Friday 20 October 2017

Film Highlights Sunday

Hanna (2011)

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Channel 4, 10.00pm

With Hanna, Joe Wright made a welcome return to form after the truly dire 'Soloist', and was helped by an absolutely breathtaking performance from Saoirse Ronan (above). She is Hanna, a 16-year-old girl who's been raised by her father, Erik, in the Arctic wastes of northern Finland in complete ignorance of the modern world.

He's also trained her to be a mercilessly efficient assassin, and now sends her out into the world to confront a corrupt CIA agent called Marissa Wiegler.

A slowly unfolding plot involves lies, betrayals and secret government programs, but first and foremost Hanna is a visual spectacle, and a pretty impressive one at that.

Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett provide strong support, but this is Saoirse Ronan's show and she holds Wright's ambitious film together brilliantly.

Clueless (1995)

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RTE Two, 5.05pm

There are shades of Jane Austen in this likeable 90s comedy, with Alicia Silverstone excellent as the apparently ditsy and shallow Valley Girl Cher, whose superficial exterior hides a sweet nature and unsuspected depths. With Paul Rudd and Stacey Dash.

Home Alone (1990)

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Channel 4, 5.25pm

In Chris Columbus' winningly innocent family comedy, Macaulay Culkin plays an eight-year-old kid who accidentally gets left behind by his parents when they rush off for a Christmas holiday. But when two burglars attempt to rob the house, the little chap proves more than a match for them.

The Perfect Storm (2000)

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ITV2 6.20pm

George Clooney heads the cast of this Wolfgang Petersen action film based on the true story of a small trawler from Gloucester, Massachusetts that heads to sea late in the season in the hopes of landing a big catch but sails straight into one of the biggest storms in the history of the north Atlantic. With Mark Wahlberg and John C Reilly.

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

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RTE Two, 9.00pm

In this powerful drama set during the Rwandan genocide of 1994, Don Cheadle plays the manager of a hotel that becomes an unlikely refuge for desperate Tutsis fleeing the murderous Hutu militia. Terry George directs, and Sophie Okonedo co-stars in the true story of a heroic man.

Red Heat (1988)

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UTV, 11.05pm

This dated 1980s buddy move directed by Walter Hill stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a conscientious Russian policeman who comes to Chicago and teams up with a foulmouthed local cop to hunt down a Georgian drug-dealer who killed both their partners. With James Belushi and Gina Gershon.

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