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Wednesday 24 September 2014

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Published 15/12/2013 | 02:30

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Cloud Atlas (2012)

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Sky Movies Premiere, 10.00pm

A mad, almost three-hour-long romp through six different stories set in the present, future and past. This epic film boasting three directors is based on David Mitchell's acclaimed 2004 novel of the same name.

An ensemble cast that includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry (both above), Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant and Hugo Weaving play numerous characters in a series of interconnecting adventures that range from intrigue on board a 19th-century slave vessel to a nuclear scandal in 1970s San Francisco and a revolution in a nightmarish futuristic society.

Unsurprisingly, 'Cloud Atlas' doesn't always hang together but it's fantastic to look at for the most part, and a lot of fun, and Tom Hanks is very good in the pivotal role of Zachary, a futuristic primitive plagued by visions of a demon called George.

Scrooge (1970)

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TCM, 6.45pm

Albert Finney was only 34 when cast as Ebenezer Scrooge in this exuberant Ronald Neame musical, but does a great job of playing the old curmudgeon, who is challenged to mend his wicked ways one Christmas Eve when he's visited by three spirits. With Kenneth More and Alec Guinness.

Zoolander (2001)

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Film4, 7.20pm

Ben Stiller directs and stars in this idiotic but amusing comedy about a self-obsessed model called Derek Zoolander who experiences a career crisis and ends up being brainwashed by a villain who wants him to assassinate the prime minister of Malaysia. With Owen Wilson and Christine Taylor.

Snatch (2000)

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TV3, 9.00pm

Guy Ritchie's clever comic thriller stars Brad Pitt as Mickey O'Neil, an Irish Traveller and bare knuckle boxer who gets mixed up with the frantic search for a stolen diamond after becoming involved with a crooked promoter called 'Turkish'. With Jason Statham and Benicio Del Toro.

The Ballroom of Romance (1982)

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TG4, 9.55pm

In Pat O'Connor's beautifully judged rural drama based on a story by William Trevor, a lonely young woman called Bridie tries and fails to find romance at a gloomy country dance. With Brenda Fricker and Mick Lally.

Body Heat (1981)

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BBC1, 11.45pm

Lawrence Kasdan's 1981 thriller has echoes of Billy Wilder's 'Double Indemnity', and stars Kathleen Turner as Matty Walker, a beautiful but wilful Florida housewife who persuades her lover, a smalltown lawyer, to murder her wealthy husband. With Richard Crenna, Ted Danson, Mickey Rourke and Kim Zimmer.

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