Thursday 14 December 2017

Film Highlights Friday

Moneyball (2011)


RTE Two, 9.15pm

A baseball film with a difference, Bennett Miller's 'Moneyball' was nominated for six Oscars last year and deservedly so. It's based on a true story and stars Brad Pitt (above) as a major league manager who uses statistics to turn his team into giant-killers.

Billy Beane's Oakland A's are a poorly funded bunch of perennial underperformers until Beane hires a young wonk called Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) who has developed a whole new empirically-based approach to picking players. Together they will transform the Oakland A's and, ultimately, the game of baseball.

Miller's film sounds dull but is actually surprisingly entertaining, thanks to a strong central performance from Pitt and the witty writing of Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin.

Robin Wright, Chris Pratt and Philip Seymour Hoffman co-star.

Rebecca (1940)


BBC2, 2.00pm

In Alfred Hitchcock's classic melodrama based on a story by Daphne du Maurier, Joan Fontaine plays a hapless young girl who marries a mysterious English nobleman called Maxim de Winter and is whisked off to his ancestral home of Mandalay, where dark secrets wait to be unearthed.

Elf (2003)


Sky1, 8.00pm

Broad seasonal comedy from Jon Favreau starring Will Ferrell as an orphaned child who's raised by elves after stowing away in Santa's sledge. But when he grows up Santa tells him he's really a human, not an elf, and he heads back to New York to find his father. With James Caan.

Reservoir Dogs (1991)


TG4, 9.20pm

Former video store clerk Quentin Tarantino announced himself as a major new talent with this explosive crime drama inspired by noir classics like Stanley Kubrick's 'The Killing'. When a diamond heist goes horribly wrong, a group of criminals meet to apportion blame. With Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Steve Buscemi.

Sherlock Holmes (2009)


RTE One, 9.30pm

In Guy Ritchie's winning action comedy, Robert Downey Jr plays the nervy Victorian sleuth, who drags his long-suffering partner Watson into a hair-raising adventure that involves a glamorous woman and a killer who has apparently risen from the dead.

Pineapple Express (2008)


TV3, 11.15pm

Seth Rogen co-wrote and stars in this comedy, playing a bone idle court clerk called Dale who spends most of his free time smoking as much pot as his body will tolerate. But when he's buying a powerful new strain of weed, he witnesses a murder by a crooked cop and is forced to go on the run.

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