard for mafia hierarchy makes him a liability to his ambitious friend Charlie, played by Harvey Keitel. Amy Robinson co-stars.

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