Tuesday 26 September 2017

Film Highlights Tuesday

Alien (1979)

5 STARS

Channel 4, 12.20am

In Ridley Scott's breathtaking and unsurpassed 1979 science-fiction classic, Sigourney Weaver (above), John Hurt, Tom Skerritt and Harry Dean Stanton are among the weary crew of the interstellar cargo ship Nostromo who are awakened from their hibernation by a distress signal from a windswept planet.

On the surface they find an abandoned ship and a nest of strange, luminous eggs. One of the astronauts is examining an egg when it bursts open and a green claw-like object attaches itself to his face.

When he's rushed back to the ship, he brings with him a creature that explodes from his stomach and hides in the ship, where it develops into a remorseless killing machine.

Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto co-star in this gripping and almost unbearably tense thriller.

Calamity Jane (1953)

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TV3, 12.15pm

Doris Day delivers one of her most memorable performances in this lively western musical loosely based on the story of Calamity Jane and her supposed romance with legendary gunslinger and impressario Wild Bill Hickok. Howard Kee co-stars.

Uncle Buck (1989)

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UTV, 1.50pm

John Candy is at his winning best in this charming little comedy from John Hughes. When Buck Russell's uptight, prissy brother asks him to mind his kids while he and his wife leave town to visit her sick father, Buck proves more than a match for his spoilt and wilful charges. With Macauley Culkin.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

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RTE One, 3.40pm

Harrison Ford stars in Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones revival, set in the 1950s and involving a desperate race through the South American jungles to find an inordinately powerful crystal artefact. Cate Blanchett plays an icy Russian baddie, Shia LaBeouf is Indy's cocky protege, and Karen Allen, John Hurt and Ray Winstone co-star.

Clash of the Titans (2010)

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TV3, 9.00pm

In Louis Leterrier's competent take on the Greek legend of Perseus, Sam Worthington plays the half-human son of Zeus who becomes the only man who can avert tragedy when the capricious gods declare war on the people of Argos. Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Gemma Arterton co-star.

Sex and the City 2 (2010)

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RTE Two, 10.30pm

In the second film instalment of the franchise, Samantha is whisked to a hotel in Abu Dhabi by a sheik who wants her to give his business a PR overhaul, and decides to bring Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte with her, with predictably chaotic results.

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