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Thursday 28 August 2014

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Published 16/03/2014 | 02:30

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Anna Karenina (2012)

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Sky Movies Drama, 12.05am

Joe Wright's stylish drama uses theatrical tricks and poetic flourishes to memorably dramatise Leo Tolstoy's tragic novel. Keira Knightley (above) is Anna Karenina, a beautiful Saint Petersburg woman whose bland but not unhappy marriage to the cold politician Count Alexei Karenin (Jude Law) is fatally destabilised when she meets the dashing young army officer Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). And when Anna begins a mad affair with Vronsky, she risks everything, including her marriage and place in society.

Wright brings a real sense of motion to the story, as the sets, costumes and cinematography are fantastic, and a fine cast includes Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Macdonald, Olivia Williams, Emily Watson, Michelle Dockery and Matthew Macfadyen. But this is Ms Knightley's film to drop or carry, and overall she gives a very fine performance.

The Badlanders (1958)

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Channel 4, 1.00pm

Alan Ladd stars in this Delmer Daves western as a mining engineer called Peter van Hoek who is framed for a gold robbery he didn't commit, and emerges from prison a bitter man with an elaborate plan to both gain revenge and make himself rich.

P.S. I Love You (2007)

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More4, 9.00pm

Fitfully successful adaptation of Cecelia Ahern's novel, starring Hilary Swank as a New York woman whose attempts to get over the sudden death of her beloved boyfriend Gerry (Gerard Butler) are complicated to say the least when she begins receiving a series of posthumous letters from him.

Marley and Me (2008)

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RTE One, 9.35pm

Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson head the cast of this mushy family comedy based on a true story. When newlyweds John and Jenny Grogan relocate to Florida to take on new jobs, they buy a puppy who becomes a very special influence on their lives. With Kathleen Turner and Ann Dowd.

Crank (2006)

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Sky Movies Action, 10.15pm

Jason Statham has a bad day at the office in this amusing 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 below a certain rate. Cue a desperate race against time. With Dwight Yoakam, Carlos Sanz and Amy Smart.

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

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Channel 4, 12.05am

Ang Lee's powerful drama stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as two cowboys who are hired to tend a herd in the Montana mountains in the summer of 1963. Alone together in the wilderness, they find themselves falling in love but not quite knowing what to do about it.

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