Tuesday 23 January 2018

Film Highlights Friday

Up in the Air (2009)

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BBC2, 11.10pm

Jason Reitman's wise, witty and thought-provoking comic drama stars George Clooney (above) as Ryan Bingham, a commitment-phobic 'terminator' who travels the length and breadth of America firing people as politely as possible. Bingham is on the road for more than 300 days a year and has got used to it. He prefers hotels and planes to home, and has a horror of all things domestic. He even gives motivational talks about how to get rid of emotional ties, but his travelling show is threatened with extinction when a zealous young executive figures out how people can be fired virtually.

Vera Farmiga plays an elusive lover whom Ryan is tempted to seriously pursue, Jason Bateman is his oily boss, and Reitman's film is an amusing and surprisingly soulful meditation on modern life.

Youth in Revolt (2009)

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RTE Two, 9.00pm

Whimsical teen comedy starring Michael Cera as Nick Twisp, a sophisticated 16 year old who lives in a trailer park with his deadbeat mom but dreams of better things and sets out to change his life forever when he meets an unattainably beautiful girl.

The Wedding Date (2005)

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E4, 9.00pm

Debra Messing stars in this frothy romantic comedy as a single New Yorker who flies to London to be maid of honour at her sister's wedding. When she finds out that her ex-fiancé is attending, she hires a dashing male escort (Dermot Mulroney) to pose as her boyfriend, with unexpected consequences.

Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969)

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TG4, 9.05pm

Yul Brynner could not be persuaded to star in a second sequel to The Magnificent Seven so George Kennedy stood in as Chris Adams, who rounds up his gang of gunmen to free a Mexican revolutionary and help him overthrow a ruthless dictator.

The Sweetest Thing (2002)

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ITV2, 10.05pm

Even Cameron Diaz's likeability is not enough to lift this tired romantic comedy above banality. She and Christina Applegate play two fun-loving girls whose partying is disturbed when one of them meets a man who might be perfect for her. With Selma Blair, Thomas Jane and Jason Bateman.

Tony Manero (2008)

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TG4, 11.40pm

Set in Santiago, Chile during the dark years of the Pinochet regime, Pablo Larrian's powerful and disturbing film stars Alfredo Castro as Raul, a humorless lover of disco music who's obsessed with the character of Tony Manero in 'Saturday Night Fever' but also happens to be a brutal sociopath. With Paola Lattus and Hector Morales.

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