Film Highlights Friday
The Sessions (2012)
Sky Movies Premiere, 10.00pm
Character actor John Hawkes delivers an exceptional performance in Ben Lewin's drama based on the inspiring true story of Mark O'Brien.
Paralysed by severe childhood polio and dependent on an iron lung, O'Brien refused to be circumscribed by his disability, and in a series of poems, a novel and numerous journalistic essays, he documented his struggle to live as an ordinary human being.
This included having a sex life, and after he falls in love with one of his carers and is rejected, he begins to worry that he'll die without ever having experienced physical love.
Instead of moping about the house feeling sorry for himself, however, Mark engages the services of a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt, above) to show him what he's been missing.
With Moon Bloodgood and William H Macy.
The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
In this classic adventure fantasy, Sinbad and his men set out to find Aladdin's Lamp and save his fiancee after she's shrunk by an evil wizard. Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant and Alec Mango star, but the special effects of Ray Harryhausen steal the show.
Ruby Sparks (2012)
Sky Movies Drama, 6.10pm
Clever comedy starring Paul Dano as Calvin Weir-Fields, a young novelist who contracts such a bad case of writer's block that he starts going to a therapist. His mind is freed by a vivid dream about a beautiful, quirky girl, but when he starts writing about her, he's shocked when she comes to life.
The Recruit (2003)
RTE Two, 9.00pm
Colin Farrell teamed up with Al Pacino for this decent thriller about a raw CIA recruit called James Clayton who develops a close relationship with his charismatic mentor and flies through his training until he's asked to help root out a mole in the organisation. Bridget Moynahan plays the love interest, and Roger Donaldson directs.
Broken Lance (1954)
Edward Dmytryk's hard-hitting western stars Spencer Tracy as Matt Devereaux, a flinty ranch owner who's an advocate of tough love and treats his three sons like ranch hands. But when he leads a raid on a copper mine that's destroying his land he leaves behind a legacy of bitterness. With Robert Wagner and Richard Widmark.
Born Yesterday (1993)
RTE One, 11.55pm
Sadly not the original 1950 George Cukor classic, but an indifferent 90s remake starring Melanie Griffith as a gangster's moll who is sent to a sophisticated journalist for a crash course in culture when her hoodlum boyfriend decides she's an embarrassment.