Wednesday 22 October 2014

Film Highlights Sunday

Published 23/02/2014 | 02:30

BRIDESMAIDS (2011)

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Channel 4, 9.00pm

When 'Bridesmaids' was first released, lazy reviewers described it as the female 'Hangover', but that description sells it badly short. Kristen Wiig co-wrote and stars in this sparkling and original ensemble comedy as Annie Walker, a likeable but downtrodden Midwestern woman who proves a disastrous maid of honour when asked to organise her best friend's hen party.

Part broad farce and part romantic comedy, 'Bridesmaids' is a truly hilarious film but it's also a surprisingly touching story about friendship, loneliness and failure.

Ms Wiig is outstanding in the demanding lead role, helped by a very fine supporting cast. Melissa McCarthy is great as the class clown, Maya Rudolph is the unfortunate bride, and Rose Byrne is priceless as Annie's prissy and controlling rival. Highly recommended.

North by Northwest (1959)

5 STARS

RTE One, 2.40pm

In Alfred Hitchcock's iconic action thriller, Cary Grant is a suave Madison Avenue advertising executive called Roger Thornhill who's forced to go on the run across America after being mistaken for a spy by a sinister group of foreigners. With James Mason.

Blood Diamond (2006)

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TV3, 9.00pm

Edward Zwick's entertaining but rather worthy thriller stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Danny Archer, a Zimbabwean soldier of fortune who's trading guns for diamonds in Sierra Leone when he gets a life-changing insight into the human misery caused by the diamond trade. With Jennifer Connelly.

a prophet (2009)

5 STARS

RTE Two, 10.25pm

In Jacques Audiard's outstanding crime drama, Tahar Rahim plays Malik El Djebena, a young French-Algerian who's sent to prison for attacking a police officer and ends up being befriended by a Corsican crime boss who takes him under his wing.

The Devil's Double (2011)

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BBC1, 11.35pm

Violent thriller based on a true story and starring Dominic Cooper as Latif Yahia, an Iraqi War veteran who's forced to become a body double for Uday Hussein, Saddam's debauched and psychotic son. Cooper plays both roles and is excellent, but this otherwise muddled and unpleasant film lets him down. With Ludivine Sagnier.

Silkwood (1983)

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BBC2, 12.45am

Meryl Streep stars in this gripping espionage drama based on the true story of Karen Silkwood, a union activist and chemical technician who died in mysterious circumstances after she made claims about safety procedures at the nuclear power plant where she worked. With Cher, Kurt Russell, David Strathairn and Fred Ward.

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