Wednesday 24 January 2018

Film Highlights Friday

Chinatown (1974)

5 STARS

Channel 4, 1.15am

A lot of directors have tried to resurrect the seedy glamour of the classic 1940s films noir, and most have failed miserably. But in 'Chinatown' Roman Polanski managed to create an enthralling and atmospheric thriller that matches up to the very best of the original noirs.

It's the 1940s, Los Angeles is booming, and Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson, above) is making a tidy living for himself as a private investigator.

But when he's hired by a glamorous woman called Evelyn Mulray to catch her adulterous husband in the act, Jake stumbles into a web of deception involving incest, murder, corrupt officials and a massive political scam.

Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez, John Hillerman and Polanski himself star in this memorable and brilliantly photographed thriller.

The Firm (1993)

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More4, 9.00pm

Entertaining but slightly hammy thriller from Sydney Pollack starring Tom Cruise as a lawyer who joins a prestigious law firm with high hopes but is horrified to discover that the company is corrupt to its core.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

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RTE Two, 9.00pm

In the second of the hugely popular 'Twilight' films, Edward decides it would be safer for Bella (Kristen Stewart) if he left town for a while, but in his absence two rogue vampires turn up looking to kill her and Jacob and the werewolves must step into the breach. With Taylor Lautner.

The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)

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TG4, 9.05pm

Swedish crime sequel starring Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander, who returns to Stockholm after a year's self-imposed exile only to be accused of murdering her sadistic state guardian as well as a campaigning journalist and his girlfriend. Mikael Blomkvist believes she's innocent but must race to save her. With Michael Nyqvist.

Saw II (2005)

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Channel 4, 11.35pm

Part two of this seemingly endless horror franchise sees the 'Jigsaw Killer' captured, but in custody he presents the police with a new and ghastly puzzle. Tobin Bell, Donnie Wahlberg and Shawnee Smith star in a film that squeamish readers should avoid.

Bewitched (2005)

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RTE One, 12.00am

Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell star in this fairly disastrous comedy based on the classic 1960s sitcom. Kidman is a young witch who's planning to give up magic and lead a normal life when she meets a movie star who wants to cast an unknown actress in a TV revival of 'Bewitched'.

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