Sunday 24 September 2017

Filml Highlights Sunday

Season of the Witch (2011)

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Channel 4, 10.05pm

A breezy, low-budget co-production with a certain contempt for the finer points of European history, 'Season of the Witch' is set in the 14th century at the height of the Crusades.

Nicolas Cage (wonderfully incongruous in a medieval helmet) and Ron Perlman play a pair of knights called Behmen and Felson, who return to Europe disillusioned by the pointless butchery of the Crusades and arrive in a small town devastated by the Plague. There, a dying Cardinal (Christopher Lee) asks them to transport a suspected witch (Claire Foy) to a remote abbey for trial.

She's been blamed for the disease, but the knights are not convinced, and when they set out across country Behmen starts to the suspect the girl might not be a witch at all. Ever After (1998)

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Channel 4, 3.10pm

Andy Tennant's comic drama gives a different take on the traditional Cinderella story. Drew Barrymore plays Danielle, a young woman who's made a servant by her stepmother after her father's death and is mercilessly tormented by her two stepsisters until her luck unexpectedly changes.

Fame (2009)

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RTE Two, 7.45pm

Remake of Alan Parker's 1980 hit musical about a group of ambitious young students who must fight hard to make the grade at New York's High School for the Performing Arts. Kevin Tancharoen directs, while Kelsey Grammer and Bebe Neuwirth star.

A Film with Me in It (2008)

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RTE Two, 9.30pm

Ian Fitzgibbon's macabre black comedy stars Mark Doherty as an out-of-work actor who thinks his life can't get any worse when his girlfriend leaves him, but a series of bizarre accidents will soon transform him into a suspected murderer. With Dylan Moran, Keith Allen and Amy Huberman. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

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BBC2, 10.45pm

Russell Crowe stars in this solid drama based on the true story of John Forbes Nash, a Nobel prize-winning mathematician. Nash's academic rise is threatened when he's diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, and his refusal to take the medication that may ease his symptoms but ruin his career becomes the defining battle of his life.

Underworld: Evolution (2005)

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Channel 4, 11.55pm

Len Wiseman's fantasy sequel stars Kate Beckinsale as Selene, a vampire warrior who gets caught up in a war between bloodsuckers and werewolves, her situation complicated by by the fact that she's fallen in love with one of her enemies. With Scott Speedman and Steven Mackintoch.

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