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Published 16/03/2014 | 02:30

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Before Midnight (2013)

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5 STARS

Sky Movies Premiere, 10.00pm

The third part of Richard Linklater's serial romantic drama that began with 'Before Sunrise' way back in 1995 is a delight from start to finish, and possibly the best instalment yet.

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy return as Jesse and Celine, the star-crossed and hesitant lovers who flirted aimlessly through films one and two in Paris and Vienna.

Nine years on and they've made a big commitment, and are an established couple with two kids. But they're still arguing, and at the end of a Greek family holiday simmering tensions come to a head.

Cleverly written and directed, and wonderfully acted by Delpy and Hawke, 'Before Midnight' is an outstanding comic drama that will ring true to anyone who's ever been in love.

With Charlotte Prior and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick.

Bend of the River (1952)

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Channel 4, 12.50pm

Handsome thriller from Anthony Mann starring James Stewart as a remorseful former outlaw called Glyn McLyntock, who gets a chance to atone for previous crimes when he leads a wagon-train of vulnerable homesteaders from Missouri all the way to the Oregon territory. With Arthur Kennedy.

Moonfleet (1955)

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Film4, 3.10pm

Fritz Lang directs this rousing period swashbuckler based on a novel by J. Meade Falkner. When a young boy is sent to Dorset to live with his estranged father, Jeremy Fox, he soon finds out that his errant dad is actually a fearless gentleman smuggler. With Joan Greenwood and Jon Whiteley.

Tombstone (1993)

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Sky Movies Action, 3.35pm

This 90s western loosely based on the 50s classic 'Gunfight at the O.K. Corral' stars Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp, whose plan to retire quietly in Tombstone, Arizona is scuppered when outlaws ride into town looking for a confrontation. With Val Kilmer, Bill Paxton, Sam Elliott and Charlton Heston.

The Guilt Trip (2013)

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Sky Movies Comedy, 8.00pm

Decent performances from Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand save Anne Fletcher's comedy from total disaster. Rogen is Andrew, a brilliant inventor who soon regrets taking his mom with him when he embarks on a sales trip across middle America. With John Funk, Ari Graynor and Colin Hanks.

The Missouri Breaks (1976)

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TCM, 11.30pm

Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando come face to face in this messy but interesting 70s western about a gang of ruthless horse thieves whose reign of terror in the wilds of northern Montana is disrupted by the arrival of an enigmatic bounty killer hired by the local farmers for protection.

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