Sunday 24 September 2017

Film Highlights Tuesday

Man of Steel (2013)

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Sky Movies Action, 9pm

English actor Henry Cavill (above) takes on the role of Superman in Zack Snyder's visually spectacular reboot of the oldest superhero franchise of them all.

As the planet Krypton is about to be destroyed, a scientist called Jor-El (Russell Crowe) fires his infant son Kal-El off into outer space in a tiny pod, which eventually crashlands on Earth. There the boy is raised by a kindly couple called the Kents, and as he grows up develops extraordinary strength and speed.

Clark Kent then adopts the secret alias of Superman, but he's not the only one to have escaped from Krypton, and a powerful enemy has followed him.

Though a little humourless in parts, 'Man of Steel' is fun to watch, and Superman will come to blows with Batman in a sequel due to be released next year.

Dark Star (1974)

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Film Four, 3pm

John Carpenter memorably described this, his debut feature, as "'Waiting for Godot' in space", and 'Dark Star's' tone is both humorous and dark. Brian Narelle and Dan O'Bannon play members of a space mission to seek out and destroy planets containing life forms that could threaten Earth.

Harper (1966)

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TCM, 6.45pm

Los Angeles private eye Lew Harper ends up uncovering a human trafficking ring after a glamorous woman hires him to look for her missing husband. Paul Newman stars in this stylish thriller inspired by the films of the 1940s. With Lauren Bacall.

The Full Monty (1997)

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Sky One, 9pm

Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Barber and Hugo Speer star in this comic drama about a group of unemployed northern English steel workers who decide to form a Chippendales-style male striptease act to help one of their number to pay his child support and get access to his son.

The General's Daughter (1999) HH

Film Four, 11.05pm

When the daughter of a general at West Point is raped and murdered, a private detective is called in to investigate the crime. He finds a web of silence and intrigue and soon begins to suspect that the victim was not who she seemed. John Travolta, Madeline Stowe, Timothy Hutton and James Cromwell star in this lacklustre 90s thriller.

Stir Crazy (1980)

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Sky Movies Comedy, 12am

Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor star in this broad comedy about two actors who are framed for a bank robbery and end up in a bleak midwestern prison. They fit in like two sore thumbs, but when the warden finds out that one of them has a natural talent for riding broncos, things get a whole lot easier.

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