Thursday 21 September 2017

Film Highlights Wednesday

A Field in England (2013)

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Channel 4, 12.20am

Ben Wheatley's mesmerising and nightmarish drama is set during the English Civil War and stars Reece Shearsmith (above) as a Cavalier deserter called Whitehead who is on the run from a violent superior when he stumbles across two wandering comrades in a hedgerow adjacent to a raging battle.

One of them befriends him, and persuades Shearsmith to accompany them to a nearby alehouse that sounds positively idyllic by comparison. But it's a ruse designed to coax Whitehead into the orbit of O'Neil (Michael Smiley), a devilish Irishman who's looking for treasure in an open field and believes that Whitehead has special powers that will help him.

Shot in just 12 days for half nothing, 'A Field in England' is a unique, funny and staggeringly effective piece of work.

Lockout (2012)

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Sky Movies Action, 4.10pm

In Stephen St Leger and James Maher's ambitious science-fiction caper, Guy Pearce plays a disgraced government agent in the year 2079 who's sent to a high-security off-planet prison where a riot has erupted during a visit by the president's daughter.

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)

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RTE One, 9.35pm

Ropey romantic comedy very loosely based on Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' and starring Matthew McConaughey as Connor Mead, a professional photographer and cheesy ladies' man who is visited one night by the spirits of three of his ex-girlfriends, who have a thing or two to say to him.

Man in the Chair (2007)

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TG4, 11.35pm

Touching drama from Michael Schroeder starring Christopher Plummer as Flash, a veteran of the film business who longs for the days when he worked on classics with the likes of Orson Welles. And when he meets a young fanatic with big ambitions, Flash decides to help him fulfil his dreams.

The Secret in their Eyes (2009)

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RTE Two, 12.20am

In Juan Jose Campanella's Oscar-winning Argentinean thriller, Ricardo Darin plays Benjamin, a retired federal justice agent who decides to try and write a novel based on an old murder case that still haunts him because he believes that the real killer was never arrested and is still at large.

Black Narcissus (1947)

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Channel 4, 1.55am

In Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's spectacular tearjerker, a community of nuns in a remote monastery in the high Himalayas is rocked by a young sister's sexual obsession with a local landowner. With Deborah Kerr, Flora Robson, Jean Simmons, Sabu, David Farrar and Kathleen Byron.

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