Monday 20 November 2017


The Deep Blue Sea (2011)


Channel 4, 11.10pm

In Terence Davies' intelligent and nuanced adaptation of a wartime play by Terence Rattigan, Rachel Weisz plays Hester Collyer, a desperate woman in 1940s London who when we first meet her has just attempted suicide.

The principal reason for her unhappiness is her dysfunctional relationship with Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), a dashing, semi-alcoholic former RAF pilot for whom Hester has left her husband William (Simon Russell Beale), a noted judge. And in a series of expertly handled flashbacks, we find out why. Hester had been trapped in a loveless marriage, but finds life even worse when she enters the orbit of Freddie, a vain and self-absorbed wastrel.

It's a very fine drama, Davies recreates this period very well and Rachel Weisz is excellent as the unwise and unfortunate Hester.

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)


UTV, 3.45pm

In the second and by far the best of the 'Star Wars' series, Luke Skywalker emerges from his Jedi training with Yoda to rescue Princess Leia and Hans Solo from Imperial forces, but must confront his old nemesis Darth Vader first. With Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford.

Fred Claus (2007)


RTE One, 5.25pm

An unseasonably early screening of this modestly entertaining festive comedy starring Vince Vaughn as Fred Claus, Santa's less successful brother, who after being bailed from jail agrees to go to Lapland and help out with the Christmas rush.

Black Swan (2010)


Channel 4, 9.00pm

Darren Aronofsky's surreal, audacious thriller stars Natalie Portman as a brittle but driven young ballet dancer who starts to lose her grip on reality when she's cast in the lead role in a New York production of 'Swan Lake'. Mila Kunis co-stars.

Rumor Has It (2005)


TV3, 10.30pm

Jennifer Aniston stars in this lacklustre but watchable comedy as a woman who sets out to find out who her real father is after she finds out that her family was the model for the scandalous 1960s film, 'The Graduate'. Aniston is as winning as ever, and co-stars Kevin Costner and Shirley MacLaine do the script more justice than it deserves.

Cadillac Records (2008)


RTE Two, 11.55pm

Watchable biopic telling the extraordinary story of Leonard Chess, a Polish Jewish immigrant to Chicago who in 1950 set up a small record label that would become the recording home of some of America's most talented blues artists. With Adrien Brody, Beyonce Knowles and Jeffrey Wright.

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