Thursday 18 January 2018

Film Highlight Monday

John Carter (2012)


Sky Movies Action, 3.30pm

This sprawling €250million Disney fantasy is based on the adventure stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs and stars Taylor Kitsch as John Carter, a wealthy civil war veteran who at the start of the film appears to have died.

When his nephew visits his mansion to go through his affairs, he finds a diary that gives an account of Carter's extraordinary adventures. While looking for gold out west, Carter stumbled on a portal to Mars. In that atmosphere he discovers he has special powers, including great strength and the ability to fly.

He's taken captive by Tharks, a race of fierce, green, many-armed warriors, and later becomes a key player in a vicious civil war between two great Martian cities. Willem Dafoe and Lynn Collins (as Dejah Thoris, above) star in a film that never really takes off.

Green for Danger (1946)


Channel 4, 1.25pm

British thriller starring the inimitable Alastair Sim as Inspector Cockrill, a humorous policeman who is called to a London hospital during the 1944 Doodlebug offensive to investigate the vicious murder of one of the head nurses. There he finds evidence of a medical cover-up. With Trevor Howard.

Under Capricorn (1949)


TCM, 6.35pm

Alfred Hitchcock's enjoyable period drama stars Ingrid Bergman as Henrietta Fluskey, the daughter of an Irish aristocrat who elopes to Australia with her father's groom, who makes it big in real estate but turns out to be a bit of a brute. With Joseph Cotton.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)


Film4, 10.55pm

Niels Arden Oplev's hard-hitting crime drama stars Michael Nyqvist as a campaigning Swedish journalist who joins forces with a chippy young female hacker to investigate the disappearance of a young woman from a wealthy family 40 years earlier. With Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre and Peter Haber.

Twins (1988)


Sky Movies Drama, 11.35pm

Most of the humour in this unsubtle and rather fanciful 1980s comedy stems from the not inconsiderable physical differences between co-stars Danny De Vito and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who play twins who resulted from a genetic experiment.

Bedazzled (2000)


RTE Two, 12.05am

In this misguided modern take on the story of Doctor Faustus, Brendan Fraser plays a depressed geek called Elliot Richardson who makes a deal with the devil, who grants him seven wishes to help him snare the girl of his dreams in exchange for his soul. Elizabeth Hurley, Francis O'Connor, Paul Adelstein and Orlando Jones co-star.

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