Film Highlights Wednesday
The Conjuring (2013)
Sky Movies Premiere, 10.15pm
James Wan's well-made chiller is inspired by the true story of 1970s ghosthunters Ed and Lorraine Warren, whose famous cases included the so-called 'Amityville Horror'.
It's 1971, and Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) are recalling past triumphs in a public lecture when they're approached by a desperate woman. Carolyn Perron (Lili Taylor) recently moved into a rundown 19th-century farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island with her husband and their five blonde and pearl-toothed all-American daughters.
They look like the Brady Bunch but are being terrorised by a series of odd happenings at their new house, where doors are slamming and ghostly hands clapping. And when the Warrens turn up to investigate, they face the challenge of their lives.
With Ron Livingston, Hayley McFarland, Shanley Caswell and Joey King.
Pimpernel Smith (1941)
Film Four, 4.15pm
Leslie Howard directed and stars in this wartime morale-booster loosely based on 'The Scarlet Pimpernel'. Howard plays an archaeologist who uses a bogus dig for Aryan artefacts in the Alps as a cover to smuggle refugees out of Nazi Germany.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
In the first part of the last chapter of the hugely successful fantasy film franchise, Harry and his friends have left Hogwarts in the aftermath of Dumbledore's death. Voldemort now knows that Harry is the only one powerful enough to stop him, and the scene is set for a final confrontation.
American Beauty (1999)
Sam Mendes' Oscar-winning satire on American family values stars Kevin Spacey as Lester Burnham, an unhappily married suburban man who experiences a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's friend.
American Gangster (2007)
RTE One, 9.40pm
Denzel Washington delivers a riveting performance in Ridley Scott's crime thriller based on a true story. When Frank Lucas starts flooding the New York streets with cheap high-grade Vietnamese heroin, he attracts the attentions of an unstable but dedicated New Jersey cop.
This unusual comic action film from Peter Berg stars Will Smith as a depressed superhero called Hancock who drinks too much and causes more problems than he solves whenever he tries to help. It's a hit-and-miss affair but not without its moments, and Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman and Eddie Marsan co-star.
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