Saturday 16 December 2017

Film Highlight Thursday

The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)

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Sky Movies Premiere, 10.20pm

An affectionately gory homage to the Kung Fu B movies of the 1970s, 'The Man with the Iron Fists' is the brainchild of Brooklyn rapper and Wu-Tang Clan star RZA, who directs and stars as an enigmatic blacksmith who goes by the name of, well, Blacksmith.

RZA also co-wrote the script, but the fact that he did so with Eli Roth, and that Quentin Tatantino's name pops up early in the credits should give you a good idea of what you're in for here – gore, and lots of it.

In 19th-century China, the oddly named settlement of Jungle Village is plagued by violent conflicts between rival gangs. Blacksmith is known far and wide for his skill in weapon-making, but soon gets caught in the middle of the Lion Clan's war with its rivals. Starring Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Cung Le and Byron Mann.

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

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Channel 4, 1.20pm

In Robert Wise's classic science-fiction yarn, a group of aliens arrive in Washington DC to give mankind a lecture on its unshakable enthusiasm for war and destruction, and inform us that if we don't change our ways pretty quick they'll exterminate us. With Michael Rennie and Hugh Marlowe.

Sam Whiskey (1969)

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TCM, 4.30pm

Comic western starring Burt Reynolds as Sam Whiskey, a rakish gunslinger who's hired by a widow called Laura Breckenridge to salvage a stash of gold bars from a sunken ship. Angie Dickenson co-stars.

The Last King of Scotland (2006)

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Film4, 11.00pm

Kevin Macdonald's powerful drama stars James McAvoy as Nicholas Garrigan, a young Scottish doctor travelling through Africa in the 1970s who meets and is charmed by Uganda's military ruler Idi Amin. The benign dictator makes him his friend, but Garrigan realises he is dealing with a monster. With Forest Whitaker.

Shirley Valentine (1989)

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TCM, 11.05pm

In this 80s romantic comedy based on a play of the same name by Willy Russell, Pauline Collins plays a lonely Liverpool housewife whose life is transformed when she goes on holiday to a Greek island and falls in love with a dashing local. With Tom Conti and Joanna Lumley.

The Change-Up (2011)

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Sky Movies Drama, 12.10am

Crude and tasteless comedy starring Jason Bateman as a harried family manwho thinks it would be great fun to swap places with his promiscuous friend (Ryan Reynolds). But when the two men awake to find they've traded bodies and situations, both are equally horrified. With Olivia Wilde.

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