Film Highlights Friday
Away We Go (2009)
Channel 4, 12.15am
In 'Away We Go' the normally serious Sam Mendes turns his hand to comedy, although the film has a serious underlying theme – namely parenthood.
Burt (John Krasinski, above) and Verna (Maya Rudolph) are very pleased when they find out they are pregnant, but as Verna's nesting instinct kicks in she realises their current home is no place to bring up a child. So they set out across America, visiting various friends as they try to find a place they can call home.
Some of their adventures are extremely funny, and the script by Dave Eggars and Vendela Vida is very sharp at times, but the film doesn't quite hold up dramatically, and Burt and Verna's air of superiority is bound to get up the noses of some.
Rudolph and Krasiniki, though, are both excellent.
The Bedford Incident (1965)
Channel 4, 1.05pm
Cold War thriller starring Sidney Poitier as a journalist who's on board a US naval destroyer when the ship discovers a Soviet submarine off Greenland and begins a pursuit that pushes its crew to breaking point.
The Missouri Breaks (1976)
Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando come face to face in this messy but interesting 70s western about a gang of ruthless horse thieves whose reign of terror in the wilds of northern Montana is disrupted by the arrival of an enigmatic bounty killer hired by the local farmers for protection.
RTE Two, 11.40pm
In Sacha Baron Cohen's uneven follow-up to 'Borat', a flamboyantly gay Austrian TV presenter arrives in Hollywood determined to become famous and manages instead to offend practically everybody when he adopts an African baby as a fashion accessory. Larry Charles directs, and there are cameos from the likes of Harrison Ford.
The Shipping News (2001)
RTE One, 12.00am
Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore and Judi Dench star in this handsome-looking but staid adaptation of Annie Proulx's award-winning novel. Spacey is Quoyle, a New York hotshot who repairs in some confusion to his ancestral home in Newfoundland after the tragic death of his estranged wife.
Trust THe MAn (1992)
Watchable comedy starring David Duchovny as a New York husband whose frustrations with his wife's success and his own role as a stay-at-home father boils over into a potential affair. Julianne Moore co-stars, while Billy Crudup and Maggie Gyllenhaal play another couple with different but equally intractable problems.