Saturday 21 October 2017

Film Highlights Thursday

Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

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Sky Movies Drama, 11.15pm

This inventive and original comedy from Glenn Ficarra and John Requa stars Steve Carell as Cal, an easy-going middle-aged family man with a bad fashion sense and a pudding bowl haircut. He thinks his life is going swimmingly until his wife of 20-odd years, Emily (Julianne Moore) abruptly announces that she wants a divorce.

Devastated, Cal retreats to a soulless apartment where he's visited by his bemused children at weekends, and spends most of his free time loitering in a singles' bar bemoaning his fate. There, a suave young ladies' man called Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling, above) takes pity on the gormless Cal, and decides to take him under his wing and teach him how to score with women.

Analeigh Tipton, Emma Stone and Jonah Bobo co-star.

Valerie (1957)

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TCM, 3.00pm

Dark thriller directed by Gerd Oswald and starring Sterling Hayden as a rancher who's arrested for killing his parents-in-law and critically injuring his wife. As his trial proceeds, flashbacks reveal what really happened. With Anita Ekberg, Anthony Steel, Peter Walker and Tom McKee.

The Four Feathers (1939)

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Sky Movies Drama, 9.00pm

Competent remake of Zoltan Korda's 1930s epic starring Heath Ledger as a British cavalry officer who returns to Khartoum 10 years after Gerenal Gordon's death looking for revenge but also to prove that he's no coward. With Michael Sheen, Kate Hudson, Tim Pigott-Smith and Djimon Hounsou.

Mercury Rising (1998)

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TV3, 9.00pm

Daft 90s thriller starring Bruce Willis as a disaffected FBI agent who is assigned to protect an autistic nine-year-old boy when he becomes the target of assassins after mysteriously managing to crack the supposedly unbreakable code for a high-tech government security system called Mercury. With Alec Baldwin and Miko Hughes.

Heat (1995)

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Film4, 9.00pm

In Michael Mann's stylish heist thriller, Robert De Niro plays the leader of a group of high-stakes bank robbers whose carefully maintained anonymity is compromised when a job goes badly wrong. Al Pacino plays the obsessive Los Angeles cop who trails him, and Val Kilmer, Jon Voight and Tom Sizemore co-star.

From Hell (2001)

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TCM, 1.10am

In this gory thriller set in Victorian London, Johnny Depp is Fred Abberline, a police inspector and clairvoyant whose interest in the Ripper murders is intensified when he begins to fall in love with an East End prostitute who may be in the firing line.

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