Saturday 23 September 2017

Film Highlights Wednesday

Lincoln (2012)

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Sky Movies Premiere, 8.00pm

Surely no one else but Steven Spielberg would have gotten 'Lincoln' made. A $65million political drama that lasts the guts of three hours and makes absolutely no concessions to the cheap seats must have been a pretty hard sell, but Spielberg brought his usual quiet determination to bear on a project he's been planning for over a decade.

The film is partly based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's historical biopic, 'Team of Rivals', and follows Abraham Lincoln's dogged and wily campaign to push an amendment banning slavery through Congress while managing the endgame of the Civil War.

'Lincoln' might make demands on your intelligence but is anything but dry, and Daniel Day-Lewis is nothing short of astonishing playing probably the greatest American president of them all. Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones co-star.

The Left-Handed Gun (1958)

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TCM, 3.00pm

Arthur Penn's gripping biopic stars Paul Newman as William Bonney, a young cowboy who's so incensed when his kindly and peace-loving boss is killed by a crooked sheriff and his gang that he straps on his gun and shoots the lot of them, instantly earning the nickname of Billy the Kid.

Crank (2006)

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Sky Movies Action, 10.00pm

Jason Statham has a bad day at the office in this entertaining thriller about a Los Angeles hitman who's injected by a rival with a singularly unpleasant poison called 'The Beijing Cocktail' that will kill him if his heartbeat dips too low. Cue a desperate race against time. With Amy Smart.

Mamma Mia! (2008)

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RTE One, 10.35pm

Musical based on the songs of ABBA starring Meryl Streep as a former hippie who runs a hotel on a Greek island with her daughter, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried). On the eve of her wedding, Sophie invites three of her mom's old boyfriends to the island to find out which one is her dad.

White Chicks (2004)

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3e, 11.00pm

Shawn and Marlon Wayans star in this profoundly unsubtle comedy about two dim-witted African-American FBI agents who end up in their boss's bad books after they mess up a drug bust, and are assigned as punishment to go undercover disguised as two white blonde women. With Jamie King.

Topaz (1969)

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Channel 4, 1.30am

This lesser-known Hitchcock thriller is based on a book by Leon Uris and stars Frederick Stafford as a French secret agent who sets out to find out who's been leaking military secrets to Cuba at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis. With Philippe Noiret, Michel Piccoli and John Forsythe.

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