Wednesday 22 November 2017

Film Highlights Friday

Greenberg (2010)

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Channel 4, 1.30am

Ben Stiller (above) gets serious in this absorbing Noah Baumbach film and delivers an intense and moving performance as a malcontented 40-year-old called Roger Greenberg.

Roger is recovering from a mental breakdown and comes to Los Angeles to mind his holidaying brother's house. He has been given two tasks – to look after the dog and not upset his brother's assistant, Florence (Greta Gerwig). But the dog gets sick and Roger begins a messy affair with Florence as he flounders around the city confronting old ghosts and upsetting practically everyone he encounters.

'Greenberg' is funny, but it's also very moving, and Stiller is excellent as a sharp- tongued contrarian who likes to get his retaliation in first.

With Rhys Ifans, Merritt Wever, Mark Duplass and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Twilight (2008)

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RTE Two, 9.15pm

In the first and best of the vampire films based on Stephanie Meyer's best-selling novels, troubled teen Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) moves to Washington State to live with her father and finds herself strangely drawn to an enigmatic classmate with a worryingly pale complexion.

Tokyo Sonata (2008)

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TG4, 11.25pm

Moving Japanese drama about a middle-aged man who loses his job but is so afraid of losing face that he keeps pretending to go to work and spends his days wandering the city streets. And when his wife spots him out one day, she must decide whether or not to confront him. With Teruyuki Kagawa.

Wanted (2008)

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UTV, 11.40pm

Timur Bekmambetov's flashy action thriller based on a series of graphic novels stars James McAvoy as a geeky office worker, who discovers he has special powers and is being groomed for big things by a secret society of warriors. With Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie and Thomas Kretschmann.

Spider (2002)

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BBC2, 12.10am

Dark and powerful drama from David Cronenberg starring Ralph Fiennes as a mentally ill man who begins to piece together the horrific events of his childhood when he's released to a halfway house after spending 20 years in a mental hospital. With Gabriel Byrne and Miranda Richardson.

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

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TCM, 1.05am

Stanley Kubrick's hard-hitting drama follows a bunch of raw recruits through a US Marine Corp training camp to the nightmare of combat at the height of the Vietnam War, where their lack of experience is cruelly exposed. With Matthew Modine, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Baldwin and R Lee Ermey.

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