Thursday 14 December 2017

Film Highlights Friday

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2009)

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TG4, 9.05pm

In the third and last part of the Swedish crime trilogy based on the novels of Stieg Larsson, Noomi Rapace reprises the role of Lisbeth Salander, a renegade computer hacker whose horrific early experiences have left her with an enduring mistrust of the world. After attacking her violent father she was committed to a mental institution at the age of 12 and systematically abused by her psychiatrist.

In the first two films Lisbeth found a champion in the homely form of campaigning journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), who helped her trace her sinister father Zalachenko. At the end of the second, Lisbeth shot and wounded Zalachenko after being seriously injured herself. And in this last instalment, a sinister group of powerful insiders decide that Lisbeth must be silenced for good.

Witness (1985)

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More 4, 9.00pm

Harrison Ford stars in this entertaining 80s thriller as a Philadelphia cop called John Book who ends up hiding out in Amish country with a beautiful young Amish woman and her son after the boy witnesses a brutal murder in a city toilet and identifies a highly-decorated police officer as the killer.

Cruel Intentions (1999)

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Sky Movies Drama, 9.00pm

Ryan Phillippe and Sarah Michelle Gellar star in Roger Kumble's teen retelling of 'Dangerous Liaisons'. Sebastian can have any girl he wants at his school, but his scheming step-sister dares him to seduce chaste and virtuous young woman, Annette.

The Sweetest Thing (2002)

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3e, 10.00pm

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 and Thomas Jane.

Saw III (2007)

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Channel 4, 11.35pm

The unpleasantness continues in this relentless horror franchise as sadistic killer 'Jigsaw' traps a respected surgeon who awakes with an explosive collar around her neck and must play a series of very nasty games if she wants to stay alive. Only suitable for the strong of stomach. With Tobin Bell and Angus McFadyen.

That Old Feeling (1997)

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RTE One, 11.55pm

Energetic performances from Bette Midler and the late Dennis Farina make this a watchable enough comedy. They play a divorced couple who hit it off at their daughter's wedding and run away together, to the extreme displeasure of their current spouses and their new son-in-law.

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