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Film Highlights 2702

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)


Sky Movies Action, 10.00pm

The third and final part of Christopher Nolan's critically acclaimed superhero saga takes up Batman's story eight years after the death of Harvey Dent.

The caped crusader was exiled from Gotham City after being wrongly blamed for the Dent killing, but when a masked lunatic called Bane arrives in town with a masterplan involving an atomic bomb, the city elders are quick to reconsider.

Christian Bale (above) reprises his most famous role, Tom Hardy plays the baddie, and Marion Cotillard and Anne Hathaway are competing love interests for Bruce Wayne.

The whole thing is perfectly watchable as you'd expect, but a good 40 minutes too long and not quite up to the high standards of its predecessor, especially in the visual stakes.

Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt co-star.

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970)


TCM, 6.35pm

Vincente Minnelli's dated but interesting musical fantasy stars Barbra Streisand as Daisy Gamble, a scatterbrained chainsmoker who's sent to a psychiatrist by her controlling boyfriend to help kick the habit. When the doctor resorts to hypnosis, details emerge of Daisy's former life in 18th century England. With Yves Montand.

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Now is Good (2012)


Sky Movies Drama, 6.10pm

Moving British drama starring Dakota Fanning as Tessa, a terminally-ill teenage girl whose determination to tick off a hedonistic list of experiences before she dies dissapates somewhat when she meets her handsome new next-door neighbour.

The Golden Compass (2007)


Film Four, 6.50pm

In this fast-moving fantasy based on the bestselling novels of Philip Pullman, Dakota Blue Richards is Lyra Belacqua, a spirited young girl who becomes involved in a race to the Arctic to recover a magical, stolen compass. With Daniel Craig, Nicole Kidman, Ian McShane and Ian McKellen.

Strength and Honour (2007)


TV3, 9.00pm

Feeble drama starring Michael Madsen as Sean Kelleher, an Irish-American boxer who promises his wife he'll never fight again after killing an opponent in a ring. But when she dies and his son is diagnosed with the same fatal heart condition, Sean must box again to raise money for the treatment. With Vinnie Jones and Patrick Bergin.

Harsh Times (2005)


Film Four, 11.40pm

This well made thriller stars Christian Bale as Jim Luther Davis, an ex-Army Ranger who is haunted by horrific combat experiences. With Freddy Rodriguez, JK Simmons and Eva Longoria.

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