Sunday 24 September 2017

Film Highlights Sunday

X-Men: First Class (2011)

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TV3, 9pm

An action prequel that charts the rise of Professor Charles Xavier and his band of mutant warriors, 'X-Men: First Class' might easily have been a dull and humourless affair.

But thanks to a fine cast of heavyweight actors and a witty script from a team that includes Jane Goldman, it's actually a pacy and pretty entertaining film.

It's the early 1960s, and James McAvoy is well cast as a young Charles Xavier, who assembles a team of superhero mutants to combat a villain called Sebastian Shaw who wants to turn the Cuban missile crisis into all-out nuclear war.

Michael Fassbender plays the young and deeply conflicted Magento, Jennifer Lawrence is Raven, and January Jones, Rose Byrne, Oliver Platt, Bill Milner and Kevin Bacon complete this enjoyable superhero yarn's impressive cast. A sequel will be released this week.

Finian's Rainbow (1968)

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RTE One, 2.10pm

Fred Astaire heads the cast of this musical directed by, of all people, Francis Ford Coppola, and plays a lovable rogue called Finian McLonergan who absconds from Ireland with a pot of gold and is followed to America by a vengeful leprechaun.

Tooth Fairy (2010)

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Channel 4, 3.30pm

Odd children's comedy starring Dwayne Johnson as a cocky ice hockey player who makes the mistake of telling his girlfriend's young daughter that tooth fairies don't exist. The real fairies take umbridge, and decide to teach him a lesson. Ashley Judd, Seth McFarlane and Stephen Merchant co-star.

The Wolfman (2010)

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Channel 4, 10.05pm

Supernatural thriller inspired by the great horror films of the 1930s and starring Benicio del Toro as Lawrence Talbot, a Victorian gentleman who returns to the English country pile where he was born to investigate the mysterious disappearance of his brother, and learns about a terrible family curse. With Emily Blunt.

The Running Man (1987)

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Film Four, 10.55pm

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in this sci-fi thriller set in a dystopian future and based on a story by Stephen King. Ben Richards is wrongly convicted for a multiple murder he didn't commit and forced to participate in a sadistic TV show where criminals are pursued by armed assassins.

Dorian Gray (2009)

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Channel 4, 12.05am

Ben Barnes, Colin Firth and Ben Chaplin star in this muddled drama based on Oscar Wilde's cautionary tale about a vain and vacuous London rake who grows younger and younger looking the more corrupted and ruthless he becomes. Oliver Parker directs, and Rebecca Hall co-stars.

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