Tuesday 16 January 2018

Film Highlights Friday

The Ghost (2010)

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More 4, 9.00pm

Roman Polanski's stylish conspiracy thriller based on a book by Robert Harris stars Ewan McGregor (above) as a hack writer who's approached by representatives of a former British Prime Minister to ghost write his memoirs.

Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan) has been under a cloud since stepping down because of his complicity with the Iraq War, and when the writer arrives at his island retreat he finds a tense and unsettling atmosphere. Lang's wife is clearly unhappy about the writer's presence, and Lang meanwhile has begun an affair with his assistant. But that's only the start of the dirt the writer will find as he digs into the politician's past.

It's atmospheric and nicely made, if slightly spoiled by a silly ending, and McGregor is very good in the central role.

The Tall T (1957)

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Channel 4, 12.35pm

Randolph Scott stars in this gritty western as Pat Brennan, a ranch hand who hitches a ride on a stagecoach carrying a pair of newlyweds. But the coach is held up by a ruthless outlaw called Usher, and when he finds out the bride is the daughter of a rich mine-owner, he decides to hold her for ransom.

You, Me and Dupree (2006)

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RTE Two, 9.00pm

Fitful comedy in which Kate Hudson and Matt Dillon play a couple who foolishly invite their best man, Dupree, to move in with them after he loses his job. He turns out to be an eternal teenager, who's profoundly messy, can't take a hint and overstays his welcome. Which sounds funny, but isn't.

ThA Fistful of Dollars (1964)

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TG4, 10.35pm

Seminal spaghetti western inspired by Akiro Kurosawa's 'Yojimbo' and starring a then-unknown Clint Eastwood as a nameless bounty hunter who arrives in a town beset by a feud between two families and decides to take advantage of the situation. Marianne Koch co-stars and Sergio Leone directs.

The Hitcher (2007)

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UTV, 11.40pm

Pointless remake of a 1980s thriller, with Sean Bean taking on a role originally played by Rutger Hauer. A sinister hitcher who reveals himself to be a maniac after a gullible young couple pick him up proceeds to chase them across several states. With Zachary Knighton and Neal McDonough.

The Stepford Wives (2004)

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BBC1, 11.50pm

Soulless remake of the 1975 satirical horror film based on the cult novel by Ira Levin. Nicole Kidman plays a glamorous young mother who arrives with her husband in the pristine suburb of Stepford, but soon begins to wonder why all the wives are so perfect and submissive. With Glenn Close.

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