Wednesday 20 September 2017

Film Highlights Tuesday

White House Down (2013)

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Sky Movies Premiere, 8pm

By some distance the silliest film ever made about either the White House or the US Presidency, Roland Emmerich's all-action pantomime is also a lot of fun, and is helped by a certain coy chemistry between its unlikely co-stars, Channing Tatum (above) and Jamie Foxx.

Mr Tatum is John Cale, a Capital Police officer who's touring the White House with his 12-year-old daughter when it's attacked by a group of terrorists who kill all the guards and do their best to corner the President, James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx).

They're led by an embittered Secret Service man (James Woods), and as their plan unfolds it becomes ever more grandiose and diabolical.

Only Cale stands between the leader of the free world and harm, but Emily is also loose in the building. Hills of Home (1948)

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Film Four, 12.50pm

In the fourth of the 'Lassie' films, Edmund Gwenn plays William MacLure, a busy doctor in the Scottish highlands who's not best pleased when he's sold a beautiful collie who's afraid of water. But he soon finds out she's not to be underestimated. With Tom Drake, Donald Crisp and Janet Leigh. Jaws (1975)

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Sky Movies Action, 5pm

Steven Spielberg's timeless thriller stars Roy Scheider as Martin Brody, the chief of police on a picturesque New England island that's just preparing for the summer season when a girl is attacked and killed by a shark, prompting panic and a desperate sea hunt. With Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss.

Mrs Doubtfire (1993)

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Sky One, 9pm

Family comedy from Chris Columbus starring Robin Williams as a party-loving father called Daniel whose wife divorces him because she thinks he's immature. Determined to win his family back, Daniel decides to pose as a redoubtable Scottish nanny to worm his way back into their hearts.

Swingers (1996)

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BBC1, 12.20am

Jon Favreau stars as Mike, a would-be actor who leaves his girlfriend of six years and moves to Hollywood to become a star. But fame is not forthcoming, and instead he falls in with a couple of ladies' men who trawl the bars and clubs of Los Angeles.

The devil's own (1997)

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TCM, 1am

Ropey but entertaining thriller starring Brad Pitt as a dashing IRA man called Rory Devaney who escapes to New York and finds a home in the house of a friendly Irish-American cop who has no idea who he really is. But his past soon catches up with him. Harrison Ford, Ruben Blades, Treat Williams and Natascha McElhone co-star.

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