Thursday 14 December 2017

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Greenberg (2010)

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RTE One, 12.50am

Ben Stiller (above) gets serious in this absorbing Noah Baumbach film, and delivers an extraordinarily intense and moving performance as a malcontented 40-year-old called Roger Greenberg. Roger is recovering from a mental breakdown and comes to Los Angeles to mind his holidaying brother's house. He has been given two tasks – to look after the dog and not upset his brother's assistant, Florence (Greta Gerwig).

But the dog gets sick and Roger begins a messy affair with Florence as he flounders around the city confronting old ghosts and upsetting practically everyone he encounters.

'Greenberg' is funny but it's also very moving, and Stiller is excellent as a sharp-tongued contrarian who likes to get his retaliation in first.

With Rhys Ifans, Merritt Weaver, Mark Duplass and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

King Solomon's Mines (1985)

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Channel 4, 12.10pm

Loosely based on the adventure stories of H Ryder Haggard but mainly inspired by Steven Spielberg's 'Indiana Jones' films, this 80s action blockbuster stars Richard Chamberlain as Alan Quartermain, a fortune hunter who agrees to help a beautiful woman find her missing father in Africa.

Awakenings (1990)

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Sky Movies Drama, 3.45pm

Penny Marshall's acclaimed drama stars Robin Williams as Dr Malcolm Sayer, a dedicated doctor in 1960s New York who thinks he's discovered a potential cure for the crippling disease of encephalitis when he starts treating a catatonic patient called Leonard Howe. Robert De Niro and Julie Kavner star.

Another Year (2010)

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Film4, 9pm

Mike Leigh's touching and beautifully observed comic social drama stars Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen as Tom and Gerri, a contented suburban couple whose cosy home becomes a kind of haven for a small group of lost souls. With Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton and Ruth Sheen.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

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Sky Movies Comedy, 9.30pm

In probably his funniest film, Will Ferrell stars as macho San Diego news anchor Ron Burgundy, who has been the top rated newsman for donkey's years until a clever young woman joins the team and begins to make him look like a 1970s dinosaur. Christina Applegate and Paul Rudd co-star.

Duel at Diablo (1966)

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TCM, 11.30pm

Western starring James Garner as an army lieutenant who's transporting munitions wagons across Apache territory when he's joined by an ex-scout called Jess Remsberg who's searching for a white woman who was kidnapped by the tribes.

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