Thursday 18 December 2014

Film Highlights Wednesday

Published 02/02/2014 | 02:30

Horrible Bosses (2011)

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RTE One, 9.35pm

Lewd, crude and not especially politically correct, Seth Gordon's film features an all-star cast who enthusiastically take the rise out of themselves and is actually very enjoyable.

Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis play Nick, Dale and Kurt, three 30-something friends whose lives are blighted by a common affliction – they all work for horrible bosses.

Nick's hopes of promotion have been cruelly blocked by his demonic superior (Kevin Spacey), dental nurse Dale is being sexually harassed by his boss (Jennifer Aniston) and Kurt's life is made miserable by a coke-sniffing fiend played by Colin Farrell. But things get out of hand when they make a pact to get rid of them. 'Horrible Bosses' is broad strokes comedy and won't be for everyone, but is undeniably funny.

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

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Sky Movies Comedy, 6.20pm

Quirky comedy from Jared Hess starring Jon Heder as Napoleon Dynamite, an extremely imaginative but over-sensitive Idaho high school kid whose persistent attempts to fit in are constantly thwarted by his eccentric family, who have a pet llama.

Layer Cake (2004)

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Film4, 9.00pm

Daniel Craig stars in this stylish and blackly comic British crime drama as an enterprising drug dealer who's made enough money to retire. He's about to do so when a local mob boss insists he take on one last job by tracking down the heroin-addicted daughter of a wealthy man. With Tom Hardy.

The Cable Guy (1996)

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Sky Movies Comedy, 10.00pm

In Ben Stiller's cult comedy, Matthew Broderick plays a recently jilted man called Steve Kovacs who gets more than he bargained for when he encourages the friendly overtures of a nervy cable TV employee who comes to hook up his television. With Leslie Mann, Jack Black and Owen Wilson.

The Medallion (2003)

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3e, 11.00pm

Lee Evans and Jackie Chan make an unlikely pairing in this martial arts fantasy set in Hong Kong. Chan plays Eddie Jang, an undercover detective who's killed in an accident involving a mysterious medallion, and is transformed into an immortal warrior with superpowers. With Claire Forlani, John Rhys-Davies and Julian Sands.

Control (2007)

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Channel 4, 12.35pm

Anton Corbijn's moody and stylish black and white biopic stars Sam Riley as Ian Curtis, the charismatic but deeply troubled frontman of iconic 70s rock band Joy Division. After leading his band to critical acclaim, Curtis killed himself just as they were poised to hit it big.

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