Friday 24 November 2017

Film Highlghts Sunday

Haywire (2011)

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Channel 4, 10.00pm

Partly filmed in Dublin and Wicklow, Steven Soderbergh's clever and knowingly trashy action thriller stars mixed martial arts champion Gina Carano (above) as a government hitwoman who goes on the run.

Mallory Kane works for a shady operator called Kenneth (Ewan McGregor), and is sent to Barcelona to free a Chinese dissident. At least that's what she thinks she's doing, but when the job goes wrong she's forced to flee the Spanish city with a gang of spies on her tail.

While no Meryl Streep, Ms Carano is a handsome and charismatic screen presence and utterly convincing as the female assassin, while Soderbergh shoots and edits with typical skill. A fine cast includes Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas and Michael Douglas, and the fight sequences are some of the best you'll see.

Dr No (1962)

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UTV, 3.40pm

In the very first Bond film, poor old 007 is sent to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of a British agent, uncovers a plot to kick start World War Three and stumbles on a semi-clad Ursula Andress. Sean Connery stars, alongside Jack Lord, Joseph Wiseman, Lois Maxwell and Bernard Lee.

Open Season (2006)

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TV3, 4.30pm

Martin Lawrence, Debra Messing and Billy Connolly provide the voices for this likeable kid's animation about a mild-mannered bear and a talkative deer who find themselves stranded in the woods at the start of the hunting season and must raise an animal army of sorts in order to defend themselves.

Point Blank (1967)

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BBC4, 9.00pm

John Boorman's iconic revenge thriller is based on a pulp crime novel by Donald Westlake and stars Lee Marvin as Walker, a criminal who's doublecrossed and left for dead by his associates after a heist but survives and sets out to find them all and recover the money. With John Vernon.

Domino (2005)

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Channel 4, 11.45pm

Keira Knightley stars in this all-action film from Tony Scott based on the true story of Domino Harvey, the daughter of British film star Laurence Harvey who, despite a very privileged background, decided to become a female bounty hunter in LA and suffered the consequences. With Mickey Rourke.

Shifty (2008)

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BBC1, 11.55pm

Eran Creevy's classy low-budget crime drama stars Riz Ahmed as Shifty, a quick-witted young Londoner who's become a very successful coke dealer. When his best friend Chris (Daniel Mays) returns to their tough neighbourhood to visit him, things spiral out of control during a day.

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