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Friday 18 April 2014

Film Highlights Tuesday

Limitless (2011)

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Film4, 9.00pm

Based on a novel by Dublin writer Alan Glynn, Neil Burger's 'Limitless' is an energetic, if rather slight, thriller starring Bradley Cooper as a man whose life is changed forever by a dangerous new drug.

Eddie Morra is a failed and desperate writer until his ex-brother-in-law introduces him to an illegal experimental drug. When he takes it Eddie becomes a brilliant polymath, and after he's finished his book in four days he discovers a talent for high finance. But there are nasty side-effects, and Eddie will later regret borrowing $100,000 from a Russian mobster.

Robert De Niro co-stars as a Wall Street mogul, Abbie Cornish plays Morra's girlfriend, and Burger uses flashy effects to depict Eddie's altered state.

With Johnny Whitworth, Andrew Howard and Anna Friel.

Kidnapped (1971)

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Channel 4, 1.05pm

In this adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's adventure novel, a naive young Scottish noble is cheated of his inheritance and sold into slavery, but his luck changes when he meets a charismatic Jacobite rebel called Alan Breck. Michael Caine, Jack Hawkins and Gordon Jackson star.

Quantum of Solace (2008)

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Sky Movies Action, 8.00pm

In his second film as James Bond, Daniel Craig is on the trail of a French villain called Greene, who has hatched a plot to syphon off all of Bolivia's drinking water and create a lucrative monopoly. Mathieu Amalric plays the bad guy, and Gemma Arterton and Olga Kurylenko provide the glamour.

Trouble with the Curve (2012)

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Sky Movies Premiere, 10.00pm

Mawkish baseball movie directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, who plays Gus Lobel, an ornery old talent scout who discovers that his eyesight is failing and is forced to rely on the help of his estranged daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams). With Justin Timberlake and John Goodman.

Bull Durham (1988)

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TCM, 11.10pm

Ron Shelton's likeable 80s comic drama stars Kevin Costner as 'Crash' Davis, a wily minor league baseball player who's hired by a smalltown team called the Bulls to prepare their pitcher 'Nuke' LaLoosh for a possible career in the major leagues. With Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon andTrey Wilson.

Dragonfly (2002)

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BBC1, 11.55pm

Kevin Costner stars in this ill-advised psychological thriller about a Chicago doctor who is stricken with grief after his wife dies while working with the Red Cross in Colombia, and then begins seeing patterns in the sketches of children at the hospital that convince him she is trying to contact him.

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