Sunday 22 April 2018

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

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Film4, 9.00pm

Tomas Alfredson's ambitious screen adaptation of John le Carre's most famous spy novel stands up very well to the acclaimed 1970s BBC TV series starring Alec Guinness as George Smiley.

It's a lot more impressive to look at, and Gary Oldman is superb in the pivotal role of Smiley. The jaded MI6 man is brought out of retirement to find a mole who's infiltrated British intelligence in the early 1970s and is passing vital information back to Russians, and proves a very competent inquisitor.

A plot so complex it will make your head spin is beautifully handled by Alfredson and his writers Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan, and a fine cast includes John Hurt, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Jones, Ciaran Hinds and Tom Hardy.

Guadalcanal Diary (1943)

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Channel 4, 12.20pm

Lloyd Nolan and Anthony Quinn star in this film account of the Battle of Guadalcanal, which was released only a year after the actual event. After the Pearl Harbor attack and the US declaration of war, the US Marines faced their first major encounter with Japanese forces on the remote island.

Stalag 17 (1953)

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Film4, 4.40pm

William Holden stars in Billy Wilder's masterful prison camp drama as Sefton, a bitter and cynical US PoW who barters with the Nazi guards and fleeces his fellow prisoners out of their Red Cross parcels. So when an escape attempt is compromised by an informer, Sefton is the prime suspect.

The Break-Up (2006)

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TV3, 9.00pm

Watchable romantic comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston as an irresponsible slob and his prissy, perfectionist girlfriend who cannot agree who should have their apartment when they split up, and so continue to live together in an increasingly warlike atmosphere.

Ruby Sparks (2012)

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Sky Movies Drama, 11.00pm

Clever comedy starring Paul Dano as Calvin Weir-Fields, a young novelist who contracts such a bad case of writer's block that he starts going to a therapist. His mind is freed by a vivid dream about a beautiful, quirky girl, but when he starts writing about her he's shocked when she comes to life.

Anger Management (2003)

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Sky Movies Comedy, 11.40pm

Broad comedy starring Adam Sandler as Dave Buznik, a mild-mannered chap who, after an unfortunate misunderstanding on an aeroplane, is ordered by a judge to attend the extremely unorthodox anger management courses run by one Dr Buddy Rydell. With Jack Nicholson and Luiz Guzman.

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