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Tuesday 10 December 2019

Monday Film Highlights

The Armstrong Lie (2013)

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Channel 4, 9pm

In 2009 veteran documentary maker Alex Gibney set out to make a film about cyclist Lance Armstrong's triumphant comeback to competitive racing, but all of that changed three years later when Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

Gibney found hismelf uniquely placed to pick apart the sportsman's web of deception and many contradictions, and does so in this interesting if overlong film.

'The Armstrong Lie' races through the cyclist's formative years and early career, and spends most of the time contrasting 2009 interviews in which Armstrong denies ever having used PEDs, and post-Oprah segments in which he finally comes clean.

But Gibney's film is no mere hatchet job, and also investigates Armstrong's extraordinary charity work. Premonition (2007)

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More4, 9pm

Mennan Yapo's plodding thriller stars Sandra Bullock as Linda, a wife and mother who's devastated when she finds out her husband has been killed in a car crash. But when she wakes up the next day she finds him safe and well in the kitchen, and realises she's traveling back and forth in time.

Tin Cup (1996)

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TCM, 9pm

Kevin Costner stars in this delightful 90s romcom as Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy, a self-destructive driving range coach who was once a promising golfer until his dodgy temperament put paid to his dreams. But when he meets a beautiful psychologist, his bad luck starts to change. Don Johnson, Rene Russo and Cheech Marin co-star.

Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

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TG4, 9.30pm

In a rare serious role, Owen Wilson plays a US Naval officer who gets stranded in enemy territory after his helicopter is shot down over Bosnia. Gene Hackman plays the CO who tries to find him before he falls into the hands of a ruthless Serbian general.

Fantastic Four (2005)

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Sky One, 10pm

Ioan Gruffuud, Jessica Alba and Chris Evans star in this muddled adaptation of the Marvel Comic about four astronauts who develop superpowers after being exposed to cosmic radiation in outer space, and return to Earth to become crimefighters.

The China Syndrome (1979)

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RTE1, 12.35am

In Jimmy Bridges' acclaimed 70s thriller, Jack Lemmon plays a supervisor at a nuclear power plant who witnesses something unusual during the visit of a TV crew. He thinks an accident has happened, but the owners of the plant will do anything to suppress it, so he has to work with the TV reporters to get to the truth. With Jane Fonda.

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