Monday 24 November 2014

Film Highlights Sunday

Published 16/03/2014 | 02:30

Terminator Salvation (2009)

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Channel 4, 10.05pm

Big and bold and sometimes deafeningly loud, the fourth film in the 'Terminator' series feels more like a war film than a sci-fi thriller, as we're plunged into the year 2018 and the deadly battle between man and the machines that was referred to in the earlier movies.

That's only a few years away, but you'd be surprised how much can change in half a decade, as a malevolent computer has nuked all the world's major cities and unleashed an army of Terminators to polish off the survivors.

Christian Bale (right) is John Connor, son of Sarah and talisman of the Resistance, in a film that's grimly stylish in the visual department but sadly lacking when it comes to character and dialogue.

Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin and Helena Bonham-Carter co-star.

Rear Window (1954)

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BBC2, 2.10pm

Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller stars James Stewart as a photographer who gets laid up in his apartment with a broken leg and starts benignly spying on his neighbours to distract himself. But when he sees what he thinks might be evidence of a murder, he can't get anyone to believe him. Grace Kelly and Raymond Burr co-star.

Michael Collins (1996)

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TV3, 9.00pm

Neil Jordan's ambitious biopic stars Liam Neeson as Michael Collins, the charismatic young Cork rebel who learns harsh lessons during the 1916 Rising and spearheads a ruthless but effective campaign against the English during the War of Independence.

Sexy Beast (2000)

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Film4, 11.05pm

Sharp and funny British crime thriller starring Ray Winstone as a famous London safe-cracker who is living in happy retirement in the south of Spain until a cunning and extremely violent former colleague arrives at his villa to persuade him to take on one last job. With Ben Kingsley.

Minority Report (2002)

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BBC1, 11.25pm

Clever sci-fi thriller directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise as John Anderton, a Washington D.C. cop in 2054 who arrests people for crimes they will shortly commit based on the evidence provided by three psychics, or 'precogs'. But when one of them predicts he will commit murder, John is forced to go on the run.

Memento (2000)

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Channel 4, 12.15am

Guy Pearce stars in this gripping, innovative thriller from Christopher Nolan as Leonard Shelby, a man whose crippling amnesia hampers his desperate attempts to track down the intruder who killed his wife. With Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano.

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