Film Highlights Friday
Tamara Drewe (2010)
Stephen Frears' enjoyable comic drama is based on Posy Simmonds' long-running comic strip, which was in turn inspired by Thomas Hardy's 'Far from the Madding Crowd'.
The Bathsheba Everdene of this piece is Tamara Drewe (Gemma Arterton, above), a girl from a West Country town who returns from London to claim her family home following the death of her mother. She was once a dumpy little thing but is now a button-nosed beauty, a fact not lost on her former sweetheart and local handyman, Andy (Luke Evans).
But pretty soon he has competition, as Tamara is admired from afar by philandering novelist Nicholas Hardiment (Roger Allam), and by a cocky visiting rock star called Ben Sergeant (Dominic Cooper). Bright, breezy and sharply written, Frear's film is pretty entertaining overall.
When adjusted for inflation, Joseph L Mankewicz's sprawling epic may well be the most expensive film ever made. Richard Burton is Mark Anthony, who causes an incident and earns the displeasure of Caesar when he falls in love with a certain Egyptian temptress. With Elizabeth Taylor.
Clint Eastwood directs and stars in this western, playing William Munny, a former killer who comes out of retirement and joins his old comrade Ned (Morgan Freeman) in Big Whiskey to kill a man who disfigured a prostitute and collect the bounty.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
RTE Two, 9.30pm
In probably his funniest film, Will Ferrell stars as macho San Diego news anchor Ron Burgundy, who has been the top rated newsman for donkey's years until a clever woman joins the team and begins to make him look like a 1970s dinosaur. Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd and Steve Carell co-star, and a sequel has just been released.
Alien Nation (1988)
High concept science-fiction thriller set in a near future where a race of alien beings known as the Newcomers have arrived on Earth and been herded into ghettoes where they're discriminated against and picked on. With Terence Stamp and James Caan.
RTE One, 11.55pm
Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack star in this watchable romantic comedy about a man and woman who meet by chance while shopping in New York, fall in love and spend a memorable night together before agreeing to separate and see whether or not fate will bring them together again.